Whodunits and Private Eyes: the best in series mysteries

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If you have a hankering to crack open a new case, or befriend a new detective, you've come to the right place. These mysteries, all first in a series, are a perfect place to find your next favorite binge read (or watch!).


Sue Grafton
Description: With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki Fife is the cops' number-one suspect when Laurence Fife, a prominent divorce attorney, is murdered; eight years later, out on parole, Nikki hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her husband.
Call Number: LP FIC Gra
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Dennis Lehane
Description: A cadre of powerful Massachusetts politicians offer Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro big money for a small job: find the missing cleaning woman who allegedly stole confidental statehouse documents. but there's much more to this crime than anyone realizes.
Call Number: FIC Leh
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Ellis Peters
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2017
M. C Beaton, Donada Peters
Description: A public relations executive in London, until her recent retirement to Cotswold village, Agatha begins to soften her image. She enters a "best quiche" competition, buying one in London to pass off as her own. It doesn't win but is taken home by Mr. Cummings-Browne, the judge. He eats it and dies. Agatha is sure there's murder afoot and nearly loses her own life before she proves it.
Call Number: FIC Bea
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Joanne Fluke
Description: Hannah Swensen's supplies are delivered daily by Ron LaSalle, whom she often passes on her way to work. On this fateful day, Ron's truck is soon parked behind the store, but he fails to reappear. When Hannah finds him seated in the truck, the window open, a bullet through his chest, she is inspired to work her way through the townspeople, looking for a motive for Ron's death, even as she manfully resists her widowed mother's attempts to find her a husband.
Call Number: FIC Flu
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Kerry Greenwood
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Elizabeth Peters, Susan O'Malley
Description: Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. Along the way, she meets up with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, the Emerson brothers, and a lively mummy. How Amelia arranges all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of theis delightfully witty mystery.
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Charlaine Harris
Description: Being telepathic, Miss Sookie has no luck dating the living. It's just too awkward for her to become intimate with a man--let alone sleep with him--when she can hear everything he's thinking about her. But then the alluring vampire Bill stops into her bar, and his mind reads silent as a tomb. Finally, the match she's longed for! There are some corrupt criminals, however, who wish to destroy Sookie's undead beau--and soon realize they picked the wrong vampire to aggravate.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Donna Leon
Description: The twisted maze of Venice's canals has always been shrouded in mystery. Even the opera house, La Fenice, has seen its share of death. But nothing so horrific as that of world-famous conductor, Maestro Helmut Wellauer - poisoned during a performance of La Traviata. Even Commissario of Police Guido Brunetti is shocked at the number of enemies Wellauer has made on his way to the top - but just how many have motive enough for murder?
Call Number: FIC Leo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Kathy Reichs
Description: It's June in Montreal, and Tempe Brennan, Quebec's director of forensic anthropology, knows she is trailing a serial murderer when a dismembered and stored body turns up in a downtown park.
Call Number: FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Rex Stout
Description: When a fer-de-lance, one of the most dreaded snakes known to man, is given to Nero Wolfe, Archie knows he's getting very close to solving the clever murders of an immigrant and a college president. The investigation proceeds from the brownstone on West 35th Street as the listener is entertained by the symbiotic relationship of Wolfe and Goodwin.
Call Number: FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Ellen Hart
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Tana French
Description: After a 12-year-old Irish lad and his two pals fail to return from a day in the woods, searchers find only the terrified sixth grader--with blood-filled shoes and no memory of what happened. Now 32, the tragedy's sole survivor Rob Ryan is a detective on Dublin's Murder Squad. A current investigation takes Rob to the exact site of his childhood trauma. With the present case chillingly similar to his 20-year-old nightmare, Rob hopes to unlock the shrouded secrets of his past.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
William Kent Krueger
Description: In a small town in Minnesota a hated judge is found dead under suspicious circumstances. Former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates if there is a connection between the judge's death, an Indian casino and the disappearance of a young Ojibwa Indian.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 3, 2017
Maggie Sefton
Description: Finding a killer becomes an all-too-personal quest for Kelly Flynn when she returns to Colorado from Washington, D.C., to uncover the truth about the death of her beloved Aunt Helen, turning to the knitting regulars at the House of Lambspun for a few lessons in knitting and in capturing a murderer.
Call Number: FIC Sef
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Jacqueline Winspear
Description: Private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Lorna Barrett
Description: When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn't killing by the book.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
J. D. Robb
Description: Three young women have been brutally murdered. After 10 years on the New York City police force, Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better than to become emotionally involved with her work. But the prime suspect is a suave, sophisticated Irish billionaire with a mysterious past and she finds herself powerless to resist his charm.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Cleo Coyle
Description: Carolyn arrives at work to discover the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere. Two detectives investigate. But when they find no sign of forced entry or foul play, they deem it an accident. Still, Carolyn is not convinced. And after the police leave, Carolyn can't help wondering...If this was an act of murder, is she in danger?
Call Number: LP FIC Coy
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Janet Evanovich
Description: A New Jersey bounty hunter with attitude, bail-bonds apprehension agent Stephanie Plum pursues a former vice cop, now on the run, with whom she shares a sordid history and a powerful chemistry.
Call Number: LP FIC Eva
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Meg Cabot
Description: Heather Wells Rocks! Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
Call Number: FIC Cab
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Louise Penny
Description: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Call Number: FIC Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Jim Butcher, James Marsters
Description: As far as he knows, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of importance, Harry needs to find work soon. A call from a distraught wife, and other from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago Police, makes Harry believe that things are looking up. In fact, they are about to get much worse. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill.
Call Number: FIC But
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Tony Hillerman
Call Number: FIC Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Robert Galbraith, Robert Glenister
Description: "After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man" -- from publisher's web site.
Call Number: FIC Gal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland
Description: The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.
Call Number: LP FIC Lar
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Agatha Christie
Description: There has been a murder at Styles Court. Detective Poirot comes out of retirement to solve who would want the rich heiress Inglethorp dead, and would have the impudence to poison her. The jagged plot turns keep Poirot--and the reader--guessing as suspicion shifts from one peculiar character to the next. In Agatha Christie's first published work, the reader meets Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, destined to become the central detective of her mystery novels.
Call Number: FIC Chr
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Carolyn Keene
Description: Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.
Call Number: J FIC Kee
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Tess Gerritsen
Description: A female trauma surgeon, terrorized by a serial killer in Boston using the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in Savannah, works with a detective to solve the crime while trying to stay alive.
Call Number: FIC Ger
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
C. Alan Bradley
Description: It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia de Luce finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Dorothy Gilman
Description: A widowed matron decides to pursue her lifelong desire to be a spy, finds herself useful to the CIA, and successfully completes an assignment which takes her from New Jersey to Mexico City to Albania.
Call Number: FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh) Sayers
Call Number: FIC Say
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 12, 2017
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"A" Is For Alibi [Large Print]
Sue Grafton
LP FIC Gra
Murder Is Binding
Lorna Barrett
FIC Bar
A Drink Before The War
Dennis Lehane
FIC Leh
Naked In Death
J. D. Robb
FIC Rob
A Morbid Taste For Bones
Ellis Peters
FIC Pet
On What Grounds [Large Print]
Cleo Coyle
LP FIC Coy
Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death [Audiobook]
M. C Beaton, Donada Peters
FIC Bea
One For The Money [Large Print]
Janet Evanovich
LP FIC Eva
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Joanne Fluke
FIC Flu
Size 12 Is Not Fat
Meg Cabot
FIC Cab
Cocaine Blues
Kerry Greenwood
FIC Gre
Still Life
Louise Penny
FIC Pen
Crocodile On The Sandbank [Audiobook]
Elizabeth Peters, Susan O'Malley
FIC Pet
Storm Front [Audiobook]
Jim Butcher, James Marsters
FIC But
Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris
FIC Har
The Blessing Way.
Tony Hillerman
FIC Hil
Death At La Fenice
Donna Leon
FIC Leo
The Cuckoo's Calling [Audiobook]
Robert Galbraith, Robert Glenister
FIC Gal
Deja Dead
Kathy Reichs
FIC Rei
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Large Print]
Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland
LP FIC Lar
Fer-de-lance ; &, The League Of Frightened Men
Rex Stout
FIC Sto
The Mysterious Affair At Styles.
Agatha Christie
FIC Chr
Hallowed Murder
Ellen Hart
FIC Har
The Secret Of The Old Clock.
Carolyn Keene
J FIC Kee
In The Woods
Tana French
FIC Fre
The Surgeon
Tess Gerritsen
FIC Ger
Iron Lake
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie
C. Alan Bradley
FIC Bra
Knit One, Kill Two
Maggie Sefton
FIC Sef
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax
Dorothy Gilman
FIC Gil
Maisie Dobbs
Jacqueline Winspear
FIC Win
Whose Body?
Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh) Sayers
FIC Say