SYKM


Paranormal
Ghosts, Psychics, etc.
(see also Vampires)
Ben Aaronovitch
  • Peter Grant: police constable, apprentice wizard, and all round nice guy, in London, England, in the Rivers of London urban fantasy series

P.J. Alderman
  • Jordan Marsh: prime suspect in her husband’s murder, who leaves Los Angeles to restore a Victorian house with two ghosts, in fictional Port Chatham, Washington

Madelyn Alt
  • Maggie O’Neill: antique shop clerk, and her employer Felicity Dow, in Stony Mill, Indiana, in the Bewitching mysteries

Kevin J. Anderson
  • Dan Shamble: zombie private investigator at Shamble & Die (Chambeaux & Deyer) Investigations, in the Big Uneasy

Barbra Annino
  • Stacy Justice: 20-something reluctant witch working as a reporter, and her Great Dane Thor, in fictional Amethyst, Illinois

Nancy Atherton
  • Aunt Dimity: romantic ghost in England

Mignon F. Ballard
  • Augusta Goodnight: a Guardian angel

Juliet Blackwell
  • Lily Ivory: a witch running a vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora’s Closet, in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California, in the Witchcraft mysteries

Heather Blake (Heather Webber)
  • Darcy Merriweather, from a long line of witches who can cast spells by making a wish, in the Enchanted Village section of Salem, Massachusetts, in the Wishcraft mysteries

Susan M. Boyer
  • Liz Talbot: private investigator with a ghostly sidekick, in fictional Stella Maris, South Carolina

Barbara Bretton
  • Chloe Hobbs: half-human, half-sorceress, owner of a knitting shop, in Sugar Maple, Vermont

Jim Butcher
  • Harry Dresden: the only wizard listed in the yellow pages in Chicago, Illinois, in the Dresden Files

Meg Cabot
  • Meena Harper: young soap opera writer who can foresee how people will die, in New York City

Mike Carey
  • Felix Castor: free-lance exorcist, in supernatural fantasy thrillers set in London, England

Bailey Cates (Cricket McRae)
  • Katie Lightfoot, a novice witch and professional baker working at her aunt and uncle's bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, in the Magical Bakery mysteries

Helen Chappell
  • Hollis Ball: reporter, and Sam Wescott, her ex-husband’s ghost, in Maryland

Manning Coles (written as Francis Gaite)
  • Charles and James Latimer: ghosts of English and American cousins killed in the Franco-Prussian War (1870s)

J.J. Cook (Joyce & Jim Lavene)
  • Stella Griffin: a former Chicago fire fighter, now the fire chief for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, along with the ghost of former fire chief Eric Gamlyn, in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mysteries

E.J. Copperman (Jeffrey Cohen)
  • Alison Kerby: guesthouse owner with two unexpected guests (ghosts) in her newly acquired Jersey Shore Victorian, in the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries
Catherine Dain
  • Mariana Morgan: psychic healer, in Los Angeles, California, in the New Age mysteries

Shirley Damsgaard
  • Ophelia Jensen: a reluctant witch who is a librarian, and her grandmother Abby, in a small town in Iowa

Casey Daniels
  • Pepper Martin: tour guide at a cemetery, who can talk with a mob boss ghost, in Cleveland, Ohio

Jana DeLeon
  • Maryse Robicheaux: a botanist researcher whose husband absconded, the wisecracking ghost of her mother-in-law Helena Henry, and her friend Sabine LeVeche, in Mudbug, Louisiana, in the Ghost-in-Law Mystery Romance series

Laurel Dewey
  • Jane Perry: police detective, later a private investigator dealing with hauntings and demons, in Denver and elsewhere in Colorado

Alice Duncan
  • Daisy Gumm Majesty: medium to the rich and famous in 1920s Pasadena, California

Rosemary Edghill
  • Karen Hightower: (aka Bast), a white witch and graphic designer in New York City

Christy Fifield (Christina F. York)
  • Glory Martine, inheriting her great-uncle’s souvenir shop, including ghosts, in Keyhole Bay, Florida, in the Haunted Souvenir Shop mysteries

Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily
  • Ariel Quigley: college English teacher with psychic powers, in Alexandria, Virginia

Yasmine Galenorn
  • Emerald O’Brien: tea shop owner and psychic, in the Chintz’n China Mysteries

Randall Garrett
  • Lord Darcy: Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, in contemporary times of an alternative history Anglo-French empire where the laws of magic prevail

David L. Golemon
  • Jack Collins, and other operatives in the Event Group, the most secret US agency ever, in a science fiction–paranormal–thriller series

Heather Graham
  • The Flynn Brothers: private investigators inheriting a haunted mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana

Andrew M. Greeley
  • Nuala Anne McGrail: young Irish immigrant psychic and singer in Chicago, Illinois

Kate Green
  • Theresa Fortunato: tarot-reading psychic, and Oliver Jardine, a police detective, in Los Angeles, California

Jackie Griffey
  • Maggie Murphy: recently widowed 24-year-old, whose dead husband’s ghost Horace hangs around, and patrolman Joe Driver, in Memphis, Tennessee

Charlaine Harris
  • Harper Connelly: lightning survivor who can find bodies, and her stepbrother Tolliver, in Sarne, Arkansas
  • Sookie Stackhouse: cocktail waitress and telepath, and her vampire boyfriend, Bill, in small town Louisiana, in the Southern Vampire mysteries

Carolyn Hart
  • Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who dies during a storm and then returns as a ghost to help solve crime in her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma

Daniel Hecht
  • Cree Black: parapsychologist with a haunted past in Seattle, Washington

Patty G. Henderson
  • Brenda Strange: lesbian private investigator of the weird, in Tampa, Florida

Kay Hooper
  • Psychic FBI agents and investigators working for Bishop, a FBI Special Crimes Unit

Sue Ann Jaffarian
  • Emma Whitecastle: a divorced mom, and the ghost of her pie-baking great-great-great-grandmother, Granny Apples, amateur sleuths

Darynda Jones
  • Charlotte “Charley” Davidson: part-time private investigator helping the police with her ability to contact the dead in her full-time role as the Grim Reaper, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a paranormal romantic suspense series
Sofie Kelly
  • Kathleen Paulson, a librarian from Boston, and two stray cats with special powers, Owen and Hercules, in fictional Mayville Heights, Minnesota, in the Magical Cats mysteries

Alice Kimberly
  • Penelope Thornton-McClure: bookshop owner, and Jack Shepard, the store’s resident ghost-sleuth, in Quindicott, Rhode Island, in the Haunted Bookshop mysteries

Dean R. Koontz
  • Odd Thomas: fry cook who can communicate with the dead, in the fictional small town of Pico Mundo, California

Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Arcane Society: secret organization devoted to paranormal research
  • Zoe Luce: psychic interior decorator in Whispering Springs, Arizona

Victoria Laurie
  • Abby Cooper: “Psychic Eye” in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, later Austin, Texas
  • M.J. Holliday: medium and ghostbuster, and her partner Gilley, in the Ghost Hunter mysteries

Joyce and Jim Lavene
  • Dae O’Donnell: the mayor of the small town of Duck, North Carolina, who runs a collectible shop and uses her psychic abilities to find lost things, in the Missing Pieces mysteries

Martha Lawrence
  • Dr. Elizabeth Chase: Stanford-trained parapsychologist turned private investigator, in San Diego, California

Maria Lima
  • Keira Kelly: half-breed descendant of a powerful paranormal family living among humans in Rio Seco, Texas

Lizbeth Lipperman
  • Elaina (Lainey) Garcia: talk-show host, and the ghost of her sister Tessa, in Grapevine, Texas, in the Dead Sister Talking mysteries

T.J. MacGregor
  • Mira Morales: bookstore owner and psychic, in Tango Key, Florida

Molly MacRae
  • Kath Rutledge: a textile preservationist, inheriting her grandmother’s wool shop, along with a depressed ghost, in fictional Blue Plum, Tennessee, in the Haunted Yarn Shop series

P.D. Martin
  • Sophie Anderson: transplanted Australian who has premonitions working as an FBI profiler, based in Quantico, Virginia

Judi McCoy
  • Ellie Engleman: professional dog walker who communicates psychically with dogs, her adopted Yorkie Rudy, and her sometime boyfriend police detective Sam Ryder, in Manhattan, New York City, in the Dog Walker mysteries

Chaz McGee (Katy Munger)
  • Kevin Fahey, a dead former second-rate cop, mediocre husband, and absent father, in the Dead Detective series

Barbara Michaels (Elizabeth Peters)
  • Books of suspense, often with supernatural overtones

Kris Neri
  • Samantha Brennan: fake psychic, and Annabelle Haggerty, FBI agent and true psychic, in Los Angeles, California
Sharon Pape
  • Rory (Aurora) McCain: former police sketch artist, now a private investigator sharing a house with the ghost of Federal Marshal Zeke (Ezekiel) Drummond in Huntington, Long Island, New York, in the Portrait of Crime mysteries

Don Pendleton
  • Aston Ford: former naval intelligence officer, now a psychic private investigator

Terri Persons
  • Bernadette “Cat” Saint Clare: FBI agent with paranormal powers, in St. Paul, Minnesota

Manjiri Prabhu
  • Sonia Someth: owner of Stellar Investigations Detective Agency, and a master of Verdic astrology, in Pune, India

Dolores Stewart Riccio
  • Cass (Cassandra) Shipton: owner of Earthlore Herbal Preparations and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, and a member of a study group turned coven, in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Kat Richardson
  • Harper Blaine: private investigator who can see ghosts, zombies, and the like, after being dead for two minutes, in Seattle, Washington, in the Greywalker series

Karen Robards
  • Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone: expert in criminal pathology who can communicate with the newly dead

Wendy Roberts
  • Sadie Novak: former teacher now running Scene-2-Clean, a cleaning company specializing in cleaning up death scenes, in Seattle, Washington, in the Ghost Dusters series

M.J. Rose
  • Reincarnationist mysteries with past-life paranormal elements

Michelle Rowen
  • Sarah Dearly: a fledgling vampire working with master vampire Thierry de Bennicoeur, an agent of the Ring, policing vampires worldwide, in the Immortality Bites mysteries

Elena Santangelo
  • Pat Montella: whose sleuthing is aided by her ability see and hear ghosts, on an estate near Fredericksburg, Virginia

Shari Shattuck
  • Greer Sands: psychic and massage therapist with a teenage son, in fictional Shadow Hills, in the mountains above Los Angeles, California

George D. Shuman
  • Sherry Moore: blind psychic who can relive a murder victim’s last moments, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Clea Simon
  • Dulcie Schwartz: Harvard doctoral candidate living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the ghost of her cat Mr. Grey
  • Pru Marlowe: animal psychic returning to her hometown in the Berkshires, New York

Rochelle Staab
  • Liz Cooper: clinical psychologist who is skeptical about the paranormal, in Los Angeles, California, in the Mind for Murder mysteries

Mary Stanton (Claudia Bishop)
  • Brianna Winston-Beaufort: a lawyer who inherits a haunted law firm, in Savannah, Georgia, in the Beaufort & Co. series

Simone St. James
  • Non-series historical ghost stories set in 1920s England

Jane Tesh
  • David Randall: private detective, and his psychic friend Camden, in Parkland, North Carolina, in the Grace Street mysteries

Kari Lee Townsend
  • Sunny Meadows: fortune teller leaving New York City for rural Divinity, in upstate New York, in the Fortune Teller mysteries

Mignon Warner
  • Edwina Charles: clairvoyant in England

Peggy Webb
  • Elvis Presley: reincarnated as a basset hound, Callie Valentine Jones, a hairdresser at her Uncle Charlie’s mortuary, and Lovie, a caterer, near Tupelo, Mississippi, in the Southern Cousins mysteries

Heather Webber
  • Lucy Valentine: the black sheep of a psychic matchmaking family, now running the family business, Valentine, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts

Carolyn Wells
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Pennington “Penny” Wise: psychic private investigator, and his female sidekick Zizi, in New York City and New England


Karen White
  • Melanie Middleton: inheriting an historic home with ghosts, in Charleston, South Carolina

Collin Wilcox
  • Stephen Drake: newspaper reporter with ESP in San Francisco, California

Sarah Zettel
  • Charlotte Caine: chef running Nightlife, a restaurant serving the undead in New York City, in the Vampire Chef mysteries