France Mysteries
Marvin Albert
  • Pete (Pierre-Ange, Stone Angel) Sawyer: French-American private investigator in Paris, France

Susanne Alleyn
  • Aristide Ravel: a young investigator and freelance undercover agent, around the time of the French Revolution (late 18th century), in Paris, France

Delano Ames
  • Dagobert Brown: sometime researcher and writer and his wife Jane, living in southern France

Lisa Appignanesi
  • Marguerite de Landois: in 1899-1900 Paris, France

Pierre Audemars
  • Hercule Renard: railway worker in 1930s Paris and elsewhere in France
  • Monsieur Pinaud: inspector in the Sûreté, a conscientious family man, and the greatest detective in France

Jean-Luc Bannalec
  • Georges Dupin: former Paris detective, now a police Commissaire exiled to Brittany, France

Tonino Benacquista
  • Antoine Andrieux: a young Basque in Paris, France
  • Fred Blake: writing a history of the WWII Normandy landings — actually Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-Mafia boss in the FBI Witness Protection Program — and his family in Cholong-sur-Avre, Normandy, France

Cara Black
  • Aimee Leduc: owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security, in Paris, France

Norman Bogner
  • Michel Danton: police detective in the south of France

Michael Bond
  • Aristide Pamplemousse: gourmet restaurant guide inspector, and his bloodhound Pommes Frites, in Paris, France

Gyles Brandreth
  • Oscar Wilde: poet, wit, and playwright, friend of Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Sherard, great-grandson of Wordsworth, investigate murders in Victorian England, Scotland, and France

Armand Cabasson
  • Quentin Margont: officer and investigator in the Grande Armée, in the early 1800s, during the Napoleonic Wars

Alexander Campion
  • Capucine LeTellier, a police detective specializing in white-collar crime, and her husband Alexandre, a portly food critic, in Paris, France, in the Capucine Culinary mysteries

John Dickson Carr
  • Henri Bencolin: juge d’instruction (examining magistrate) in Paris, France

Barbara Cleverly
  • Leatitia Talbot: archeologist based in post-WWI France

Sarah D’Almeida
  • D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis of Dumas fame, serving the king in 17th century France, in the Musketeers mysteries

Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Irene Adler: opera star and sleuth in 19th Century France

Quinn Fawcett (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Bill Fawcett)
  • Mme. Victoire Vernet: the French wife of a Napoleonic gerdarme

Mickey Friedman
  • Georgia Lee Maxwell: disaffected Florida society editor who moves to Paris to write a magazine column, in Paris, France

Alan Furst
  • Jean Casson: film producer caught up in the Resistance during WWII, in German-occupied Paris, France

Émile Gaboriau
  • Monseiur Lecoq: police detective with the Sûreté, in Paris, France

Phiippe Georget
  • Gilles Sebag: police detective based in Perpignan, in the Catalan area of France

Bruce Graeme
  • William Stevens, a Scotland Yard inspector in London, England, and Pierre Allain, an agent in the Sûreté in Paris, France

David Graeme (Bruce Graeme)
  • Monsieur Blackshirt: Richard Verrell’s 17th-century ancestor in France

Mark Hebden
  • Evariste Clovis Désiré Pel: Chief Inspector of the Brigade Criminelle of the Police Judiciaire, in Burgundy, France (series continued by daughter Juliet Hebden)

Jean-Claude Izzo
  • Fabio Montale: cop who goes out on his own in Marseilles, France

Jane Jakeman
  • Cecil Galant: examining magistrate in Cannes, France

J. Robert Janes
  • Jean-Louis St. Cyr: officer in the French Sûreté Nationale, and Herman Kohler, a Gestapo agent, based in 1940s Paris, France
Marne Davis Kellogg
  • Kick Keswick: who worked for an auction house in London, England, for 30 years, and was a master jewel thief, now retired to Provence, France

Maurice Leblanc
  • Arsène Lupin: young, handsome, brave, and roguish Prince of Thieves, who sometimes helped the police in Paris, France

Pierre Lemaître
  • Camille Verhoeven: short, pugnacious police commandant (detective chief inspector), in Paris, France

M.L. Longworth
  • Antoine Verlaque: the chief magistrate of Aix, and his love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet, in Aix-en-Provence, France

Pierre Magnan
  • Commissaire Laviolette: police detective in Provence, France
  • Séraphin Monge: orphan returning to his hometown after WWI, in Provence, France

Adrian Magson
  • Lucas Rocco: police inspector in the 1960s, formerly in Paris, now in Poissons-les-Marais, in rural northern France

Mallock (Jean-Denis Bruet-Ferreol)
  • Amédée Mallock: police commissioner in Paris, France, in the Barbarian Chronicles

Jean-Patrick Manchette
  • Non-series thrillers mostly set in France

Dominique Manotti
  • Daquin: gay police detective, in Paris, France

Peter May
  • Enzo Macleod: Scottish biologist based in France

Vincent McConnor
  • Chief Inspector Damiot of the Paris police, and his dog Fric-Frac, in Paris and elsewhere in France

Tom Mitcheltree
  • Grant Reynolds: former Boston homicide detective, now a field investigator for the U.S. Legal Attaché office, in Paris, France

Frédérique Molay
  • Nico Sirsky: chief of the criminal investigation division, La Crim’, in Paris, France, in the Paris Homicide series

Sharan Newman
  • Catherine LeVendeur: novice and scholar in 12th century France

Charles O’Brien
  • Anne Cartier: ex-vaudeville actress, then a tutor for deaf children, in England and France on the eve of the French Revolution

Martin O’Brien
  • Daniel Jacquot: former rugby player, now a homicide chief inspector, in Marseilles, France
Jean-François Parot
  • Nicolas Le Floch: young policeman from Breton, beginning in 1761 during the reign of Louis XV, in pre-revolutionary Paris, France

R Barbara Corrado Pope
  • Bernard Martin: investigating magistrate in late 19th century Provence, France

Mark Pryor
  • Hugo Marston: head of security at the US embassy in Paris, France

Judith Rock
  • Charles Matthieu Beuvron du Luc: teacher of rhetoric at Louis le Grand, a Jesuit school in 1680s Paris, France

Anna Shone
  • Ulysses Finnegan Donaghue: Shakespeare scholar and private eye in Provence, France

Georges Simenon
  • Inspector Maigret: police inspector in Paris, France, and Madame Maigret, his wife

Peter Steiner
  • Louis Morgon: Middle East policy expert dismissed from the CIA, taking refuge in France

Fred Vargas
  • Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg: commissioner of police (chief inspector), in Paris, France
  • Marc Vandoosler, Lucien Devernois, and Matthias Delamarre, three students, and ex-policeman Ludwig Kelweihler, in France

Martin Walker
  • Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges: Chief of Police in St. Denis, in the Périgord region of southwestern France

Michelle Wan
  • Mara Dunn: French-Canadian interior decorator, relocated to the Dordogne region in southwestern France

Alan Williams
  • Charles Pol: Marxist bandit and lingerie shop owner, in Paris, France

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