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Authors & Characters added in 2007


Authors and Characters Added in January 2007

Michael Avallone: Ed Noon, a private investigator in New York City, later on special assignment to the President of the United States; April Dancer, the Girl from U.N.C.L.E.; Hawaii Five-O; Philip St. George, Satan Sleuth; romantic suspense written as Priscilla Dalton, Edwina Noone, Dorothea Nile, and Jean-Anne de Prè

Louis Bayard: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

Alex Berenson: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best First Mystery Novel

Massimo Carlotto: Marco “Alligator” Buratti , a former blues singer and ex-con, working as a private investigator in Venice, Italy (2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Paperback Original)

Brian Evenson: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Paperback Original

Robert Fate: Kristin Van Dijk, “Baby Shark”, seeking revenge for the murder of her pool hustler father, in west Texas

Gillian Flynn: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best First Mystery Novel

John Godey: Jack Albany, a small-time actor mistaken for a Mafia hit-man, in New York City

David Goodis: non-series mysteries

Jason Goodwin: Yashim Togalu, a eunuch for an Ottoman sultan, in 1830s Istanbul, Turkey (2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Mystery Novel)

Joanne Harris: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

John Hart: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best First Mystery Novel

Charlotte Jay: non-series mysteries

Selwyn Jepson: Ian MacArthur; Eve Gill, a young sleuth frequently dealing with problems caused by her liquor-smuggling father, in England

Patrick Neate: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best Paperback Original

Vin Packer: non-series mysteries

Cornelia Read: 2007 Edgar Finalist for Best First Mystery Novel

Patricia Smiley: Tucker Sinclair, a 30-something divorcee and financial adviser, in Los Angeles, California

Edward Wright: John Ray Horn, a former B-movie cowboy star and ex-con turned debt-collector, in 1940s Los Angeles, California

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Authors and Characters Added in February 2007

New series on the Cordelia Frances Biddle page: Martha Beale, in 1840s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pamela Branch: non-series mysteries

Mark De Castrique: Barry Clayton, an ex-cop who returns home to help run the family funeral home business, in Gainesboro, North Carolina

Peter Chambers: Mark Preston, a private investigator in Monkton City, California

Jerome Charyn: Isaac Sidel, a deputy police commissioner, later Mayor, in New York City; Sidney Holden, a hit-man, in New York City

Blaize Clement: Dixie Hemingway, a former sheriff’s deputy, now a professional pet sitter, in Sarasota, Florida

Colin Cotterill: Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 70-something national coroner, Nurse Dtui, and Geung, a developmentally challenged morgue assistant, in 1970s Laos

Brian Kavanagh: Belinda Lawrence, a young Australian who inherited a cottage near Bath, England

Wilder Perkins: Bartholemew Hoare, a British Navy officer wounded in the throat during the Napoleanic Wars of the early 1800s, and assigned to espionage duties

Linda Lee Peterson: Maggie Fiore, a magazine writer and editor in San Francisco, California

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Authors and Characters Added in March 2007

Sandi Ault: Jamaica Wild, a resource-protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management, in northern New Mexico

Deb Baker: Gertie Johnson, a 60-something sleuth in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Yooper mysteries; Gretchen Birch, her mother Caroline, and her aunt Nina, doll collectors in Phoenix, Arizona, in the Dolls To Die For mysteries

Suzanne Blanc: Miguel Menendez, an Indio investigator for the Bureau of Tourism, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Laura Bradford: Elise Jenkins, a reporter for the Ocean Point Weekly, and Mitch Burns, a police detective, in Ocean Point, New Jersey

Jane K. Cleland: Josie Prescott, an antiques dealer in a small town in coastal New Hampshire, in the Antiques mysteries

Alan Cook: Lillian Morgan, a retired math professor in a retirement community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Lonnie Cruse: Joe Dalton, a sheriff in Metropolis, Illinois; Kitty and Jack Bloodworth, owners of a show quality ’57 Chevy

Evelyn David: Mac Sullivan, a retired cop, and Whiskey, his Irish Wolfhound partner, along with Rachel Brenner, a 40-something divorcee and mother of a teenaged son, in Washington, DC

Vicki Delany: Molly Smith, a rookie constable, and Sergeant John Winters, in the mountain town Trafalgar, British Columbia, Canada; Non-series psychological suspense, in Ontario, Canada

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

Rae Foley: John Harland, in New York City; Hiram Potter, a wealthy young man in New York City and New England

Meg Gardiner: Evan Delaney, an adventurous young woman in Santa Barbara, California

Kenneth R. Lewis: Kevin Kearnes, chief of police of the fictional coastal town of Cutter Point, Oregon, near the California border, and later an agent with Homeland Security in Portland, Oregon, and Thud Compton, a police sergeant, later chief

Hailey Lind: Annie Kincaid, a reformed art forger now in the faux finishing business, in the Art Lover’s mysteries

Karen E. Olson: Annie Seymour, a police reporter in New Haven, Connecticut

Ian Sansom: Israel Armstrong, a Jewish vegetarian from London, in charge of a mobile library in the village of Tumdrum, Northern Ireland, in the Mobile Library mysteries

Lisa Tillman: 2006 Agatha Award Finalist for Best First Mystery

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Authors and Characters Added in April 2007

Val Andrews: Sherlock Holmes, a sleuth based in London, England

Nancy Bush: Jane Kelly, a reluctant private investigator, and her pug, The Binkster, in Lake Chinook, Oregon

Mary Devlin: Geoffrey Chaucer, poet and detective in the late 1300s, in England

Robert Dugoni: non-series mysteries

Anthony Eglin: Lawrence Kingston, a retired botany professor in England, in the English Garden mysteries

New series on the Shelley Freydont page: Katie McDonald, a mathematician and Sudoku whiz who returns to her hometown of Granville, New Hampshire

Friedrich Glauser: Jakob Studer, a police sergeant (Wachtmeister) in 1930s Bern, Switzerland

Lisa Jackson: Anthony Paterno, a detective in California; Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, police detectives in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the New Orleans romantic suspense series; Pierce Reed, a detective in the southern town of Savannah

Marshall Karp: Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs, police detectives in Los Angeles, California

Con Lehane: Brian McNulty, a bartender in 1980s Manhattan, New York City

Sheila Lowe: Claudia Rose, a handwriting analyst, in Los Angeles, California

Susan Cummins Miller: Frankie MacFarlane, a geologist based in Tucson, Arizona

New series on the Philip Gooden page, written as Philippa Morgan: Geoffrey Chaucer, acting as an agent for Edward III in the late 1300s in England and on the continent

New series on the Lisa Miscione page, writing under her married name Lisa Unger: Ridley Jones, a freelance writer in New York City

Leonardo Padura: Mario Conde, a police inspector in Havana, Cuba

New series on the Ridley Pearson page: Walt Fleming, the sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho

Louise Penny: Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, in the village of Three Pines, in southern Quebec, Canada

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

New series on the Jonathan Santlofer page: Nate Rodriguez, a talented NYPD police sketch artist in New York City

Michael Siverling: Victoria and Jason Wilder, a mother and son private investigator team, in River City, California

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith: Poppy Rice, an FBI agent

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Authors and Characters Added in May 2007

Ingrid Black: Saxon, a former US FBI agent turned true-crime writer, and Grace Fitzgerald, Detective Chief Superintendent with the murder squad, in Dublin, Ireland

Victoria Blake: Samantha (Sam) Falconer, a world judo champion turned private investigator at the Gentle Way investigation agency in London, working in Oxford, England

Miranda Bliss: Annie Capshaw, recently divorced, and her ex-beauty queen best friend, Eve DeCateur, in Arlington, Virginia, in the Cooking Class mysteries

Glen Bonham: Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Candy Calvert: Darcy Cavanaugh, an ER nurse who takes a job on a cruise ship

New series on the Taffy Cannon page: Roxanne Prescott, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and then San Diego, California

Tori Carrington: Sofie Metropolis, a Greek-American private investigator, in Queens, New York City

New series on the Kate Charles page: Callie Anson, a newly ordained Anglican cleric, her boyfriend Mark Lombardi, a police officer, and DI Neville Stewart, in London, England

New series on the Barbara Cleverly page: Leatitia Talbot, an archeologist based in post-WWI France

Emma Cole: Kate Murray, a journalist, in Canada (Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel)

J.J. Connington: Sir Clinton Driffield, Chief Constable, and Squire Wendover, in rural England; Superintendant Ross, in England; Mark Brand, in England

New series on the Clive Cussler page: Mercenaries, known as the Corporation, headquartered on the ship Oregon, a seagoing marvel of science and technology disguised as an ancient, rust-bucket cargo vessel, in the Oregon Chronicles

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

New series on the Jeffery Deaver page: Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bureau of Investigation

Sean Doolittle: non-series mysteries

Anne Emery: Monty Collins, a defense attorney in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel)

Christopher Fowler: Arthur Bryant and John May, detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit, in London, England

Alex Gray: DCI Lorimer and Dr. Soloman Brightman, a psychologist and criminal profiler, in Glasgow, Scotland

New series on the Kerry Greenwood page: Corinna Chapman, a former banker, now running a bakery, Earthly Delights, in Melbourne, Australia

Joyce Holms: Tam Buchanan, a lawyer, and his law student assistant Fizz Fitzgerald, in Edinburgh, Scotland

New series on the Roberta Isleib page: Dr. Rebecca Butterman, a clinical psychologist and advice columnist, in Guilford, Connecticut, in the Advice Column mysteries

Sue Ann Jaffarian: Odelia Grey, a plus-sized, middle-aged paralegal, in southern California

Susanna Kearsley (Emma Cole): Non-series books of romantic suspense

Stephen Kimber: Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Kathleen Moore Knight: Elisha Macomber, the 70-something Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Penberthy Township, and proprietor of a fish market, in fictional Penberthy Island, Massachusetts; Margot Blair, a partner in a public relations firm

Ronald A. Knox: Miles Bredon, an insurance investigator for the Indescribable Insurance Company, in England

New series on the Victoria Laurie page: M.J., a medium and ghostbuster, and her partner Gilley, in the Ghost Hunter mysteries

New series on the Elmore Leonard page: Carl Webster, a US Marshall in the 1930s and 1940s

Robert S. Levinson: Neil Gulliver, a former newspaper crime reporter, and former spouse Stevie Marriner, a soap opera star, in Los Angeles, California

Lawrence Light: Karen Glick, feature writer for a Wall Street magazine, in New York City

Jess Lourey: Mira James, an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, in Battle Lake, Minnesota, in the Murder-by-Month mysteries

Jaye Maiman: Robin Miller, a lesbian romance novel and travel writer turned private investigator, in New York City

Paul Mann: George Sansi, a half- English, half-Indian police inspector, in Bombay, India; Colin Lynch, an international espionage agent

Jean Marcy: Meg Darcy, a working-class lesbian private investigator, and police detective Sarah Lindstrom, in St. Louis, Missouri

Grant McCrea: Rick Redman, a lawyer, drinker, rookie investigator, father, and poker hound, in New York City (Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel)

Tom Mitcheltree: Paul Fischer, a college professor in Oregon and Maine; Grant Reynolds, a former Boston homicide detective, now a field investigator for the U.S. Legal Attaché office, in Paris, France

New series on the Barbara Nadel page: Francis Hancock, an undertaker in 1940s London, England

Karen Rose: non-series mysteries

David Russell: Finalist 2007 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Roxanne Sackville: non-series mysteries

Stephen Santogrossi: Tim Ryder, a carpenter in Palm Springs, California

Kit Sloane: Margot O’Banion, a film editor, and Max Skull, a movie director, based in Los Angeles, California

Karen Hanson Stuyck: Lis James, a journalist turned public relations officer for a mental health center, in Houston, Texas

Aline Templeton: Marjory Fleming, a detective inspector, in Scotland

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Authors and Characters Added in June 2007

Jefferson Bass: Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist in Tennessee, in the Body Farm series

George Bellairs: Thomas Littlejohn, a police inspector, later Superintendent, mostly in England; Timothy Dewer, a police inspector in England (written as Hilary Landon)

Allison Brennan: The Kincaid Trilogy; non-series romantic suspense

Margaret Dumas: Charley Van Leeuwen Fairfax, an heiress, and her new husband Jack, in San Francisco, California

David Fulmer: Valentin St. Cyr, a Creole private detective in the early 20th century, in the Storyville district of New Orleans, Louisiana

Richard Hawke (Tim Cockey): Fritz Malone, a private investigator, and bastard son of a former police commissioner, in New York City

Susan Hill: Simon Serrailler, a police Chief Inspector in Lafferton, England

Lesley Horton: John Handford, a Detective Inspector, and Detective Sergeant Khalid Ali, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Harry Hunsicker: Lee Henry Oswald, Gulf War vet, loner, and private investigator, in Dallas, Texas

Russell James: non-series mysteries

David Lawrence: Stella Mooney, a Detective Sergeant in London, England; non-series mysteries written as Jack Curtis

Carlo Lucarelli: Grazia Negro, a young female detective assigned to a special task force designed to catch serial killers, in Bologna, Italy; Commissario De Luca, a former commander in Mussolini’s political police, in northern Italy in 1945

Stuart MacBride: Logan McRae, a Detective Sergeant in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

New series on the Robert J. Randisi page: The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, et al.) in Las Vegas, Nevada

John Rhode: Dr. Lancelot Priestley, a former professor of mathematics, in England; (written as Miles Burton) Desmond Merrion, a military intelligence officer who becomes a private detective, and Henry Arnold, a Scotland Yard inspector, in England

New character on the Mary Roberts Rinehart page: Letitia (Tish) Carberry

New series on the Barbara Burnett Smith page: Kitzi Camden, a 50-ish beader and former senator, in Texas

Ethel Lina White: non-series mysteries

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Authors and Characters Added in July 2007

John Banville: Freddie Montgomery trilogy

New series on the William Bernhardt page: Susan Pulaski, a police profiler who struggles with alcoholism, in Las Vegas, Nevada

Benjamin Black: Quirke, a coroner in 1950s Dublin, Ireland

Brett Ellen Block: non-series mysteries

Lillian Stewart Carl: Rebecca Reid, a historian, and Michael Campbell, a Scottish professor, in Ohio and later in Scotland; Jean Fairbairn, working for an Edinburgh-based history and travel magazine, and Alasdair Cameron, a police detective, in Scotland

Michael Chabon: non-series mysteries

Michael Collins: [b. 1964] non-series mysteries

Troy Cook: non-series mysteries

Frederick Highland: non-series mysteries

Declan Hughes: Ed Loy, an Irish private investigator who has been living in Los Angeles, returning home to Dublin, Ireland

Mark Mills: non-series mysteries

Orhan Pamuk: non-series mysteries set in historic and modern Turkey

Alexandra Sokoloff: non-series mysteries

Nick Stone: Max Mingus, an ex-cop private investigator, in Miami, Florida, and Haiti

Leonie Swann: non-series mysteries

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Authors and Characters Added in August 2007

Two new series on the Jane Adams page: Ray Flowers, a former police sergeant, private investigator, in England; Rina Martin, a retired actress who played a private investigator in a television series, in Frantham, England

New series on the Anne Argula page: Quinn, a Seattle cop turned PI

Tessa Barclay: Gregory Crowne, former Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein, a classical music event organizer, in Europe

Stephanie Bond: The Voodoo series, in Mojo, Louisiana; Carlotta Wren, a rich girl now working in Neiman Marcus after her parents skip to avoid prosecution for white-collar crime, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the Body Movers series

John Burdett: Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a police detective in Bangkok, Thailand

Judy Clemens: Stella Crown, a Harley-riding dairy farmer, in Pennsylvania

Kjell Eriksson: Ann Lindell and Ola Haver, detectives in the Violent Crime Division, in Uppsala, Sweden

Robert Greer: CJ Floyd, a black bail bondsman, later Western collectible dealer, in Denver, Colorado

Jackie Griffey: Cas Larkin, sheriff in fictional Pine County, Tennessee, in the Maryville series

Fred Harris: Okie Dunn, appointed sheriff in 1930s Vernon, Oklahoma

J.M. Hayes: English, known as Englishman, a divorced, single-father sheriff of Benteen County, and Mad Dog, his part Cheyenne half-brother, in Buffalo Springs, Kansas

New series on the Linda Howard page: Blair Mallory, a health club owner in North Carolina

Peter James: Roy Grace, a Detective Superintendent of the CID, in Sussex, England

Eric Van Lustbader: Nicholas Linnear, a half-Asian, half-English crime fighter; Jake Maroc, top agent for the Quarry, a secretive US government agency; continuation of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, as authorized by the Ludlum Estate in 2004

Mary Jane Maffini: Camilla MacPhee, who runs an advocacy agency for victims of violent crime, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Fiona Silk, a talent-challenged romance writer, in the bilingual tourist town St. Aubaine, Quebec, Canada; Charlotte Adams, a 5-foot tall professional organizer, in upstate Woodbridge, New York

David Markson: Harry Fannin, a private detective, in 1960s New York City

Lorena McCourtney: the Julesburg, Oregon, mysteries; Ivy Malone, a little old lady who uses her inconspicuousness in her sleuthing; Andi McConnell, who turns 60, loses her job, and inherits a limousine

Reggie Nadelson: Artie Cohen, a Moscow-born NYPD cop, later a private investigator, based in New York City

Barrie Roberts: Sherlock Holmes pastiches; Chris Tyroll, an off-beat anarchist lawyer who will defend anyone, in the West Midlands of England

David Rollins: Tom Wilkes, a sergeant in the Australian Special Air Service; Major Vincent Cooper, an agent of the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations

New series on the John Sandford page: Virgil Flowers, thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who reports to Lucas Davenport (Prey series)

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

Rupert Thomson: non-series mysteries

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Authors and Characters Added in September 2007

Lori G. Armstrong: Julie Collins, a secretary in a sheriff’s office and part-time private investigator, in western South Dakota

Donis Casey: Alafair Tucker, matriarch of a large family in the early 1900s, in rural Oklahoma

Paul Cleave: Finalist 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel

Åke Edwardson: Jonathan Wide, a divorced ex-policeman turned private detective, in Gothenburg, Sweden; Erik Winter, a jazz-loving Chief Inspector of police, in Gothenburg, Sweden

Kyra Davis: Sophie Katz, a half-Black, half-Jewish mystery writer, in San Francisco, California

Richard Flanagan: Finalist 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel

Ariana Franklin: Adelia (Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar of Salerno), a coroner working for King Henry II in 12th century England

Gwen Freeman: Fifi Cutter, a bi-racial, 20-something, freelance insurance investigator, in Los Angeles, California

New series on the Alison Gaylin page: Simone Glass, a reporter for the tabloid “Asteroid” in Hollywood, California

New on the Tess Gerritsen page: non-series books of romantic suspense

New series on the Chris Grabenstein page: Christopher Miller, an FBI agent in Jersey City, New Jersey

Daniel Judson: Declan (Mac) MacManus, a struggling 30-something part-time private investigator living above a bar, in Southampton, New York

Cady Kalian: Maggie Mars, a struggling screenwriter and former investigative journalist, in Los Angeles, California

Mary Kittredge: Charlotte Kent, a freelance writer in fictional Pelican Rock, Mendocino County, California; Edwina Crusoe, a registered nurse at Chelsea Memorial Hospital, and later a medical investigator, in New Haven, Connecticut

Stephen Leather: Dan “Spider” Shepherd, a former SAS trooper turned undercover cop, based in London, England; non-series thrillers, many set in Southeast or East Asia

New series on the Peter May page: Enzo Macleod, a Scottish biologist based in France

Arimasa Osawa: Samejima, a maverick police detective, in Tokyo, Japan

David Peace: Events centered on the Yorkshire Ripper, in the Red Riding Quartet

Zoë Sharp: Charlotte “Charlie” Fox, a self-defense expert, based in England

Brian M. Wiprud: Garth Carson, a taxidermy dealer based in New York City

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Authors and Characters Added in October 2007

New series on the Sarah Andrews page: Valena Walker, a geology student

Suzanne Arruda: Jade del Cameron, an ambulance driver in WWI and adventurer in 1919-1920s colonial East Africa

New series on the Mark Arsenault page: Billy Povich, an obituary writer for a newspaper, in Providence, Rhode Island

Simon Beckett: Dr. David Hunter, a forensic anthropologist in England

Steve Brown: Susan Chase, specializing in finding runaways, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Edwin Corley: non-series mysteries; Ben Shock and Charity Tucker, unlicensed private investigators in the 1970s (written as Patrick Buchanan), non-series mysteries written as David Harper and as William Judson

Diana Gabaldon: Lord John Grey, a soldier and gentleman, in mid-18th century London, England, and elsewhere

Nicola Griffith: Aud Torvingen, a half-American, half-Norwegian lesbian ex-Atlanta cop and self-defense teacher

Gabriella Herkert: Sara Townley, an investigator for a law firm in Seattle, Washington, in the Animal Instinct mysteries

Petros Markaris: Costas Haritos, a former prison guard, now inspector in the CID in Athens, Greece

Andrew Martin: Jim Stringer, a railroad worker and amateur sleuth in the early 1900s, in England

Neil McGaughey: Kyle Malachi, who publishes mystery book reviews under the pseudonym Stokes Moran

Michiro Naito: non-series mysteries

Diana O’Hehir: Carla Day, 20-something, and her elderly father, an accomplished Egyptologist suffering from Alzeimer’s, in California

Maurice Procter: Philip Hunter, a detective superintendent, in fictional Yoreborough (York), England; Harry Martineau, a detective inspector, later Detective Chief Inspector, in fictional Granchester, “Metropolis of the North”, England

David Rotenberg: Zhong Fong, head of the Special Investigation Unit, in Shanghai, China

Mark Schweizer: Hayden Konig, the police chief, and choir director and organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, in the Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina

Walter Sorrells: Chastity “Chass” Pureheart, a teenager on the run with her mother Allison for as long as she can remember, in the Hunted series; Mechelle Deakes, an African-American police detective demoted to the cold case unit, in Atlanta, Georgia (written as Lynn Abercrombie)

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

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Authors and Characters Added in November 2007

Barbara Allan: (joint pseudonym of Barbara and Max Allan Collins) Brandy Borne, recently divorced, now back in her hometown in Iowa, with Sushi, her blind Shih Tzu, in the Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries

Russell Andrews: (joint pseudonym of David Handler and Peter Gethers) Justin Westwood, a former Providence, RI, cop, retreating to the local police department in East End Harbor, Long Island, New York

Karen Grigsby Bates: Alex (Alexa) Powell, an African-American and newspaper columnist, in Los Angeles, California

James R. Benn: Billy Boyle, a Boston cop from a family of Boston cops, on the staff of distant relative, General Eisenhower, during WWII

Anthony Bidulka: Russell Quant, an ex-farmboy, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, gay private detective, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Todd Borg: Owen McKenna, an ex-San Francisco homicide inspector turned private investigator, and his Harlequin Great Dane, Spot, at lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

New series on the Paul Charles page: Inspector Starrett of the Garda Serious Crime Unit, in County Donegal, Ireland

Martina Cole: Maura Ryan, who joins the family “firm” and becomes the young queen of the criminal underworld, in the East End of London, England; Kate Burrows a detective inspector, and her lover Patrick Kelly with underworld connections, in the East End of London, England

Felicia Donovan: The Spider Women — ex-cop Katie Mahoney, computer forensics expert Alexandria Axelrod, office manager Margo Norton, and financial whiz Jane Landers — of the Black Widow Agency, who right the wrongs done to innocent women by dastardly men, in New Hampshire

Mike Doogan: Nik Kane, a 50-something ex-Anchorage cop, ex-con, and ex-husband, in Alaska

Ruth Downie: Gaius Petreius Ruso, a recently divorced Roman army physician, in second century Roman Britain

Christy Tillery French: Natasha Chamberlain, a young investigator, and Jonce Striker, founder of Investigative Services, Inc., in Knoxville, Tennessee

Two new series on the Alan Furst page: Roger Levin, a 1970s marijuana dealer and shrewd operator who does for others what they would prefer not to do themselves; Jean Casson, a film producer caught up in the Resistance during WWII, in German-occupied Paris, France

Honor Hartman: (Dean James pseudonym) Emma Diamond, a recent widow, novice bridge player, and amateur detective, in Houston, Texas, in the Bridge Club mysteries

New series on the Veronica Heley page: Bea Abbot, recently widowed and trying to retire from the Abbot Agency, which specialized in cases where clients wanted to avoid police involvement, in London, England

Adrian Hyland: 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel

Zachary Klein: Matt Jacob, a former social worker, now private investigator, with a drug problem, in Boston, Massachussets

New series on the Joyce and Jim Lavene page: Glad Wycznewski, a 40-something ex-cop from Chicago, and his new wife Ruby, on the NASCAR racing circuit, in the Stock Car Racing mysteries

Diane Wei Liang: Mei Wang, a modern, independent woman, and private investigator, in Beijing, China

Tim Maleeny: Cape Weathers, a reporter turned private investigator, in San Francisco, California

Robert McCammon: Matthew Corbett, a young magistrate’s clerk, in 1699 Carolina and 1703 New York City

Kasey Michaels: Maggie Kelly, a writer of historical romances, dumped by her publisher, starts writing mysteries, in New York City

Miyuki Miyabe: non-series mysteries

Thomas O’Callaghan: John W. Driscoll, a homicide detective lieutenant in New York City

New series on the Eliot Pattison page: Duncan McCallum, a Scottish prisoner transported to Colonial America

Julia Pomeroy: Abby Silvernale, a newly-widowed thirty-year old waitress in upstate Bantam, New York

Frank Schätzing: non-series mysteries

Ronald Tierney: Dietrich “Deets” Shanahan, a 70-something former Army intelligence officer and semi-retired private investigator, in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Authors and Characters Added in December 2007

Alice Alfonsi & Marc Cerasini: The Pink Panther mysteries (the husband & wife team also write the Coffeehouse mysteries under the pseudonym Cleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop mysteries under the pseudonym Alice Kimberly)

New series on the Alex Berenson page: John Wells, maverick CIA agent

New series on the James O. Born page: Alex Duarte, an ATF agent and Bosnia veteran

New series on the John Brady page: Felix Kimmel, a police inspector, in rural Austria

Andrew Britton: Ryan Kealey, an ex-CIA agent and former Special Forces soldier, dealing with terrorists in the US

Patricia Carlon: Jefferson Shields, a private detective, in 1960s Australia

James Church: Inspector O, a state security officer, in North Korea

Wilkie Collins: non-series suspense

Lesley Cookman: Libby Sarjeant, a middle-aged actress and private investigator, in Kent, England

Leighton Gage: Mario Silva, chief inspector for criminal matters of the federal police, in Brazil

New series on the Martha Grimes page: Andi Oliver, a young amnesiac and drifter

C.S. Harris: Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, an investigator in Regency England

Peter Høeg: non-series mysteries

William Hoffman: non-series books set mostly in Virginia

Noel Hynd: non-series mysteries

New series on the Julie Hyzy page: Olivia (Ollie) Paras, White House assistant chef in Washington DC, in the White House Chef mysteries

Bett Reece Johnson: Cordelia Morgan, a lesbian hit artist turned sleuth, in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

New series on the Toni L.P. Kelner page: Tilda Harper, a celebrity journalist based in Boston, Massachusetts, in the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries

Richard Kunzmann: Jacob Tshabalala, a detective inspector, in Johannesburg, South Africa

John J. Lamb: Brad Lyon, a retired San Francisco homicide inspector, and his wife Ashleigh, teddy bear collectors in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in the Bear Collector’s mysteries

New series on the Elizabeth Lowell page: Various people associated with St. Kilda Consulting, a Manhattan-based, global business that concentrates on the shadow world where governments can’t go

Peg Marberg: Jean Hastings and her daughter, Jean Jr., of the interior design firm Designer Jeans, in Seville, Indiana, in the Interior Design mysteries

Pat McIntosh: Gil Cunningham, a notary in 15th century Glasgow, Scotland

Fern Michaels: Seven vigilante women operating out of Myra Rutledge’s estate in northern Virginia, in the Revenge of the Sisterhood series

Roger Ormerod: David Mallin and sometimes George Coe, private detectives in England; Richard Patton, a retired Detective Inspector in England; Philipa Lowe, an amateur sleuth, and Oliver Simpson, a Detective Inspector, in England

Matt Beynon Rees: Omar Yussef, a 56-year-old schoolteacher in a Palestinian refugee camp, living in Bethlehem, Palestinian Authority

New series on the Linda L. Richards page: Kitty Pangborn, secretary to private eye Dexter J. Theroux, in 1930s Los Angeles, California

Samuel Rogers: Paul Hatfield, a chemistry professor and amateur ornithologist, in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the midwest

New series on the James Rollins page: Sigma Force, an elite covert arm of the US Defense Department made up of former Special Forces officers trained as experts in various scientific fields

Carsten Stroud: non-series mysteries

New series on the Marilyn Todd page: Iliona, a high priestess blackmailed into spying for Sparta, in 5th century BCE Greece

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

Yrsa Sigurdardottir: Thora Gudmundsdottir, a lawyer in Reykjavik, Iceland

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