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Authors & Characters added in 2011


Authors and Characters Added in January 2011

Robin Adair: Nicodemus Dunne, a fallen Bow Street Runner working as a running patterer, spreading the daily news by word of mouth, transported to 1828 Sydney, Australia, in the Curious Murder mysteries

Tilly Bagshawe: international romance thrillers

Beryl Bainbridge: non-series mysteries

René Belletto: non-series crime fiction

Bruce DeSilva: Liam Mulligan, a street-smart investigative reporter in Providence, Rhode Island

Rachel Brady: Emily Locke, a 30-something single mother working for private investigator Richard Cole, in Houston, Texas

Tim Davys: Mollisan Town Quartet, noir set in a town of stuffed animals

Laura DiSilverio: Charlotte “Charlie” Swift, a former Air Force investigator, now working as a private investigator, in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Emma-Joy “EJ” Ferris, a 30-something medically-retired military policewoman, now a security officer with the Fernglen Galleria, in Vernonville, Virginia, near Washington DC, in the Mall Cop series

David Dodge: James “Whit” Whitney, a tax accountant and reluctant sleuth, based in San Francisco, California; Al Colby, a private investigator based in Mexico City and working in Latin America; John Abraham Lincoln, a Treasury Department agent in Hong Kong and South Africa

David Gordon: Edgar first novel nominee

New series on the Beth Groundwater page: Mandy Tanner, a seasonal river ranger on the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado

New series on the Steven F. Havill page: Thomas Parks, a doctor in 1890s Port McKinney, Washington

Arthur Herzog: non-series disaster thrillers

Robert Kresge: Kate Shaw, a new schoolteacher in a new town, and Monday Malone, a Texas cowboy heading for Montana, in fictional 1870s Warbonnet, Wyoming

Patrick Lee: Travis Chase, an ex-con ex-cop, and Paige Campbell, a scientist with Tangent, confronting The Breach and the entities, in a sci-fi techno-thriller series

Robert Lewis: Robin Llewellyn, a Welsh private investigator, with a fondness for drink, in Bristol, England, and Swansea, Wales

Frances McNamara: Emily Cabot, one of the first female graduate students, in sociology in the 1890s at the University of Chicago, Illinois

Catherine O’Flynn: Edgar paperback nominee

Nic Pizzolatto: Edgar first novel nominee

Claire Rayner: Dr. George Barnabas, a forensic and general pathologist at Royal Eastern Hospital, in London, England

James Thompson: Edgar first novel nominee; Kari Vaara, police chief in the town of Kittilä, Lapland, later a homicide inspector in Helsinki, Finland

Keith Thomson: Drummond Clark, a 64-year-old retired CIA operative with Alzheimer’s, and his son Charlie Clark, a gambler in hock to Russian loan sharks

Elizabeth Thornton: non-series romantic historical suspense

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Authors and Characters Added in February 2011

Laura Alden: Beth Kennedy, recently divorced mother of two, running the Children’s Bookshelf bookstore and serving as PTA secretary, in Rynwood, near Madison, Wisconsin

Quentin Bates: Gunnhildur (Gunna) Gísladóttir, a police sergeant, in the village of Hvalvík, Iceland

Lou Berney: Barry nominee for Best First Novel

Jay Bonansinga: Ulysses Grove, an FBI profiler and author of a textbook on the psychopathic mind, based in northern Virginia

Martin Booth: non-series mysteries

Charlie Charters: Barry nominee for Best Thriller

Richard Condon: Colin Huntington, a retired Royal Navy captain and compulsive gambler; Charley Partanna, a gourmet cook and hit man for the Prizzi crime family, in New York City

New series on the John Connolly page: Samuel Johnson, his dachshund Boswell, and an unlucky demon named Nurd, in an adult fantasy thriller series for children

Amanda Flower: India Hayes, an artist and librarian at Martin College in Stripling, Ohio

Barbara Hamilton: Abigail Adams, the future first lady, married to a rebellious lawyer, in mid-1770s Massachusetts Colony (Barbara Hambly pseudonym)

Sasscer Hill: Nikki Latrelle, a young female jockey in Maryland

Elise Hyatt: Candyce “Dyce” Dare, a single mom and proprietor of Daring Finds, a furniture refinishing store in fictional Goldport, Colorado (Sarah D’Almeida pseudonym)

New series on the John Lantigua page: Willie Cuesta, a private investigator based in the Little Havana section of Miami, Florida

Graham Moore: Barry nominee for Best First Novel

Alan Orloff: Channing Hayes, co-owner of the Last Laff Comedy Club, in northern Virginia

Jean-François Parot: Nicolas Le Floch, a young policeman from Breton, beginning in 1761 during the reign of Louis XV, in pre-revolutionary Paris, France

Robert J. Ray: Matt Murdock, a hard-boiled private investigator based in Newport Beach, California

New series on the Kathy Reichs page: Tory Brennan, the science-obsessed niece of Temperance Brennan, who lives on a remote island off the coast of South Carolina in this suspense series for teens

Judith Rock: Barry nominee for Best Paperback

Carolyn J. Rose & Mike Nettleton: Casey Brandt, a TV news editor, later director, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Paladin, a 40-something counterculture innocent in Portland, Oregon; Molly Donovan, a reporter in Devil’s Harbor, Oregon

A.D. Scott: journalists in the offices of the Highland Gazette, in mid-1950s highlands of Scotland

Ron Watkins: Thomas Tilling, a detective in England and Wales

Anne Worboys: non-series, with some romantic suspense

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Authors and Characters Added in March 2011

Joseph Badal: Bob Danforth, a CIA special ops officer dealing with terrorists starting at the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece

Alex Bledsoe: Eddie LaCrosse, a sword-for-hire (anything but murder) private investigator in a fantasy medieval world

Edward Conlon: non-series

S.H. Courtier: Ambrose Mahon, a police inspector, later superintendent, in Australia; Digger Haig, a police inspector, in Australia

Jonathan Hayes: Dr. Edward Jenner, a forensic pathologist who quit his job in Manhattan after 9/11, later a medical examiner in fictional Port Fontaine, Florida

S.T. Joshi: Joe Scintilla, a private investigator based in 1930s New York

Margit Liesche: Pucci Lewis, a US Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) and undercover agent in World War II

New cozy series on the Ed Lynskey page: Alma and Isabel Trumbo, elderly sisters in Quiet Anchorage, Virginia

Bethany Maines: Nikki Lanier, a linguist working with the Carrie Mae Foundation, the supposed philantropic arm of a cosmetics company, but really a secret international organization devoted to helping women, based in Santa Clarita, California

Charlie Owen: ensemble cast of police in D Group, in a fictional 1970s town north of Manchester, England

New series on the Eliot Pattison page: Hadrian Boone, a co-founder of the colony of Carthage, located near the Great Lakes, in Post-Apocalyptic 21st century America

Craig Thomas: Mitchell Gant, a burned out Viet Nam vet and Russian jet skyjacker for the CIA; Kenneth Aubrey and Patrick Hyde, MI-6 agents, and an ensemble of other characters, mostly in Asia

John Verdon: Dave Gurney, a recently retired 40-something NYPD homicide detective with a reputation for catching serial killers, in rural upstate New York

Persia Walker: Lanie Price, a former crime reporter, now the society columnist at the Harlem Chronicle, in 1920s Harlem, New York City

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Authors and Characters Added in April 2011

New series on the Jeff Abbott page: Sam Capra, a brilliant CIA agent who is set up and loses everything

Suzanne Adair: historical mysteries featuring female protagonists in the South during the American Revolution

Will Adams: Daniel Knox, an American Egyptologist and dive instructor

Preston L. Allen: non-series crime fiction

New series on the Sandra Balzo page: AnnaLise Griggs, returning to her hometown of Sutterton, North Carolina, to care for her aging mother in the Main Street mysteries

Ellen Block: Abigail Harker, who becomes a lighthouse caretaker on Chapel Isle, North Carolina, after her husband and four-year-old son were killed in a Boston fire

New series on the Jodi Compton page: Hailey Cain, a 23-year-old West Point dropout, San Francisco bike messenger, later second in command in a gang in Los Angeles, California

Lila Dare: Grace Ann Terhune, a recently divorced beautician working in her mother's salon in the tourist town of St. Elizabeth, Georgia, in the Southern Beauty Shop series (Laura DiSilverio pseudonym)

Helen Dunmore: non-series crime fiction

Sam Eastland: Inspector Pekkala, of Finnish extraction, a former investigator of Tsar Nicholas II, imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, now an investigator for Stalin starting in 1929, in the Soviet Union (Paul Watkins pseudonym)

Sunny Frazier: Christy Bristol, an amateur astrologer who works as a secretary in a sheriff’s substation, in the San Joaquin Valley of California

Shane Gericke: Emily Thompson, starting as a 40-year-old rookie cop, and Martin Benedetti, detective commander in the sheriff’s office, in Naperville, Illinois

David Gethin: Wyatt, a British secret agent, in England, Wales, and Italy; Halloran, tough, super-covert British agent in Omega Section

Debra Ginsberg: non-series crime fiction

Tracy Grant: Charles Fraser, an idealistic MP and former intelligence agent, and his wife Mélanie, a war refugee, in Regency London, England; Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, a diplomat and his wife, beginning at the Congress of Vienna in 1814 (written as Teresa Grant)

Jim Harrison: non-series suspense

Richard Jessup: non-series mysteries and thrillers

Veronica Parker Johns: Agatha Welch, a spinsterish amateur sleuth, in the Virgin Islands and Connecticut; Webster Flagg, a black former actor and singer, living on his investments but also working as a cook and butler, in New York City

New series on the Paul Johnston page: Matt Wells, a British crime writer caught up in a web of intrigue, murder, satanism, and mind control

New series on the Merry Jones page: Harper Jennings, an Iraq war veteran with PTSD, now a teaching assistant at Cornell University, in New York

New series on the Solomon Jones page: Mike Coletti, a homicide detective in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kevin Lewis: Stacey Collins, a single mother, detective inspector who grew up in the slums of London, England

Bill Loehfelm: Maureen Coughlin, a 29-year-old cocktail waitress at The Narrows bar, on Staten Island, New York

New series on the G.M. Malliet page: Max Tudor, a former MI-5 agent, now vicar at St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip, England

Ernesto Mallo: Superintendent “Perro” Lascano, a Buenos Aires police detective during the military dictatorship in late 1970s Argentina

Jean-Patrick Manchette: non-series thrillers mostly set in France

Van Wyck Mason: Hugh North, a US Army intelligence officer, a captain at first, finally colonel, serving around the world as G-2’s greatest troubleshooter

Susan McDuffie: Muirteach, a scribe and former monk, in 1370s Scotland

D.E. Meredith: Adolphus Hatton, a professor and forensic scientist advising the police, and his trusty assistant, Albert Roumande, in late 1850s London, England

Andrea Penrose: Lady Arianna Hadley, posing as a French chef in an aristocratic household in 1813 London, England

Claudia Piñeiro: non-series thrillers set in Argentina

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez: Harlow Jean Cassidy, a Manhattan fashion designer who opens the Magical Dressmaking boutique in a farmhouse she inherits, in Bliss, Texas

Todd Ritter: Kat Campbell, a single-mom police chief in peaceful Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania

Kirk Russell: John Marquez, an ex-DEA agent, now an undercover warden with the California Department of Fish and Game; Ben Raveneau, an older homicide detective, and his ambitious young partner, Elizabeth la Rosa, in San Francisco, California

New series on the Sarah R. Shaber page: Louise Pearlie, a young widow working as a clerk for the OSS, in 1942 Washington, DC

Richard Telfair: Monty Nash, a loner agent working against the Reds with the US Department of Counter Intelligence (Richard Jessup pseudonym)

Jan Costin Wagner: Kimmo Joentaa, a police detective whose wife recently died from Hodgkin’s disease, in Turku, Finland

Paul Watkins: non-series suspense and thrillers

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Authors and Characters Added in May 2011

Jeffrey Anderson: non-series medical thrillers

Carla Buckley: Thriller Award nominee

Bill Cameron: Skin Kadash, a homicide detective (later ex-cop) in Portland, Oregon

Jennifer Lee Carrell: Kate Stanley, an academic sleuth, directing Shakespeare at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London, England, and elsewhere

R. Cameron Cooke: Jack Tremain, a navy lieutenant commander on submarines in the South Pacific during World War II

Hilary Davidson: Lily Moore, a travel writer based in New York City

Warren Fahy: Nell Duckworth, a botanist, and Geoffrey Binswanger, a biologist, investigate a South Pacific island (and other places) where evolution went off in a different direction

New series on the Christa Faust page: Angel Dare, a retired porn star running Daring Angels, an adult modeling agency, in Van Nuys, California

Adam Fawer: non-series thrillers

Anthony Flacco: Shane Nightingale, a 12-year-old orphaned in the 1906 earthquake, and Randall Blackburn, a homicide detective who adopts him, in San Francisco, California

Leah Giarratano: Jill Jackson, a police detective sergeant, and childhood rape victim, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

New series on the John Gilstrap page: Jonathan Grave, a wealthy freelance hostage rescue specialist, in Virginia and Washington, DC

Russ Hall: Travis, the Blue-Eyed Indian, a private investigator, in and around Austin, Texas; Esbeth Walters, a 70-something retired math teacher in the Texas Hill Country

Robert Harris: Marcus Cicero in a political thriller trilogy set in Republican Rome

Matt Hilton: Joe Hunter, an ex-counterterrorism operative raised in Manchester, England, now a vigilante for hire in the USA

Reece Hirsch: Thriller Award nominee

Tobias Jones: “Casta” Castagnetti, a loner, bee-keeping private investigator in northern Italy

Thomas Kaufman: Willis Gidney, a former con-artist, now a private investigator in Washington, DC

Matthew Klein: non-series thrillers

Katia Lief: Karin Schaeffer, a former homicide detective whose family was murdered, in Brooklyn, New York (Kate Pepper)

Kylie Logan: Josie Giancola, a leading expert on buttons with a button shop in Chicago, Illinois, in the Button Box mysteries (Constance Laux pseudonym)

Ada Madison: Sophie Knowles, a math professor at Henley College, in Massachusetts (Camille Minichino pseudonym)

Avner Mandelman: Ellis Award nominee

Two new series on the Edward Marston page: Daniel Rawson, a spy, adventurer, and captain in the British army under the Duke of Malborough in the 1700s in Europe and England; Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy, metropolitan police in 1915 London, England

Michael McKinley: Martin Carter, a former star Canadian hockey player, now retired due to a head injury and working with the New York St. Patricks team in community relations

Jeffrey Moore: Ellis Award nominee

Michael Morley: Jack King, an former FBI profiler running a hotel with his wife, in Tuscany, Italy

Arthur Nersesian: non-series crime fiction

Imogen Robertson: Harriet Westerman, mistress of Caveley Park manor, and anatomist Gabriel Crowther, in the 1780s, in West Susssex, England

Alex Scarrow: Andy and Jenny Sutherland confront the end of civilization as we know it when oil stops

Simon Scarrow: Quintus Licinius Cato, a former imperial slave, and centurion Lucius Cornelius Macro, Roman soldiers starting under Claudius, in an action, historical, intrigue series

Will Staeger: W. Cooper, a semi-retired CIA operative, and Julie Laramie, a CIA satellite intelligence analyst, in the British Virgin Islands

Chevy Stevens: non-series thrillers

Donna Tartt: non-series crime fiction

Steven M. Thomas: Robert Rivers, a burglar and stickup man, in Orange County and Los Angeles, California

Kerry Tombs: Samuel Ravenscroft, a detective inspector with the Whitechapel Constabulary, in the late 1880s in Worcestershire, England

Jon Trace: Tom Shaman, a 30-something burned out ex-priest formerly serving in Los Angeles heads for Italy (Michael Morley pseudonym)

Michael Van Rooy: Monty Haaviko, a semi-reformed ex-convict prowling the mean streets of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Authors and Characters Added in June 2011

Jussi Adler-Olsen: Carl Mørck, an experienced homicide detective in Department Q, and his assistant Assad, in Copenhagen, Denmark

New series on the Gary Alexander page: Buster Hightower, a standup comic who gets entangled in international intrigue

Emily Arsenault: non-series mysteries

Leo Atkins: Connor Gibbs, private investigator running Quixote Enterprises, in Wendover, North Carolina (Clay Harvey pseudonym)

New series on the C.C. Benison page: Father Tom Christmas, a widower with a 9-year-old daughter, and the new vicar in Thornford Regis, a picturesque village in England:

John Birmingham: Axis of Time alternate history thrillers, as 2021 naval technology finds itself in 1942; Without Warning alternate history thrillers, following mysterious destruction of most of the continental US in 2003

Johnny D. Boggs: Daniel Killstraight, a young Comanche sent off to the Carlisle School for seven years before returning to the Comanche Nation to serve as a policeman

New series on the Maureen Carter page: Sarah Quinn, a detective inspector in Birmingham, England

Mindy Starns Clark: Callie Webber, a private investigator and attorney working for a mysterious philanthropist, here and there in the USA, in the Million Dollar (Christian) mysteries; Jo Tulip, a household hints expert and amateur sleuth, her dog Chewie, and her best-friend-since-childhood, Danny Watkins, in the Smart Chick (Christian) mysteries

New series on the Colin Cotterill page: Jimm Juree, a former crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail, now living with her family in rural southern Thailand

William Dietrich: Ethan Gage, an American adventurer and rascal, starting in 1799

Harry Dolan: David Loogan, a mystery magazine editor in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Alice Duncan: Daisy Gumm Majesty, a medium to the rich and famous, in 1920s Pasadena, California; Mercy Allcutt, a former Boston Brahmin, working for a down-on-his luck private investigator, in 1920s Hollywood, California; Annabelle Blue, a 19-year-old working in her family’s dry-goods store in 1923, in fictional Rosedale, in southeast New Mexico

Wessel Ebersohn: Abigail Bukula, a young black lawyer, and Yudel Gordon, an experienced Jewish prison psychologist, in Johannesburg, South Africa

Elizabeth Engstrom: non-series psychological horror, mystery, and fantasy

Conor Fitzgerald: Alec Blume, an American ex-patriot police commissario, in Rome, Italy

Sara Gran: Claire DeWitt, the world’s foremost private investigator, in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana

Ron Hansen: non-series crime fiction

New series on the Karen Harper page: Sarah Kauffman, an artist who paints murals on barns in her Amish community, and Nate MacKensie, an Ohio state arson inspector, in the Home Valley Amish series

Paul Harper: Marten Fane, a retired police detective, in San Francisco, California (David Lindsey pseudonym)

B.B. Haywood: Candy Holliday, running a blueberry farm with her dad Henry “Doc” Holliday, near the fictional seaside town of Cape Willington, Maine

New series on the Anne Holt page: Hanne Wilhelmsen, a lesbian police officer in Oslo, Norway

New series on the James Patrick Hunt page: Dan Bridger, an elite professional thief on the run from the cops and the Mob

New series on the Stephen Hunter page: Ray Cruz, an ex-marine sniper, in Minnesota

Mons Kallentoft: Malin Fors, a 30-something divorced mother of a teenage daughter, and an ambitious detective inspector, in Linköping, Sweden

New series on the Larry Karp page: Bernie Baumgartner, a police detective, in the 1970s in the Pacific Northwest

Lars Kepler: Joona Linna, a detective inspector in Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Lawrence: Harry Lytle, a member of the intelligence service of King Charles II, starting in 1664 in London, England

Iain Levison: non-series crime fiction

Ron Liebman: Mickie Mezzonatti and Salvatore “Junne” Salerno, Jr., criminal defense lawyers and ex-cops, in Camden, New Jersey

Virginia Lowell: Olivia Greyson, owner of he Gingerbread House in her Victorian home in fictional Chatterley Heights, on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland, in the Cookie Cutter Shop series

Rosamund Lupton: non-series crime fiction

Casey Mayes: Savannah Stone, a math puzzle creator, and her husband Zach, a retired Charlotte police chief, in rural North Carolina, in the Mystery by the Numbers series (Tim Myers pseudonym)

Carol McCleary: Nellie Bly, an American investigative reporter, in Paris and around the world, starting in 1889

New series on the Jenn McKinlay page: Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek Public Library, in New York, in the Library Lover’s mysteries

Two new series on the Laurie Moore page: Aspen Wicklow, a news anchor in Dallas, Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth TV News romantic suspense series; Dainty Prescott, a former debutante and intern at WBFD-TV in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Debutante Detective romantic suspense series

Dennis Palumbo: Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist specializing in treating victims of violent crime, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sharon Pape: Rory (Aurora) McCain, a 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

New series on the George Pelecanos page: Spero Lucas, an Iraq veteran working as an investigator for a defense lawyer, in Washington, DC

New series on the Ian Rankin page: Malcolm Fox, a cop working for the Complaints, the police internal affairs division, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ted Riccardi: Sherlock Holmes pastiches

New series on the Michael Ridpath page: Magnus Jonson, born in Iceland, raised in Boston, back working as a homicide detective in Iceland, in the Fire and Ice series

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

Al Roker: Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef and restaurateur, and food anchor for morning TV show Wake Up America!, in New York City (written with Dick Lochte)

New series on the Craig Russell page: Lennox, a shady private investigator in 1950s Glasgow, Scotland

New series on the Paige Shelton page: Gram’s Country Cooking School mysteries

Leonie Swann: a flock of Irish detecting sheep led by Miss Maple

New series on the Peter Turnbull page: Harry Vicary, a detective inspector and recovering alcoholic, in London, England

Daphne Uviller: Zephyr Zuckerman, a young, hapless sleuth, who also works as the super of her parent’s Greenwich Village building, in New York City

Valerio Varesi: Commissario Soneri, a homicide detective in Parma, Italy

Domingo Villar: Leo Caldas, a police inspector in Galicia, an autonomous region in northwest Spain

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Authors and Characters Added in July 2011

Michael Atkinson: Ernest Hemingway investigates

Roberto Bolaño: non-series fiction with criminous elements

New series on the Meg Cabot page: Meena Harper, a young soap opera writer who can foresee how people will die, in New York City

Mary Andrea Clarke: Georgiana Grey, a young, independent gentlewoman, and a highwayman, the Crimson Cavalier, in late 18th century London, England

Ben Coes: Dewey Andreas, a former Delta officer, encounters international terrorist plots

Jan Coffey: non-series thrillers

William S. Cohen: non-series political thrillers

Julian Cole: Sam Rounder, a plump detective chief inspector, and his younger brother Rick Rounder, an ex-cop private investigator, in York, England

Hannah Dennison: Vicky Hill, a bumbling investigative journalist, in fictional Gipping-on-Plym, England

Vicki Doudera: Darby Farr, a real estate agent returning from California to her old hometown of Hurricane Harbor, Maine

Dianne Emley: Nan Vining, a 30-something police officer and single mom, in Pasadena, California

Barbara Graham: Tony Abernathy, the sheriff, and his wife, Theo, a quilt shop owner, in fictional Park County, in eastern Tennessee

Sam Hawken: Dagger Award nominee

Elizabeth Haynes: Dagger Award nominee

Darynda Jones: Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, a private investigator who has been able to see dead victims since she was a child, consulting with the police, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl: Mina Beckwith, a newspaper reporter, and Ned Manusia, a playwright, in 1930s Honolulu, Hawaii

Amanda Lee: Marcy Singer, owner of an embroidery shop, The Seven-Year Stitch, in fictional Tallulah Falls, Oregon, in the Embroidery mysteries (Gayle Trent pseudonym)

Jackie Lynn: Rose Franklin, who leaves her cheating husband and, when her car breaks down, settles in Shady Grove campsite in West Memphis, Arkansas

Elizabeth C. Main: Jane Serrano, a 40-something widow working in Thornton’s Books in fictional Juniper, Oregon

Vincent McCaffrey: Henry Sullivan, a 30-something book hound, in Boston, Massachusetts

New series on the Amy Patricia Meade page: Stella Thornton Buckley, moving from Manhattan with her husband, Nick, to small-town Vermont, in the Pret’ Near Perfect mysteries

Chris Morgan Jones: Dagger Award nominee

Brenda Novak: romantic suspense

Terry Odell: Blackthorne, Inc., covert operations series of romantic suspense and thrillers

Pamela Samuels-Young: Vernetta Henderson, an African-American attorney at a large law firm in Los Angeles, California

Jeff Shelby: Noah Braddock, a surfer and private investigator, in San Diego, California

Gayle Trent: Myrtle Crumb, a 60-something sleuth, in southwest Virginia; Daphne Martin, a cake decorator back in her home town in southern Virginia

New series on the Don Winslow page: Boone Daniels, a private investigator who would rather be surfing, in San Diego, California

New series on the Brian Wiprud page: Morty Martinez, a “feeler” who empties homes for resale, hoping to find cash left by dead owners who didn't trust banks, in Brooklyn, New York

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

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Authors and Characters Added in August 2011

Michael Ayoob: non-series crime fiction

Elizabeth Bailey: Ottilia Draycott, a young companion to Dowager Lady Polbrook, in Regency England

Alan Carter: Cato Kwong, a Detective Senior Sergeant, in Western Australia

Joelle Charbonneau: Rebecca Robbins, a Chicago mortgage broker inheriting a roller skating rink from her mother, in fictional Indian Falls, Illinois

Monika Fagerholm: tragic events from the late 1960s to 2004, centered on a small town outside Helsinki, Finland

William Gay: non-series Southern gothic

Thomas Greanias: Conrad Yeats, an archeaologist, and Vatican linguist Sister Serena Serghetti, involved in international intrigue, in the Atlantis trilogy; Sam Deker, 35-year-old Israeli counterterrorism agent and demolitions expert

New series on the Patricia Hall page: Kate O’Donnell, an aspiring photographer in 1960s London, England

Tom Henighan: Sam Montcalm, a middle-aged, lone wolf private investigator in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Erin Kelly: non-series crime fiction

Tom Knox: archeological, historical thrillers

New noir series on the Michael Lister page: Jimmy Riley, now working as a private detective in 1940s Panama City, Florida, after losing an arm while on the police force

Geoffrey McGeachin: Alby Murdoch, an Australian secret agent and international photographer; Charlie Berlin, an ex-bomber pilot and POW in World War II, rejoining the police force in 1947 Victoria, Australia

M.J. McGrath: non-series crime fiction

A.D. Miller: non-series crime fiction

Danny Miller: Vince Treadwell, a young police detective sent in 1964 from London to Brighton, England

Thomas Mullen: non-series historical and speculative mystery-thrillers

Taylor Stevens: Vanessa Michael Munroe, the daughter of American missionaries in Africa, now working in Texas researching developing countries for corporations

Sebastian Stuart: Janet Petrocelli, leaving a Manhattan psychotherapy practice to open a collectibles shop in the Hudson Valley town of Sawyerville, New York, in the Janet’s Planet mysteries

New cozy series on the Jane Tesh page: David Randall, a private detective, and his psychic friend Camden, in Parkland, North Carolina, in the Grace Street mysteries

New series on the M.J. Trow page: Kit (Christopher) Marlowe, the Elizabethan playwright in his youth, beginning in 1583

Marilyn Victor & Michael Allan Mallory: Lavender (Snake) Jones, a zookeeper, and her husband Jeff, an Aussie herpetologist, in Minnesota

S.J. Watson: non-series crime fiction

Jason Webster: Max Cámara, chief inspector in the Spanish National Police, in Valencia, Spain

New series on the Lis Wiehl page: Dani Harris, a forensic psychiatrist, and Tommy Gunderson, a former football star and aspiring private investigator, in fictional East Salem, New York, in the East Salem series written with Pete Nelson

Amanda Kyle Williams: Madison McGuire, a lesbian deep-cover secret agent for the US government, later with the CIA, In the US and overseas, starting in 1978; Keye Street, a Chinese-American private investigator, booted out of the FBI for alchoholism, in Atlanta, Georgia

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Authors and Characters Added in September 2011

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

Sara Blaedel: Louise Rick, a detective inspector (later chief inspector), and her friend Camilla Lind, a journalist, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Judith Yates Borger: Marguerite (Skeeter) Hughes, a newspaper reporter, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jacklyn Brady: Rita Lucero, a pastry chef in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the Piece of Cake mysteries (Sherry Lewis pseudonym)

Carol K. Carr: India Black, a young madam running a brothel catering to gentlemen, in 1870s London, England

Jane Casey: Maeve Kerrigan, an ambitious 28-year old detective constable, in London, England

Kathleen Ernst: Chloe Ellefson, the new collections curator of an 1870s pioneer living history museum, in rural 1980s Wisconsin; young adult American Girl mysteries

New series on the Ron Faust page: Dan Shaw, a former military policeman, now a cop going to night law school and studying for the bar exam, in the Florida Keys

New series on the Nicci French page: Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist in London, England

Steven M. Forman: Eddie Perlmutter, a tough Jewish Boston cop in his late 50s, retired to Boca Raton, Florida

Joyce Harrington: non-series mysteries

Dana Haynes: Leonard Tomzak, a pathologist and crash investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board

Katherine Howell: Ella Marconi, a police detective and a revolving cast of ambulance paramedics, in Sydney, Australia

D.E. Johnson: Will Anderson, working in his father’s electric car company, in 1910 Detroit, Michigan

Christobel Kent: Sandro Cellini, a disgraced ex-cop, now a private investigator, in Florence, Italy

Bill Kitson: Mike Nash, a detective inspector in Yorkshire, England

Kristina Ohlsson: Fredrika Bergman, an investigative analyst with a special unit of the federal police, in Sweden

Gregg Olsen: non-series thrillers; Empty Coffin young adult thrillers

Malcolm Pryce: Louie Knight, a private investigator in Aberystwyth, Wales, in a comic Welsh noir series

Javier Sierra: non-series apocalyptic historical religious thrillers

New series on the Duane Swierczynski page: Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop from Philadelphia, working as a high-end house-sitter, and going mano a mano with a vast conspiracy known as The Accident People

Simon Toyne: apocalyptic conspiracy thrillers in the Sanctus trilogy

Piers Venmore-Rowland: Rafi Khan, a London fund manager, and detective inspector Kate Adams of the City’s economic crime unit

New series on the Simon Wood page: Aidy Westlake, a rookie car-racing driver, in England

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Authors and Characters Added in October 2011

William Boyd: non-series literary thrillers

Ali Brandon: Darla Pettistone, owner of a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, and her cat Hamlet, in the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries (Diane A.S. Stuckart pseudonym)

Michael Brett: Sam Dakkers, a bookie in New York City; Pete McGrath, a wise-cracking private investigator in New York City

New D.C. Brod series: Robyn Guthrie, a freelance writer in Illinois

New D.W. Buffa series: Senator Bobby Hart, an idealistic young California Democrat, taking on the Establishment

Jacques Chessex: non-series crime fiction

Jordan Dane: Jessie Beckett, a bounty hunter tracking federal fugitives, later with the Sentinals, an elite vigilante group, in an ensemble cast, in the Sweet Justice series

Louise Doughty: non-series crime fiction

Alex Dryden: Anna Resnikov, a KGB colonel, along with various MI-6 and CIA operatives, starting in 1999 Moscow, Russia

Thomas Enger: Henning Juul, a veteran investigative crime reporter, in Oslo, Norway

Christopher Farnsworth: Nathaniel Cade, a vampire sworn to protect the president and the United States from supernatural threats, starting in the Andrew Johnson administration (1867)

Lyndsay Faye: Timothy Wilde, an ex-bartender and officer in the newly organized police force, in 1845 New York City

New Bill Fitzhugh series: Bob Dillon, a pest exterminator, and Klaus Müller, an assassin, in the Assassin Bug thrillers

C.A. Haddad: David Haham, a government agent in the Middle East; Becky Belski, a computer investigator-snoop, in Chicago, Illinois

Domini Highsmith: Father Simeon, a priest, and Elvira, a nurse, in late 12th century East Yorkshire, England

Ruby Horansky: Nikki Trakos, a 30-something six-foot police detective, in Brooklyn, New York

Renee B. Horowitz: Ruthie Kantor Morris, a 50-something widowed pharmacist, in Scottsdale, Arizona

Rebecca Jenkins: Raif Jarrett, a former soldier and agent for the Duke of Penrith in Woolbridge, Durham, in early 1800s Regency England

Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis: Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse in Copenhagen, Denmark

William Manchee: Stan Turner, beginning in law school at UCLA, then in the Marine Corps, later as a lawyer, starting in late 1970s Dallas, Texas; Richard Coleman, a lawyer in late 1970s Dallas, Texas

New Amy Patricia Meade series: Rose Doyle Keefe, working to support her family in a shipyard in 1942 New York City, in the Rosie the Riveter series

Gil North: Caleb Cluff, a stubborn police sergeant in the small town of Gunnarshaw, in Yorkshire, England

Harri Nykänen: Raid, a hit man, in Finland; Ariel Kafka, a police inspector in the Violent Crime Unit and one of only two Jewish cops in the country, in Helsinki, Finland

Martha Ockley: Faith Morgan, a former policewoman and newly ordained Anglican priest, in Winchester, England (Rebecca Jenkins pseudonym)

Maria-Antònia Oliver: Lònia Guiu, a fiercely feminist private investigator based in Barcelona, Spain

Jane Peart: young, restless Victorian women in late 19th century England, in the Edgecliffe Manor romantic suspense series

Diane Petit: Kathryn Bogert, owner of Good Buys, an estate sale business, and Charli, a Brittany spaniel, in Chicago, Illinois; non-series romantic suspense, set in suburban Chicago, Illinois

Madeleine E. Robins: Sarah Tolerance, a freelance agent of inquiry, in Regency London, England

Roberta Rogow: Rev. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle team up in 1880s Victorian England; Joshua Roth, a lawyer, and law clerk Peggy Pettigrew, niece of Pettigrew & Roth senior partner Ephraim Pettigrew, in 1870s New York City

Cindy Sample: Laurel McKay, a recently divorced soccer mom working at Hangtown Bank, in the gold country town, Placerville, California

Lionel Shriver: non-series literary thrillers

New Joanna Campbell Slan series: Jane Eyre, and her husband Edward Rochester, as amateur sleuths in 1850s England, in the Jane Eyre Chronicles

New Brad Smith series: Virgil Cain, a small-time rancher, and Claire Marchand, a homicide detective, in upstate New York

Pat Welch: Helen Black, an ex-cop lesbian private investigator, based in Berkeley, California

Patricia Tichenor Westfall: Molly West, a 50-something rural activist in southern Ohio

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Authors and Characters Added in November 2011

Josh Bazell: Dr. Peter Brown, an emergency room doctor in Manhattan, New York, formerly Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwa, a hitman for the New Jersey mob

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

James Craig: John Carlyle, an inspector in the Metropolitan Police, in London, England

Freda Davies: Keith Tyrell, a detective inspector in Gloucestershire, England

Kaye Davis: Maris Middleton, a lesbian forensic chemist working as an independent crime scene specialist, in Dallas, Texas

Sandy Dengler: Jack Prester, a US park ranger in various national parks, with a Christian perspective; Joe Rodriguez, a police sergeant, in Phoenix, Arizona, in the Mirage Christian mysteries

Anabel Donald: Alex Tanner, a freelance TV researcher and part-time private investigator, in London, England, in the Notting Hill mysteries

Lauren Wright Douglas: Caitlin Reece, a lesbian private investigator, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Allison O’Neil, a lesbian Bed & Breakfast owner and refugee from California, in fictional Lavner Bay, Oregon

W.S. Gager: Mitch Malone, a crime beat reporter in fictional Grand River, in western Michigan

Rolando Hinojosa: Rafe Buenrosto, a homicide detective, and the folks of Belkin County in a fictional south Texas border town, in the Klail City Death Trip saga

Graeme Kent: Ben Kella, a police sergeant and hereditary spiritual peacekeeper of the Lau people, and Sister Conchita, a 20-something American nun, in the 1960s Solomon Islands

New Lori L. Lake series: Leona “Leo” Reese, a lesbian Saint Paul Minnesota police sergeant turned investigator for the State of Minnesota, in the Public Eye series

Liz Lipperman: Jordan McAllister, a substitute culinary reporter in the fictional small town of Ranchero, Texas, in the Clueless Cook mysteries

J.J. Murphy: Dorothy Parker, the witty writer in 1920s Manhattan, New York City, in the Algonquin Round Table mysteries

Chris Nickson: Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, in 1730s England

New Michael Norman series: J.D. Books, a Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Ranger, based in Kanab, Utah

Joseph Olshan: non-series psychological thrillers

Preston Pairo III: Dallas Henry, a lawyer turned beachcombing motel manager, in Ocean City, Maryland; Jimmy (Griff) Griffin, an ex-cop investigator for the city attorney, in Baltimore, Maryland

Frank Palmer: “Jacko” Jackson, a detective inspector of the East Midlands Combined Constabulary, in Leicester, England; Phil “Sweeney” Todd, a police superintendent in Nottingham, England

William Paul: David Fyfe, a detective chief inspector, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Laurence Payne: Sam Birkett, an amusing detective inspector at Scotland Yard, and his assistant, Sergeant Saunders, in London, England; John Tibbett, a petty thief turned reluctant spy and hero, in London, England; Mark Savage, a former stunt man and movie star turned private investigator after a car crash, based in London, England

Gerald Petievich: Charles Carr and Jack Kelly, seasoned, tough Secret Service agents after counterfeiters, starting in Los Angeles, California, and Washington, DC

Tom Philbin: Joe Lawless, commander of the Felony Squad, and an ensemble cast at Fort Siberia, the Bronx, the toughest precinct in New York City

David M Pierce: Vic Daniel, a 6-foot-7+ cut-rate private investigator, driving a Nash Metropolitan, in Los Angeles, California

Andrew Puckett: Tom Jones, a health investigator for the Home Office, and sometimes Jo Farewell, a nursing sister at Latchvale Hospital, in England

Willo Davis Roberts: Black Pearl romantic suspense series; non-series mysteries; mysteries for young readers

New Jeffrey Round series: Dan Sharp, a missing persons investigator and gay single father in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

New Jennifer Rowe series: Holly Love, a reluctant and accidental private investigator working at Gorgon Office Supplies, in the Blue Mountains of Australia

David Russell: Winston Patrick, a lawyer turned teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Susan Whitfield: Logan Hunter, a State Bureau of Investigation agent, in North Carolina

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Authors and Characters Added in December 2011

Gilbert Adair: Evadne Mount, a formidable whodunit author, in a trilogy reimagining Agatha Christie

Annamaria Alfieri: non-series mysteries set in South America

Esri Allbritten: the staff of Tripping, a low-budget travel magazine for believers in the paranormal, and everybody’s favorite Chihuahua, Gigi

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

Pamela Beason: Summer “Sam” Westin, wildlife biologist and writer

Stephen Bogart: R.J. Brooks, a tough private investigator and son of famous Hollywood stars, in Los Angeles, California, and New York City

Janet Bolin: Willow Vanderling, who left a corporate job to open a machine embroidery shop in fictional Elderberry Bay, Pennsylvania, in the Threadville mysteries

New S.J. Bolton series: Lacey Flint, a young detective constable in London, England

Freda Bream: Rev. Jabal Jarrett, an eccentric Anglican vicar in and near Auckland, New Zealand

Mary Bringle: non-series mysteries

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

Peter Cocks: Eddie Savage, a 17-year-old in the ganglands of south London, England [YA]

Adam Creed: Will (“Staffe”) Wagstaffe, a detective inspector in London, England

New Elizabeth Craig series: Beatrice Coleman, a retired art museum curator and amateur sleuth in the fictional mountain village of Dappled Hills, North Carolina, in the Southern Quilting mysteries

Martin Davies: Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’s housekeeper, in London, England

Percival Everett: non-series mysteries and psychological thrillers

Gordon Ferris: Danny McRae, a former spy turned private investigator who suffers from memory problems due to war injuries, in post-WWII London, England; Douglas Brodie, a crime reporter in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1940s

David Fingerman: Louise Miller, a lesbian police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chuck Greaves: Jack MacTaggart, a lawyer with Henley & Hargrove, the oldest and snobbiest law firm in Pasadena, California

Laura Griffin: romantic suspense set in south Texas, in the Borderline series; The Glass Sisters romantic suspense; romantic suspense with some recurring characters working at the Delphi Center, a high-tech investigative operation, set in Texas, in the Tracers series

Angus Hall: non-series crime fiction

Janice Hamrick: Jocelyn Shore, a high school teacher, from Austin, Texas

Terry Harknett: Steve Wayne, a private eye in England and elsewhere; John Crown, a chief superintendent of police, in Macao and China; Chester Fortune, a man of violence in a violent world (written as Thomas H. Stone); John Stark, a one-man murder machine hell-bent for revenge, in the Revenger series (written as Joseph Hedges)

Craig Holden: non-series crime fiction

F. Tennyson Jesse: Solange Fontaine, a young Frenchwoman with the gift of sensing moral flaw, in England

James Leasor: Dr. Jason Love, a physician and WWII veteran, on assignment for British Intelligence; Dr. Robert Gunn, in the 19th century Far East

Jeanne Matthews: Dinah Pelerin, an amateur sleuth and wannabe anthropologist, here and there around the world

Keith Moray: Torquil McKinnon, a bagpipe-playing, motorcycle-riding police inspector with the Hebridean Constabulary, on the fictional Outer Hebridean island of West Uist, Scotland

Haruki Murakami: literary crime fiction

Håkan Östlundh: Fredrik Broman, a police detective on the island of Gotland, Sweden

Bernadette Pajer: Benjamin Bradshaw, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Washington in Seattle in the early 1900s

New Ridley Pearson series: Grace Chu, an American-educated Chinese forensic accountant, and John Knox, an American Iraqi war veteran, with an import/export business, working together as freelance undercover operatives around the world

John Rector: non-series thrillers

Jed Rubenfeld: crime fiction set in early 20th century New York City

New Denise Swanson series: Dev Sinclair, the new owner of an old-fashioned shop in a small town in Missouri, in the Devereaux Dime Store series

Steve Ulfelder: Conway Sax, a no-nonsense auto mechanic with a knack for solving difficult problems, around Framingham, Massachusetts

New Norb Vonnegut series: Grove O’Rourke, a stockbroker at the investment firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, in New York City

Neil White: Laura McGanity, a detective constable, and her boyfriend, reporter Jack Garrett, relocated from London to Lancashire, England

Tom Wicker: non-series set in North Carolina and the South

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