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

Kelley Armstrong
  • Olivia Taylor Jones, from a prominent Chicago family, finds out she’s the adopted daughter of notorious serial killers, in Cainsville, Illinois, in the Cainsville trilogy

Nikki Baker
  • Virginia Kelly: black lesbian stockbroker in Chicago, Illinois

Bill S. Ballinger
  • Barr Breed: private investigator in Chicago, Illinois

Ronald H. Balson
  • Catherine Lockhart, a lawyer, and Liam Taggart, a private investigator, based in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Biehl
  • Karen Haye: staff lawyer for Shoreview Memorial Hospital in Illinois

Michael A. Black
  • Francisco (Frank) Leal: a half-Hispanic sergeant with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and Olivia Hart, a female bodybuilder and officer, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ron Shade: tough-guy private investigator with a soft heart, and a martial arts expert, in Chicago, Illinois

Eleanor Taylor Bland
  • Marti MacAlister: widowed black police detective in Lincoln Prairie, Illinois

Noah Boyd (Paul Lindsay)
  • Steve Vail: renegade FBI agent who leaves the bureau to work as a bricklayer in Chicago, and FBI deputy assistant director Kate Bannon who enlists his help

D. C. Brod
  • Robyn Guthrie: freelance writer in Illinois
  • Quint McCauley: ex-cop turned private investigator in a Chicago suburb in Illinois

Fredric Brown
  • Ed Hunter: a young Chicago teenager, and his uncle Ambrose Hunter, a carny worker

Howard Browne
  • Paul Pine: former DA’s investigator, now a private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Luisa Buehler
  • Grace Marsden: writer of children’s books in a  lovely reclaimed marsh compound called Pine Marsh, Illinois

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

Laura Caldwell
  • Izzy McNeil: young entertainment lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

Robert Campbell
  • Jimmy Flannery: sewer inspector and Democratic precinct captain in Chicago, Illinois

Charlotte Carter
  • Cassandra Lisle: college student in late-1960s Chicago, Illinois, in the Cook County mysteries

Dave Case
  • Stacey MacBeth: cop in Chicago, Illinois

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

Sean Chercover
  • Ray Dudgeon: former newspaper reporter turned private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Jill Churchill
  • Jane Jeffry: suburban housewife and sleuth in Chicago, Illinois

Clyde B. Clason
  • Theocritus Lucius Westborough: elderly scholar of the Roman Empire, in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California

Max Allan Collins
  • Nate Heller: 1930s ex-cop turned private eye in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Cormany
  • Dan Kruger: 30-something ex-cop and former rock musician, now a private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Craft
  • Mark Manning: gay journalist in Chicago, Illinois

Lonnie Cruse
  • Joe Dalton: sheriff in Metropolis, Illinois

Barbara D’Amato
  • Dr. Gerritt DeGraaf: forensic pathologist in Chicago, Illinois
  • Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis: a pair of cops in Chicago, Illinois, in the Chicago Police series
  • Cat Marsala: freelance investigative journalist in Chicago, Illinois

William Diehl
  • Martin Vail: defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Wayne D. Dundee
  • Joe Hannibal: blue-collar private investigator based in Rockford, Illinois

Michael Allen Dymmoch
  • John Thinnes: a cop, and Jack Caleb, a gay psychiatrist, in Chicago, Illinois

David Ellis
  • Jason Kolarich: lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

P.N. Elrod
  • Jack Fleming: 1930s reporter turned vampire in Chicago, Illinois

Paul Engleman
  • Phil Moony: ex-fireman private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mark Renzler: ex-baseball player private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Crabbe Evers
  • Duffy House: ex-sportswriter turned investigator in Chicago, Illinois

David Everson
  • Robert (Bobby) Miles: minor league baseball player turned private investigator and troubleshooter for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives

Jacqueline Fiedler
  • Caroline Canfield: wildlife artist in River Ridge, Illinois

Sharon Fiffer
  • Jane Wheel: was laid off from her advertising job and is working as an antique picker to make ends meet in Chicago, Illinois

Barbara Fister
  • Anni Koskinen: ex-cop private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Jack Fredrickson
  • Vlodek “Dek” Elstrom: private investigator with a failed marriage and battered reputation, in Chicago, Illinois

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

Joseph Glass
  • Dr. Susan Shader: psychiatrist and criminal profiler in Chicago, Illinois

Ellen Godfrey
  • Janet Barkint: high school dropout in Evanston, Illinois, in the Women’s Rescue Co. mysteries

Robert Goldsborough
  • Steve “Snap” Malek: police reporter for the Tribune, in 1930s–1940s Chicago, Illinois

Ed Gorman
  • Dev Conrad: political consultant in Chicago, Illinois

Bill Granger
  • Jimmy Drover: ex-sportswriter in Chicago, Illinois
  • Terry Flynn and Karen Kovac: special squad detectives in Chicago, Illinois

Andrew M. Greeley
  • Nuala Anne McGrail: young Irish immigrant, psychic and singer in Chicago, Illinois
  • Father John Blackwood “Blackie” Ryan: Catholic priest in Chicago, Illinois

Gini Hartzmark
  • Kate Millholland: attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Harvey
  • Michael Kelly: ex-cop private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Georgia Davis: ex-cop private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ellie Foreman: recently divorced suburban mom who makes video documentaries in Chicago, Illinois

Hugh Holton
  • Larry Cole: police commander in Chicago, Illinois

James Patrick Hunt
  • Evan Maitland: former police detective, now running an antique business and moonlighting as a bounty hunter, based in Chicago, Illinois

Fred Hunter
  • Jeremy Ransom: homicide detective, and Emily Charters, his adopted grandmother, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Alex Reynolds: accidental spy in Chicago, Illinois

Julie Hyzy
  • Alex St. James: TV reporter based in Chicago, Illinois

Jerry Jenkins
  • Margo Franklin: waitress, and Philip Spence, an artist, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jennifer Grey: newspaper reporter and columnist in Chicago, Illinois

D.J.H. Jones
  • Nancy Cook: Chaucer scholar and professor at Yale University
Michael A. Kahn
  • Rachel Gold: defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois then St. Louis, Missouri

Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Abe Lieberman: 60-something Jewish police detective in Chicago, Illinois

J.A. Konrath
  • Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniel: Violent Crimes in Chicago, Illinois

Thomas Laird
  • Jimmy Parisi: lieutenant in the Homicide Division, Chicago Police Department, in Chicago, Illinois

K.J. Larsen
  • Cat DeLuca: private investigator operating the Pants On Fire Detective Agency specializing in cheating spouses, in Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan Latimer
  • Bill Crane: private detective in Chicago, Illinois

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

Phillips Lore (Terrence Lore Smith)
  • Leo Roi: lawyer and criminal investigator, in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois

Alex Matthews
  • Cassidy McCabe: psychotherapist and a calico cat in Oak Park, Illinois

John McEvoy
  • Jack Doyle: failed ad-man and reluctant sleuth working in the horse-racing world, based in the Chicago, Illinois area

Ralph M. McInerny
  • Father Roger Dowling: St. Hilary's parish priest in Fox River Illinois

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

Catherine O’Connell
  • Pauline Cook, a widowed socialite and world traveller, in Chicago, Illinois, in the High Society series

Clare O’Donohue
  • Kathleen (Kate) Conway: TV producer for the show “Missing Persons” in Chicago, Illinois

Milton K. Ozaki
  • Androcles Caldwell: psychology professor at North University, his “Watson,” Bendy Brinks, and Lt. Percy Phelan, a homicide detective, in Chicago, Illinois
Sara Paretsky
  • V. I. Warshawski: attorney turned private eye in Chicago, Illinois

Diane Petit
  • Kathryn Bogert: owner of Good Buys, an estate sale business, and Charli, a Brittany spaniel, in Chicago, Illinois

Mary Monica Pulver (Monica Ferris)
  • Peter Brichter: police detective, and Kori Price Brichter, a horse breeder, in Illinois

Monica Quill (Ralph M. McInerny)
  • Mary Teresa Dempsey: 5'2" 200 lb. nun in Chicago, Illinois

Lynne Raimondo
  • Mark Angelotti: psychologist who became blind due to a genetic disorder, in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Raleigh
  • Paul Whelan: 40-something cop turned private investigator in Chicago, Illinois

Sam Reaves
  • Cooper MacLeish: taxi driver and Vietnam vet in Chicago, Illinois

Craig Rice
  • John J. Malone: lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

Andrew Rosenheim
  • Jimmy Nessheim: young FBI agent beginning in late 1930s Chicago, Illinois

Robert O. Saber (Milton K. Ozaki)
  • Carl Good: hort 40-something private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois

Marcus Sakey
  • Non-series crime novels set in Chicago, Illinois

Jean Sheldon
  • Kerry Grant: police detective and computer guru, in Chicago, Illinois

Michael W. Sherer
  • Emerson Ward: freelance writer in Chicago, Illinois

Edith Skom
  • Beth Austin: English professor at Midwestern University in 1940s Illinois

Charles Merrill Smith
  • Reverend C.P. “Con” Randollph: a former professional football quarterback, now minister of the Church of the Good Shepherd, housed in a skyscraper where the penthouse serves as the manse, in Chicago, Illinois

T. A. Stone
  • Jonathan Kraag: former FBI profiler now a PI, Director of Security, ADMS in Ravensburg, Illinois

Denise Swanson
  • Skye Denison: school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois

Kate Sweeney
  • Kate Ryan: middle-aged, accident prone, ex-private investigator, who later returns to Ryan, Costello, and Winfield Investigations, in Chicago, Illinois

Sandra Tooley
  • Samantha (Sam) Casey: Native American detective sergeant in Chasen Heights, Illinois, who can hear the dead speak

David J. Walker
  • Dugan: lawyer in Chicago, Illinois
  • Malachy P. Foley: jazz piano-playing private investigator in Chicago, Illinois
  • Kirsten, owner of the Wild Onion, Ltd, a private detective agency in Chicago, Illinois

Robert W. Walker
  • Alastair Ransom: an inspector, and Jane Francis Tewes, a doctor, in the 1890s in Chicago, Illinois

Mary V. Welk
  • Caroline Rhodes: RN in Rhineburg, Illinois

John Wessel
  • Harding: unlicensed private investigator in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Wiley
  • Joe Kozmarski: private investigator in Chicago, Illinois

Mark Richard Zubro
  • Tom Mason: a gay teacher, and his lover, Scott Carpenter, a baseball player, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Turner: gay police detective in Chicago, Illinois

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