Ohio Mysteries
Avery Aames
  • Charlotte Bessette: proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette, in fictional Providence, Ohio, in the Cheese Shop mysteries

Isaac Adamson
  • Billy Chaka: ace reporter for Cleveland’s hottest-selling Asian teen magazine

David Anthony
  • Morgan Butler: Korean War veteran who worked for a San Francisco detective agency, now farming and sleuthing in Ohio and West Virginia

Franklin Bandy
  • Kevin MacInnes: the “Lie King”, a free-lance lie detector and private investigator, in Ohio and elsewhere

Elizabeth Becka
  • Evelyn James: forensic expert in the medical examiner’s office, in Cleveland, Ohio

John Billheimer
  • Lloyd Keaton: local sportswriter with a gambling addiction, in fictional Menkenburg, a city in east-central Ohio

Lisa Black (Elizabeth Becka)
  • Theresa MacLean: forensic scientist, in Cleveland, Ohio

D.B. (Della) Borton
  • Cat Caliban: 60-something PI-in-training, in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Gilda Liberty: a small-town movie theater proprietor in Eden, Ohio

Lillian Stewart Carl
  • Rebecca Reid: historian, and Michael Campbell, a Scottish professor, in Ohio and later in Scotland

Linda Castillo
  • Kate Burkholder: female chief of police in the Amish town of Painters Mill, Ohio

Melissa Cleary
  • Jackie Walsh: Jackie Walsh, a professor of film studies, and her ex-police dog, Jake, in Palmer, Ohio

Max Allan Collins
  • Eliot Ness: 1930s public safety officer in Cleveland, Ohio

C.R. Corwin
  • Dolly Madison (Maddy) Sprowls: 60-something newspaper archivist for the Herald-Union, and cub reporter Aubrey McGinty, in Hannawa, Ohio, in the Morgue Mama mysteries
Casey Daniels
  • Pepper Martin: tour guide at a cemetery, who can talk with a mob boss ghost, in Cleveland, Ohio

Thomas B. Dewey
  • Singer Batts: a Shakespearean scholar running a hotel in a small town in Ohio

L.T. Fawkes
  • Terry Saltz: who lost his job, wife, truck, and mobile home, starting over as a pizza delivery driver in Spencer, Ohio

Amanda Flower
  • Kelsey Cambridge: director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, in the Living History Museum series
  • India Hayes: artist, and librarian at Martin College in Stripling, Ohio
  • Chloe Humphrey: 24-year-old computer whiz moving to Appleseed Creek, in the Amish country of Ohio
  • Bailey King, leaving New York to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents’ candy shop, in Harvest, Ohio, in the Amish Candy Shop mysteries

Paul L. Gaus
  • Michael Branden: a college professor in Amish country in Ohio

Karen Harper
  • 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

Lynn S. Hightower
  • Sonora Blair: homicide detective in Cincinnati, Ohio

Jack Iams
  • Stanley “Rocky” Rockwell: private investigator based in Ohio

Cathie John
  • Kate Cavanaugh: a gourmet caterer in Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael Koryta
  • Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard: private investigators in Cleveland, Ohio

Jeffrey Marks
  • General Ulysses Grant: returning to his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio, after the Civil War

James E. Martin
  • Gil Disbro: young, conservative, non-drinking private investigator, in Cleveland, Ohio

Ralph McInerny
  • Egidio Manfredi: a police captain in Fort Elbow, Ohio

Richard Montanari
  • John Paris: homicide detective in Cleveland, Ohio
Bill Pomidor
  • Calista Marley: a forensic pathologist, and Plato Marley, a family physician, in Cleveland, Ohio

Mike Resnick
  • Eli Paxton: former Chicago cop now barely making it as a private investigator in Cincinnati, Ohio

Emilie Richards
  • Aggie Sloan-Wilcox: the wife of the minister of the Consolidated Community Church, in Emerald Springs, Ohio, in the Ministry Is Murder series

John Maddox Roberts
  • Gabe Treloar: a burned-out LAPD veteran on the way to a PI job in Cleveland, ending up in his old hometown, Monticello, Ohio

Les Roberts
  • Milan Jacovich: blue-collar Slovenian private eye with a master's degree in Cleveland, Ohio

Ona Russell
  • Sarah Kaufman: Jewish probate court official in 1920s Toledo, Ohio, later visiting Dayton, Tennessee

Sharon Short
  • Patricia Delaney: a private investigator in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Josie Toadfern: a stain expert and laundromat owner in Paradise, Ohio

Jon Talton
  • Will Borders: former homicide detective, in Cincinnati, Ohio

Jonathan Valin
  • Harry Stoner: private investigator in Cincinnati, Ohio

Heather Webber
  • Nina Quinn: the owner of Taken By Surprise a landscaping firm specializing in surprise garden makeovers, in Ohio

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

Sally S. Wright
  • Ben Reese: a 1960s university archivist in Ohio

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