"K" is for Kiss.... of death, that is! The "K" list of mystery book authors includes sleuths who are private investigators, psychologists, computer experts, ex-sheriffs, and even book publishers, housekeepers, and hotel/inn owners!
I have also included the chronological list of
Jan Karon's "feel good" books about life in a small town with people who, despite their many differences, get along with each other. It may take a while for them to come to the conclusion that they care about each other, but rarely do they fail to help their neighbors in times of troubles.
What a wonderful name for a series: "Booklover's" says it all! This series
features a publisher in England.
A rabbi's wife, attorney
Kahn writes about what she knows.... her series revolves around "Ruby, the
Rabbi's Wife," which also happens to be the name of the series,
even though Ruby is really the Rabbi's Widow.
Lucille Kallen Kallen was a writer for the "Show of Shows" years ago. Kallen's
C. B. Greenfield Mystery Series features the editor and a reporter of a
newspaper in Connecticut.
Stuart M. Kaminsky Kaminsky started writing his Toby Peters Mystery Series in
the late 1970s. Toby is a private detective who works in Hollywood during its
Golden era. Toby is hired by the production companies to straighten out problems
the 1940s stars have. The first mystery in the series revolves around Errol
Flynn, and his fascination with young women. Some of the other Toby Peters books
include stars like Betty Davis, Mae West, Judy Garland, and Joan Crawford.
Kandel (an ex-editor of an art magazine and an ex-teacher of college-level
art theory and history) writes the Cece Caruso Mystery Series which has, as
its sleuth, an author who writes biographies of mystery writers... dead
mystery writers, that is!
Tonya Kappes Kappes writes several different Cozy Mystery
series, both paranormal and non-paranormal.
Her Mitford series is very cozy, but
isn't a mystery series.
Jon Katz His mystery series is about an ex-Wall Streeter who becomes a private
investigator. Katz has also written several books about dogs, and has an
impressive journalism background.
Kavanagh contacted me and told me about his cozy mystery series featuring an
Australian who goes to visit her great aunt in Bath (England) and who ends
up inheriting a cottage.
M. M. Kaye (aka Mollie Kaye) M. M. Kaye wrote (among many books) the
two bestselling historical novels: The Far Pavilions and Shadow of the Moon.
She writes the Death in ***** Mystery Series as well as children's
Keam writes the
Josiah Reynolds, Beekeeper Mystery Series.
The series has, as its sleuth, a retired history professor who not only
solves mysteries but she is also a beekeeper who sells her honey at the
Sean Keefer Keefer, an attorney
in South Carolina, writes Stand Alone mysteries. His first mystery, The
Trust, features an attorney in South Carolina.
Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker
Not Cozy... He is a child psychologist who writes a series
featuring a child psychologist.
Lee Charles Kelley
Kelley writes the Continuing Adventures of Jack & Jamie Mystery Series,
which features a dog trainer/dog kennel owner/ex-NYPD detective. Kelley is a
a dog trainer, voice-over actor, songwriter, and of course, author! (His
best selling Christmas mystery can be found on the Christmas "K" page.)
Marne Davis Kellogg Kellogg writes both the Kick Keswick
Mystery Series and the Lilly Bennett Mystery Series. Kick Keswick is a
retired jewel thief... which means she can use her inside knowledge to catch
Kelly, formerly a lawyer and tax accountant, writes the Tara Holloway Death
and Taxes Mystery Series, which is set in Dallas. Tara is a Criminal
Investigations Division Agent for the IRS, where she not only crunches
numbers, but also crime.
Kelly writes the Silver Sleuths Mystery Series. The three Silver Sleuths
are: the continuously dieting Trish, the rather bossy Millie, and Edna - the
sweetie of the group. These three senior sleuths make it their business to
solve the mysteries at hand.
(aka Sofie Ryan) Kelly writes the Magical Cats Mystery Series. This series, which is
set in Minnesota, features a librarian who never intended having cats as pets...
until she meets up with Owen and Hercules, stray cats who happen to be (as the
series titles says) magical cats. As Ryan she writes the Second Chance Cat
Mystery Series, which features Elvis, the cat, at a second-hand shop.
Toni L. P. Kelner
Kelner has the Laura Fleming series that
features a computer programmer, and she is now finishing up on the first
book of a new series which will come out in '07.
Harry Kemelman Kemelman was a professor of English and had his M. A. from Harvard. He wrote
the very successful Rabbi Small series........
Ellen Edwards Kennedy
Kennedy penned her first cozy mystery novel and is currently
working on its sequel. Her high school English teacher/sleuth and I have
something in common... the annoyance at the use of the word
Mary Kennedy Kennedy, a psychologist who was
at one time a radio copywriter, writes the
Talk Radio Mystery Series, which features an ex-psychologist turned talk show
radio hostess as its sleuth. She is also an ex-New Yorker (the sleuth/heroine,
that is!) who gives up the cold winters for the more enjoyable southern Florida
Kennett's series features a psychologist who is also a computer specialist,
so she is able to profile criminals and recreate their crimes on the
computer. And, with Kennett's "real life" background in computer
science/applied mathematics, it is no wonder that her heroine (PJ Gray) is
(aka Kate Kingsbury &
Allison Kingsley) As Kent, we are
treated to the Bellehaven House Mystery Series. The Pennyfoot Hotel
Mystery Series and the World War II Manor House Mystery Series are written
under the Kingsbury name.
Tracy Kiely Kiely puts her English degree to good use writing the Elizabeth
Parker Mystery Series, which combines her love for Jane Austen with the very
British Cozies, setting her books in the Cape Cod area. She has received
praise from such noted Cozy Mystery Authors as Carolyn Hart, Denise Swanson,
and Elaine Viets...
William X. Kienzle Father
Robert Koesler series...
an ex-English teacher, writes the very popular Kat Colorado series.
The beginning of a series revolving around an author of
The Poetic Death Mystery series
features Grace Hollister, a teacher from the USA who goes to England to
fulfill her passion for poets of romance...
Josi S. Kilpack Kilpack just started her Sadie Hoffmiller
Culinary Mystery Series, which includes recipes.
Cleo Coyle Both
Kimberly and Coyle are pseudonyms for a husband and wife team (Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi) who write cozy mysteries together. They write
the Coffee House Mystery series as Coyle, and the Haunted Bookshop
Mystery series as Kimberly.
Laurie R. King
Her very popular series features Mary
Russell, a protégé of Sherlock Holmes. King also write a series that
features homicide inspector Kate Martinelli.
Peter King Gourmet detective series, a series that features the author Jack
London, and even a series that revolves around an 1870s hansom cab driver!
Rebecca Kent & Allison Kingsley)
A World War II series (World War II
Manor House) and an Edwardian period series (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery
Series) that takes place between 1901 and 1910...
Also, writing as Rebecca Kent, the Bellehaven House Mystery Series, and as
Allison Kingsley, the Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery Series...
Allison Kingsley (aka
Kate Kingsbury &
Rebecca Kent - see above) Kingsley writes the
Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery Series. This series is set in Maine, and features
two cousins: Stephanie Quinn Dowd, owner of the bookstore, and Clara Quinn, her
cousin and a psychic.
Mary Lou Kirwin
Kirwin writes the Librarian Mystery Series. This series
features Karen Nash, a Minnesota librarian who also
finds time to take care of a few mysteries.
A series about an ex-Rolling Stone reporter who becomes a reporter in a
small New England town...
Kathryn Lasky Knight
Knight writes a series involving a children's books illustrator.
(aka Wendy Lyn Watson)
Watson teaches American Government and Constitutional Law at the college
level and writes the Mystery à la Mode Mystery Series which is set in Texas
and has, as its sleuth, the owner of an ice cream parlor. As Annie Knox she
writes a series which is set in Minnesota. Her sleuth, Izzy McHale, owns the
Trendy Tails Pet Boutique. Izzy's companions are Jinx and Packer, her
resident cat and dog.
Leslie Kohler Kohler writes Stand Alone mysteries, one of which highlights the
problem of illegal immigration. Sins of the Border takes place in Scottsdale,
Arizona, and features a mom from the suburbs who uses her skills she honed as a
Harley Jane Kozak
Kozak's first novel in her Wollie Shelley Mystery series won the very
prestigious Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 2005. The series features
an artist of greeting cards who also has the talent to solve mysteries...
Rochelle Krich aka Rochelle Majer
Krich Krich has her master's degree in English from U.C.L.A.,
and like the heroine of one of her cozy mystery series, she is an avid
player of mah-jongg. Several of her works are on the Agatha Award pages!
Joyce Krieg Krieg
started out as a newspaper journalist, moved on to radio, then television,
back to radio, and then to writing a mystery series about a talk show radio
William Kent Krueger
Krueger writes the Cork O'Connor Mystery Series which features an ex-sheriff
Mary Kruger Kruger,
a librarian and author, writes two series, one of which is a cozy set in the
world of knitting. She also writes historical romance novels as Mary
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