Suspense novels with female investigators, bounty hunters, and police officers.

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Track of the Cat (An Anna Pigeon Novel)
Nevada Barr

The texture, scents and sounds of Texas wilderness permeate this debut, in which the murder of a National Park Service ranger illuminates the conflict between those who want to protect our country’s wildlife and those who want to profit from it.


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Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)
Patricia Cornwell

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. With an unerring eye, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman.


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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1)
Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum, a New Jersey native, is a laid-off lingerie buyer. Desperate for bucks, she decides to pursue a career as an “apprehension agent,” tracking down scofflaws for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie. Her first mission: to bring in a cop accused of murder.


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Final Jeopardy (Alexandra Cooper Mysteries)
Linda Fairstein

Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan’s top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens to shocking news: a headline announcing her own murder. The actual victim is Isabella Lascar, a Hollywood film star. But was the killer originally after Cooper?


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The Surgeon: A Novel
Tess Gerritsen

He slips into their homes at night where women lie sleeping. The killer’s methods suggests he is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the newspapers and the public to name him “The Surgeon.” The cops’ only clue rests with the surviving victim of an identical crime


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A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1)
Sue Grafton

A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was convicted of killing her husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer.


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Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)
Laura Lippman

Downsized ex-reporter Tess Monaghan spends her days working at the bookstore owned by her Aunt Kitty. When her friend Rocky pays her to follow his fiancé, the trail leads to murder with Rocky the prime suspect.


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Deja Dead: 10th Anniversary Edition (Temperance Brennan Novels)
Kathy Reichs

One look at the decapitated corpse stored neatly in bags tells Tempe she’ll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Inspired the hit TV show Bones.


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Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1)
J. D. Robb

Eve Dallas gets involved with Roarke, a suspect in her latest murder case. But passion and seduction have rules all their own.


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Blindsighted
Karin Slaughter

The murder of a young college professor paralyzes a tiny Georgian community. This crime is the worst thing coroner Sara Linton has ever seen, and the killer has no intention of stopping.


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