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1. Long [77765 words]The Old Dick by L.A. Morse [Mystery/Crime]
2. Long [77346 words]The Big Enchilada [Sam Hunter #1] by L.A. Morse [Mystery/Crime]
3. Long [74081 words]Sleaze [Sam Hunter #2] by L.A. Morse [Mystery/Crime]
4. Long [88896 words]Life Lessons by Kaje Harper [Mystery/Crime/Gay Fiction]
5. Long [111064 words]Degrees of Separation [Falcon's Bend Series, Book 1] by Karen Wiesner [Mystery/Crime]
1. Mid-Length [37647 words]The Phantom Detective: Notes of Doom by Robert Wallace [Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller]
2. Long [66882 words]Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill [Mystery/Crime]
3. Long [90361 words]Mahu Blood by Neil Plakcy [Mystery/Crime/Gay Fiction]
4. Long [75748 words]The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie [Mystery/Crime/Humor]
5. Mid-Length [40533 words]Murder Crossed by Eleanor Boylan [Mystery/Crime]
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1 The Old Dick
by L.A. Morse
  WINNER OF THE EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD FOR BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. --- Retired private eye Jake Spanner may have gotten old, but he hasn't gone soft. When an old gangster Jake put away some forty years ago shows up at his door, it's time for Jake to grab his hat and Browning automatic and get back to work. Old? Sure. Slower to catch his breath? Maybe. But, sharp as a tack and with a lifetime of investigating know-how, Jake Spanner has nothing to lose and everything to prove. Sniffing out leads be... more info>> (Published: 1981) Edgar Award Winner

Words: 77765 - Reading Time: 222-311 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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2 Sleaze [Sam Hunter #2]
by L.A. Morse
  Los Angeles private eye Sam Hunter doesn't have a soft side. Everything about him is a hard as a knuckle to the face. So, when a call for help comes in from a trashy porn magazine, it's not out of the goodness of his heart that Sam takes the case. It has more to do with the curves of the magazine's sizzling-hot editor. The magazine is called Sleaze, and that's exactly what has made it the target of a fanatical cult, one willing to shed blood to cleanse its "holy land." Soon, Sam finds out that ... more info>> (Published: 1985)

Words: 74081 - Reading Time: 211-296 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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3 The Big Enchilada [Sam Hunter #1]
by L.A. Morse
  Los Angeles is a hot town. Hot women. Hot clubs. And, when private eye Sam Hunter is involved, hot tempers. Sam doesn't take kindly to threats, so when a street thug busts up his office and warns him to "Stay away from Domingo," he might as well draw Sam a map pointing where to swing his fists. Soon, Sam finds himself racing around L.A., dodging bullets and spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of sex, drugs and danger. A teenage porn star, an heiress and some spoiled rich brat lead Sam to t... more info>> (Published: 1982)

Words: 77346 - Reading Time: 220-309 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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4 Death on a Silver Tray
by Rosemary Stevens
  Beau Brummell was the arbiter of fashion in Regency London--and a friend of the Prince Regent. When the Duchess of York asked him to investigate the murder of the Countess of Wrayburn, he could not refuse. Miss Ashton, the Countess's paid companion, was suspected--and it would take a clever gentleman to discover that there were others with a motive for murder. Winner of an Agatha. Regency Mystery by Rosemary Stevens; originally published by Berkley Prime Crime (Published: 2000)

Words: 68261 - Reading Time: 195-273 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction

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5 Degrees of Separation [Falcon's Bend Series, Book 1]
by Karen Wiesner
  Who is killing the midnight ladies? Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape from a one-horse town like Falcon's Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's scandalous strip joint is found strangled. It soon becomes clear to Investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent that the close-knit "family" at the nightclub is a bizarre b... more info>>

Words: 111064 - Reading Time: 317-444 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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6 Life Lessons
by Kaje Harper
  Tony Hart's life has been quiet lately. He has good friends and a rewarding teaching job. Then the murdered body of another teacher falls into the elevator at his feet, and Tony's life gets a little too exciting. Jared MacLean is a homicide detective, a widowed father, and deeply in the closet. But from the moment he meets Tony's blue eyes in that high school hallway, Mac can't help wanting this man in his life. However Mac isn't the only one with his eyes on Tony. As the murderer tries to cove... more info>>

Words: 88896 - Reading Time: 253-355 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Erotic Romance/Gay Fiction
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7 Darling, It's Death
by Richard Prather
  "As far as I'm concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes." --Robert J. Randisi For four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private ey... more info>> (Published: 1952)

Words: 55044 - Reading Time: 157-220 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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8 Double For Death
by Rex Stout
  A corpse in a secluded hide-out--a millionaire who thinks he is discreet (but isn't)--a panicky girl whose uncle is accused of murder--are some of the odd angles in the most curious case in Tecumseh Fox's career as a private detective. But these are only the first of a series of surprises--including another grim killing--and Fox has to do some fast talking and acting himself to outfox a deadly determined murderer.

Words: 69775 - Reading Time: 199-279 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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9 Everybody Had A Gun
by Richard Prather
  "As far as I'm concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes." --Robert J. Randisi For four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private ey... more info>> (Published: 2004)

Words: 60502 - Reading Time: 172-242 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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10 A Dead Bore
by Sheri Cobb South
  Escaping scandal following her husband's death, Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to a house party. Tragedy follows her when the vicar, author of a dull local history, dies in a fire. She suspects murder, and sends to Bow Street for John Pickett. Posing as her footman, he investigates from belowstairs while she gathers information above. But Pickett finds her assistance both a help and an all-too-pleasant hindrance. Regency Mystery/Romance by Sheri Cobb South; originally published by Five St... more info>> (Published: 2008)

Words: 59741 - Reading Time: 170-238 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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11 Angels in Disguise [Hawkman Series Book 8]
by Betty Sullivan La Pierre
  A P.I., his wife, cancer, a missing mother and a little girl kidnapped. You'll see a side of Hawkman never revealed in this powerful novel. Two stories entwined in such a way, you'll find yourself crying and cringing at the same time. Your heart will go out to Hawkman as he struggles with his emotions and tries to concentrate on the case handed to him by a distraught father. Hawkman has reservations about a unique grandmother who reads strange books, and a butcher's daughter who keeps him in tur... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 75307 - Reading Time: 215-301 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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12 Black and Blue and Pretty Dead, Too
by Mark Richard Zubro
  Paul Turner returns. In his first appearance since 2007, this gay Chicago detective and father of two sons gets caught in a tangle of intrigue and corruption. A brutal Chicago cop is found murdered at a gay leather festival. Turner, plus his police department partner, Buck Fenwick are assigned the case. Through a rising tide of danger, they need to find the truth among police corruption and cover ups. Some top cops and A-list leather queens are among those whose lies and fears drive the web of d... more info>>

Words: 81094 - Reading Time: 231-324 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Gay Fiction
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13 Chasing Amanda
by Melissa Foster
  Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl's abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl's body was found, and Molly's life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland. Molly's life is back on track, her son has begun college, ... more info>>

Words: 102035 - Reading Time: 291-408 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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14 Cockeyed
by Richard Stevenson
  When Hunny 'You go, girl!' Van Horn, Albany's flaming-est working-class flamer, wins the state lottery's first billion-dollar payout, his chaotic life gets even messier. It's PI Don Strachey who's brought in to deal with the skeletons tumbling out of Hunny's non-closet, some violent. The eleventh Strachey novel is part mystery, part screwball comedy, and entirely serious in its exploration of the multiple ways of being gay in America.

Words: 63852 - Reading Time: 182-255 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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15 Crossfire Diamonds
by George Snyder
  Millions of diamonds are enough to tempt even the virtuous into crime and Colt Fallon has never been especially virtuous. While cleaning up a botched kidnapping, Fallon learns of the diamonds and the bank where they're being held. He won't be able to get them on his own, but Fallon has a way of attracting the right wrong people--starting with the woman who once betrayed him and who, Fallon is sure, will betray him again. Unfortunately, Fallon isn't the only person after the diamonds. A Chinese s... more info>> (Published: 2012)

Words: 84954 - Reading Time: 242-339 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller

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16 Dagger of Flesh
by Richard Prather
  "As far as I'm concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes." --Robert J. Randisi For four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private ey... more info>> (Published: 1956)

Words: 49416 - Reading Time: 141-197 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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17 Dead Heat
by Richard Prather
  "As far as I'm concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes." --Robert J. Randisi For four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private ey... more info>> (Published: 1963)

Words: 55000 - Reading Time: 157-220 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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18 Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver 8)
by Aaron Elkins
  An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones--and violence claims a famous Egyptologist's life--he is thrust into a spotlight of a different kind. Plying his calipers as the world's foremost forensic anthrop... more info>> (Published: 2011)

Words: 78120 - Reading Time: 223-312 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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19 Deadlier than the Pen
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  Diana Spaulding is a widowed theatrical columnist trying to survive in the scandal-fueled journalistic world of 1888 New York City. Her editor assigns her a story on horror-author Damon Bathory, whom he suspects of murdering two female journalists. Diana faces danger from a deranged artist, a matriarch with a warped sense of humor, a traveling acting troupe--and the elusive Bathory himself. First in the new Diana Spaulding series by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Published: 2004)

Words: 81942 - Reading Time: 234-327 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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20 Face Down across the Western Sea
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  Does England have a claim to the New World? Queen Elizabeth I thinks so and she's gathered together a group of scholars to prove it. Drawn into intrigue and danger through her friendship with Sir Walter Pendennis, Lady Appleton lends a hand to uncover ancient secrets and solve a murder. Historical mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by St. Martin's Minotaur (Published: 2002)

Words: 66197 - Reading Time: 189-264 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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21 Face Down among the Winchester Geese
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  When her husband becomes one of the suspects in the murder of several Southwark prostitutes (known as Winchester Geese), Lady Appleton vows to uncover the identity of the real killer in order to prove her husband's innocence. The year is 1563. "A solid bet for historical mystery fans." (Publisher's Weekly) Historical mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by St. Martin's Press and Kensington Books (Published: 1999)

Words: 65751 - Reading Time: 187-263 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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22 Face Down Before Rebel Hooves
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  When Sir Walter Pendennis asks her help to stop a treasonous uprising, how can Lady Appleton refuse? Pretending to be someone else, she infiltrates the rebel camp and puts her own life at risk, but it isn't always easy to tell the villains from the heroes and the two feisty countesses leading the Rebellion of 1569 are forces to be reckoned with. Historical Mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson. 6th in the Face Down series originally published by St. Martin's. (Published: 2001)

Words: 67000 - Reading Time: 191-268 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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23 Face Down below the Banqueting House
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  Eighth of the Lady Appleton mysteries, where Susanna uses her knowledge of herbs and her sleuthing abilities to solve the mystery of a man falling to his death. Her household of Leigh Abbey is faced with the possibility of a visit from Queen Elizabeth--and the Queen's man needs to know whether the death was part of a plot against Elizabeth--or merely murder. [Glossary included] Historical Mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by Perseverance Press (Published: 2005)

Words: 69225 - Reading Time: 197-276 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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24 Face Down Beneath the Eleanor Cross
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  Susanna, Lady Appleton is an expert on poisonous herbs, but she never expects to diagnose her own husband's death as murder. Sir Robert, long believed lost at sea, turns up freshly dead in Westminster and Susanna is accused of the crime. To prove her innocence she must discover the real killer's identify. Elizabethan mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson; originally published by St. Martins and Kensington (Published: 2000)

Words: 70946 - Reading Time: 202-283 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction
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25 Face Down beside St. Anne's Well
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
  In Book Nine of the Face Down series, sixteenth-century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth Susanna, Lady Appleton, travels north to the old Roman baths at Buxton to help her foster daughter, Rosamond, discover the truth about the sudden death of Madame Louise Poitier, French teacher at Bawkenstanes Manor. Does this murder relate to Mary Queen of Scots' wish to visit the baths--or is the motive closer to home? Historical Mystery by Kathy Lynn Emerson [9th of the Face Down series]; originally publ... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 68718 - Reading Time: 196-274 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Historical Fiction

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