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September 2005

Mystery Series Debuts 2000-2005 · Amateur & Unconventional Sleuths

the cover of Best Murder of the Year by Jon P. Bloch

Best Murder of the Year (2002)
Jon P. Bloch
Rick Domino, gossip columnist
Hollywood, California

The Weaver and the Factory Maid (2003)
Deborah Grabien
Penelope Wintercraft-Hawkes and Ringan Laine, actors/singers

Summer of the Big Bachi (2004)
Naomi Hirahara
Masao Arai, Japanese-American gardener
Los Angeles, California

the cover of The Water Clock by Jim Kelly

The Water Clock (2003)
Jim Kelly
Philip Dryden, newspaper reporter
Cambridgeshire, England

Pale as the Dead (2004)
Fiona Mountain
Natasha Blake, genealogist

Murder Is Academic (2004)
Christine Poulson
Cassandra James, professor
Cambridge, England

the cover of Point of Honour by Madeleine E. Robins

Point of Honour (2003)
Madeleine E. Robins
Sarah Tolerance, private inquiry agent
Alternate Regency England

O’ Artful Death (2003)
Sarah Stewart Taylor
Sweeney St. George, art historian

Dark Undertakings (2001)
Rebecca Tope
Drew Slocombe, undertaker’s assistant

the cover of Shadows at the Fair by Lea Wait

Shadows at the Fair (2002)
Lea Wait
Maggie Summer, antiques dealer
Rensselaer County, New York

Wiley’s Lament (2003)
Lono Waiwaiole
Wiley, poker player and drifter
Portland, Oregon

Maisie Dobbs (2003)
Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs, psychologist
Early 20th century England

Clea’s Moon (2003)
Edward Wright
John Ray Horn, former cowboy star
Los Angeles, California