Seattle Picks: Northwest Mysteries and Suspense
Annotation:Menopausal with an attitude, Quinn, a Seattle PI, becomes involved in a missing person investigation when a murdered John Doe is found with her name and number scrawled on his matchbook.
Annotation:Portland detective Archie Sheridan, already with a full case load involving a drug empire, has another nightmarish run-in on Halloween with his nemesis, serial killer Gretchen Lowell.
Annotation:When Dani Keller wakes up in her Seattle houseboat one morning, her husband Ian is gone. It doesn’t help that the police suspect her—she already blames herself—but where did he go?
Annotation:Pepe, the talking Chihuahua, uses his top dog status at the Dogawanda Center to infiltrate the dog-worshipping cult and help his PI-in-training Geri Sullivan search for a missing Seattle woman.
Annotation:Emma Lord, newspaper publisher in the fictional Washington town of Alpine, just got married, but wedded bliss will have to wait as a car wreck and a murder intervene.
Annotation:Recently widowed Sunny Day Burnett mixes city farming with sleuthing upon discovering a neighbor dead and clutching an incriminating photo of Sunny’s husband in stilettos and not much else.
Annotation:On a break from his legal work to co-guide a fishing trip on Oregon’s Deschutes River, Cal is a prime suspect with local police when the husband of his former fling turns up dead.
Annotation:Working undercover for the FBI and ostensibly for a Greek tycoon at an auction on his yacht, art expert Alix London and her handsome partner wade deeper into hot water when a crew member is murdered.
Annotation:Abandoned at the altar, Nina Cormier escapes a church bombing and survives a hit-and-run attempt in this re-issued romantic suspense novel that foreshadows Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles medical thriller series.
Annotation:In Portland, Oregon, teen search-and-rescue volunteers Ruby, Alexis and Nick get their first case to look for a missing autistic man but instead discover the body of a girl and decide to investigate.
Annotation:The 1965 Seattle earthquake unearths a skeleton and a Jewish immigrant’s diary in the streets of underground Seattle. Newly widowed Rachel Mazursky translates the book and follows clues to a killer’s identity.
Annotation:Detectives Alvarez and Pescoli investigate brutal Jane Doe murders in rural Grizzly Falls, Montana and try to get along with a new commander, while Sheriff Grayson lies in a coma in this sixth book of a series.
Annotation:After rookie cop J. P. Beaumont and his first partner, Milton Gurkey (aka Pickles) finish a meal at the Doghouse restaurant, Pickles is found outside unconscious with the body of a dead woman nearby.
Annotation:Ginny (human owner of Georgie, a Shar-Pei) and Teddy (human owner of Mistress Penny, a tabby) get mixed up in an animal shelter fraud case that turns ugly when murder is suspected in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
Annotation:While snowshoeing, Sheriff Tully finds a body sporting an arrow near a mysterious snow circle, not unlike those allegedly alien-made crop circles, and begins his typically easy-going investigation in rural Idaho.
Annotation:Sophie Mae and Meghan, organic farmers in Cadyville, Washington, find a nasty surprise in their compost heap, in this mystery filled with craft ideas and recipes.
Annotation:Oregon heiress Jessie Carr’s seven-year absence provides her slimy Uncle Oliver with the perfect excuse to hire a vaudeville actress to impersonate his niece and steal her fortune in this 1920s Jazz Age mystery.
Annotation:Seattle behavioral therapist Olivia Barker suspects a troubled client of murder after counseling him under hypnosis, but is fearful of speaking out when she is personally targeted.
Annotation:It’s 1903, and Professor Bradshaw’s scientific expertise is requested at the Healing Sands Sanitarium in coastal Washington, where an electrotherapeutic treatment has ended in death.
Annotation:Greywalker Harper Blaine is asked to investigate a case of a seemingly possessed patient who awoke from a vegetative state to paint compulsively and speak in tongues, in this Seattle urban fantasy suspense.
Annotation:Dolly and Dell, a retired husband-wife team, investigate local hate groups when a battered body covered in neo-Nazi tattoos washes up on the beach in a coastal Oregon tourist town.
Annotation:In this legal thriller, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn teams up with detective Charlie Carlson in a case that is very personal—the recent death of Mia’s husband in an “accident.”