Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Laying Down the Law: Mysteries Featuring Sheriffs

Have you been reading Amy Stewart's mystery series based on real-life turn-of-the-century deputy sheriff Constance Kopp? Girl Waits With Gun came out last year and Lady Cop Makes Trouble just came out. This has been an interesting series for us - Amy Stewart first came to our attention as a writer of non-fiction, with books such as Flower Confidential (a behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry), The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, and Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. Stewart brings all her research skills to bat for this new fictional series and the early 20th century lifestyle she portrays feels very real, but her historical characters are clever and her retellings of their adventures, ripped from news headlines of the day, are entertaining and well-crafted.

As a tribute to Constance Kopp, the first female sheriff, we've compiled a list of other mystery series with sheriffs for protagonists, including local favorite Longmire!

Desert Heat by J. A. Jance

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson

Coyote Wind by Peter Bowen [eAudiobook]

One Perfect Shot by Steven Havill

Murder Most Fowl by Bill Crider 

The Ranger by Ace Atkins 

Artscape by Frederick Ramsay

Dangerous Undertaking by Mark de Castrique 

The Blight Way  by Patrick F. McManus 

Darkness Bids the Dead Goodbye by Gary McKinney 

Cypress Grove by James Sallis

Lying Wonders by Susan Rogers Cooper

Season's Revenge by Henry Kisor 

Glare Ice by Mary Logue

Known Dead by Donald Harstad 

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