#DiverseDetectives & Mysteries

This is a list of crime fiction and mysteries by marginalized writers with marginalized sleuths. These authors and detectives are BIPOC, queer, disabled, Muslim, Jewish and the mysteries range from cozy to hard-boiled!

Note, that this list is a WIP and I will continue to add to it. Happy reading!

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Eleanor Taylor Bland: Dead Time (Marti Macalister series)

dead time

Black woman author and detective, who is a cop

V.M. Burns: The Plot Is Murder

plot is murder

Black woman author, Black woman amateur sleuth

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Charlotte Carter: Rhode Island Red (Nanette Hayes series)

rhode island

Black woman author and MC, who is a jazz musician and amateur sleth

Sophia Chester: Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn

cosmic callisto

Tracy Clark: Broken Places (Cass Raines series)

broken places

Black woman author, Black woman cop turned P.I.

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Kyra Davis: Sex, Murder and a Double Latte (Sophie Katz series)

kyra davis

Black, Jewish biracial woman author and MC, who is a mystery writer and amateur sleuth

Ishara Deen: God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems (Asiya Haque series)

God Smites

Canadian-Benhali woman author, Canadian-Bengali Muslima teen sleuth

Nora DeLoach: Mama Solves A Murder (Mama Detective series)

mama solves a murder

Black woman writer, Black woman amateur sleuth

Sharon M. Draper: The Buried Bones Mystery (The Clubhouse Mysteries series)

Black dinosaurs

Black woman author, Black boy detectives

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Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake

octabia may

Black woman author, Black girl MC who is an amateur sleuth

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Carolina Garcia-Aguilera: Bloody Waters (Lupe Solano series)

bloody waters

LatinX woman author (Cuban-American) and MC, whois a P.I.

Kellye Garrett: Hollywood Homicide (Detective by Day series)

hollywood homicide

Black woman author, Black woman amateur/P.I.

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Alexia Gordon: Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown series)

gethsemane

Black woman author, Black woman amateur sleuth, cozy crime

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A.L. Herbert: Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (Mahalia Watkins Soul Food series)

murder with fried chicken

Black woman writer, Black woman amateur sleuth

Naomi Hirahara: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai series)

big bachi

Japanese-American woman author, Japanese-American male detective who is a gardener and amateur

Rachel Howzell Hall: Land of Shadows (Elouise Norton series)

land of shadows hall

Black woman author, Black woman detective, homocide cop

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Cheryl A. Head: Wake Me When It’s Over (Charlie Mack Motown series)

wake me

Black lesbian author, Black lesbian detective

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Stephen Mack Jones: August Snow (August Snow series)

august snow

Black male author, Black and Mexican male MC who is an ex-cop

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Ausma Zehanat Khan: The Unquiet Dead (Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak #1)

unquiet dead

Canadian Muslim woman author and Canadian Muslim male MC who is a cop

Thomas King: DreadfulWater Shows Up

dreadfulWater

Cherokee/Greek/German male author and Cherokee male ex-cop/ sleuth

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Y.S. Lee: The Agency (Mary Quinn series)

biracial brit chinese author and detective

Singaporean/Canadian author, biracial white/Chinese P.I., YA series set in Britain, suffrage

Attica Locke: Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59 series)

bluebird

Black woman author, Black male detective who is a Texas Ranger

Attica Locke: The Cutting Season

cutting season

Black woman writing, Black woman sleuth

Melati Lum: Ayesha Dean and the instanbul Intrigue (Ayesha Dean series)

ayesha dean1

Australian, Malaysian, and Chinese Muslim woman author, WOC (Indonesian/white?) Australian hijabi teen sleuth

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Olivia Matthews: Mayhem & Mass (Sister Lou series)

mayhem and mass

Black woman author, Black nun amateur sleuth

Penny Mickelbury: One Must Wait (Carole Ann Gibson series)

one must wait

Black lesbian author, Black woman criminal defense lawyer turned P.I.

Penny Mickelbury: Keeping Secrets (Mimi & Gianna series)

keeping sectrets

Black lesbian author, biracial lesbian couple cop and journalist sleuths

Walter Mosley: Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins series)

devil in the blue dress

Black male author, Black male private detective

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Barbara Neely: Blanche On the Lam (Blanche series)

blanche

Black woman author, Black woman amateur sleuth

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Marcie Rendon: Murder On the Red River (Cash Blackbear series)

murder on the red river

Indigenous woman author, member of White Earth Anishinabe Nation, indigenous woman amateur detective

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Anne R. Tan: Just Shoot Me Dead (Lucy Fong series)

Chinese-American woman author, biracial Chinese-American/white amateur sleuth, P.I.

Anne R. Tan: Raining Men and Corpses (Raina Sun Mystery #1)

raining men

Chinese-American woman author, Asian-American woman amateur sleuth

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Abby L. Vandiver: Sectrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies

vandiver

Black woman author, Black woman amateur detective who is a forensic examiner

Abby L. Vandiver: Bed & Breakfast Bedlam (Logan Dickerson series)

bed and breakfast bedlam

Black woman author, Black woman archeologist who is an amateur detective

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Valerie Wilson Wesley: When Death Comes Stealing (Tamara Hayle series)

when death comes stealing

Black woman author and MC, who is an ex-cop turned P.I.

Paula L. Woods: Inner City Blues (Charlotte Justice series)

inner city blues

Black woman author, Black woman detective who is a cop

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