Women of Mystery

Investigating the latest "persons of interest" in Texas' literary crime scene

Wrap the yellow tape around Texas. It's just one big crime scene, judging from all the murder and mayhem to be found in the Mystery sections of your local libraries and bookstores. More than 100 series – that's series, not just single books – have been created around gumshoes and sleuths figuring out whodunit in what's supposed to be the Friendship State, and more are being added all the time. You might figure that in such a cutthroat bidness, good ol' boys would dominate, just as they do at the Lege, but when it comes to penning Lone Star crime fiction, the gals outgun the guys roughly 10 to 7. Indeed, the last year has been a good one for Texas' women of mystery, and submitted as evidence are a trio of recent releases and one due this spring that promise plenty of bang for your buck.

  • Evolving a Detective

    Minerva Koenig wanted her mystery series to show how someone becomes a sleuth


    Attica Locke's stylish novel proves she knows how to craft a fiendishly intricate detective story

    The Do-Right

    Lisa Sandlin's gem of a noir set in 1970s Beaumont is atmospheric, by turns amusing and harrowing, and surprisingly compassionate
  • Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery

    With this debut, Melissa Lenhardt delivers a punchy page-turner with a real feel for life in small-town Texas

    Sunset City

    Melissa Ginsburg's Houston-set debut is a steamy potboiler and a perfect detective novel for millennials

    Murder, She Read: What Hooked Us on Women of Mystery

    Investigating the latest "persons of interest" in Texas' literary crime scene

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