African-American Mysteries

The sleuths in these mysteries come from all walks of life. There’s a maid, a barkeep and former CIA agent, a few are homicide detectives, a newspaper reporter, firefighter, and a fair number of private eyes. Check out one of these mysteries featuring African-American characters. All of these titles are located in the Adult Mystery section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Bland, Eleanor Taylor. A Dark and Deadly Deception. 2005.

Burney, Claudia Mair. Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz. 2008.
     Also available:CD

Carter, Charlotte. Trip Wire: A Cook County Mystery. 2005.

Edwards, Grace F. The Viaduct:  A Harlem Thriller. 2004. (Adult Fiction EDW).

Emerson, Earl. Firetrap. 2006.

Everett, Percival L. Assumption. 2011. (Adult Diction EVE).

Garland, Ardella. Hit Time. 2002.

Greer, Robert O. First of State. 2010.

Hambly, Barbara. The Shirt on His Back. 2010.

Handler, David. The Blood Red Indian Summer. 2011.

Hardwick, Gary. Color of Justice: A Novel of Suspense. 2002.

Hayes, Teddy. Dead by Popular Demand. 2000.

Haywood, Gar Anthony. Cemetery Road. 2009.
     Also available:CD

Joe, Yolanda. Video Cowboys: A Georgia Barnett Mystery. 2005. (Adult Fiction JOE).

Jones, Solomon. Payback: The Return of C.R.E.A.M. 2009. (Adult Fiction JON).

Kelley, Norman. A Phat Death (Or, The Last Days of Noir Soul). 2003.

Lovell, Glenville. Too Beautiful to Die. 2003.

Mickelbury, Penny. Paradise Interrupted. 2001.

Mosley, Walter. All I Did Was Shoot My Man. 2012.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Nairobi Heat. 2010.

Neely, Barbara. Blanche Passes Go. 2000.

Nelscott, Kris. Days of Rage. 2006.

Patterson, James. Cross Fire. 2010. (Adult Fiction PAT).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Pelecanos, George. The Turnaround. 2008.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Phillips, Gary. Bangers. 2003.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Voodoo Dreams. 1993. (Adult Fiction RHO).

Sallis, James. Ghost of a Flea: A Lew Griffin Novel. 2001.

Skinner, Robert. The Righteous Cut. 2002.

Smith, Ian. The Blackbird Papers. 2004.

Underwood, Blair. From Cape Town with Love. 2010.

Wesley, Valarie Wilson. Of Blood and Sorrow. 2008.

West, Chassie. Killer Chameleon. 2004.

Wimberley, Darryl. Devil’s Slew. 2011.

Woods, Paula L. Strange Bedfellows: A Charlotte Justice Novel. 2006.