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Mysteries set in every US state?

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Edited: Feb 10, 2007, 6:29am Top

Don't you love lists? I've listed the states below and I will edit this post every once in a while and delete the states we've covered (the regions listed here are NOT mine, btw). Remember we're talking setting here, not where the author is from... List just an author if the series is set there, title if just the one book, maybe no more than three or four states at a time. Everyone can play, and states can be duplicated...

Ta Dah! We did it! Thanks to all who participated!

I'll do Northern New England and Massachusetts (all which are covered by William G. Tapply's Brady Coyne mysteries, btw):
Maine: John Connolly's Charlie Parker series starts there
Sarah Graves home repair series
New Hampshire: Brendan Dubois' Lewis Cole series
Vermont: Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series
Massachusetts:Dennis Lehane, Linda Barnes, Robert Parker, David Hosp... Philip Craig, Jane Langton, Margaret Miles, Dianne Day, Cynthia Peale (the last three being historical), also The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl.

Edited: Jan 6, 2007, 4:23pm Top

For Georgia, there's Beverly Connor's Lindsay Chamberlain novels and Karin Slaughter's Grant County series.
Texas: Nancy Bell's Biggie Bell series.
Illinois (Chicago): Kris Nelscott's Smokey Dalton series - I think all but one of them take place there.
And there are hundreds for California: Harry Bosch, Fearless Jones, etc. etc.

Edited: Jan 6, 2007, 4:12pm Top

Minnesota would be P J Tracy's Monkeewrench series I suppose.

Jan 6, 2007, 6:26pm Top

North Carolina: Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series, which start's with The Bootlegger's Daughter.

Jan 6, 2007, 6:29pm Top

New York: The pale blue eye by Louis Bayard, historical mystery where Edgar Allan Poe is the sleuth.

Edited: Jan 6, 2007, 7:00pm Top

I hereby declare that it's "cheating" to look up the answers in list elsewhere, so we're only supposed to list ones of which we're aware (though don't necessarily read ourselves)? Here are a few of the series I read that haven't been brought up yet:

Texas: "Ruby, the Rabbi's Widow" series by Sharon Kahn.
Florida: "pet sitter" series by Blaize Clement.
Rhode Island: "The Haunted Bookshop" series by Alice Kimberly.
Washington: "Miss Zukas" series by Jo Dereske and "Bed and Breakfast" series by Mary Daheim.

Edited: Jan 6, 2007, 7:15pm Top

Nevada Barr's novels featuring Anna Pigeon have taken place in several different states.

A couple are : A Superior Death - Great Lakes

Deep South - Mississippi

Jan 6, 2007, 7:54pm Top


Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski series
The Jimmy Flannery series, by Robert Campbell
Eleanor Taylor Bland's Marti McAlister books, set in a thinly-disguised Waukegan, IL
Fred Hunter writes a couple of series set in Chicago, as does Mark Richard Zubro.

Rita Mae Brown mysteries are set in Virginia

Michigan: Anatomy of a Murder, by Robert Traver

Ellen Hart's Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenway series are both set in and around Minneapolis.

Laurie King's Kate Martinelli books

J.M. Redmann's Micky Knight series
Julie Smith's Tabitha Wallis and Skip Langdon books

Jan 6, 2007, 8:10pm Top


John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, including with The dreadful lemon sky. McGee lives in Fort Lauderdale, although he takes out-of-state cases as well as in-state.

James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux, including In the electric mist with Confederate dead. Robicheaux doesn't go out of state often.

Robert B. Parker's Spenser, including Sudden mischief.

New York:
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, including Gambit.

Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian, starting with Not a creature was stirring. Gregor lives in Philadelphia, but does travel out of state occasionally (mostly remaining in New England, though).

Jan 6, 2007, 8:26pm Top

S. S. Rafferty's Cork of the Colonies sets one short story in each of the original 13 colonies:
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
Rhode Island

Highly recommended.

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 10:25am Top

California has Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series

Minnesota has John Sandford's Prey series Sudden Prey etc. with Detective Davenport.

Massechusetts has Christopher Golden's Body of Evidence series starring Jenna Blake.

Jan 6, 2007, 10:36pm Top

How about Jeff Lindsay's Dexter serial killer mysteries, set in Miami/Dade County and environs? Some might consider them horror or thrillers, but they really are at heart mysteries.

Weren't The Cat Who... mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun set in Wisconsin? Or was it Michigan? Wait ~ I can't remember whether the location ever made clearer than "north of everything." Hmmm.

J.J. Jance wrote mysteries set in Arizona, and Tony Hillerman's mysteries (some of my favorites) were set in and around the Navajo reservation near the Four Corners (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado).

Jan 7, 2007, 12:35am Top

Massachusetts: Phoebe Atwood Taylor's Asey Mayo mysteries are set on Cape Cod.

Jan 7, 2007, 12:45am Top

Moose County in The Cat Who... books is just "400 miles north of everywhere". It's set vaguely in the vicinity of one of the Great Lakes, in "the northeast central United States." To the best of my knowledge the geography is not nailed down to a particular state.


Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason.

Dean R. Koontz might be counted, depending on your value of "mystery" and which book you were considering. Most of his books seem to be set at least partly in California. Whispers is a good example; the setting isn't just an arbitrary backdrop.

The novella of Strange Highways would count for Pennsylvania, though.

New York (again)

Ellery Queen. The character also spent time as a scriptwriter in Hollywood, so California counts for him occasionally as well as his native New York City.


Monica Quill (a.k.a. Ralph McInerny)'s M. T. Dempsey books are set in Chicago.


James Lee Burke, again - his non-Robicheaux books are often set in Montana.


Irene Allen's Elizabeth Elliot mysteries; the character lives in Cambridge.

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Jan 7, 2007, 12:50am Top

OK. Here are a few more:

Michigan (UP) Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight
Wyoming: CJ Box's Joe Picket
Alaska: John Straley's Cecil Younger
Texas: David Lindsey's Stuart Haydon
Montana: James Lee Burke's Billy Bob Holland
Mississippi: Greg Iles' Penn Cage (The Quiet Game, Turning Angel)
New York: Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder

Jan 7, 2007, 1:53am Top

Oh, and I just remembered three of my favorites:

Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins is set in Los Angeles and one of the states in the deep South ~ Mississippi or Louisiana, I think.

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch is set in Los Angeles and Nevada.

Robert Crais' Elvis Cole is set in Los Angeles and, I think, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jan 7, 2007, 8:48am Top

13, 15

The Cat Who series I believe is in Wisconsin, since the large cities most often refered to (in the stories I'm familiar with) are Madison and Milwakee, Not Detroit or Minneapolis/St. Paul. It might not state which one but it reads like Northern WI.

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Jan 7, 2007, 9:13am Top

All of Earl Emerson's books, including his Mac Fontana and Thomas Black series are set in Washington.

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 10:26am Top

Wow. I'm going to delete some states off the list but leave some we've mentioned on ...to encourage multiple listings for some states...

Jan 7, 2007, 10:25am Top

I'll add for Rhode Island: Gravewriter by Mark Arsenault
and for Maryland: Tim Cockey and Laura Lippman

Jan 7, 2007, 10:30am Top

Are you going to compile a list of the books/series by state? Might be neat to try to read a mystery book from each of the 50 states.

Jan 7, 2007, 12:08pm Top

South Carolina - Carolyn G. Hart with her series featuring Annie Laurance Darling. I believe the first one was Death on Demand.

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 12:25pm Top

Arkansas ~ The Lily Bard mysteries by Charlaine Harris are set in Shakespeare, Arkansas. (Get it? Bard. Shakespeare. heh) According to Amazon.com, the first is Shakespeare's Landlord.

I haven't read them (yet), though I've read all her paranormal (southern Vampire and clairvoyant) mysteries and enjoy her writing.

(Edited to add author Touchstone.)

Jan 7, 2007, 12:22pm Top

#18 ~ I was reading something on Amazon.com that indicated the author of the "The Cat Who..." mysteries is a Michigan native, but I agree with you that it sounds more like Wisconsin (or, to me, Minnesota).

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 12:30pm Top

New York ~ Caleb Carr's The Alienist is a historical mystery set in New York City.

(Edited to add Touchstones.)

Jan 7, 2007, 12:37pm Top

Tennessee: the Harry James Denton series by Steven Womack is set in Nashville.

Jan 7, 2007, 1:46pm Top

Oh yes! Caleb Carr's The Angel of Darkness, which follows The Alienist. I wish he wrote others in the same series, one for each character/narrator...

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 2:30pm Top

Many of Barbara Michaels aka Elizabeth Peters's non-Amelia Peabody books are set in Maryland or Northern Virginia. And of course there are plenty of political thrillers which use D.C. as the backdrop (Margaret Truman, Allen Drury...)

Something I noticed a while back is that there are no or very few crime/mystery stories set in Hawai'i (no, Magnum and 5-0 don't count). I know the state as a long-time resident, so if I were a writer...

Jan 7, 2007, 2:29pm Top

Wasn't the original Charlie Chan in the short book series by Biggers from Hawai'i?

Jan 7, 2007, 2:30pm Top

Yeah, but as I recall the Chan stories didn't take place in Hawai'i, for the most part.

Jan 7, 2007, 2:35pm Top

I thought that one or two started there but its been so long since I read them...

Jan 7, 2007, 5:20pm Top

I'm holding out on some states for a second title or author (just for fun). Meanwhile, I've eliminated a few more states...

#22...I wasn't planning to, the information is all here if someone wants to dig for it; but, on the other hand, if someone wants to put together the a state list with the titles when we're done, they're certainly welcome to do so. I do imagine some readers might appreciate it.

Why I find it hard to believe there are no mysteries set in Idaho, Delaware, Kansas or Utah... Where are the Lthingers from those states? (Remember no cheating...)

Jan 7, 2007, 6:13pm Top

#34, Given that Delaware has the corporate registration for nearly every Fortune 500 company in the country thanks to its biz-friendly laws, you'd think someone would have written something about that.

Does Truman Capote's In Cold Blood count for Kansas? ;)

Jan 7, 2007, 6:26pm Top

Sarah Andrews' geology mysteries are set in the Rocky Mountain region, usually Colorado, Wyoming...etc., but I don't know if I can pin her down to just one state (and I've only read about three).

Jan 7, 2007, 6:31pm Top

NC was mentioned very early on (post #4), but still appears under Mid South.

There is a UT series, but I read it a long. long time ago and cannot recall many details without cheating. Gentile native P.I. occasionally un-officially assisted by his childhood friend, now a honcho in LDS structure, who has access to info that many would just as soon keep quiet, but the P.I. really needs for his cases.

The first two I'm surprised no one has mentioned ...

Virginia: Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.

New Jersey: Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Georgia: Callahan Garrity series by Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 9:45pm Top

Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series takes place in Alaska.

Jan 7, 2007, 9:54pm Top

Good one, Owlie!

I don't know if we're allowed to include romantic mysteries, but Nora Roberts wrote one entitled Northern Lights which also took place in Alaska.

Jan 7, 2007, 11:24pm Top

Wisconsin: Michael Craft's Mark Manning books are (at least most of them) set in Wisconsin.

Edited: Jan 7, 2007, 11:55pm Top

I remembered a couple more:

Ohio: A generation ago, A. M. Pyle wrote a couple of books, including Murder Moves In, set in Cincinnati.

Oklahoma: Finding Ms. Wright by Anne Seale is set there.

Edited: Jan 8, 2007, 3:23am Top

Arkansas - Joan Hess's Maggody series and Claire Molloy series.

Jan 8, 2007, 4:06am Top

Karen Kijewski's Kat Colorado series is mainly set in California but often features Vegas.
Book 1 is Katwalk.

Jan 8, 2007, 11:56am Top

Montana: Peter Bowen's Gabriel DuPre mysteries.

Jan 8, 2007, 12:45pm Top

Also Montana: James Crumley has several including
The Last Good Kiss
South Dakota: Harold Adams and his Carl Wilcox series, including Hatchet Job

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Edited: Jan 10, 2007, 2:49pm Top

California can boast 2 of the masters of the hard-boiled school: Raymond Chandler (especially the Philip Marlowe novels) and Dashiell Hammet, author of The Maltese Falcon.

Florida can lay claim to Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series and Robert Hall's excellent novels, set largely in the Keys and the Miami/Everglades area, with side trips all over the map.

Edited: Jan 9, 2007, 12:04am Top

Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series is a good New Mexico representative.

I like James Doss's Charlie Moon series for Colorado.

C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series is set in Montana.

Jan 10, 2007, 6:33am Top

I'm hoping to post some that haven't been mentioned already...

California - LesCroart, Ellroy, E. Leonard
Oregon - Kent Anderson's Night Dogs
Washington - GM Ford
DC - Pelecanos, Meltzer
Florida - Leonard, Meltzer
Michigan - Leonard
New York - Jeffery Deaver

Jan 10, 2007, 10:34pm Top

Excellent! I'm taking them off the list as a second suggestion appears for each state (although my tallying may be slightly inaccurate...). I'll * the states we have at least one suggestion for.

Edited: Jan 10, 2007, 11:17pm Top

Hawaii: At least two of the Charlie Chan books "The Chinese Parrot" and "The Black Camel" took place there (I did look that up, but I knew at least one book "qualified"). For a second Hawaiian book, there's Mahu by Neil S. Plakcy. So, you can remove that state from the list.

New Jersey: In addition to the Stephanie Plum series (mentioned earlier), Jon Katz wrote the "Suburban Detective" series set there.

West Virginia: Rhett MacPherson's series featuring genealogist Torie O'Shea is usually set in Torie's hometown in Missouri. However, the 4th book A Misty Mourning is set in WV instead.

Missouri: (see above re: Torie O'Shea)

Georgia shows as one mention, but there are two -- posts #2 and #37.

Jan 14, 2007, 12:01pm Top

Connecticut - Laurie Berenson's dog mysteries. I know the author Jane Haddam lives in CT, does anyone know if her mysteries are set there?

Also are any of the Dick Francis books set in Kentucky?

Jan 14, 2007, 1:49pm Top

It seems to me that one of Francis' characters did visit a Kentucky horsefarm but I don't remember the title at all. There's also a visit to Florida in one and the D.C. area in another.

Jan 14, 2007, 3:17pm Top

Dick Francis's Blood Sport had its protagonist wandering around Kentucky and Arizona trying to foil the criminals. The denoument took place in AZ.

As I've just discovered Jane Haddam, several of them are fresh in my memory; most of them seem to take place in Philly, elsewhere in PA, or in upstate NY.

Jan 15, 2007, 3:23pm Top

Louis Owens's Dark River is set in Arizona. Native American literature with a mystery at its heart.

Edited: Jan 15, 2007, 3:43pm Top

Colorado (2nd mention): Goldy-the-Caterer series by Diane Mott Davidson is set outside Denver.

Missouri (2nd mention): The Francesca Vierling series by Elaine Viets is set in St. Louis.

Kentucky (2nd mention): The Bert and Nan Tatum series by Barbara Taylor McCafferty is set in Louisville. Written by identical twins, and told from point-of-view of identical twins, alternating voice each chapter.

Utah: The Moroni Traveler series by Robert Irvine is set in Salt Lake City.

Jan 16, 2007, 7:28pm Top

This is more of a thriller/suspense novel than a mystery, I guess, but Still Life With Crows takes place in Kansas.

Edited: Jan 18, 2007, 5:24pm Top

The books by Sue Henry are for the most part set in Alaska, I believe. Lovely descriptions of racing sleds during the "snowy time" and of Alaska/Yukon in the summer.

Jan 19, 2007, 4:38pm Top

Since we appear to be losing interest, I deleted those states with even one mention. That leaves seven states. I may have to call my sister in Delaware...unfortunately, I don't have any family in the other states!

Jan 19, 2007, 8:24pm Top

Outside Valentine by Liza Ward takes place in Nebraska - again, it's more suspense than mystery, but it's something. :)

Jan 20, 2007, 10:26pm Top

The action of The Beasts of Valhalla by George C. Chesbro begins in Nebraska, but doesn't stay there. Mongo Frederickson and his brother were brought up there and have returned home for a funeral.

The fact that the initial setting is a rural Nebraska community is very relevant, since it led to two young teenagers becoming acquainted with a young programmer at a nearby agricultural research station. He didn't have anyone else to game with.

Cork of the Colonies (mentioned previously) has a short story set in Delaware, if that helps.

Jan 21, 2007, 5:26am Top

Since Ohio has only one mention I would add that many of Michael Z. Lewin's mysteries are set in there.

Edited: Jan 28, 2007, 7:15pm Top

13, 15, 18 More on the Cat Who...series. Definitely NOT Minnesota, and as proof I offer this quote from The Cat Who Talked Turkey ""Nancy married a dogsledder who races in the Iditarod, and she moved to Minnesota ..." (Italics mine). Doesn't help except by process of elimination, but there you are.

Jan 28, 2007, 10:15pm Top

Good catch, Layton! So Minnesota's out.

Jan 29, 2007, 10:50am Top

Just a few states left. How neglected they seem! Just one mention for each will complete our task (obviously, two mentions for them would be pushing it). You have all been such enthusiastic participants!

Jan 29, 2007, 12:45pm Top

Patrick F. McManus's The Blight Way is the first of a series for Bo Tully a sherif in Blight County IDAHO. I havn't read it yet and Pat is a humorist so I might be stretching things with this one.

Jan 29, 2007, 12:55pm Top

I must correct my post above: Michael Z. Lewin's mysteries Called by a Panther etc, are set mainly in Indianapolis, Indiana and for Iowa we have Donald Harstad's Carl Houseman mysteries such as Known Dead and Code Sixty-one.

67cotton1714 First Message
Jan 29, 2007, 9:06pm Top

Anne George's southern sister series

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Feb 6, 2007, 10:39am Top

Indiana - The Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins

Feb 6, 2007, 1:54pm Top

Now if we could just knock out North Dakota

Feb 7, 2007, 12:25pm Top

Seajack tracked down a mystery set in North Dakota --Flesh and Metal by John Early and suggested I close out the thread since I am one of two LTers who have it in their catalogues. I don't think I've read it and doesn't ring any bells, but it meets the case.

Feb 9, 2007, 7:21am Top

Iowa is left, unless I've missed it somewhere on the thread.

Feb 9, 2007, 11:22am Top

Donald Harstad books in #66.

Feb 10, 2007, 6:29am Top

Thanks. We did it. Phew!

Feb 27, 2007, 1:27pm Top

Florida is well represented by John D. Macdonald's mystery series featuring Travis McGee, who lives on a houseboat on the Florida coast.

Jul 5, 2007, 12:34pm Top

For "The cat who.." series location, how about the UP of Michigan?

Jul 5, 2007, 8:33pm Top

Georgia also has Kathy Hogan Trochek (Callahan Garrity series) and Virginia Lanier's Bloodhound series (deceased unfortunately)

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Dec 12, 2007, 5:18pm Top

Illinois: Marcus Sakey - The Blade Itself and At the City's Edge

Dec 15, 2007, 1:21am Top

Maine has J.S Borthwick Sarah Deane mysteries (most of which are set in Maine, although one is in Texas)

Jan 4, 2008, 10:14pm Top

Being set in central Michigan myself, I feel Jackson Braun's cat who mysteries are set in Michigan. Braun is a Michigan native and lived in the Thumb for many years but she mixes up features and big city names to keep it from being a particular place. It's always seemed like a mixture of the thumb and the UP to me.

P.S. Thanks for the thread. I'm thinking of making a list for my library.

(and I can't figure out how to make Lilian Jackson Braun work in the touchstones, sorry.)

Jan 20, 2008, 3:47am Top

Oregon: Kate Wilhelm's Barbara Holloway series. Holloway is a defense attorney and most of the action occurs in the area around Eugene.

Jan 20, 2008, 3:37pm Top

As for Idaho -- there's an author named Steve Roos who has written at least a couple of books that my nephew really likes a lot. Titles include: Deep Cover and Double Jeopardy. (Touchstones don't work because these titles are not unique enough.) What my nephew especially likes is that the detective is a Mormon.

Edited: Jan 21, 2008, 2:36am Top

What an interesting topic! I was thinking of doing something similar to explore books from different countries.

Anyway, Slim Randles is a good author about Alaska. He wrote the long dark which is not a mystery but it was great. Then he wrote Raven's Prey which IS a mystery and involves the same characters as the book before.

Mar 11, 2009, 10:24am Top

Someone recently asked me for the list that was kept with this. The list was only a list of states which we checked off when mentioned, not a list of the books, authors and series mentioned (part of the game was to try to see how many states we could tick off without using the internet as a resource!).

This morning I compiled a list of books, authors and series mentioned (this is not meant to be an exhaustive list). Apologies, for I haven't time to do touchstones. Anyone can feel free to continue this, if they would like.

# Alabama
Anne George's southern sister series

# Alaska
John Straley’s Cecil Younger series
Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series
Nora Roberts Northern Lights
Sue Henry
Slim Randles Raven's Prey

# Arizona
Tony Hillerman
J.A. Jance
Lewis Owen's Dark River

# Arkansas
Charlaine Harris’s Lily Bard novels
Joan Hess's Maggody series and her Claire Molloy series

# California
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series
Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millnone books
Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series
Robert Crais, Dean Koontz, James Ellroy
Karen Kijewski's Kat Colorado series (here and Vegas)
Raymond Chandler
Dashiell Hammet, John Lescroat, Elmore Leonard

# Colorado
Sarah Andrews’ Em Hansen Forensic Geology series (also other Western states).
James Doss' Charlie Moon series
Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy-the-Caterer series

# Connecticut
Laurie Berenson's dog mysteries

# Delaware
only a short story mentioned:-(

# District of Columbia
Margaret Truman, Allen Drury, George Pelecanos,

# Florida
Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series
Blaize Clement’s “Pet Sitter” series
John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books
Carl Hiassen, Tim Dorsey
Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series
Robert Hall

# Georgia
Beverly Connor's Lindsay Chamberlain novels
Karin Slaughter's Grant County books
Kathy Hogan Trocheck's Callahan Garrity series
Virginia Lanier's Bloodhound series

# Hawaii
Earle Derr Bigger's Charlie Chan novels (several), The House Without a Key, The Chinese Parrot, The Black Camel
Neil Plakcy's Mahu

# Idaho
Patrick McManus's The Blight Way
Steve Roos

# Illinois
Eleanor Taylor Bland's Marti McAllister books
Kris Nelscott's Smokey Dalton series
Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski novels
Robert Campbell's Jimmy Flannery series
Fred Hunter, Mark Richard Zubro
Monica Quill's M.T. Dempsey books
Marcus Sakey's The Blade Itself and At the City's Edge

# Indiana
Kate Collins' The Flower Shop Mystery series
Michael Z. Lewin's mysteries

# Iowa
Michael Z. Lewin's mysteries
Donald Harstad

# Kansas
Still Life with Crows

# Kentucky
Dick Francis A Blood Sport
Barbara Taylor McCafferty's Bert and Nan Tatum series

# Louisiana
J. M. Redmann's Micky Knight series
Julie Smith's Tabitha Wallis & Skip Langdon books
James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series
Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January mysteries

# Maine
John Connolly's Charlie Parker series
Sarah Graves' Home Repair series
David Crossman A Show of Hands
J.S. Borthwick's Sarah Deane mysteries

# Maryland
Tim Cockey
Laura Lippman
Barbara Michaels

Mar 11, 2009, 10:25am Top

# Massachusetts
Robert Parker's Spenser series
Dennis Lehane, Linda Barnes, David Hosp, Keith Ablow, Stephen Carter, Sally Gunning, Jeremiah Healy, Harry Kemmelman, Katherine Hall Page, Phillip Craig, Jane Langton, Margaret Miles, Dianne Day, Cynthia Peale, Christopher Golden, Phoebe Atwood Taylor, Irene Allen.
Matthew Pearl's The Dante Club

# Michigan
Robert Traver Anatomy of a Murder
Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series

# Minnesota
P.C. Tracy's Monkeewrench books
Ellen Hart's Jane Lawless & Sophie Greenaway books
John Sandford's Prey series

# Mississippi
Nevada Barr's Deep South
Greg Iles' Penn Cage novels

# Missouri
Rhett MacPherson's Torie O'Shea series
Elaine Viets's Francesca Vierling series

# Montana
James Lee Burke's Billy Bob Holland books
Peter Bown's Gabriel DuPre mysteries
James Crumley's The Last Good Kiss

# Nebraska
Liza Ward's Outside Valentine
George C. Chesbro's The Beasts of Valhalla begins here.

# Nevada
Karen Kijewski's Kat Colorado series (Vegas & CA)

# New Hampshire
Brendan Dubois' Lewis Cole mysteries

# New Jersey
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
Jon Katz's The Suburban Detective

# New Mexico
Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series

# New York
Julie Spencer Fleming's mysteries
Louis Bayard The Pale Blue Eye
Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series
Linda Fairstein
Caleb Carr
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin books
Ellery Queen
Jeffrey Deaver

# North Carolina
Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series

# North Dakota
John Early's

Mar 11, 2009, 10:26am Top

# North Dakota
John Early's Flesh and Metal

# Ohio
A.M. Pyle's Murder Moves In
Michael Z. Lewin's mysteries

# Oklahoma
Anne Seale's Finding Ms. Wright

# Oregon
Kent Anderson's Night Dogs
Kate Willhelm's Barbara Holloway series.

# Pennsylvania
Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian books
Lisa Scottoline

# Rhode Island
Alice Kimberly The Haunted Bookshop
Mark Arsenault The Grave Writer

# South Carolina
Gwen Hunter's Rhea Lynch, MD series
Cathy Pickens

# South Dakota
Harold Adams's Carl Wilcox series

# Tennessee
Steve Womack's Harry James Denton series

# Texas
Nancy Bell's Biggie Bell series
Sharon Kahn's Ruby, the Rabbi's Widow series
David Lindsey's Stuart Haydon books

# Utah
Robert Irvine's ThE Moroni Traveler series

# Vermont
Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series

# Virginia
Rita Mae Brown
Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series

# Washington
Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas books
Mary Daheim's Bed & Breakfast series
Earl Emerson
G. M. Ford

# West Virginia
Rhett MacPherson's A Misty Mourning

# Wisconsin
Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who . . ." series is believed to be set here.
Michael Craft's Mark Manning series

# Wyoming
C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series (or is it Montana?)

Mar 11, 2009, 5:48pm Top

Aren't the China Bayles mysteries set in Texas too? And the Leeann Sweeney Yellow Rose series, including Dead Giveaway.

Mar 12, 2009, 5:14pm Top

And Marilyn Arnold did one set in Nevada, The Classmates.

Mar 17, 2009, 11:20am Top

a series I enjoy is stephen dobyns charlie bradshaw mysteries set in saratoga, new york. also a fairly new entry in portland, oregon is chelsea cain's hearsick and sweetheart with police detective archie sheridan chasing a female serial killer.

Mar 30, 2009, 10:16am Top

For Connecticut there is the Karen E. Olson Annie Seymour series that is based in the New Haven area.

Sacred Cows
Secondhand Smoke
Dead of the Day
Shot Girl

Mar 30, 2009, 4:59pm Top

I can't believe nobody mentioned Loren Estleman for Michigan. (Damn touchstone comes up in red. That is so annoying.) He's got a PI series (Amos Walker) and a Detroit series, with a mystery representing each of seven decades in the city's history beginning with prohibition. Great books.

Apr 2, 2009, 10:36pm Top


I thought I mentioned Erle Stanley Gardener's Perry Mason but I think he didn't make the final cut of the list.


I think one of Ralph McInerny's other series is set at Notre Dame. (In real life he teaches there, I think.) ...rummage... The series is listed on LibraryThing as Notre Dame; the titles are suffixed with "a Notre Dame mystery". example title: On this Rockne

New Mexico

Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee mysteries are set on the big reservation, but I think they're mostly in New Mexico.

Apr 3, 2009, 1:40am Top

There is an interesting web site Mystery Places: Mystery Novels with a Sense of Place . It says As of Apr 03, 2009, this site includes 228 authors, 52 countries and multi-country regions, 43 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. If you cover all the states you might want to contact them.

Apr 3, 2009, 1:07pm Top

Has anyone mentioned Larry Millett's Sherlock Holmes series? They are set in Minnesota. The first one in the series is Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon. I've read the first three and I recommend them.

Aug 13, 2011, 10:49pm Top

In the hopes that this topic stays active, I'll add one I haven't noticed here:
Arizona (Phoenix area specifically) -- Jon Talton's David Mapstone mysteries.

Aug 14, 2011, 11:06am Top

J.A. Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries.

Edited: Aug 16, 2011, 6:32pm Top

I may have missed this but add these for GA

# Georgia - the Fever Devilin series by Phillip Depoy

Aug 17, 2011, 1:47am Top

california: James Paterson's Womens murder Club (Lindsay Boxer)

New York: James Patterson's Michael Bennett series

D.C. James Patterson's Alex Cross Series

Aug 17, 2011, 4:44pm Top

Illinois (Chicago): Michael Harvey's Michael Kelly series.

Aug 19, 2011, 7:23pm Top

A new one to me re mysteries set in GA (Atlanta) is "The Stranger You Seek" by Amanda Kyle Williams. Sounds very good so I'll have to read it eventually. I was not familiar with her.

Sep 3, 2011, 2:49pm Top

Is there anyone out there who has NON 'cozy' / NON 'amateur sleuth' crime fiction recommendations for Connecticut and New Hamspshire?

I'm nearly across all states but am stuck on those two... any suggestions gratefully apreciated.

Sep 5, 2011, 7:41pm Top

Maine: Susan Kenney One Fell sloop; Garden of Malice

Sep 5, 2011, 7:44pm Top

Lanier: Georgia; bunch of mysteries featuring bloodhounds, most of which are actually pretty good

Sep 5, 2011, 7:59pm Top

Nevada: Karen E Olson has a Tattoo Shop series set in Las Vegas

I notice on the other list that you have other continents and countries as well. Are you looking for people to add onto this thread series set in other countries?

Edited: Sep 5, 2011, 9:34pm Top

I've posted a collated, updated and expanded list here in a new topic as a reference list:

State by State List - updated and collated

Sep 5, 2011, 8:47pm Top

This is a wonderful piece of work. Thanks very much for putting it together. Do you want more contributions? All of these mysteries take place in North Carolina:

Katy Munger's series featuring Casey Jones
Sarah Shaber's series featuring professor Simon Shaw
Joyce and Jim Lavene's Peggy Lee garden mysteries
John Hart's The Last Child and Down River

Edited: Jan 14, 2012, 8:55pm Top

#102 / 104 /105 added to updated list (103 already listed)

State by State List - updated and collated

The updated version now has the beginning of additional lists for Canada, Mexico and Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, UK, Rest of the World and other topics...

Sep 30, 2011, 8:44am Top

CALIFORNIA: Tim Dorsey, Terence Faherty, Kris Neri, T. Jefferson Parker, KK Beck (the Jane DaSilva books, but check out her Iris Cooper series), Lisa Lutz, Marcia Muller, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

FLORIDA: James W Hall, Jessica Speart, Les Staniford, Aileen Schumacher (Rosewoods Ashes - the earlier ones in the series are set at the NM/Texas border)

LOUISIANA: John Dillman, Heather Graham, Barbara Hambly (very good series), Jewell Parker Rhodes, Erica Spindler

NEW JERSEY: Jane Rubino (great series), Jane Kelly, Beth Sherman, Jane Isenberg, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Anthony Bruno

NEW MEXICO: Rudolfo Anaya, Tony Hillerman, Sarah Lovett, Carolyn Rose, Connie Shelton, Aileen Schumacher (really good series), Judith Van Giesen

WYOMING: Gregory Bean, Carol Caverley, Lise McClendon, Marnie Davis Kellogg

Sep 30, 2011, 10:49am Top

>108 LibrarianBarb: Some names new to me in that bunch, Barb. I'll have to check some of them out.

Edited: Dec 31, 2011, 10:24am Top

More representation for California: Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series.

ETA: And for Louisiana, Barbara Colley's Charlotte LaRue series.

Jan 12, 2012, 11:29am Top

Currently on my to-be-read list, and one I'm very much looking forward to reading:

For Mississippi: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

Jan 12, 2012, 2:54pm Top

#111 Oh, that is a good one!

Jan 12, 2012, 4:17pm Top

#112 It's loaded and ready on the Nook!

Edited: Jan 14, 2012, 10:22pm Top

#108 checked against updated list**

**Except I have Tim Dorsey as Florida not California and john Dillman looks like non-fiction only? (Rest already on or now added)

#110 added to updated list (#111 already listed)

State by State List - updated and collated

The updated version now has the beginning of additional lists for Canada, Mexico and Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, UK, Rest of the World and selected other topics...

Jan 14, 2012, 9:06pm Top

> 114. WOW! What a good job! Thanks.

Jul 13, 2015, 3:43am Top

Also for Minnesota try William Kent Krueger (at least 12 works, Ordinary Grace being his best)
Peter Geye (The Lighthouse Road)
Thomas Maltman (Little Wolves)
Tim Jollymore (Listener in the Snow and Observation Hill, a novel of class and murder)

Nov 5, 2016, 11:18pm Top

Joe Pickett is set in Wyoming, not Montana.

Nov 6, 2016, 8:40pm Top

Can we still add some suggestions? If so:

Iowa: Heather Guedenkauf's books/mysteries are set in Iowa

Wisconsin: Mary Logue's Claire Watkins series are set in the Peppin area of Wisconsin.

Edited: Nov 7, 2016, 2:52pm Top

If anyone has suggestions for the complete version of this listing found here they are always welcomed

Crime Fiction State by State List - updated and collated*

*The above listing is actually now an A-Z Round the World Listing so suggestions for any location welcome

Many thanks

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