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Jan Burke

Author of Bones

31+ Works 4,719 Members 83 Reviews 13 Favorited

About the Author

Jan Burke, an award-winning mystery writer, holds the distinction of being the first woman novelist to win the Ellery Queen Mystery Readers' Award. She was also awarded an Edgar for her Novel, Bones. Her popular mystery series features the newspaper writer Irene Kelly, who lives and works in show more Southern California. Burke was born in Texas. With her family she moved to Southern California when she was a young girl. She attended California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in history. After graduating, she worked for several years as a manager of a manufacturing plant. Her first novel, Goodnight Irene, was written during those years. Goodnight Irene was well received and the Irene Kelly series has grown in popularity with each subsequent novel. Other notable works from the series are Dear Irene and Hocus. Her works include Bloodlines, Kidnapped, The Messenger, and Disturbance. (Bowker Author Biography) Jan Burke has won the Edgar Award, the Macavity Award & the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award. She lives in Southern California. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Jan Burke

Bones (1999) 607 copies
Goodnight, Irene (1993) 504 copies
Flight (2001) 392 copies
Kidnapped (2006) 339 copies
Bloodlines (2005) 335 copies
Nine (2002) 298 copies
Dear Irene, (1995) 296 copies
Sweet Dreams, Irene (1994) 287 copies
Hocus (1997) 277 copies
Remember Me, Irene (1996) 265 copies
Liar (1998) 260 copies
The Messenger (2008) 180 copies
Disturbance (2011) 128 copies
Eighteen (2002) 80 copies

Associated Works

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Contributor — 535 copies
Games Creatures Play (2014) — Contributor — 203 copies
Malice Domestic 6 (1997) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Mystery Box (2013) — Contributor — 91 copies
Crime Through Time III (2000) — Contributor — 82 copies
Crime Through Time II (1998) — Contributor — 79 copies
Creature Cozies (2005) — Contributor — 54 copies
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas (1999) — Contributor — 34 copies
Irreconcilable Differences (1999) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Sunken Sailor (2004) — Contributor — 31 copies
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 copies
Murder Most Divine: Ecclesiastical Tales of Unholy Crimes (2000) — Contributor — 24 copies
First Cases 4: The Early Years of Famous Detectives (2002) — Contributor — 14 copies

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The best of what I've read of the series thus far.
 
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Mark_Feltskog | 4 other reviews | Dec 23, 2023 |
Back in October, I read and reviewed [b:Writing the Mystery: Second Edition|5789931|Writing the Mystery Second Edition|G. Miki Hayden|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1267838003s/5789931.jpg|5961883]. It was not all it advertised itself to be. In contrast, Writing Mysteries is everything it claims to be (a handbook) and more, including everything that the previous book touted. I think one reason this volume is so much more successful is that it is written by a collection of successful, published mystery writers. They bring a variety of viewpoints and tips such that the total exceeds the sum of the parts. Each essay also stands on its own, available as a reference on a particular topic. Any author, beginning or experienced, writing a mystery or other genre, can find help or encouragement in this book.… (more)
 
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zot79 | 3 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
First edition as new
 
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dgmathis | 6 other reviews | Mar 15, 2023 |
Losing interest in these books
 
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Works
31
Also by
20
Members
4,719
Popularity
#5,335
Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
83
ISBNs
196
Languages
8
Favorited
13

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