Fancy romance in your mysteries, or some mystery in your romances?

Below is a list of 50 good books, which combine mystery with love, arranged by various categories.

Classic mysteries with romance.

  1. The Women in White by Wilkie Collins
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  3. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the book in the Lord Peter Whimsy series where Whimsy falls in love with Harriet Vane, their relationship is further developed in Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon.
  4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Marie
  5. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie,  this is one book in a series featuring Tommy and Tuppence who team together as PI’s. Snappy dialog, funny, light hearted, and improbable-Very different from typical Agatha Christie books (this book is out of print, but you can download it free from the Gutenberg project by using this link .

 

Stand Alone Novels with Mystery, Suspense and Love

  1. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Humorous romantic mysteries

 (other than Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series) these are all more in the soft boiled mystery genre. For other humorous mysteries see Funny Mysteries

  1. Murder with Peacocks (Meg Langslow Mysteries) by Donna Andrews Funny, full of strange relatives, with a sweet love interest.
  2. Louisiana Longshot by Dana DeLeon (Mis Fortune series) Fortune Redding, a CIA assassin, her cover blown needs to hide out in Sinful, Louisiana posing as a former debutante, and finds murder and Deputy Carter LeBlanc, and several retired “operatives”. DeLeon also wrote the ghost in law series.
  3. Savannah Blues (Weezie and Bebe Mysteries series) by Mary Kay Andrews
  4. Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mystery series) by Gemma Halliday  A  self professed girly girl keeps stumbling on bodies.
  5. Blue Blood (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) another chick lit meets mystery, light on mystery.
  6. Shoots to Kill by Kate Collins
  7. Murder with Reservations by Elaine Viets
  8. Death by Pantyhose by Jaine Austen
  9. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death ( Agatha Raisin Mysteries) by M.C. Beaton A retired public relations consultant, Agatha is determined to find friendship and love, and she does – eventually, but not before solving a lot of murders.
  10. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer, more of a romantic comedy with a twist of mystery. A stand alone.

Mystery Series with Romance

(for those who like a little romance with their mysteries. Most sleuths in a series have a love interest, these are the most romantic.

  1. Fool’s Puzzle (Bennie Harper mystery ) by Earlene Fowler Bennie Harper, recently widowed, moves to San Celina, California to take a job as a folk museum director, stumbles on a dead body and meets the local police chief. Their relationship, along with many other love relationships are interwoven in all the mysteries. Mariner’s Compass and Steps to the Altar are my two favorites in this series.
  2. In the Bleak Midwinter (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alystune series) by Julia Fleming Spenser Clare, a former army helicopter pilot, but now a newly ordained Episcopal priest moves to upstate New York, where she finds an abandoned baby, and that she is attracted to the married chief of police, a former military MP. My favorite in this series is One Was a Soldier.
  3. Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan series) by Laura Lippman Series takes place in current day Baltimore, and features a private investigator, and her family, and her long time developing relationship with Crow, her lover.
  4. The Body in the Belfry (Faith Fairchild series) by Katherine Hall Page. Faith, former New York City caterer is now married to a minister, living in a sleepy (not) Massachusetts village of Aleford, where she does a lot of amateur sleuthing. This series is not so much about romance, but about love in a lasting relationship, and G rated.
  5. Thyme of Death (China Bayles) by Susan Witting Albert Set in the hill country of Texas, this series features China a former attorney turned proprietor of a herbal gift store, and her friend Ruby Wilcox, owner of a New age store. Lots of herbal and folk information, and interesting plots. Also a long time relationship with her husband McQuaid.
  6. The Sex Club (Detective Jackson series #1) by LJ Sellers This is more in the thriller vein that the other mysteries. It does have a gradual, mature “second chance” relationship enfold over the coarse of the series.
  7. Prime Time  (A Charlotte McNally Mystery)  by Hank Phillippi  Mystery with romance and wit and some danger.
  8. Saving Grace (Katie and Annalise Book 1 ), by Pamela Fagan  Set in the Caribbean.
  9. Death on Demand (Death on Demand series) by  Carolyn Hart Features a mystery bookstore owner and a PI, set in South Carolina

Mostly romance with some mystery/intrigue (romantic suspense)

( other than Nora Roberts (the Witness, and Naked in Death written under pseudonym of JD Robb)

  1. After the Night by Linda Howard
  2. Scorched by Laura Griffen, also Whisper of Warning
  3. Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare
  4. Lethal by Sandra Brown
  5. Silent Scream by Carolyn Rose
  6. Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane
  7. Black Ice by Anne Stuart
  8. Blackout by Annie Solomon
  9. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  10. The Cove (FBI suspense thrillers) by Catherine Coulter

Romantic suspense for gentle souls – no graphic sex, violence, or cursing.

  1. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
  2. Sea Jade by Phyllis Whitney
  3. The Moon Spinners by Mary Steward
  4. Painting the Moon by Traci Borum
  5. Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers

Historical romantic mysteries

  1. Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Mysteries) by Deanna Raybourn
  2. Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Series) by Elizabeth Peters
  3. Her Royal Spyness (Royal Spyness Mysteries) by Rhys Bowen
  4. Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) Carola Dunn
  5. Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mysteries) by Victoria Thompson

Mystery plus romance plus a little paranormal – minus vampires

  1. The Ghost and Mrs McClure (Hauted Bookshop Mystery) by Alice Kimberly
  2. Reckless (A Burton and Kazmaroff Mystery) by Susan Keirnan-Lewis An empathy teams with a former police detective.
  3. In Deep Voodoo (Mojo, Louisiana humorous mystery series ) by Stephanie Bond
  4. Tempest in the Tea Leaves (A Fortune Teller Mystery) by Kari Lee Townsend