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Mysteries featuring specific themes have proven to be very popular in recent years. One classic setting or theme for mystery fiction that has remained in the public eye has been academia. Whether the hallowed halls of a venerated old British university like Oxford or Cambridge, a tony Ivy-league school on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., or a small community technical school, murder and mayhem in the classrooms and labs of educational institutions never goes out of style. Many, if not most, of the books on this list also feature teachers, professors, or other educators as the primary sleuths.

In this list, you will find numerous examples of "series" entries -- volumes in ongoing series featuring recurring characters. Not all books in each series feature an academic setting, so only those appropriate for this list appear here. If the entire set of books in a series is listed here, a notation to that effect is made.

All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. Some titles not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic nature, or their position as part of a series. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department. This is, by no means, a "complete" list, but focuses primarily on books still owned by the Lincoln City Libraries.

Catherine AirdThe Inspector Sloan series
-- Parting Breath [1977]
-- Some Die Eloquent [1979]
Susan Wittig AlbertThe China Bayles series
-- Hangman's Root [1994]
Irene AllenQuaker Witness [1993]
Jeffrey ArcherNot a Penny More, Not a Penny Less [1976]
Charlotte ArmstrongThe Witch's House [1963]
Maggie BarbieriThe Allison Bergeron series
-- Murder 101 [2006]
-- Extracurricular Activities [2007]
-- Quick Study [2008]
Robert BarnardThe Case of the Missing Bronte [1983]
Death in a Cold Climate [1981]
Death of an Old Goat [1977]
Death of a Literary Widow [1979]
School for Murder [1983]
Linda BarnesThe Carlotta Carlyle series
-- Deep Pockets [2004]
K.K. BeckThe Body in the Volvo [1987]
Lloyd BiggleInterface for Murder [1970]
Nicholas Blake
(a.k.a. C. Day Lewis)
The Nigel Strangeways series
-- A Question of Proof [1935]
-- The Head of a Traveler [1949]
-- The Whisper in the Gloom [1954]
-- The Widow's Cruise [1959]
-- The Sad Variety [1964]
-- The Morning After Death [1966]
Miriam BorgenichtBooked for Death [1987]
J.S. BorthwickThe Sarah Deane (Deane is a graduate student who becomes a teacher)
-- The Case of the Hook-Billed Kites [1982]
-- The Student Body [1986]
-- Bodies of Water [1990]
-- Dude on Arrival [1992]
-- The Bridled Groom [1994]
-- Dolly is Dead [1995]
-- The Garden Plot [1997]
-- My Body Lies Over the Ocean [1999]
-- Coup de Grace [2000]
-- Murder in the Rough [2002]
-- Intensive Scare Unit [2004]
-- Foiled Again [2007]
Gail BowenThe Joanne Kilbourn series (Kilbourn is a college journalism professor)
-- Deadly Appearances [1990]
-- The Wandering Soul Murders [1992]
-- Murder at the Mendel [1993]
-- A Colder Kind of Death [1994]
-- A Killing Spring [1996]
-- Verdict in Blood [1998]
-- Burying Ariel [2000]
James BradberryThe Seventh Sacrament [1991]
Rita Mae BrownThe Jane Arnold series
-- The Hunt Ball [2005]
Leo BruceDeath at St. Asprey's School [1967]
Jack on the Gallows Tree [1960]
Alafair BurkeAngel's Tip [2008]
W.J. BurleyDeath in Willow Pattern [1969]
The Schoolmaster [1977]
The Charlie Wycliffe series
-- Wycliffe and the Schoolgirls [1976]
Gwendolyn ButlerA Coffin for Pandora [1973]
Coffin in Oxford [1962]
Dine and Be Dead [1960]
Olivia [1974]
Meg CabotThe Heather Wells series
-- Size 12 is Not Fat [2006]
-- Size 14 is Not Fat Either [2007]
-- Big Bones [2007]
Paulette CallenCharity [1997]
Dorothy CannellGoodbye, Ms. Chips [2008]
David CarkeetDouble Negative [1980]
Sarah CaudwellThus Was Adonis Murdered [1981]
The Shortest Way to Hades [1984]
The Sirens Sang of Murder [1989]
The Hilary Tamar series (Hilary is a professor of Medieval Law at Oxford)
-- The Sibyl in Her Grave [2000]
Agatha ChristieThe Hercule Poirot series
-- Cat Among the Pigeons [1959]
Anna ClarkeThe Paul Glenning series
-- Last Judgement [1985]
Carol ClemeauThe Ariadne Clue [1982]
Victor Clinton Clinton-BaddeleyDeath's Bright Dart [1967]
My Foe Outstretch'd Beneath the Tree [1968]
Only a Matter of Time [1969]
No Case for the Police [1970]
Beverly ConnorThe Lindsay Chamberlain series
-- Dressed to Die [1998]
Stephen CookUpperdown [1985]
Thomas H. CookThe Chatham School Affair [1996]
Desmond CoryThe Mask of Zeus [1992]
Michael CraftThe Claire Gray series
-- Desert Autumn [2001]
-- Desert Winter [2003]
Philip R. CraigThe Jeff Jackson series
-- The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea [1991]
-- A Case of Vineyard Poison [1995]
John CreaseyA Rabble of Rebels [1971]
Bill CriderOne Dead Dean [1988]
Murder is an Art [1999]
The Professor Carl Burns series
-- Dying Voices [1989]
-- ...A Dangerous Thing [1994]
-- A Knife in the Back [2002] [audio version only]
-- Dead Soldiers [2004] [LT edition only]
Edmund CrispinThe Gervase Fen series (Fen is a crime-solving Oxford Don)
-- Obsequies at Oxford [1945] (U.S. title)
-- The Case of the Gilded Fly [1945] (U.K. title)
-- Holy Disorders [1946]
-- The Moving Toyshop [1946]
-- Dead and Dumb [1947]
-- Love Lies Bleeding [1948]
-- Buried for Pleasure [1948]
-- Sudden Vengeance [1950]
-- The Long Divorce [1951]
-- Beware of the Trains [1962] (short stories)
-- The Glimpses of the Moon [1978]
-- Fen Country [1980] (short stories)
-- Sudden Vengeance [1982]
Deborah CrombieThe Scotland Yard series
-- Dreaming of the Bones [1997]
Amanda Cross
(a.k.a. Carolyn Heilbrun)
The Kate Fansler series (Fansler is a professor of English at Harvard)
-- The James Joyce Murder [1967]
-- Poetic Justice [1970]
-- The Theban Mysteries [1971]
-- The Question of Max [1976]
-- Death in a Tenured Position [1981]
-- Sweet Death, Kind Death [1984]
-- No Word From Winifred [1986]
-- A Trap for Fools [1989]
-- Players Come Again [1990]
-- Imperfect Spy [1995]
-- Puzzled Heart [1998]
-- Honest Doubt [2000]
-- In the Last Analysis [2001]
-- Edge of Doom [2002]
D.A. CrossmanMurder in a Minor Key [1994]
Jeffrey L. CruickshankMurder at the B-School [2004]
Diane Mott DavidsonThe Goldi the Caterer series
-- The Cereal Murders [1993]
Dorothy Salisbury DavisShock Wave [1972]
Mildred B. DavisTell Them What's-Her-Name Called [1975]
David DelmanDeath of a Nymph [1985]
Jane DentingerThe Jocelyn O'Roarke series
-- The Queen is Dead [1994]
Colin DexterLast Bus to Woodstock [1975]
The Riddle of the Third Mile [1983]
The Daughters of Cain [1994]
Peter DickinsonHindsight [1983]
Joanne DobsonThe Karen Pelletier series (English professor)
-- Quieter Than Sleep [1997]
-- The Northbury Papers [1998]
-- The Raven and the Nightingale [1999]
-- Cold and Pure and Very Dead [2000]
-- The Maltese Manuscript [2003]
Stephen DobynsBoy in the Water [1999]
Ruth Dudley EdwardsThe "Jack" Troutbeck/Robert Amiss series
-- Matricide at St. Martha's [1994]
-- Ten Lords a Leaping [1995]
Aaron ElkinsThe Gideon Oliver series (Oliver is a Professor of archaeology)
-- Fellowship of Fear [1982]
-- The Dark Place [1983]
-- Murder in the Queen's Arms [1985]
-- Old Bones [1987]
-- Curses! [1989]
-- Icy Clutches [1990]
-- Make No Bones [1991]
-- Dead Men's Hearts [1994]
-- Twenty Blue Devils [1997]
-- Skeleton Dance [2000]
-- Good Blood [2004]
-- Where There's a Will [2005]
-- Unnatural Selection [2006]
-- Little Tiny Teeth [2007]
-- Uneasy Relations [2008]
-- Skull Duggery [2009]
Terence FahertyThe Owen Keane series
-- The Lost Keats [1993]
E.X. FerrarsThe Andrew Basnett series
-- Root of All Evil [1984]
-- Something Wicked [1984]
-- The Crime and the Crystal [1985]
-- The Other Devil's Name [1986]
-- Murder Too Many [1988]
-- Smoke Without Fire [1989]
-- Thy Brother Death [1993]
Charles FinchThe September Society [2008]
Dorothy FiskeAcademic Murder [1980]
Kate FloraThe Thea Kozak series
-- An Educated Death [1997]
-- Death in Paradise [1998]
Antonia FraserThe Jemima Shore series
-- Oxford Blood [1985]
Elizabeth GeorgeThe Inspector Thomas Lynley series
-- Well-Schooled in Murder [1990]
-- For the Sake of Elena [1992]
B.M. GillDeath Drop [1979]
Seminar for Murder [1985]
Christopher GoldenBodies of Evidence series
-- Bodybags [1999]
Carol GoodmanThe Drowning Tree [2004]
Joe GoresA Time of Predators [1969]
Paula GoslingMonkey Puzzle [1985]
Linda GrantLethal Genes [1996]
Stephen GreenleafBeyond Blame [1985]
Susanna GregoryThe Matthew Bartholomew series
An Unholy Alliance [1996]
To Kill or Cure [2007]
Robert GrudinBook [1992]
Batya GurLiterary Murder: A Critical Case [1993]
Patricia HallThe Yorkshire series
-- A Skeleton at the Feast [2000]
-- Deep Freeze [2001]
Cyril HareAn English Murder [1951]
Charlaine HarrisA Secret Rage [1984]
Will HarrissThe Bay Psalm Book Murders [1983]
Carolyn G. HartThe Rich Die Young [1983]
The Death on Demand series
-- A Little Class on Murder [1989]
The Henry O series
-- Death in Lover's Lane [1997]
Tim HealdThe Simon Bognor series
-- A Small Masterpiece [1982]
Joan HessThe Claire Molloy series
Strangled Prose [1986]
Reginald HillThe Dalziel/Pascoe series
-- An Advancement of Learning [1971]
John Buxton HiltonThe Superintendent Kenworthy series
-- The Innocents at Home [1986]
Isabelle HollandGrenelle [1976]
Hazel HoltThe Mrs. Malory series
-- Mrs. Malory Investigates [1989]
-- The Cruelest Month [1991]
-- Mrs. Malory: Detective in Residence [1994]
Susan HoltzerThe Anneke Haagen series
-- Curly Smoke [1995]
-- Bleeding Maize and Blue [1996]
-- The Black Diamond [1997]
-- The Silly Season: An Entr'acte [1999]
Doug HornigFoul Shot [1984]
Michael InnessThe John Appleby series
-- Death at the President's Lodgings [1937]
-- The Weight of the Evidence [1945]
-- The Long Farewell [1958]
-- Hare Sitting Up [1959]
-- Picture of Guilt [1969]
Jane IsenbergThe Bel Barrett series
-- Death in a Hot Flash [1999]
-- Mood Swings to Murder [2000]
-- Midlife Can Be Murder [2001]
-- Out of Hormone's Way [2002]
-- Hot Wired [2005]
Lisa JacksonLost Souls [2009]
P.D. JamesAn Unsuitable Job for a Woman [1972]
Marshall JevonsThe Henry Spearman series
-- Murder at the Margin [1978] [e-book edition only]
-- The Fatal Equilibrium [1985]
D.J.H. JonesThe Nancy Cook series
-- Murder at the MLA [1993]
-- Murder in the New Age [1997]
Cathleen JordanA Carol in the Dark [1984]
D. Daniel JudsonThe Darkest Place [2006]
Rob KeanThe Pledge [1999]
Nora KellyThe Gillian Adams series (Gillian is a professor, her boyfriend is a Scotland Yard detective)
-- In the Shadow of King's [1984]
-- My Sister's Keeper [1992]
-- Bad Chemistry [1993]
-- Old Wounds [1998]
-- Hot Pursuit [2002]
Harry KemelmanThe Red Mask mystery series
-- The Nine Mile Walk [1967]
The Rabbi Small series
-- Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red [1973]
-- The Day the Rabbi Resigned [1992]
-- The Day the Rabbi Left Town [1996]
Susan KenneyGraves in Academe [1985]
Rebecca KentFinished Off [2009]
Laurie R. KingA Darker Place [1999]
Fern KupferLove Lies [1994]
Laurence Davis LaforeNine Seven Juliet [1969]
M.D. LakeThe Peggy O'Neill series (O'Neill is a campus cop)
-- Amends for Murder [1992]
-- Cold Comfort [1990]
-- Poisoned Ivy [1992]
-- A Gift for Murder [1992]
-- Murder by Mail [1993]
-- Once Upon a Murder [1995]
-- Grave Choices [1995]
-- Flirting With Death [1996]
-- Midsummer Malice [1997]
-- Death Calls the Tunes [1999]
Jake LamarIf 6 Were 9 [2001]
Jane LangtonThe Homer Kelly series (Homer is a Harvard professor)
-- Dark Nantucket Noon [1975]
-- The Memorial Hall Murder [1978]
-- Natural Enemy [1982]
-- Emily Dickinson is Dead [1984]
-- Good and Dead [1986]
-- Murder at the Gardner [1988]
-- The Dante Game [1991]
-- God in Concord [1992]
-- Divine Inspiration [1993]
-- The Shortest Day: Murder at the Revels [1995]
-- Dead as a Dodo [1996]
-- The Face on the Wall [1998]
-- The Thief of Venice [1999]
-- Escher Twist [2002]
-- The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg [2003]
-- Steeplechase [2003]
Janet LaPierreChildren's Games [1989]
Emma LathenAshes to Ashes [1971]
Wendi LeeAngela Matelli series
-- Habeas Campus [2002]
Jim LehrerThe Franklin Affair [2005]
Elizabeth LemarchandThe Pollard and Toye series
-- Death of an Old Girl [1967]
-- Light Through Glass [1984]
Michael Z. LewinThe Leroy Powder series
-- Night Cover [1976]
Frances LockridgeThe Mr. and Mrs. North mysteries
-- Murder is Suggested [1959]
The Drill is Death [1961]
Richard LockridgeThe Captain Heimrich series
-- Accent on Murder [1958]
-- Murder Can't Wait [1964]
Twice Retired [1970]
M.K. LorensSweet Narcissus [1990]
Sorrowheart [1993]
Peter LoveseyThe Sergeant Cribb series
-- Swing, Swing Together [1976]
Mike LupicaExtra Credits [1988]
Amanda MackayDeath is Academic [1976]
Charlotte MacLeodThe Peter Shandy series (Shandy is a professor at an agricultural college)
-- Rest You Merry [1978]
-- The Luck Runs Out [1979]
-- Wrack and Rune [1982]
-- Something the Cat Dragged In [1983]
-- The Curse of the Giant Hogweed [1985]
-- The Corpse in Oozak's Pond [1987]
-- Vane Pursuit [1989]
-- Exit the Milkman [1996]
Jessica MannThe Thea Crawford series
Troublecross [1972]
Robert Bernard MartinDeath Takes a Sabbatical [1967]
Deadly Meeting [1971]
Guillermo MartinezThe Oxford Murders [2005]
J.C. MastermanAn Oxford Tragedy [1933]
The Case of the Four Friends [1957]
Wendell McCallConcerto in Dead Flat [1999]
Colleen McCulloughOn, Off [2006]
Val McDermidThe Lindsay Gordon series
-- Report for Murder [1987]
The Distant Echo [2003]
Jill McGownThe Lloyd and Hill series
Gone to Her Death [1989]
Ralph McInernyThe Search Committee [1991]
The Notre Dame mysteries
-- On This Rockne [1997]
-- Lack of the Irish [1998]
-- Irish Tenure [1999]
-- The Book of Kills [2000]
-- Emerald Aisle [2001]
-- Celt and Pepper [2002]
-- Irish Coffee [2003]
-- Green Thumb [2004]
-- Irish Gilt [2005]
-- The Letter Killeth [2006]
-- The Green Revolution [2008]
N.J. McIverCome Back, Alice Smythereene! [1985]
James MelvilleDeath of a Daimyo [1984]
Barbara MichaelsHouses of Stone [1993]
Valerie MinerMurder in the English Department [1982]
Gladys MitchellSpotted Hemlock [1985]
Maureen MooreFieldwork [1987]
Ian MorsonThe William Falconer series
-- Falconer's Crusade [1995]
Marcia Muller [editor]Dark Lessons: Crime and Detection on Campus [1985] [813.08 Mul]
Janet NeelThe Wilson and MacLeish series
Death Among the Dons [1993]
Jane O'ConnorDangerous Admissions: Secrets of a Closet Sleuth [2007]
Leslie O'KaneThe Molly Masters series
-- When the Fax Lady Sings [2001]
Karen E. OlsonThe Annie Seymour series
-- Sacred Cows [2005]
-- Secondhand Smoke [2006]
Sister Carol Anne O'MarieThe Sister Mary Helen series
-- A Novena for Murder [1984]
David OsbornThe Margaret Barlow series
Murder on the Chesapeake [1992]
Katherine Hall PageThe Faith Fairchild series
-- The Body in the Bonfire [2002]
Robert B. ParkerThe Spenser series
-- The Godwulf Manuscript [1973]
-- Hush Money [1999]
Richard North PattersonThe Spire [2009]
Iain PearsAn Instance of the Fingerpost [1998]
John PennMortal Term [1984]
Elizabeth PetersThe Amelia Peabody/Emerson Radcliffe series
-- Crocodile on the Sandbank [1975]
The Vicky Bliss series
-- Borrower of the Night [1973]
The Jacqueline Kirby series
-- The Seventh Sinner [1972]
Audrey PetersonThe Claire Camden series
-- Dartmoor Burial [1992]
The Jane Winfield series
-- Nocturne Murder [1987]
Stella PhillipsHidden Wrath [1982]
Christine PoulsonThe Cambridge mystery series
-- Stage Fright [2003] [LT edition only]
Ian RankinThe Inspector Rebus series
-- A Question of Blood [2003]
Lev RaphaelThe Nick Hoffman series
-- Let's Get Criminal [1996]
-- The Edith Wharton Murders [1997]
-- The Death of a Constant Lover [1999]
-- Little Miss Evil [2000]
-- Burning Down the House [2001]
Robert ReevesDoubting Thomas [1985]
Gillian RobertsThe Amanda Pepper series
-- Caught Dead in Philadelphia [1987]
-- Philly Stakes [1989]
-- I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia [1992]
-- With Friends Like These -- [1993]
-- How I Spent My Summer Vacation [1994]
-- In the Dead of Summer [1995]
-- The Mummer's Curse [1996]
-- The Bluest Blood [1998]
-- Adam and Evil [1999]
-- Helen Hath No Fury [2000]
-- Claire and Present Danger [2003]
-- Till the End of Tom [2004]
-- A Hole in Juan [2006]
-- All's Well That Ends [2007]
Robert Henry RobinsonLandscape With Dead Dons [1956]
Beth SaulnierThe Alex Bernier series
-- Bad Seed [2002]
Dorothy L. SayersThe Lord Peter Wimsey series
-- Gaudy Night [1936]
Margaret ScherfThe Banker's Bones [1968]
Sarah R. ShaberThe Simon Shaw series
-- Simon Said [1997]
-- Snipe Hunt [2000]
-- The Fugitive King [2002]
-- Shell Game [2007]
Edith SkomThe Beth Austin series
-- The Mark Twain Murders [1989]
-- The George Eliot Murders [1995]
-- The Charles Dickens Murders [1998]
Joan SmithThe Loretta Lawson series (Loretta is a feminist academic)
-- A Masculine Ending [1987]
-- Why Aren't They Screaming? [1988]
-- Don't Leave Me This Way [1990]
-- What Men Say [1993]
-- Full Stop [1995]
Taylor SmithThe Best of Enemies [1997]
Richard H.R. SmithiesAn Academic Question [1965]
Kurth SpragueThe Rusty Coulter series
-- Frighten the Horses [2003]
Patricia SprinkleMurder at Markham [1988]
Susannah StaceyA Knife at the Opera [1988]
Veronica StallwoodThe Kate Ivory series
-- Death and the Oxford Box [1993]
-- Oxford Exit [1994]
-- Oxford Mourning [1995]
Aaron Marc Stein
A Body for a Buddy [1981]
The Elsie Hunt/Tim Mulligan series
-- The Sun is a Witness [1953]
Sarah StrohmeyerThe Bubbles Yablonsky series
-- Bubbles Unbound [2001]
-- Bubbles Ablaze [2003]
Julian SymonsThe Detling Secret [1982]
The Name of Annabel Lee [1983]
William G. TapplyThe Brady Coyne series
-- Death at Charity's Point [1984]
Edith TaylorThe Serpent Under It [1973]
Elizabeth Atwood TaylorMurder at Vassar [1987]
L.A. TaylorFootnote to Murder [1983]
Sarah Stewart TaylorMansions of the Dead [2004]
Josephine TeyMiss Pym Disposes [1947]
Donald ThomasMad Hatter Summer [1983]
Pamela Thomas-GrahamThe Ivy League mystery series
-- A Darker Shade of Crimson [1998]
-- Blue Blood [1999]
June ThomsonRosemary for Remembrance [1988]
Michael UnderwoodVictim of Circumstance [1980]
Lea WaitThe Antique Print series
-- Shadows on the Ivy [2004]
Ann WaldronThe Death is Academic series
-- Unholy Death in Princeton [2005] [LT edition only]
Jill Paton WalshThe Imogen Quy series
-- The Wyndham Case [1993]
-- Debts of Dishonor [2006]
Lilla M. WaltchThe Lisa Davis series
-- The Third Victim [1987]
Elizabeth C. WardCoast Highway 1 [1983]
Hillary WaughLast Seen Wearing [1952]
Pure Poison [1966]
Rubin WeberThe Grave-Maker's House [1964]
Theodora WenderThe Glad Gold series
-- Knight Must Fall [1985]
-- Murder Gets a Degree [1986]
Morris West
Masterclass [1988]
T.H. WhiteDarkness at Pemberley [1978]
David WilliamsThe Mark Treasure series
-- Treasure by Degrees [1977]
Colin WilsonNecessary Doubt [1964]
Derek WilsonUnquiet Spirit [2006]
James C. WorkA Title to Murder: The Carhenge Mystery [2004]
Eric WrightThe Inspector Charlie Salter series
-- The Night the Gods Smiled [1983]
The Joe Barley series
-- Death by Degrees [1993]
-- The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn [2000]
James YaffeA Nice Murder for Mom [1988]
Margaret YorkeThe Patrick Grant series
-- Dead in the Morning [1970]
Mark ZubroThe Tom and Scott mysteries (Tom Mason is a high school teacher)
-- A Simple Suburban Murder [1989]
-- Why Isn't Becky Twitchell Dead? [1990]
-- Only Dead Priest [1991]
-- The Principal Cause of Death [1992]
-- An Echo of Death [1994]
-- Rust on the Razor [1996]
-- Are You Nuts? [1998]
-- One Dead Drag Queen [2000]
-- Here Comes the Corpse [2002]

Original printed list from Oct 1986
Adapted and expanded for the Web June 2006 sdc / Last updated Dec 2009 sdc

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