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Senior Sleuths

A very popular sub-genre of Mystery Fiction in recent years is stories featuring "Senior Sleuths" -- men or women who have retired from their life's regular lines of work only to take up crime solving. For the most part, the crimes tend to be murders, and the first case the Senior Sleuth must solve is usually the death of someone close to them -- a relative, a friend or a co-worker/former co-worker. Often, the sleuth's former profession leads them logically into their pursuits -- they are an ex-cop, a retired lawyer, a former investigative reporter or a mystery writer (think Jessica Fletcher on tv's Murder, She Wrote). However, just as often, their former career may have had nothing to do with the field of crime and/or criminal investigation. Many "Senior Sleuth" books could easily be classified as "Cozies" -- mystery novels with minimal violence (the killings all occur "off-stage"), often with quite a bit of humorous dialogue and solutions that challenge the reader to solve the crime along with the sleuth.

The hotlinks in the list below will mostly connect you to only the "series" books by the listed authors. However, a few of the links will connect to an author's entire body of work (or at least those owned by Lincoln City Libraries). Please keep this in mind, and double-check individual titles to make sure they are part of the series you are interested in. Finally, Lincoln City Libraries owns several non-series Senior Sleuth mysteries. You can see these, mixed in with dozens of "series" volumes, if you do a subject search under Mysteries -- Senior Sleuths in our on-line catalog.

AUTHORPRIMARY SERIES CHARACTER(S)
Peter AbreschThe Elderhostel series
Irene AllenElizabeth Allen
Margot ArnoldPenny Spring & Sir Toby Glendower
Marian BabsonTrixie Dolan & Evangeline Sinclair
Donald Bain
  [other volumes by James Anderson]
Jessica Fletcher  [Murder, She Wrote]
Richard BarthMargaret Binton
M.C. BeatonAgatha Raisin
Nancy BellBiggie Weatherford
D.B. BortonCat Caliban
Eleanor BoylanClara Gamadge
Simon BrettMrs. Pargeter
Emily BrightwellMrs. Jeffries
Rita Mae BrownJane Arnold
Dorothy CannellEllie Haskell
Heron Carvic
  [later titles in this series
  by Hampton Charles or Hamilton Crane]
Miss Emily Seeton
Nora CharlesKate Kennedy
G.K. ChestertonFather Brown

To books in the Penny Spring & Sir Toby Glendower series    To books in the Murder She Wrote series    To books in the Agatha Raisin series    To books in the Cat Caliban series    To books in the Mrs. Pargeter series

Agatha ChristieMiss Jane Marple
Hercule Poirot
Joyce ChristmasLady Margaret Priam
V.C. Clinton-BaddeleyDr. R.V. Davie
Barbara ComfortTish McWhinny
Jeanne M. DamsDorothy Martin
Stephen DobynsCharlie Bradshaw
Hildegard DolsonLucy Ramsdale
E.X. FerrarsAndrew Basnett
Christopher FowlerArthur Bryant and John May
Paul GallicoMrs. Ada Harris
Erle Stanley GardnerBertha Cool

To books in the Miss Seeton series    To books in the Miss Marple series    To books in the Lady Margaret Priam series    To books in the Hercule Poirot series    To books in the Dorothy Martin series

Anne GeorgeThe Southern Sisters Series
Dorothy GilmanMrs. Emily Pollifax
Arthur GoldsteinMax Guttman
Ron GoulartGroucho Marx, P.I.
Gallagher GrayT.S. Hubbert & Auntie Lil
Edith Pinero GreenDearborn V. Pinch
John GreenwoodMr. Mosley
Annie GriffinHannah Malloy & Kiki Goldstein
Jane HaddamGregor Demarkian
Mary Bowen HallEmma Chizzit

To books in the Southern Sisters series    To books in the Mrs. Pollifax series    To books in the Groucho Marx series    To books in the Hannah Malloy & Kiki Goldstein series    To books in the Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mystery series

Parnell HallCora Felton, the Puzzle Lady
Carolyn G. HartHenrietta "Henrie O" O'Dwyer Collins
Robin HathawayDr. Andrew Fenimore
Sue HenryMaxie McNabb
Michael T. HinkemeyerEmil Whippletree
Fred HunterJeremy Ransom & Emily Charters
R.T. JordanPolly Pepper
Stuart KaminskyAbe Lieberman
Rita LakinGladdy Gold
Graham LandrumThe Garden Club series
Emma LathenJohn Putnam Thatcher
Nancy LivingstonMr. G.D.H. Pringle
Dagmar LoweMolly Miller
Charlotte MacLeodSarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn
Professor Peter Shandy

To books in the Puzzle Lady series    To books in the Henrietta     To books in the Jeremy Ransom & Emily Charters series    To books in the Abe Lieberman series    To books in the DAR/Garden Club series

Stefanie MattesonCharlotte Graham
Lorena McCourtneyIvy Malone
Susanna Hoffman McSheaThe Hometown Heroes series
Camille MinichinoGloria Lamerino
Gladys MitchellDame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley
Gwen MoffatMiss Melinda Pink
Haughton MurphyReuben Frost
Sister Carol Anne O'MarieSister Mary Helen
Frank OrensteinHugh Morrison
Stuart Palmer & Fletcher Flora Hildegarde Withers
Hugh PentecostUncle George Crowder
Monica Quill [a.k.a. Ralph McInerny]Sister Mary Teresa
Cynthia RiggsVictoria Trumball

To books in the John Putnam Thatcher series    To books in the Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn series    To books in the Professor Peter Shandy series    To books in the Charlotte Graham series    To books in the Sister Mary Helen series

Corrine Holt SawyerAngela Benbow & Caledonia Wingate
Margaret ScherfDr. Grace Severance
John SherwoodCelia Grant
Evelyn SmithMiss Melville
J.C.S. SmithQuentin Jacoby
Gretchen SpragueMartha Patterson
Patricia SprinkleMacLaren Yarbrough
Gene ThompsonDade Cooley
Ronald TierneyDeets Shanahan
Kathy Hogan TrocheckTruman Kicklighter

To books in the Victoria Trumball series    To books in the Angela Benbow & Caledonia Wingate series    To books in the Martha Patterson series    To books in the MacLaren Yarbrough series    To books in the Truman Kicklighter series

Patricia WentworthMiss Maud Silver
Eric WrightMel Pickett
James Yaffe"Mom"

see also Isaac Asimov, Senior Sleuths: A Large Print Anthology of Mysteries and Puzzlers, LT 813.08 Asi

Based on the concept of an original print booklist published in 1998 gb/bwc/mg
Updated and expanded for the web Mar 2004 sdc / Last updated August 2009 sdc

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