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Queer Your Shelves: Detectives/Mysteries

Enjoy this curated selection of queer detective reads and mysteries!

Fadeout

A Dave Brandstetter Mystery

The Dave Brandstetter Mysteries: Book #1

By: Joseph Hansen
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Length: 5 hours 7 minutes

Fadeout is the first of Joseph Hansen’s twelve classic mysteries featuring rugged Dave Brandstetter, an insurance investigator who is contentedly gay. When entertainer Fox Olson’s car plunges off a bridge in a storm, a death claim is filed, but where is Olson’s body? As Brandstetter questions family, fans, and detractors, he grows certain Olson... Read more

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Who Is Vera Kelly?

The Vera Kelly Series: Book #1

By: Rosalie Knecht
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

“This book gives an amazing new twist to spy fiction! Absolutely captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Vera is such a unique character living so much of her life in secrecy. This book has been on so many anticipated lists, and now I see exactly why. Read more

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Apparition Alley

Kate Delafield Mystery: Book #6

By: Katherine V. Forrest
Narrated by: Kate Zane
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

Kate Delafield is at war. With LAPD's Department of Internal Affairs which is challenging her conduct during an arrest gone disastrously wrong. With the police psychologist who holds in her hands the power to keep Kate off the job—and is exercising it. With her police partner who has gone AWOL in Kate's hour of need. With the police colleagues... Read more

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Bury Me When I'm Dead

The Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series: Book #1

By: Cheryl A. Head
Narrated by: Stephanie Weeks
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

Charlene “Charlie” Mack is a PI in Detroit, born and raised in the city that America forgot.Charlie has built a highly respected private investigations firm through hard work, smart choices, and relentless ambition. Her team of investigators are highly skilled and trustworthy—but she secretly struggles with her sexual orientation and a mother... Read more

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Savage Season

The First Hap and Leonard Novel

Hap and Leonard: Book #1

By: Joe R. Lansdale
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn’t be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam vet. Together,... Read more

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The Last Place You Look

The Roxane Weary Mysteries: Book #1

By: Kristen Lepionka
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Kinsey Millhone meets Serial: The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in... Read more

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The Winter Knight

By: Jes Battis
Narrated by: Gail Shalan, Dylan Kiedman, Nicky Endres, Lee Osorio & Gabra Zackman
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Arthurian legends are reborn in this upbeat queer urban fantasy with a mystery at its heart

The knights of the round table are alive in Vancouver, but when one winds up dead, it’s clear the familiar stories have taken a left turn. Hildie, a Valkyrie and the investigator assigned to the case, wants to find the killer ― and maybe figure her life... Read more

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This Town Sleeps

A Novel

By: Dennis E. Staples
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

This Town Sleeps, set on an Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, is not an elegiac or idyllic work but rather a direct, unblinking, poetic novel that draws the reader inexorably into the gray areas of the hearts of those in this story. A queer coming-of-age story bound up in a town mystery, this tale of Marion Lafournier, a young gay Ojibwe... Read more

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The Mimicking of Known Successes

By: Malka Older
Narrated by: Lindsey Dorcus
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

The Mimicking of Known Successes presents a cozy Holmesian murder mystery and sapphic romance, set on Jupiter, by Malka Older, author of the critically-acclaimed Centenal Cycle.On a remote, gas-wreathed outpost of a human colony on Jupiter, a man goes missing. The enigmatic Investigator Mossa follows his trail to Valdegeld, home to the colony’s... Read more

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The Savage Kind

By: John Copenhaver
Narrated by: Sarah Naughton, Robin Miles & Jeanette Illidge
Length: 15 hours 29 minutes

Two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes—and an even greater desire to commit them—in the new mystery novel by Macavity Award–winning novelist John Copenhaver.Philippa Watson, a good-natured yet troubled seventeen-year-old, has just moved to Washington, DC. She’s lonely until she meets... Read more

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Generation Loss

The Cass Neary Crime Novels: Book #1

By: Elizabeth Hand
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame.Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on... Read more

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The Verifiers

By: Jane Pek
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S BEST MYSTERY BOOKS OF THE YEAR Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing....

“The world of social...
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Lavender House

A Novel

Evander Mills: Book #1

By: Lev AC Rosen
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Lavender House is more than a book, it's an experience: Love, Loss, Redemption, all lathered up in the very gay Lamontaine Estate set in 1952 San Francisco. Lev AC Rosen created a delightfully quirky and queer cast of characters for this historical fiction, and the narrator, Vikas Adams, brings so much personality to the voice of each character... Read more

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