It’s time to talk about one of the top-selling subgenres of lesbian fiction: f/f romantic suspense and mystery novels.
In a mystery novel, the main character is investigating a crime—often a murder—or trying to solve a mystery. She can be a detective, a law enforcement officer, a private investigator, or a sleuthing amateur.
A romantic suspense novel weaves together a romance and suspense, mystery, or thriller elements. The potential lovers have to face danger together before they can live happily ever after.
15 GREAT LESBIAN MYSTERY & ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVELS
I’ve put together a list of 15 lesbian mystery novels & romantic suspense books with lesbian or bi main characters. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Next of Kin (Portland Police Bureau series, book 2) by Jae
Detective Aiden Carlisle’s private and professional lives collide when her lover’s newest patient gets in trouble with the law. Will she be able to solve the case without pushing Dawn away?
For years, Deputy District Attorney Kade Matheson has been focused on her career, but when she finds herself with two secret admirers, she is finally forced to face her attraction to women.
Collide-O-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation, book 1) by Andrea Bramhall
One unidentified dead body. One tiny fishing village. Forty residents and everyone’s a suspect. Where do you start? Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have to answer that question and more as they untangle the web of lies wrapped around the tiny village of Brandale Stiathe Harbour to capture the killer of Connie Wells.
Blood Money Murder by Jessie Chandler
Secrets. It all begins with secrets. A long-held secret is about to implode with potentially catastrophic results. Will Shay and her sister Lisa pay the ultimate price for Eddy’s sins, or will Eddy confront her twenty-five year secret head-on before time runs out?
Forsaken Trust (A Luce Hansen Thriller) by Meredith Doench
Unwelcoming of outsiders, the community of Wallace Lake, Ohio, closes ranks when four women are found murdered. Agent Luce Hansen must find a way in before another woman loses her life to the ruthless serial killer. With the help of her new team—a hot rookie and a smart, beautiful medical examiner—Luce works to unearth the dark secrets of this close-knit town. And when Luce feels forsaken, both professionally and personally, she must regain trust in her most valuable investigative tool: herself.
Amateur City (Kate Delafield series, book 1) by Katherine V. Forrest
Tough LAPD Detective Kate Delafield leads an investigation into a highrise office building murder. The case is intriguing but routine—until Kate interviews the only witness, Ellen O’Neil. During the investigation, Kate finds her path increasingly intersecting with that of Ellen, who is proving unpredictable and dangerous in a far more personal way.
Tangled Mark by Becky Harmon
Flagler Security Agent, Nikki Mitchell, is completely immersed in the secrecy of her job. Mel Carter has a secret mission of her own. Completely dedicated to their individual missions, the lives of both women become tangled as personal and professional lines begin to blur.
Facing Evil by CL Hart
Detective Abby Stanfield has worked tirelessly to bring serial killer Billy Ward to justice, but when his case is thrown out of court, Abby loses control and threatens publicly to kill him. Forced to take a leave of absence, Abby heads to a mountain resort where she meets Sarah. The two women discover love but are soon torn apart. Through twist and turns of the novel, Abby and Sarah experience for themselves the brutality of a serial killer before he ends up dead, and Abby is his accused killer.
Four Steps by Wendy Hudson
Seclusion suits Alex Ryan. Haunted by a crime from her past, she struggles to find peace and calm. Lori Hunter dreams of escaping the monotony of her life. When the suffocation sets in, she runs for the hills. A chance encounter in the Scottish Highlands leads Alex and Lori into a whirlwind of heartache and a fight for survival, as they build a formidable bond that will be tested to its limits.
No Good Reason (The Dark Peak series, book 1) by Cari Hunter
Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed. When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, Sanne and her colleagues in East Derbyshire Special Ops search for the culprit, while Meg fights to keep his victim alive. With the clock ticking, Sanne and Meg find themselves pushed closer by a crime that threatens to tear everything apart.
Death by the Riverside (Micky Knight Mysteries series, book 1) by JM Redmann
Among the moss-covered trees and wrought-iron balustrades of southern Louisiana, Detective Michele Knight (Micky to her friends) takes on the seemingly simple job of shooting a few photos for a client, but the going gets rough as Micky finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps in an attempt to expose a dangerous drug ring.
Holy Hell (Lillian Byrd Crime series, book 1) by Elizabeth Sims
Lillian Byrd is a small-time reporter with a flair for making big-time mistakes, so her investigation into the disappearances of women in the Detroit area might not be the best idea. But when one of the missing women turns up dead and Lillian recognizes the bizarrely mutilated corpse, she’s in too deep to get out. After simultaneously blowing the case for the police and revealing herself to the off-kilter killers, she’s completely on her own. Can she catch the murderers before they catch up with her?
Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter
Requiem is a brilliant cellist with a secret. The dispassionate assassin has made an art form out of killing Australia’s underworld figures without a thought. One day she‘s hired to kill a sweet and unassuming innocent. Requiem can’t work out why anyone would want her dead—and why she should even care.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the lesbian mystery & romantic suspense square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another f/f mystery or romantic suspense novel.
Lesbian Book bingo giveaway: Win a book by leaving a comment
For the romantic suspense & mystery square, I’m giving away an e-book copy of:
- Four Steps by Wendy Hudson
- Holy Hell by Elizabeth Sims
- Blood Money Murder by Jessie Chandler
Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog and let us know which book you’re going to read for the “romantic suspense & mystery” square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
Entries close on Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.
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