Gay Detective Mystery Series Books

A Listmania! list by Contradiction
The list author says: "List of gay detective mystery series books (at least two in the series) most of which I have personally read. Far from comprehensive but a pretty good primer for those looking for mystery series with a M/M sensibility. Titles featured are the books that started the series."
The Little Death
1.  The Little Death by Michael Nava
The list author says:
  "Five-time Lambda Award winning series is one of the best.  Defined characters, nice plotting and serious subjects.  All seven volumes featuring lawyer Henry Rios received Lambda nominations."
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Fadeout: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery
2.  Fadeout: A Dave Brandstetter Mystery by Joseph Hansen
The list author says:
  "Fourteen volume Lambda Award winning series features Investigator Dave Brandstetter.  Author Joseph Hansen took the genre to the next level."
$13.78   Used & New from: $7.97
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Amuse Bouche (Russell Quant Mysteries)
3.  Amuse Bouche (Russell Quant Mysteries) by Anthony Bidulka
The list author says:
  "Excellent Lambda Award winning mystery series with eight books and counting.  Nicely plotted mysteries with a glimpse into the personal life and travelogues of Canadian private eye Russell Quant."
$11.35   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Quarter Boys
4.  The Quarter Boys by David Lennon
The list author says:
  "Solid beginning to a six-book series featuring gay New Orleans Police Detective Michel Doucette and his straight partner, "Sassy" Jones.  Installment two won the 2010 Lambda aware for best gay mystery."
$12.56   Used & New from: $3.76
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

A Simple Suburban Murder (Tom & Scott Mysteries)
5.  A Simple Suburban Murder (Tom & Scott Mysteries) by Mark Richard Zubro
The list author says:
  "First of 13 in the Lambda Award winning Tom & Scott series.  Tom & Scott are a fun team.  Not the most elegant series but solid addition to the amateur mystery genre."
$20.61   Used & New from: $2.41
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Butcher's Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery Book 1)
6.  The Butcher's Son (A Dick Hardesty Mystery Book 1) by Dorien Grey
The list author says:
  "Prolific author Dorien Grey has a winner on his hands with this 14-volume (and counting) mystery series featuring investigator Dick Hardesty.  Dick softens when he gets a cute boy toy lover and son as the series moves forward.  Not a rigorous read but solid plotting."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Sorry Now?
7.  Sorry Now? by Mark Richard Zubro
The list author says:
  "Zubro's ten volume second mystery series is a police procedural with cop Paul Turner at the center."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Simple Justice
8.  Simple Justice by John Morgan Wilson
The list author says:
  "Edgar and three-time Lambda Award winning series is excellent even if a tad depressing at times.  Eight books feature disgraced journalist Benjamin Justice."
$14.36   Used & New from: $0.23
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Mahu: A Hawai'ian Mystery (A Kimo Kanapa Mystery)
9.  Mahu: A Hawai'ian Mystery (A Kimo Kanapa Mystery) by Neil S. Plakcy
The list author says:
  "Set in Hawaii, this excellent series progresses nicely for our (a little too) tortured central hero, gay police detective / surfer Kimo Kanapa."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Death Trick (Donald Strachey Mystery)
10.  Death Trick (Donald Strachey Mystery) by Richard Stevenson
The list author says:
  "Source material for the popular Here TV movie series featuring Albany-based PI Donald Strachey and his lover. 13 books so far in the series."
$13.48   Used & New from: $1.86
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery
11.  First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery by Scott Sherman
The list author says:
  "Wonderful first mystery and winner of 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery now has a couple of new installments in the series and can be added to this list.  Cute Kevin Connor is a sexy hustler who solves mysteries."
$13.33   Used & New from: $4.92
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Closet: A Todd Mills Mystery
12.  Closet: A Todd Mills Mystery by R. D. Zimmerman
The list author says:
  "Two-time Lambda Award winning mystery series features fast-moving excitement from journalist Todd Mills.  Five top quality books."
$13.31   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

False Confessions: A Doug Orlando Mystery
13.  False Confessions: A Doug Orlando Mystery by Steve Neil Johnson
The list author says:
  "Excellent and layered mystery series featuring gay police departmet pariah, detective Doug Orland.  Sadly only two were published but both are now back in print."
$10.86   Used & New from: $2.12
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

L.A. Heat
14.  L.A. Heat by P. A. Brown
The list author says:
  "P.A. Brown offers complex mysteries and deep characterization in the LA series featuring gruff police detective David Eric Laine, struggling with his sexuality, and sexy computer analyst Chris Bellamere."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Freeform
15.  Freeform by Jack Dickson
The list author says:
  "Hard to find.  Well plotted but reading the authentic thick Glascow accents can be slow going. Drugs, rape, gay bashing and other grim events permeate throughout as tough as nails detective Jas Anderson solves crimes that impact his personal life."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Actor's Guide To Murder
16.  The Actor's Guide To Murder by Rick Copp
The list author says:
  "Campy series probably veers too close to twee for hard boiled mystery lovers but nice characterization of fromer child actor Jarrod Jarvis who stumbles upon three mysteries."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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His Name Is John (Elliott Smith Mystery, No. 1)
17.  His Name Is John (Elliott Smith Mystery, No. 1) by Dorien Grey
The list author says:
  "Second series from prolific author Dorien Grey with a supernatural edge.  Reluctant amateur detective Elliott Smith has a ghostly friend in this three volume series."
$11.67   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Back Passage
18.  The Back Passage by James Lear
The list author says:
  "Heavy doses of erotica and light humor infuse the three volume Mitch Mitchell mystery series set in England."
$11.75   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Adrien English Mysteries 1&2 [Adrien English Mysteries] (Adrien English Mysteries 1 & 2)
19.  Adrien English Mysteries 1&2 [Adrien English Mysteries] (Adrien English Mysteries 1 & 2) by Josh Lanyon
The list author says:
  "One of many efforts from author Josh Lanyon, the Adrien English mysteries are a nice five volume series.  Not sure why but I always feel a little cheated when I've finished the books. The complex relationship between aspiring mystery writer Adrien English and closeted LAPD officer Jake Riordan is pretty frustrating."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Murder in the Rue Dauphine: A Mystery
20.  Murder in the Rue Dauphine: A Mystery by Greg Herren
The list author says:
  "Lambda Award winning five book mystery series featuring Chanse MacLeod started with a bang.  The series is popular but I can't forgive author Herren and the paranoid stupidity of his central character for causing events in the second book which soured me on the series.  I never returned."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Bourbon Street Blues
21.  Bourbon Street Blues by Greg Herren
The list author says:
  "Series set in New Orleans with a cute go-go boy psychic sleuth loved by hunky men on both sides of the law.  Popular but a tad too precious.  What can one expect with a series focused on a cute go-go boy psychic?"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Queen's Park
22.  Queen's Park by Garry Ryan
The list author says:
  "One series on the list I haven't actually read (but plan to) is the six book Lambda Award winning series that features gay police detective Lane and his lover."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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A Body to Dye For: A Mystery (Stonewall Inn Editions)
23.  A Body to Dye For: A Mystery (Stonewall Inn Editions) by Grant Michaels
The list author says:
  "Boston-based macho hairdresser Stan Kraychik solves mysteries and has relationship issues in six books."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown
24.  Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown by David Stukas
The list author says:
  "Oh so cute four volume series.  Colorful, campy titles and book jackets set the tone and tell you everything to expect."
$12.60   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Flight Dreams (Mark Manning Mystery)
25.  Flight Dreams (Mark Manning Mystery) by Michael Craft
The list author says:
  "Popular seven volume series features half naked men on the book covers and stories around investigative reporter Mark Manning.  Sporadic flash of quality is undercut by insipid characters.  Series ends on a high note."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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A Habit for Death (The Nicky D'Amico Mysteries)
26.  A Habit for Death (The Nicky D'Amico Mysteries) by Chuck Zito
The list author says:
  "Pretty standard series features stage manager Nicky D'Amico with campy humor.  Only two books so far."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Government Gay (Alex Reynolds Mysteries)
27.  Government Gay (Alex Reynolds Mysteries) by Fred Hunter
The list author says:
  "Full of cutesy, camp humor, artist Alex Reynolds gets recruited into the CIA on special gay-friendly assignments. The overall five book series never really takes off."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Posted To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries)
28.  Posted To Death: A Simon Kirby-Jones Mystery (Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries) by Dean James
The list author says:
  "Amateur sleuth and vampire Simon Kirby-Jones narrates this pretty standard sexless mystery series."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Let's Get Criminal: An Academic Mystery
29.  Let's Get Criminal: An Academic Mystery by Lev Raphael
The list author says:
  "Academic Nick Hoffman is featured in about seven mystery books by Lev Raphael.  Another series that I haven't read (but plan to).  The books appear to be popular but the critics seem mixed."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Fingering The Family Jewels
30.  Fingering The Family Jewels by Greg Lilly
The list author says:
  "Two Derek Mason mysteries come from the pen of Greg Lilly."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

The P-Town Murders
31.  The P-Town Murders by Jeffrey Round
The list author says:
  "Humorous romp featuring special agent Bradford Fairfax solving murders in the gayest places on earth.  First in the series hits P-town followed by jaunts to Key West then Puerto Vallarta in subsequent books."
$16.75   Used & New from: $0.28

Foxe Tail (A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #1)
32.  Foxe Tail (A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #1) by Haley Walsh
The list author says:
  "Start of a trilogy featuring cute little Sklyer Foxe, closeted high school teacher who stumbles upon mysteries while aided by a close circle of friends including sexy yet mysterious assistant football coach Keith Fletcher.  Fun summer reads that aren't too taxing."
$13.49   Used & New from: $7.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Secrets Don't Belong In Closets
33.  Secrets Don't Belong In Closets by Ken Lansdowne
The list author says:
  "Set in New York in the mid-80s, Ken Lansdowne offers the Bent Mystery series.  All three of the initial volumes came out in 2009 and could have used more time under an editor's pen.  The first book has a twisty mystery that features on-so-madcap amateur gay detectives JB and Len."
$9.93   Used & New from: $4.93
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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