Recommended Christian Mysteries
- Alexander, Hannah The Last Resort (2007)
- A missing child: Carissa Cooper, twelve, vanishes near her home--abducted, possibly by someone close to her. A woman in crisis: Noelle Cooper races back to her hometown to help in the search for her cousin and steps into a web of secrets that has haunted her family for generations. A man of faith: Nathan Trask will do anything to protect Noelle from danger. Noelle's childhood friend, he might be much more-- if she dares turn to him.
- Bell, James Scott Try Darkness (2008)
- Counseling underprivileged clients while recovering from a wrongful murder charge, former trial lawyer Ty Buchanan takes the case of a troubled single mom who is subsequently murdered while fighting her illegal eviction from a transient hotel whose interests are being represented by Ty's former best friend.
- Benrey, Ron Little White Lies (2001)
- The sudden suspicious drowning death of her business partner forces Pippa Hunnechurch to re-examine her life, and the circumstances of the "accident."
- Blackstock, Terri. Private Justice (1998)
- A serial killer's next victim would appear to be Mark Branning's wife. He attempts to protect her along with their fragile marriage.
- Blake, Michelle The Book of Light (2003)
- When photographs of an ancient biblical scroll, kept secret for thousands of years, turn up at the chaplain's office at Tate University, interim priest and sleuth Lily Connor is asked to investigate.
- Brouwer, Sigmund. Out of the Shadows (2001)
- Nick Barrett attempts to solve the mystery of his mother's disappearance as well as the murder of a high school friend for which he had been imprisoned.
- Bunn, T Davis Drummer in the Dark (2002)
- Jackie Havilland, a P.I. with an Orlando detective agency investigating a smear campaign against stroke-afflicted Congressman Graham Hutchings, and businessman-turned-congressman Wynn Bryant stumble upon a dangerous and destructive conspiracy aimed at reshaping the world economy.
- Bunn, T. Davis. The Great Divide (2000)
- Marcus Glenwood abandons his law practice to solve the disappearance of a student in China.
- Burney, Claudia Mair Death, Deceit and Some Smooth Jazz (2008)
- Having ended a relationship with a married man, a brokenhearted Amanda Bell Brown struggles with trust issues when he begs her to change her mind, a situation that is further complicated by his wife's untimely murder. An Amanda Bell Brown mystery.
- Cutrer, William False Positive (2002)
- Second-year medical resident Julien "Red" Richison becomes suspicious about the medical practices of a nearby abortion clinic after a woman is rushed to the emergency room suffering from massive blood loss.
- Dickson, Athol River Rising (2005)
- Hale Poser arrives in Louisiana in 1927 to find racial prejudices missing from the small town of Pilotsville. In pursuit of a missing child, however, he uncovers a dark secret.
- Dickson, Athol They Shall See God (2002)
- After twenty-five years, the man Rabbi Ruth Gold and Protestant Kate Flint helped lock away is released from prison, and suddenly a series of bizarre crimes hits Ruth's Jewish community in New Orleans, reigniting the flames of prejudice and hatred.
- Downs, Tim First the Dead (2008)
- Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is ready to go and volunteer his assistance after Hurricane Katrina hits, but his task turns out to be rescuing the living rather than autopsying the dead.
- Fell, Doris Elaine Always in September (1994)
- The body of the American Ambassador lies in front of her. Suddenly, the gunman flees the scene, leaving her alone with the body. Andrea gets away with her life only to find that she is a suspect in a killing and is wanted by the CIA and the French police. She escapes to Canada with a friend, Ryan Ebsworth, only to find out that he is actually a terrorist involved in the assassination plot. During this journey, she crosses paths with businessman, Sherm Prescott, and the two begin to develop a relationship that forces her to face the neglected areas in her personal life, including her forgotten relationship with God. Will she turn her life around before it's too late?
- Gansky, Alton Terminal Justice (1998)
- Working as a speech writer for Barringston Relief's wealthy founder, David O'Neal learns that his new employer is much more dangerous than he appears and is asked by the FBI and CIA to provide evidence of Barringston's illegal activity.
- Hall, Linda Dark Water (2006)
- P.I. Jake Rikker has been retained to find a stalker. A challenge that could help redeem his life–if he doesn't lose it first.
- Hall, Linda. Margaret's Peace (1998)
- Seeking peace on the Maine seashore after a family tragedy, Margaret discovers the real story of her sister's death when a child.
- Henderson, Dee Before I Wake (2006)
- Ex-FBI agent Rae Gabriella needs to get away from Washington, DC, and the painful guilt she still feels over the death of a man she falsely accused of homicide. She takes refuge back home in Justice, IL, as a private investigator partnered with former fiance Bruce Chapel. As Rae adjusts to her new life. Sherriff Nathan Justice takes an interest in her as well. But will spying on cheating husbands and finding lost dogs be enough for Rae after years of hunting down killers and solving gruesome crimes? Then again, things in Justice may not be as serene as she thinks.
- Henderson, Dee True Devotion (2002)
- Navy SEAL Joe "Bear" Baker resists asking Kelly Jacobs to marry him, fearing that she could face the pain of widowhood a second time, until the man responsible for her husband's death threatens her.
- Henderson Dee The Witness (2006)
- After witnessing a murder eight years ago, Amy Griffin chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters' lives, but now that the man who wants Amy dead sees the sisters as the only way to locate her, facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.
- Jackson Neta Who Do I Talk To? (2009)
- After losing custody of her sons and all of her worldly possessions, Gabby Fairbanks tries to salvage the shattered pieces of her life and must take refuge at the women's shelter where she works, but a midnight intruder brings unwanted media attention to the shelter, threatening to undermine Gabby's chances of getting her sons back. Part of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series.
- Martinusen, Cindy McCormick. Blue Night (2001)
- An historical mystery set during the Holocaust. Characters are satisfyingly complex.
- Morris, Gilbert Deadly Deception (1992)
- When Danielle Ross takes over her father's detective agency after he has a heart attack, she becomes bodyguard/tutor to children of a family involved in New Orleans organized crime.
- Norman-Bellamy, Kendra The Lyons Den (2009)
- When a stalker turns his life upside down, Lieutenant Stuart Lyons, a single father and head of security at the New Hope Church in Atlanta, places his faith in God as he and the DeKalb County Police Department hunt for an elusive madman bent on revenge.
- Sprinkle, Patricia Houck. But Why Shoot the Magistrate? (1998)
- MacLaren Yarbrough investigates a murder in which pastor Luke Blessed is the prime suspect, but then the case becomes more puzzling when MacLaren's husband, the local magistrate, is attacked.
- Sprinkle, Patricia Houck._. Murder in the Charleston Manner (1990)
- Sent by her aunt to Charleston to investigate some mysterious accidents occurring at the home of Aunt Mary's childhood friends, Sheila Travis travels right into the midst of a murder.
- Stallsmith, Audrey Roses for Regret (1999)
- Can Regan Culver prune away a thorny tangle of suspicion and danger that's strangling an heirloom rose society? From the Thyme Will Tell mystery series.
- Tatlock, Ann The Returning (2009)
- After a five-year stint in prison, John Sheldon returns home a different man, committed to Christ, but while his son Billy is delighted, his wife Andrea is wary, his daughter Rebekah is skeptical, and his six-year-old daughter Phoebe does not remember her father.
- Whitlow, Robert. The Trial (2001)
- Small-town attorney Kent ("Mac") MacClain, in despair over the death of his wife and two sons, is about to commit suicide. Then the phone rings, and he's handed a public defender's role in what is alleged to be the murder of a young woman from a prominent local family. The defendant is a drifter who can't remember what happened, but circumstances clearly point to his guilt. Mac is aided by a pretty out-of-town widow, a Christian psychologist with a son. She quickly goes to work both on Mac's head and on his heart in this seamless thriller.
Additional sources for recommended Christian fiction are:
Christian Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, by John Mort (2002) [available at the Fiction Desk]; and the online database NOVELIST available in the Library or from home through Springfield Library's website.
All fiction is arranged in alphabetical order in the FICTION room on the ground floor of the Central Library.
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