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Tabke, Karin.

Good Girl Gone Bad. Pocket Books, 2006.

| setting: "Landsdowne" (Oakland?) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Straight-laced, by-the-book police officer Philamina Zorn has always lived by the letter of the law -- that is, until she is assigned to work with Lieutenant Ty Jamerson, a tough-as-nails, arrogantly handsome cop who knows exactly how to press her buttons. Staking out Klub Kashmir, the Bay Area's hottest gentleman's club, Phil and Ty go undercover to bait the kidnapper of three young women -- including two strippers from the club -- while trying to keep their clashing personalities at bay. Baring more than just her inhibitions, Phil dons a barely there ensemble, straps on stilettos, and reveals her feisty side as Kat, a seductively sexy cocktail waitress who lets her luscious curves do the talking. Not only is she determined to expose a criminal but she has vowed to show her hot-headed lieutenant, a.k.a. floor manager of Klub Kashmir, that she's no shrinking violet. As Phil and Ty become more deeply entrenched in the sordid underground world of exotic dancing, where money means everything and passions run wild, flaring tension becomes uncontrollable lust. It's all they can do not to surrender to desire -- a hunger that intensifies with each playful encounter. Meanwhile, a cold-blooded criminal is hiding in the shadows -- and a devastating secret that, if revealed, could shake Phil to her core.


Tadmor, Mariann.

Murder in San Francisco. XLibris Corporation, 2005.

Summary: Private investigator Jamie Prescott still has it. The talent for landing in hot water, that is. When she attends a travel agents’ convention in San Francisco she is plunged into the mystery surrounding a missing true crime TV producer and his lost research materials. Ever undaunted, her probe brings about a confrontation with a local private eye, with the producer’s wife, and with his New York co-producer. Other characters such as a provocative “fair dinkum” Aussie, a visiting journalist, and a paroled murderer, muddy the waters.


Tallman, Shirley.

Murder on Nob Hill. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2004.

| setting: San Francisco (Nob Hill; 1880) | series character: Sarah Woolson | find it |

Summary: In 1880, although females are not accepted as lawyers, 27-year old Sarah Lorraine Woolson (who learned the law from her father, Superior Court Judge for the County of San Francisco) feels capable and ready. She pulls a name game ploy using her brother Samuel, which enables “S.L. Woolson” to gain entry into the firm of Shepherd, Shepherd, McNaughton and Hall, attorneys-at-law. Then she “steals” a wealthy client, Annjennet Hannaford, when the distraught widow decries a lack of legal service from the firm’s lawyer Mr. Wylde. This presumptuous act forces fuming senior partner Joseph Shepherd to acknowledge Sarah as a junior associate. Three weeks earlier someone murdered Cornelius Hannaford, Annjennet’s husband of seven years, leaving her both as the prime suspect and without assets. Sarah immediately enables her client to obtain money while the estate remains in probate. Soon afterward, the police arrest Annjennet and her lover for the murder. While the law firm believes she is guilty, Sarah follows the money trail to discover how Hannaford and three partners made a fortune. When the partners are also killed as gruesomely as Hannaford, Sarah continues her inquiries while shaking up the male legal establishment.

The Russian Hill Murders. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco (Russian Hill; 1880s) | series character: Sarah Woolson | find it |

The Cliff House Strangler. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco (Cliff House; 1880s) | series character: Sarah Woolson | find it |

Scandal on Rincon Hill. Minotaur Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco (Rincon Hill; 1880s) | series character: Sarah Woolson | find it |

Death on Telegraph Hill. Minotaur Books, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Telegraph Hill; 1880s) | series character: Sarah Woolson | find it |


Taussig, Jacob.

Letter F, or, Startling Revelations in the Durant [sic] Case. N. Savier & Co., 1895.

| setting: San Francisco | San Francisco Murders, p. 107; Annals of Murder, 278 | find it |

Summary: A truly remarkable little volume based on the case of William Henry Theodore (“Theo”) Durrant who, in 1895, was convicted of raping and murdering two young women in Emanuel Baptist Church in San Francisco’s Mission District. The case shocked the nation by its brutality and was dubbed “the crime of the century” by the press. This book, published in May 1895, during Durrant’s trial, is divided into two parts. The first part (pp. 5-69) is a summary of the facts of the case (“As it is Said to Have Happened”) extracted from local newspaper accounts and testimony given at the preliminary hearing; the second part (pp. 70-151: “As it Could Have Happened”) is pure fiction. A group of gentlemen at the Pacific Smokers Club gather to debate the evidence presented in the case until one of them accepts a $20,000 bet to produce a plausible explanation of the facts that also exonerates Durrant (whom the book insists on “Durant”) of the crimes. As they leave the club, a young man approaches them, having overheard their conversation, and produces a manuscript of his confession. He then disappears. The stranger bears a remarkable resemblance to Durrant, is acquainted with the pastor of the church where the murders occurred, and is a career criminal, ladies’ man, actor, ventriloquist, and secret boyfriend of Minnie Williams, the second victim. All of these circumstances combine to point the finger of suspicion at the devout, respectable Theo. Possible? Sure. Plausible? Not. The author somewhat conceitedly calls himself “the Emil Gaborieau of America” on the title page. This is a reference to the French novelist Emile Gaboriau (1835-1873), creator of Monsieur Lecocq, widely regarded as the very first fictional detective, and stems from this passage in the text: “If the late Gaborieau … lived and exercised his fertile brains for twenty years to conceive a plot covering all these points he would make a miserable failure of it.” Indeed.


Taylor, Elizabeth Atwood.

The Cable Car Murder. St. Martin’s Press, 1981.


Taylor, Charles A. [see Blaney, Charles E.]


Taylor, Jean.

We Know Where You Live. Seal Press, 1995.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Maggie Garrett | Hubin | tpo | find it |

Summary: Lesbian PI Maggie Garrett, a redhead who relies more on her wits than on her .38, is hired to investigate fraud in the financial management of a lesbian club in San Francisco. The probe is marked by murder and romantic entanglement with a rough-sex fan.

The Last of Her Lies. Seal Press, 1996.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Maggie Garrett | Hubin | tpo | find it |

Summary: P.I. Maggie Garrett, a redhead with a wicked sense of humor and a better wardrobe than her gay male friends, is hired to investigate the disappearance of Kelly Henry, who left behind a journal accusing her lesbian therapist of sexual abuse. The search for Kelly takes Maggie all over San Francisco, from Nob Hill and the discreet private clubs of the social elite to the worst flophouse in the Mission District. Everyone who knows Kelly has a conflicting story to tell. Is she a trusting victim or an audacious con artist? What are Maggie’s clients holding back and why is she being followed? Wherever the search takes her one thing is clear: nothing in this case is what it appears and no one can be trusted.


Taylor, John R.

Days on the Beach. Oak Tree Press, 2009.

| setting: Oakland | tpo | find it |

Only in Berserkeley. Black Rose Writing, 2014.

| setting: Berkeley (UC Berkeley) | tpo | find it |

Summary: UC Berkeley is under siege. A serial killer prowls the campus committing savage, sacrificial murders, paralyzing the university with dread and fear. Self-proclaimed the Gatekeeper, he owns the night and hunts down his prey with methodical precision. He is also haunted by macabre nightmares. Subconscious, long-repressed memories of an unforgivable sin drive him to seek redemption. In his delusional belief system, the Gatekeeper performs occult ceremonies to resurrect his victims to atone for his heinous act and relieve his tortured conscience. UCPD Detective Terri Watts is tasked with investigating the brutal slayings. The killer’s grisly MO tells her that the slaughter will continue unless she stops him. The Gatekeeper plays a cat and mouse game with Terri, taunting her with condescending letters and a limerick meant to flaunt his intellectual superiority. Yet as the body count mounts, he attempts to bond and establish a rapport with Terri, which sets the stage for their climactic confrontation. The UC campus is under another kind of siege. A small army of eccentric misfits routinely participate in zany demonstrations and protests, which confirm that Cal is the Mecca for agitators everywhere. A kooky cast of madcap activists spearheads the invasion into legendary Sproul Plaza to spread their quirky gospels. The Naked Guy, Lorena the Feminist, Karl the Marxist, Stoner Joe, Drag Queen Quentin, Brother Monk, Tree Hugger, Roger the Rapper, T-Bone the Clueless Jock, and zealots of all persuasions create chaos and contribute to the university’s disparaging nickname: Berserkeley.

O.I.S.: Officer Involved Shooting. Oak Tree Press, 2016.

| setting: Oakland | tpo | find it |

Summary: August, 2014. Oakland, California. A white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man. Protesters march and their rallying cries echo through the streets: "Black lives matter! Hands up, don't shoot! I can't breathe!" Outside agitators swarm into the city to incite unrest. Police mobilize to prevent mob violence and looting. Rioting erupts. Oakland teeters on the verge of anarchy. Buried under an avalanche of scathing criticism is OPD Officer Shane Barrow's account of that fatal encounter. A routine traffic stop escalates into a fierce life and death struggle between the driver and Shane for control of his holstered pistol, compelling Shane to shoot his attacker in a desperate fight for survival. But the Black Lives Matter movement scorns his version of the controversy and brands him just another racist, trigger-happy cop guilty of murdering a defenseless black man. This unjust persecution and relentless negative media coverage traumatizes Shane, cripples him with self-doubt, and sets the stage for a stunning conclusion with tragic consequences.


Taylor, Samuel W.

The Man With My Face. A.A. Wyn, 1948.

The Grinning Gismo. A.A. Wyn, 1951.


Teilhet, Darwin L.

The Ticking Terror Murders: The First Adventure of the Brave Baron von Kaz in the Northern States of America. Published for the Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935.

| setting: San Francisco; Carmel | series character: Baron von Kaz | Hubin | find it |

Summary: Introducing the Baron Franz Maximilian Karagôz von Kaz, formerly a high figure in Austrian detective circles, who for political reasons has had to flee Austria for his life. He arrives "in the barbaric states of North America" in possession of nothing but his wits and immediately encounters the mystery of the noise that spelled death. The Baron is retained by Henry Kerby, famous Hollywood writer, who fears Charles Tarn, husband of motion picture star Lucille Tarn, is going to attempt to murder him because of his affair with Lucille. The same night, Lucille Tarn is mysteriously murdered in the "disappearing-woman" cabinet of the famous magician Dacrokoff.

The Big Runaround. Coward-McCann, Inc., 1964.

| setting: San Francisco Peninsula | Hubin | find it |

Summary: This novel tells what happens when an innocent man employed by a top-secret space laboratory -- located on San Francisco's famous peninsula -- is drawn into the cutthroat world of industrial spying. The young man, a scientific writer, finds that his colleagues are conspiring to steal space-rocket secrets -- not for a foreign power, but for a competing firm that wants to land a big government contract. He infiltrates their spy ring and, after gaining their confidence, is duped into swallowing and smuggling past security guards a microfilm capsule that will kill him if not removed within fifteen hours. Deceit, betrayal and shocking revelations multiply as the hours tick by -- and he discovers who his real enemy is.


Teilhet, Darwin L., and Hildegarde Tolman Teilhet

The Crimson Hair Murders. Published for the Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1936.

| setting: San Francisco; Mexico | series character: Baron von Kaz | Baird & Greenwood 2405; Hubin; Herron; 1001 Midnights, p. 775-776 | find it |

Summary: The Baron Franz Maximilian Karagoz und von Kaz, formerly an Austrian police detective, finds himself in Acapulco awaiting passage on a ship to San Francisco, where he is returning to meet his Hawaiian fiancée after unsuccessfully pursuing a squandered family fortune in Austria. In Mexico he overhears a conspirator threatening harm to an heiress and survives an attempt to silence him by murder. Preoccupied with how to break the bad news to his fiancée, the Baron misses danger signs among the party of youngsters on the ship, which includes a young heiress on the way to meet her rich uncle (who owns the shipping line on which they sail), her companion, and two of her male cousins who seem to be competing for her heart and potential fortune. He cannot avoid danger, however, when he awakes from having been drugged to find the crimson-haired companion dead in his stateroom with the Baron’s beloved umbrella dagger through her chest and one of the cousins passed out drunk next to her. They decide to divert suspicion by moving the body, but by the next day it is not where they left it and nowhere to be found. The San Francisco police, encouraged by the Baron, conclude she jumped or fell overboard. The Baron and his accomplice search about San Francisco for clues to uncover the killer without destroying the family fortune, and while the Baron continues to try to end up with enough money to marry and to avoid being locked up for failure to pay his increasingly enormous bill at the Fairmont Hotel, where he is living in the style to which he feels entitled. Ultimately, the Baron survives more attempts on his life, unmasks the murderer, and has money in the bank when he meets his fiancée as she arrives from Hawaii on the China Clipper. (P.B.)

The Broken Face Murders. Published for the Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1940.

| setting: "Las Cubas" (South Bay, "some forty-five miles south of San Francisco" | series character: Baron von Kaz | Hubin | find it |


Teilhet, Hildegarde Tolman. [see Teilhet, Darwin L.]


Thames, Nancy Jill.

Murder in Half Moon Bay. CreateSpace, 2010.

| setting: Half Moon Bay | series character: Jillian Bradley | tpo | find it |


Thanet, Octave. [Alice French]

The Lion’s Share. Bobbs Merrill Company, Publishers, 1907.

| setting: San Francisco (1906) | find it |

Summary: Colonel Rupert Winter a wealthy war hero from the Philippine front of the Spanish-American War overhears what seems to be a plot against his even wealthier and formidable Aunt Rebecca and their ward and his nephew Archie. He joins them on a cross-country train trip from Chicago along with his sister-in-law and his aunt’s attractive companion. They stop off in San Francisco in the spring of 1906, but, shortly after they check into the Palace Hotel, Archie goes missing. As the Colonel follows the clues through the streets of San Francisco he has to figure out who are the friends and who the foes while danger closes in, always having to evaluate his analysis for the bias of stirring heart-strings. The mystery unwinds against the back-drop of ruthless intrigue in the young world of high finance and under the shadow of the inevitable quake and fire. (P.B.)


Thayer, Lee.

X Marks the Spot. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1940.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

Accessory After the Fact. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1943.

| setting: Marin County | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

A Hair’s Breadth. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1946.

| setting: Berkeley | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

Out, Brief Candle! Dodd, Mead & Company, 1948.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

No Holiday for Death. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1954.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

Guilt is Where You Find It. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1957.

| setting: Berkeley; Sacramento | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

Dead on Arrival. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1960.

| setting: Berkeley | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

And One Cried Murder. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1961.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |

Dusty Death. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1966.

| setting: San Francisco; wine country ("Palermous County") | series character: Peter Clancy | find it |


Thayer, Terri.

Wild Goose Chase: A Quilting Mystery. Midnight Ink, 2008.

| setting: San Jose | tpo | find it |

Old Maid’s Puzzle: A Quilting Mystery. Midnight Ink, 2008.

| setting: San Jose | tpo | find it |

Ocean Waves: A Quilting Mystery. Midnight Ink, 2009.

| setting: San Jose | tpo | find it |


Thiem, Brian.

Red Line. Crooked Lane, 2015.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Matt Sinclair (1) | find it |

Summary: When a teenager from a wealthy suburb outside of Oakland, CA is dumped at an inner city bus stop, homicide detective Matt Sinclair catches the case. It's his first since being bumped to desk duty for a bust that went south... fast. With few leads and plenty of attention, it's the worst kind of case to help him get back up to speed. And it only gets worse as the bodies start to pile up--first at the same bus bench, then around the city. Sinclair is unable to link the victims to each other, but the killer is just getting started and time is running out on Sinclair's career, not to mention the people closest to him.

Thrill Kill. Crooked Lane, 2016.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Matt Sinclair (2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Cops in Oakland seldom meet people whose lives are going well. That's certainly the case when homicide sergeant Matt Sinclair recognizes the dead woman hanging from a tree as a teenage runaway named Dawn he arrested ten years before. And as Sinclair and his partner, Cathy Braddock, soon learn, many of Dawn's clients, not to mention the local and federal officials who protect them, will go to any length to keep the police from digging too deep into her past. Then the killer goes public, and Sinclair and Braddock must race to uncover the secrets Dawn was killed to protect before the killer unleashes a major attack on a scale the city has never seen before.


Thoene, Jake.

Shaiton’s Fire. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Summary: When a radical group of terrorists called Shaiton’s Fire blows up a BART train in San Francisco, the FBI’s new domestic counterterrorism unit, Chapter 16, investigates. As the terrorists, a cell of Islamic fundamentalists, plot to attack a California nuclear power plant, Special Agent Steve Alstead struggles to balance the demands of his job with his family life. His home and his work collide when his son is kidnapped by the terrorists. Although the novel was written before the September 11 attacks, it was updated before publication to include references to them. Unfortunately, Thoene, who is being marketed by his publisher as the “Christian Tom Clancy,” did not quite do enough research to get the details of BART’s fare system right. Tokens? Purchased from a ticket agent?


Thomas, Robert.

Bridge. BOA Editions, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco| tpo | find it |

Summary: Set in modern-day San Francisco, this obsessive fiction probes the stormy life of Alice, a passionate and whip-smart young woman who works at a law firm. Alice faces despair and occasional rapture as she struggles with simultaneously real and hallucinated relationships, including a tumultuous romance with her co-worker David, and an escalating war with her supervisor Fran. In lyrical prose, Bridge exposes a raw, brilliant, and furious mind, as it treads the jagged terrain of mental illness, murder, and suicide -- to be or not to be.


Thomas, Ross.

The Backup Men. Morrow, 1971.


Thomas, Terry Lynn.

The Spirit of Grace. Black Opal Books, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco (1942) | series character: Sarah Bennett (1) | gothic/paranormal | tpo | find it |

Summary: Sarah Bennett doesn't remember the night her mother tumbled down the stairs at Bennett House, despite allegedly witnessing the fatal fall. There was talk of foul play, dark whispers, and sidelong glances, all aimed at Sarah, prompting her family to send her to The Laurels, an exclusive asylum in San Francisco, under a cloud of suspicion. Now, on the one-year anniversary of her mother's murder, Sarah has been summoned home. Convinced of her innocence, she returns to Bennett House, hoping to put the broken pieces of her life back together. But when another murder occurs shortly after her arrival, Sarah once again finds herself a suspect, as she is drawn into a web of suspicion and lies. In order to clear her name, Sarah must remember what happened the fateful night her mother died. But as she works to regain her memory, the real murderer watches, ready to kill again to protect a dark family secret.

Weeping in the Wings. Black Opal Books, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco (1943) | series character: Sarah Bennett (2) | gothic/paranormal | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco, March 1943 Sarah Bennett harbors two secrets: She sees ghosts, and she's in love with a spy. When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr. Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her -- a spirit whose incessant weeping only she can hear. Meanwhile, as Sarah struggles to cope with the relentless weeping, she comes face to face with Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is ostensibly convalescing from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and Sarah's love and trust are soon put to the test. Things take an even darker turn when an attempt is made on Geisler's life, and Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead. Unsure who she can trust, she must unlock the mystery of the weeping ghost in order to save Dr. Geisler -- and herself -- from an unknown enemy.


Thomas, Thomas T.

Crygender. Baen Books, 1992.

| setting: San Francisco (2020) | Hubin | science fiction | pbo | find it |

Summary: In the year 2020 global warming has made the world a warmer, wetter place, but technological developments have run on apace. One of the hottest such areas is medicine, where organ transplants and gene therapy have introduced infinite new vistas to what was once the staid old human condition. One of the most remarkable inhabitants of this new age is Crygender, a surgical hermaphrodite so deftly constructed that it is impossible to determine his/her original sex. Cry is the proprietor of Babylon, the world’s most famous bordello. Located on the Japanese-owned island off San Francisco that once housed Alcatraz, but is no longer officially part of the United States, anything can be bought on Babylon, anything at all. Even murder. But this time the victim is Cry’s very own self...


Thompson, Gene.

Lupe. Random House, 1977.

Summary: The story of a young woman accused of witchcraft and murder by supernatural means. In San Francisco, Emily Blake and her husband David, a dermatologist, by an old Victorian in Pacific Heights and hope to start a family. Emily’s happy plans are threatened when David begins an affair with a beautiful patient (who actually lives on Lombard Street—the crookedest street in the world) named Jennie. A visit to a mysterious young boy in the Mission District named Lupe starts a chain of events in motion that result in Jennie’s death—by spontaneous combustion—a murder trial, a media circus, and demon possession.

Murder Mystery. Random House, 1980.

Summary: OK, so Thompson doesn’t get any style points for his title, but the mystery isn’t bad. Sixty-year-old San Francisco attorney Dade Cooley is summoned to Los Angeles by the death of Malibu art dealer Miriam Welles. He is the executor of her estate and is not convinced when the police determine her death was accidental—she was crushed by her husband’s Rolls Royce. The solution to the “murder mystery” revolves around a missing Italian Renaissance painting. Even though Dade lives and works in San Francisco, his clients keep taking him away from the city. The series includes two more titles, both also set primarily away from the Bay Area: Nobody Cared For Kate (1983; France) and A Cup of Death (1987; Los Angeles, again).


Thompson, Jim.

Ironside. Popular Library, 1967.

Summary: World-renowned criminologist. Special Consultant to the San Francisco Police Department. Confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed by a would-be assassin’s bullet. Ironside. The brilliant detective with a genius for flushing out evil faces his greatest challenge: a faceless murderer stalking San Francisco—a different kind of killer who slays not out of revenge or greed but out of love—a fanatic with a mission to kill.” Novelization based on the NBC-TV series starring Raymond Burr as Robert Ironside. This is only of Thompson’s novels that has never been reissued; an excerpt of it is included in San Francisco Thrillers, edited by John Miller and Tim Smith (Chronicle Books, 1995).


Thompson, Joyce.

How to Greet Strangers. Lethe Press, 2013.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Archer Barron | tpo | find it |

Summary: Archer Barron is rebuilding his life after hiding from it for years. Once he had grand expectations—graduating law school, donning drag to express his feminine aspects, and the love of a devoted boyfriend—but fate became cruel. HIV-positive cruel. And a growing involvement with an Oakland Santería priestess who promised a cure in return for devotion and a lot of cash. His lover died. His faith and spirit almost followed. Now Archer works a sorry job as a university night watchman and volunteers at a free clinic. The walls he’s built in the years since his loss are about to come crumbling down when a former member of the Santería family he belonged to comes seeking legal help. And then the police discover the body of the priestess. Archer’s grudge makes him a prime suspect.


Thompson, Lloyd S.

Death Stops the Show. Crown Publishers, 1946.

Hear Not My Steps. Abelard Press, 1953.N


Thomson, Celia. [Liz Braswell]

The Fallen. Simon Pulse, 2004. (The nine lives of Chloe King v. 1)

Summary: Chloe King was a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She did her homework and got good grades, but she wasn’t afraid to ditch class sometimes to hang out with her best friends. She slept at home, but otherwise avoided all human contact with her mom. The usual stuff. Then she fell from San Francisco’s [Coit Tower], and her life changed. For starters, she died. And then, she woke up. Now Chloe’s life is anything but normal. Suddenly guys are prowling around her, she’s growing claws, and someone is trying to kill her. Luckily for Chloe, she still has eight lives to go.

The Stolen. Simon Pulse, 2004. (The nine lives of Chloe King v. 2)

Summary: Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Chloe King is human. She argues with her mother. She occasionally skips class. And she alternately crushes on two totally different boys. But Chloe King is by no means your typical teenager. The girl can scale buildings and see in the dark. Sometimes, at night, she even likes to leap from rooftop to rooftop. Yes, Chloe has the instincts and ability of a cat. And that makes her unique, indeed. It also makes here a wanted woman. Because the Order of the Tenth Blade does not deal kindly with people like Chloe. It stalks them. Preys upon them. And wants many of them -- like Chloe, for instance -- dead.

The Chosen. Simon Pulse, 2005. (The nine lives of Chloe King v. 3)

Summary: San Francisco teenager Chloe King may be the One. Despite a rocky few weeks, she is starting to get it. She’s figured out who she is (a girl with catlike superpowers), where she belongs (at home with Mom), and what she wants to do (chill with her friends). Yes, she’s got funky superpowers, and yes, two rival groups think she’s some ‘chosen’ leader. But no, she’s not buying all that ancient-warrior crap. And she’s definitely not developing a superhero alter ego like in those old comic books. For Chloe, being the One means she can have whatever she wants -- i.e., more goof-off time and fewer ‘cat people’ conventions. Then she finds her friend bleeding in an alley. All at once Chloe realizes that the years of bloodshed are not over. In fact, they never will be. The Mai and the Tenth Blade are going to persist in their dangerous rivalry. Unless Chloe accepts her destiny -- and takes control.


Thoreau, David.

City at Bay. Arbor House, 1979.

Dynasty of Power. Arbor House, 1982.


Tierney, Ronald.

Eclipse of the Heart. St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

| settings: San Francisco; Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) | series character: Zachary Grayson | find it |

Platinum Canary. Severn House, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Deets Shanahan | find it |

Death in Pacific Heights. Severn House, 2009.

| setting: San Francisco (Pacific Heights) | series characters: Carly Paladino and Noah Lang | find it |

Death in North Beach. Severn House, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | series characters: Carly Paladino and Noah Lang | find it |

Summary: An upscale gigolo believes the only way he won’t be the prime suspect in the murder of a famous novelist is for the real murderer to be found. At least that’s what this handsome and secretive fellow tells San Francisco private investigator Carly Paladino. She takes the case. Did she believe him or fall under his spell? Her new client also provides a handy list of ‘suspects’ he says he received from the victim himself. Carly and her streetwise and skeptical partner, Noah Lang, stir up serious trouble when they try to find the victim’s as yet unpublished tell-all manuscript. Much like North Beach itself, the suspects are trying to preserve the image they want the world to see. And it seems one death is not enough to conceal some inconvenient truths.

Good to the Last Kiss. Severn House, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Vincent Gratelli | find it |

Mascara: Death in the Tenderloin. Life, Death and Fog Books, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco (Tenderloin) | series character: Noah Lang | tpo |

Death in the Haight. Dutton Guilt Edged Mysteries, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Haight-Ashbury) | series character: Noah Lang |

Summary: When Michael Vanderveer goes missing in San Francisco, private investigator Noah Lang assumes it’s just another runaway escaping to the Haight, San Francisco’s home to the displaced ... until the homicide cops pay him a visit. Fifteen-year-old Michael has been implicated in the murder of a prostitute, and the police don’t want Lang mucking up their investigation—especially Inspector Stern, who has strong opinions about Lang’s questionable past. But Lang becomes inextricably involved when he is hired by Michael’s parents: Michael is being ransomed, and they want Lang to ensure the exchange goes smoothly. As everyone waits for the kidnappers to make their next move, Lang struggles with the Vandeveers, impatient with waiting and far from their Michigan home; with the twisted, confusing details of the case; and with the moral implications of rescuing Michael, only to have to turn him in for murder. Lang must also deal with Stern, whose increasingly volatile behavior may just put Lang’s life in as grave danger as Michael’s.

The Blue Dragon. Raven Books, 2015. (Rapid Reads)

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Peter Strand (1) | find it |

Summary: A murder at the Blue Dragon, a small apartment building in San Francisco's Chinatown, prompts the absentee owner to hire Chinese American Peter Strand to calm the anxious tenants. But Strand isn't exactly what he appears to be. Neither are the tenants, who on the surface seem to be regular people going about their lives. Strand, a forensic accountant by trade, doesn't intend to investigate the murder, but he soon realizes that this isn't a gang-related killing, as the police believe. The murder was committed by one of the tenants. Finding out which one exposes the secrets of the Blue Dragon and brings Strand face-to-face with a few ghosts of his own.

The Black Tortoise. Raven Books, 2017. (Rapid Reads)

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Peter Strand (2) | find it |

Summary: Peter Strand is half Chinese and half Cherokee and was adopted by an elderly white couple from Phoenix. Now he's a forensic accountant in San Francisco, where he's struggling with his identity. When his employer asks him to investigate a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Strand meets a cast of quirky characters who all seem to be hiding a secret. Peter soon finds evidence of a probable fraud, but when fraud leads to murder, he's drawn deeper into a murky mystery.


Tiller, Gayle.

No One is Innocent. Xlibris Corp., 2001.


Tillitz, Rob.

Bootlegger’s Cove. BookSurge, 2009.

| setting: Half Moon Bay | series character: Gar Walton | tpo | find it |

Eyes Like Half Dollars. BookSurge, 2009.

| setting: Half Moon Bay | series character: Gar Walton | tpo |


Tine, Robert.

Desperate Measures. Boulevard Books, 1997.

| setting: San Francisco | movie novel | pbo | find it |

Summary: Frank Connor’s nine-year-old son has a rare form of leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, he will die—and time is running out. After no suitable donors are found, Frank risks his career as a San Francisco cop by illegally hacking into a Federal law enforcement computer. But he finds what he is looking for.... His name is Pete McCabe, a murderer incarcerated in America’s toughest prison. His DNA is the closest match. If Frank can get him to do the transplant, his son’s life will be saved—and he has a plan to get McCabe to do just that. But McCabe is no ordinary killer. He is a pure sociopath with a genius IQ who has spent too many years behind bars. And he has a plan of his own. Novelization of the 1997 film starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia, directed by Barbet Schroeder. Based on the screenplay by David Klass.


Title, Elise.

Romeo. Bantam Books, 1996.

Summary: A serial killer in San Francisco wines and dines women, seduces them with kinky sex, then kills and tears their hearts out. For his fifth victim he selects a psychiatrist who drew his profile for the police. It was she who christened him Romeo. After she dies, her sister decides to bring the killer to justice by offering herself as bait.


Toland, Jim.

Maleficus. Rico Press, 1999.

| setting: San Francisco | horror | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco newspaper reporter Tom Moone, assigned to write a series about missing women, discovers that he and several friends—bound to one another by a terrible childhood secret and their service together in Vietnam—may be the catalyst that brings forth a murderous demon. With a young female reporter, Tom battles this terror.

Fire and Fog. Rico Press, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco (1960s) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Young Jackie Dunn is forced to move to San Francisco’s dismal Fog Town neighborhood with his Irish-Italian family in 1960. Sharp and mature for twelve, he is attacked by teen thugs who try to kill him. Escaping, he pummels one and must secretly cope with live as a killer. Jackie comes to terms with life’s bumps during his tumultuous teens, eventually traversing the city’s famous hippie ‘Summer of Love.’ But his world turns upside down as friends return from Vietnam in caskets. Now he’s received a draft notice and must decide: fight or flight?

Once Were Wolves. Rico Press, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (2016) | tpo | find it |

Summary: It’s 2016 in San Francisco, on the eve of the presidential election. The U.S. economy is showing no signs of recovery; in fact, it has gotten worse. The Occupy movement has expanded, with a violent off-shoot wing called Swarm. Occupiers are camping on Ocean Beach. Ray Corvus, a reporter for the San Francisco Daily News and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is trying to keep up with two major news stories in the city. The naked, bloodless bodies of three young women have been found in the Bay, with strange puncture wounds—can they possibly be victims of a vampire? And, a recent Occupy protest turned into a riot, killing scores of people, in the aftermath of which Bradford Pelton, president and CEO of Observe World Bank, has gone missing. The stories turn out to be related. Pelton is funding an underground medical research lab run by World War II-era Nazis who have discovered the fountain of youth by draining the blood from healthy young women, genetically engineering it, and injecting it into those who can afford to pay for eternal life. But, Corvus has a family secret of his own; he is the latest in a line of werewolves and a shape-shifters, able to change himself into his adversary’s worst nightmare when properly provoked. Before Corvus can unravel the mysteries, both of the women in his life—Jenna, a beautiful, high-class call girl, and Linda, a young, idealistic journalism intern—end up in the crosshairs of the bloodsuckers.


Toll, Emily. [Taffy Cannon]

Murder Will Travel. Berkley Prime Crime, 2002.

Summary: Fifty-two-year old Lynne Montgomery uses the insurance money from her husband’s death to buy the Booked for Travel agency. She leaves Florida for the Sonoma County, California wine country, where she meets her first group of travelers. Instead of a quiet trek, the idyllic tour turns vinegary when Lynne finds the corpse of Lance Belladuce, whose family once owned the Villa Belladuce winery. Detective Lauren Shaw investigates the homicide, which enables Lynne and her fifteen “guests” to be ahead of schedule. Next, someone ruins much of the villa’s wine. This is followed by another murder that finally sends the itinerary over the edge and a desperate Lynne into making inquiries into what happened to her tour.


Tomasi-Dubois, Mary.

The Mariner’s Secret. Robertson Publishing, 2008 [originally published 2006].

| setting: San Francisco (Marina District) | series characters: Matt & Heather Townsend (Matt & Heather Thriller 1) | juvenile | tpo | find it |

Summary: Thugs, chases through the streets of San Francisco, scientific discoveries, and other mysteries abound in this story for pre-teens. Matt and Heather Townsend, orphaned when their bioscientist parents are killed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, become wards of their Great-Aunt Estelle. Her stately old house in the Marina District holds intrigue, and a secret. Fortunately, Matt discovers the secret on his thirteenth birthday, and not too soon. He was about to go stark raving mad with boredom. Years earlier and unbeknown to anyone, rumors of Jon and Josie Townsend’s secret research had enticed SafGen’s head of security to break into the head office in an attempt to steal the research papers. His goal was to sell the papers, confident that certain foreign regimes would pay handsomely for the exciting new discovery. Coming up empty-handed, he devises another plan to get his hands on the papers. Roger Hill, the subservient butler, fools everyone but Matt and Heather. Their only chance at protecting their aunt and governess, as well as themselves, is to use the house’s secret.

Danger in the Jeweled City. Robertson Publishing, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco (1915) | series characters: Matt & Heather Townsend (Matt & Heather Thriller 2) | juvenile | tpo | find it |


Tomlinson, Jack.

So's Your Old Man. Bookman Publishing & Marketing, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo |

Summary: W.T. "Codfish" Brac finds the girl of his dreams in the man-wary heiress, Opal Vital. After a somewhat tortured courtship the two marry and are sensationally happy. Alas, their son, Sonny, only knows his mother for ten years when she goes down to stay. Codfish, by design, becomes a bit of an outrage and uses his share of his late wife's fortune to fund his activities. He buys LIVE magazine, a regional slick which is in need of a complete overhaul. That it gets as it becomes the crusading, muckraking journal LIVE/DIE. Editor Roy Incisor brings a scandal-wrapped political story to the new enterprise and the game is on. Codfish uses Sonny as his lawyer/foil and that puts the young man in the middle of an unseemly scandal. The ace investigative reporters, John and Juan Lawn, who are indentical twins, carry most of the burden as they search for truth and dirt. The sordid caper involves a special election for Congress which is about to be fixed or severely tampered with. The Democratic candidate, Gunther S.S. Greil, also an identical twin, is the extortion target as there are pornographhic pictures which apparently cement his moral decay. The Brac men are also involved with chasing a dynamite mother/daughter combination. Anita and Astrid know what they want and after a few false starts it turns out to be the Bracs. The story winds its way through innumerable capers and foolery to a logical or illogical conclusion depending on the reader's whim. Democracy is saved, the good girls get the guys and the standards of magazine journalism are once again lowered.


Tomlinson, Max.

Vanishing in the Haight. Oceanview Publishing, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco (1978) | series character: Colleen Hayes (1) | find it |

Summary: Between fending off a lecherous parole officer and trying to get by in 1978 San Francisco, private investigator Colleen Hayes struggles to put her life back together so she can reconnect with her runaway teenage daughter. Then her life changes dramatically. She accepts a case from wealthy, retired industrialist Edward Copeland. The old man is desperate to solve the brutal murder of his daughter, a murder that took place in Golden Gate Park eleven years earlier -- during the Summer of Love. The case has since gone cold, her murderer never found. Now, in his final days, Copeland hires Colleen to find his daughter's killer in hopes he might die in peace. Colleen understands what it means to take a life -- she spent a decade in prison for killing her ex. Battling her own demons, she immerses herself in San Francisco's underbelly, where police corruption is rampant. Her investigation turns deadly as she pries for information, yet there is little to go on. However, a song on the radio makes her wonder -- did the murdered girl leave any clues that others may have missed?

Tie Die. Oceanview Publishing, 2020.

| setting: San Francisco (1978); London | series character: Colleen Hayes (2) | find it |

Summary: When the music stopped, it was murder. Back in London's swinging '60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve's career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgment for the rest of your life. It doesn't take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen's search takes her through San Francisco's underbelly and all the way to '70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve's hotel room.


Toubin, Chuck.

Guilty as Zin. Publishing Visions, 2002.


Towles, Lisa.

Choke. Rebel ePublishers, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco (San Francisco General Hospital) | series character: Kerry Stine (1) | tpo |

Summary: Kerry Stine heads to her job at San Francisco General Hospital to discover a patient has gone missing on her watch from ICU. She's blamed for the disappearance, immediately suspended, and soon there's a warrant for her arrest. Meanwhile, a stranger shows up at her apartment with his own key...while she's home. For Kerry, tracking the missing ICU patient sets in motion a chain reaction of random events and strange coincidences that all circle back to a past that can't possibly be hers. Can it? Three thousand miles away, scientist Adrian Calhoun has developed a cigarette that cures lung cancer. But will he get the opportunity to publicize his creation before Big Pharma gets to him first?


Townsend, Peggy.

See Her Run. Thomas & Mercer, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Aloa Snow (1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times Aloa Snow knows what it means to be down and out. Once highly respected, she's now blackballed, in debt, and dealing with the echoes of an eating disorder. Until she gets one more shot to prove that she has what it takes -- with a story some would die for... After the body of a promising young athlete, Hayley Poole, is recovered in the Nevada desert, authorities rule it a suicide. But when Aloa discovers that the girl's boyfriend died in a similar accident only months before, her investigative instincts are on high alert. It turns out the girl was on the run from secrets that could kill. This case is murder for Aloa, and Hayley won't be the last one to suffer. Someone very powerful forced Hayley to run for her life. Now Aloa must do the same.

The Thin Edge. Thomas & Mercer, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Aloa Snow (2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Disgraced crime reporter Aloa Snow is scrambling to get her life back on track by doing what she does best: investigating hard-to-solve cases. But the latest one is personal. The son of her friend Tick -- aging anarchist, confidant, and unofficial colleague -- has been accused of a high-profile murder. The victim is Corrine Daniels, ex-prosecutor and wife of a heroic but now-paralyzed FBI interrogator. Corrine had enemies, but she also had a secret lover in Tick's son, who, without an alibi, is now directly in the cops' crosshairs. Luckily, Aloa's got a lock on others who may have had a reason for murder -- reasons that plunge her into a world of vigilante justice and a horrific, decades-old crime. It's only when Aloa's investigation turns threatening that she realizes she's closing in on the killer faster than she imagined. Now that she's being pushed toward the edge, Aloa fears that there's nowhere to go but down.


Tramble, Nichelle D.

The Dying Ground: A Hip-Hop Noir Novel. Villard Books/Strivers Row, 2001.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Maceo Redfield (1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: In Oakland, in the fall of 1989, the drug turf wars are intensifying on the streets. Maceo Redfield, a talented baseball player who has lost his scholarship from Cal, is trying to keep from being drawn into Oakland’s drug underworld. That world reaches out and drags him in, however, when he learns of the murder of one of his closest childhood friends, Billy Crane, now a successful drug dealer. He is drawn in even further as he searches for Billy’s girlfriend, Felicia (“Flea”)—Maceo’s true love. Flea was in the car when Billy was shot and is suspected by his crew of setting him up. Maceo is torn between his desires for Flea, his need to learn the truth about Billy’s death, and his family’s attempts to keep him out trouble—they want him to return to the family home in Louisiana until things cool off. The search for Flea takes Maceo around the drug centers of the Bay Area, down to southern California, Fresno, and back to Oakland, where Flea’s family secrets threaten to change his world forever.

The Last King. Strivers Row/One World: Ballantine Books, 2004.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Maceo Redfield (2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Having stayed away from Oakland after the devastating events in The Dying Ground, investigator Maceo Redfield reluctantly yields to his aunt Cissy's plea to help out an old friend, Jonathan Holly Ford, who has been framed for murder.


Trimble, Louis.

Design for Dying. Phoenix Press, 1945.


Trinian, John. [Zekial Marko]

The Big Grab. Pyramid Books, 1960.

North Beach Girl. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1960.

Scratch a Thief. Ace Books, 1961. [also published as: Once a thief, as by Zekial Marko. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1961]


Tripp, C. E.

Ace High, the ‘Frisco Detective, or, The Girl Sport’s Double Game: A Story of the Sierras and the Golden Gate City. Beadle and Adams, February 28, 1893. (Beadle’s Half-Dime Library No. 814)

| Reprinted: The Book Club of California, 1948. Printed at the Grabhorn Press in an edition of 500 copies with engravings by Mallette Dean | Johannsen ½DL814; Baird & Greenwood 2437 |

Summary: Ace High, the “Gambler Detective,” is teamed with Flash, the “Girl Sport,” against a desperate, blood-thirsty gang of outlaws called the “Hounds of ‘Frisco.” A tall tale of colorful characters, high-stakes gambling, disguises, revenge, and murder in San Francisco in the 1860s.


Trott, Susan.

The Housewife and the Assassin. St. Martin’s Press, 1979.

| setting: Marin County; San Francisco | 1001 Midnights, p. 792 | find it |

Summary: Augusta Gray is a happily married housewife in Marin County, devoted to her children and her husband, Duke. But recently Augusta has grown afraid to venture alone into the world outside her house. So she concocts a plan that will cure her strange phobia, and, perhaps, improve her marriage: she intends to write an International Jogging Book. Despite Duke’s initial ridicule, Augusta runs out into the world she has previously feared—the hills and valleys near San Francisco, Marin County, even Honolulu. She discovers that her body loves to run, needs to run. She also discovers Daniel, an old friend, a merchant sailor who when ashore is also a runner. He becomes her lover. Unaware of impending doom, Augusta grapples eagerly with her sudden transformations. She barely notices the presence in her life of a mysterious red-haired man—young, brilliant, complicated, and without peer in his profession. But he is alarmed to discover that a mere housewife is proving to be the most difficult target of his career.

Incognito. Severn House, 1983; Perennial Library, 1987.

| setting: Sonoma County | find it |

Pursued by the Crooked Man. Harper & Row, 1986.

| setting: Marin County; San Francisco | find it |

Summary: Maximiliana Bartha (Max to her lovers, Mom to her kids, Miliana to her friends) believes that it is in the cards for her to die a violent death. And she assumes that most probably her husband, Dominic Racatelli, from whom she fled six years ago—taking a lot of his money along—will be the one to deal it to her. She is lying low but living high in Marin County, where she moved to be near her friend Soo Yung Fong, a former virtuoso violinist now fallen on hard times. Here she has two lovers: Tom Flynn, a San Francisco fireman, and Joel Jarnding, a builder. Although she has no driver’s license, no social security or credit cards through which she could be found, Dominic has his ways of tracking her down. Strange happenings begin to disturb the gay surface of Miliana’s life. Someone turns up the temperature in her hot tub to a dangerous level while she is out walking the mountain trails, and then her house is set afire. Unbeknownst to her, Dominic is closing in—but he is not the only villain of the piece.

Tainted Million. Russian Hill Press, 1996.

| setting: Mill Valley; San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Jenny Hunt only wants the simple things in life—a house in a small town, one or two close friends, and her painting. But when her former lover Horacio Huntington takes a dive off the Golden Gate Bridge and leaves her an ill-gotten million dollars, offbeat characters start coming out of the woodwork. And when a mysterious stranger appears on the scene, showing an unusual interest in Jenny's art—and the inheritance—events take a madcap and unexpected turn toward a showdown over the tainted million.


Trwst, Nicola.

The Belvedere Club. NgH Press, 2012.

| setting: Marin County | series characters: Briana Kaleigh | tpo |

Summary: Marin County California, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, boasts home to The Belvedere Club, an exclusive woman’s club that makes Augusta National Golf Club look like a community center. High on a hill overlooking the majestic San Francisco Bay, Old World charm mingles with New World money while perfumed doyennes hide secrets and share tasty gossip. Tree-sitters need not apply. Haylee Macklin, journalist with Washington DC’s District Dispatch, interviews the club’s Chanel-clad president and other society page matrons for a tell-all exposé. But Haylee turns up dead. Her dearest friend, Briana Kaleigh, photojournalist for the same daily, dashes across the country braving a snowstorm, a high-strung poodle, and the cultural divide to find the killer. When Briana uncovers an internet porno ring, she leads the police astray, almost closing the homicide investigation for good. Briana first alienates the Buddhist sheriff working the case, but gradually wins him over with her Irish charm. After many dead-ends and a second murder, the only hope to find the killer is a blind bag lady spouting clichés.

Bolinas Bongo. NgH Press, 2013.

| setting: Marin County | series characters: Briana Kaleigh | tpo |

Summary: Journalist Briana Kaleigh rips off her East Coast shackles and moves across the country to Marin County, California. She hopes her ride-alongs with sheriff’s detective Dusty Arkansas will get her back on the crime desk of a major newspaper. While chasing a lead about a shark attack in Bolinas, a sleepy coastal town that shuns tourists, she discovers a mutilated body. The dead man is part of a large-scale murder investigation with a juicy news story attached: a serial killer who hacks off the cojones of his male victims. Briana can’t resist. This story could launch her West Coast career. She sees her byline in flashing neon. But Detective Arkansas won’t let her near the case because she’s a witness. When she starts sniffing out the details of the case behind his back, Dusty Arkansas turns up missing. Now, while hiding from the authorities, Briana and her high-strung poodle must ferret out the killer before he starts snipping off parts of Dusty.

San Rafael Sizzle. NgH Books, 2016.

| setting: Marin County | series character: Briana Kaleigh (3) | tpo |

Summary: Journalist Briana Kaleigh’s ex has tracked her to Marin County, California hoping to rekindle their marriage. But Briana has set her sights on smoking hot sheriff’s detective, Dusty Arkansas. When the body of a leading stem cell researcher is discovered beside a cooler of iced placentas, Briana is the first journalist on the scene. She and Dusty team up to work the evidence. Until Briana’s ex is arrested for the murder. Now, Briana must work against Dusty and the authorities to prove her ex is innocent. Torrid emotions and her ex’s stubborn silence don’t help. Add in her high-strung poodle and her task is almost impossible. Thank heavens for Doggy Daycare. When a fire destroys the researcher’s lab and all the lab employees disappear, finding the truth is crucial. A sinister killer is taking aim again and Briana could be his next target.


Tuttle, George Everett.

Death in the Vineyard. 1stBooks Library, 2003.

| setting: Napa Valley; Australia (Barossa Valley) | series characters: Jeff Spencer; Aaron Worthington | tpo | find it |


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