Mysteries in Black

There are many programs designed to make you smarter but I doubt anything will

challenge your brain like a good mystery.

All the puzzle pieces are right there in printed form but you can’t quite put it together.

Nor fill you with as much bliss when it all comes together

A list of whodunits wait below, is your brain up for the challenge?


Frankei Bailey



The title of this book comes from an old blues song and appropriately so. Lizzie Stuart has been looking at her past to some degree since the first Lizzie Stuart/John Quinn book DEATH’S FAVORITE CHILD. YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED ON MONDAY will bring Lizzie to the end of one journey and the beginning of another. As the book opens Professor Stuart is given a lead into her mother’s past. Lizzie has never known her mother nor the reason she deserted her as an infant. As she wades through gangsters’ memories and the music world Ms. Bailey opens a richly drawn world for her reader. The history is outstanding, her characters resound with realism and her plot keeps you turning the page until the very last. Like great blues, YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED ON MONDAY builds to a crescendo of bittersweet sorrow that somehow manages to offer hope.
— Ruth Jordan, Crimespree Magazine

Here’s an excerpt (PDF file)


Plain Brown Wrapper: An Alex Powell Novel

Karen G. Bates 

Who killed Ev and why? The three most likely suspects are Ev’s competitors — publishers of the country’s other popular black magazines who all had plenty of good reasons to make sure Ev never received his Journalist of the Year award.

Read excerptlack: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors

Shades Of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors

 Eleanor Taylor Bland


A dazzling collection of crime and mystery stories, Shades of Black is a landmark achievement. Bringing together today’s brightest talent from the field-from Walter Mosley, “one of America’s best mystery writers” (New York Times), to the late Hugh Holton, whose “gift for retaining suspense is golden” (Chicago Sun-Times)-it is the first anthology of African-American mystery writers. Shades of Black is not only a tribute to the art of storytelling-it’s a fascinating foray into the rich and widely varied African-American experience.

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Vanity, Vengeance And A Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery


Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a “fun filled weekend” at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet. And to make matters worse someone has gone out of their way to implicate Sophie in the murder. Sophie’s completely over her head and when a mysterious man offers her help she’s tempted to take it. But who is he and whose side is he on? It’s also clear that whoever the bad guy is he would have no problem killing Anatoly, and although she may want to kill him herself, no one else is going to hurt Sophie’s man.

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