Books by Abigail Padgett

THE LAST BLUE PLATE SPECIAL by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 2001

"Lacking the blazing originality and comic energy of Blue's blistering debut Blue (1997), this sequel still shows her as adept as ever at tracking family scars through the generations in search of 'a serial cerebral hemorrhage killer.'"
What are the odds that two healthy, liberal females active in San Diego politics would die of natural causes within two weeks of each other? Read full book review >
BLUE by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1998

"But burning ears shouldn't keep readers of either gender from enjoying this suspenseful, boldly plotted tribute to the power of sisterhood."
The gifted author of five Bo Bradley mysteries (The Dollmaker's Daughters, 1997, etc.) kicks off her equally impressive new series with three bangs. Read full book review >
THE DOLLMAKER'S DAUGHTERS by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"337, etc.), which ratchets Padgett's imaginative grasp of evil, and the unrelenting tension it spawns, to dizzy new heights. (Author tour)"
A troubled 15-year-old tricked out in gothic finery, complete with a porcelain doll named Kimmy chained to her wrist, collapses in a club called The Goblin Market at the same moment that the comatose twin sister whose memory she's long repressed except for her name—Kimmy—finally slips over the edge to death on the other side of town. Read full book review >
MOONBIRD BOY by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 1996

"No wonder Bo's so paranoid."
Sent reeling into a deep depression by the death of her beloved dog Mildred, San Diego Child Protective investigator Bo Bradley's not ready for any untoward excitement in her life. Read full book review >
TURTLE BABY by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"But she's still hands down the most original detective to set up shop in the past ten years."
Bo Bradley is on new meds for her manic-depression, but she still feels as if her job with San Diego's Child Protective Services involves moving mountains and jousting with windmills. Read full book review >
STRAWGIRL by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Even more radically than in her striking debut, Bo's gutsy work redefines the role of the detective in a darkly contemporary society."
Another nasty case for manic-depressive San Diego child-abuse investigator Bo Bradley (Child of Silence, 1993): the rape-murder of three-year-old Samantha Franer, whose distraught mother Bonnie commits suicide hours after her lover, French Canadian Paul Massieu, takes off for the Adironidacks with her surviving daughter Hannah. Read full book review >
CHILD OF SILENCE by Abigail Padgett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Given the manic- depressive bent of detectives ever since Sherlock Holmes, why hasn't anybody thought of all this before?"
Barbara Joan Bradley, San Diego child-abuse investigator, is promised that her newest case—Weppo, a young boy abandoned on a Paiute Indian reservation—will be routine. Read full book review >