Books by Charlene Weir

Charlene Weir’s first novel, The Winter Widow, won the SMP/Malice Domestic Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

EDGE OF MIDNIGHT by Charlene Weir
Released: March 8, 2007

"Chief Wren takes a back seat in this tense, believable tale of compulsion and mania."
A battered wife seeks shelter in Kansas only to be stalked by two men, one of them a deranged killer. Read full book review >
UP IN SMOKE by Charlene Weir
Released: Nov. 17, 2003

"Enough melancholia to keep Dr. Phil and Oprah in ratings heaven. Like them, Weir (A Cold Christmas, 2001, etc.) will have you wiping at a tear or two and skimming the political nonsense to get back to the hankie brigade."
Three grieving women collide during a hero's run for the presidency. Read full book review >
A COLD CHRISTMAS by Charlene Weir
Released: Dec. 10, 2001

"Weir continues to entertain with her crisp, easygoing style, some intriguing characters, and a complex scenario that still holds up to close inspection."
A new chapter in the life of Police Chief Susan Wren, a young widow living and working in the small town of Hampstead, Kansas (Murder Take Two, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
MURDER TAKE TWO by Charlene Weir
Released: March 18, 1998

"Flawed but steadily diverting."
The little town of Hampstead, Kansas, is enthralled when a Hollywood crew arrives to make a movie in a long-untenanted local mansion. Read full book review >
FAMILY PRACTICE by Charlene Weir
Released: Nov. 16, 1995

"Weir's literary style has its graceless moments, but she keeps the tension level high, the heroine likable, and the puzzle's solution both ingenious and believable: the best of this author's outings so far."
Third in a series featuring widowed, still-grieving police chief Susan Wren of tiny Hampstead, Kansas, whose husband had held the job before her (Consider the Crows, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Overall: fairly standard stuff."
Former San Francisco cop Susan Wren, now a widow and the police chief in tiny, insular Hampstead, Kansas, discovers that Lynnelle—the poor waif found dead in the woods—thought local college math professor Carena Egersund was the birth-mother who relinquished her years before. Read full book review >
THE WINTER WIDOW by Charlene Weir
Released: April 13, 1992

"A writer to watch."
This year's winner of ``St. Read full book review >