Books by Frederick Ramsay

THE VULTURE by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Ike's 10th (Drowning Barbie, 2014, etc.) uses themes cut from current headlines to ramp up the excitement."
The sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, has seen a lot of trouble over the years. But who hates him enough to try to blow him to kingdom come? Read full book review >
THE WOLF AND THE LAMB by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Ramsay's fourth Jerusalem novel (Holy Smoke, 2013, etc.) links another challenging mystery to some intriguing answers to age-old questions surrounding the death of Jesus."
A series of mishaps and machinations change the course of history. Read full book review >
DROWNING BARBIE by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Why Picketsville's first Jewish sheriff is hellbent on a church wedding is just one of the mysteries that doesn't get solved in Ramsay's otherwise highly entertaining ninth."
Sheriff Ike Schwartz and his longtime love, college president Ruth Harris, have to plan their wedding reception around a couple of corpses. Read full book review >
HOLY SMOKE by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The second in a trilogy set in first-century Jerusalem not only offers a finally wrought mystery, but includes intriguing information on the religious and secular life of the period."
A rabbi is yet again forced to use his skills in critical thinking to solve a murder. Read full book review >
SCONE ISLAND by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The latest mystery-thriller for Ike (Rogue, 2011, etc.) provides all the fast-paced action and danger readers have come to expect."
An eagerly awaited vacation on a quiet Maine island becomes a nightmare for a former CIA agent and his significant other. Read full book review >
THE EIGHTH VEIL by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"The intriguing mystery, packed with historical detail, is quite a departure from the Ike Schwartz series (Rogue, 2011, etc.). Ramsay, a retired Episcopal priest who's spent a good deal of time in Jerusalem, provides insight into what it must have been like in the time of Jesus."
The chief rabbi of Jerusalem is forced to use his scholarly skills to solve a murder. Read full book review >
ROGUE by Frederick Ramsay
Released: July 1, 2011

"Suspense builds slowly in Ike's fifth procedural (Choker, 2008, etc.). Its low-key charm particularly rewards readers already familiar with the characters."
A volatile small-town sheriff will stop at nothing to find the person responsible for putting his fiancé in a coma. Read full book review >
THE EYE OF THE VIRGIN by Frederick Ramsay
Released: July 1, 2010

"Sure-footed plotting and easy banter make Ramsay's sixth Sheriff Ike mystery (Choker, 2009, etc.) a brisk, entertaining read."
Even with some uptight Feds in his way, laid-back sheriff Ike Schwartz is able to untangle a tricky murder puzzle. Read full book review >
CHOKER by Frederick Ramsay
Released: June 1, 2009

"A fast-paced thriller that's quite a departure from Ramsay's Picketsville mysteries (Stranger Room, 2008, etc.)."
In the process of doing a favor for a friend, the sheriff of Picketsville, Va., stumbles over a terrorist plot. Read full book review >
STRANGER ROOM by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Subtlety is not part of the game plan here. Ramsay (Buffalo Mountain, 2007, etc.) lays on the racism with a trowel and spoils the fun of solving a locked-room puzzle by hinting at the solution early on. Skip this round, and wait another 100 years."
Identical locked-room murders are separated by more than 100 years. Read full book review >
BUFFALO MOUNTAIN by Frederick Ramsay
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The third in Ramsey's series (Impulse, 2006, etc.) reveals still more of the improbable challenges that face a Jewish sheriff in a little Southern mountain town."
Why are the FBI and the CIA interested in a murder in a small Virginia town? Read full book review >