Books by Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson is a founding voice of the "tart noir" mystery genre and is the author of numerous novels, including My Lurid Past and the Sam Jones detective series (Black Rubber Dress, among others). She was raised in London and currently resides in Ne

KISSING IN ITALIAN by Lauren Henderson
Released: March 11, 2014

"Unfortunately the plot moves as slowly as an Italian summer afternoon, leaving one to wonder at the lack of urgency in a novel billed as suspenseful. (Mystery/romance. 14 & up)"
The story continues in slow, meandering fashion for Violet, the heroine of Flirting in Italian (2012). Read full book review >
FLIRTING IN ITALIAN by Lauren Henderson
Released: June 12, 2012

"For readers willing to abandon plot logic and go with the flow, there are compensations. (Mystery romance. 12 & up)"
Child of Nordic/Scottish parents, Violet—short, dark, curvy—feels like one of a kind until she discovers her uncanny resemblance to the Italian girl depicted in a 1790 portrait. Read full book review >
KISSES AND LIES by Lauren Henderson
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Filled with duplicitous debutantes, homicidal siblings, all-night parties and lots of designer name-dropping, this sugary mystery may find a similar readership to the Gossip Girl set. (Mystery. YA)"
Not quite over the fatal kiss that killed the highly allergic Dan McAndrew, young Brit Scarlett Wakefield seeks to find closure in this zippy sequel to Kiss Me, Kill Me (2008). Read full book review >
KISS ME KILL ME by Lauren Henderson
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"While a breezy blend of mystery and mean-girl fun, Henderson's offering doesn't provide its reader enough of a resolution to be fulfilling; they may be disappointed to work their way through to find that too many threads have been left dangling in order to carry over to a sequel. (Fiction. YA)"
Stylish, sassy prose spins a whodunit that doesn't quite satisfy. Read full book review >
MY LURID PAST by Lauren Henderson
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"There's more than a faint whiff of desperation in all this self-conscious decadence. Lackluster effort from the author of the Sam Jones mystery series (Pretty Boy, 2002, etc.)."
Thirtyish devotee of London fetish clubs looks for love. Read full book review >
PRETTY BOY by Lauren Henderson
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Fetish garb aside, Henderson's fifth is a standard which-man-should-I-choose romance with mystery on the side."
Unlike her boyfriend Hugo, who complains endlessly about the plumbing—the bathwater's tepid, the tub's too small to have sex in—sculptor and London sophisticate Samantha Jones actually enjoys spending New Year's Eve in Lesser Swinfold, where she's gone to meet Janine Burrows, the latest girlfriend of Sam's best friend Tom. Read full book review >
CHAINED by Lauren Henderson
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Life imitates art imitating life in Henderson's edgy tale of manipulation and deception."
Handcuffs may be among sculptor Samantha Jones's favorite toys, but not when they're shackling her to the ceiling in some nasty cellar God knows where. Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY TATTOO by Lauren Henderson
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Like Craig Rice's people 50 years ago, Henderson's are consistently more interesting when they're making conversation than when they're killing each other or bringing each other to book. (Author tour)"
Manhattan is a new planet to visiting sculptor Sam Jones, whose latest mobile is being featured in an exhibition at Carol Bergmann's SoHo gallery. Read full book review >