Books by Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes has written twelve mystery novels, eight featuring her 6'1" redheaded Boston private eye Carlotta Carlyle, and four featuring actor/detective Michael Spraggue, an amateur sleuth. In addition to best selling mysteries, she has also written awa


THE PERFECT GHOST by Linda Barnes
Released: April 9, 2013

"Barnes puts aside her Carlotta Carlyle series (Lie Down With the Devil, 2008, etc.) for an eerie, suspenseful stand-alone that focuses more on the characters and their dark pasts than on a clever mystery."
An unappreciated ghostwriter finds herself in the spotlight. Read full book review >
LIE DOWN WITH THE DEVIL by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Middling work for Carlotta, less rewarding as an account of crime and detection than as a startling new chapter in the heroine's checkered personal life."
The course of mobbed-up love never runs smooth. Read full book review >
HEART OF THE WORLD by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2006

"Though the hunt for Roldán precludes much mystery, Barnes handles the obligatory search-for-roots tale with warmth and conviction."
Private eye Carlotta Carlyle (Deep Pockets, 2004, etc.) leaves Boston for the Colombian mountains to search for her missing "little sister." Read full book review >
DEEP POCKETS by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"No question: Carlotta's tenth case is her best to date. Edgar nominators, take note."
A blackmailed Harvard professor calls on shamus Carlotta Carlyle (The Big Dig, 2002, etc.) because he thinks his world is falling apart. If only he knew. Read full book review >
THE BIG DIG by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"Carlotta (Flashpoint, 1999, etc.) can carry this ninth case all by herself."
The bills that lone-wolf shamus Carlotta Carlyle's been wrestling soften her up for Happy Eddie Conklin's invitation to go undercover for Foundation Security. Read full book review >
FLASHPOINT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"As usual, Barnes's eighth (Cold Case, 1997, etc.) dashes off memorable characters in a few deft strokes, even if some of the most interesting ones have to make way for more standard-issue secrets. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Carlotta Carlyle's clients might as well be on the Endangered Species list: there aren't many of them, and they don't hang around long. Read full book review >
COLD CASE by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"Loyal fans will decide whether the author's proven flair for characterization makes it worth the read-time."
Harvard Square's Carlotta Carlyle—our favorite six-foot, red- haired, ex-cop, blues-and-volleyball-playing, cab-driving p.i.—is drawn into a big-money case by a client with an outrageous manuscript of uncertain origins. Read full book review >
HARDWARE by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Not as richly satisfying as some of Carlotta's earlier cases (Snapshot, 1993, etc.), but still a guaranteed one-two punch for fans, and a solid introduction to this fine series for newcomers. (Author tour)"
Who's got it in for Boston's Green & White Cab Company? Read full book review >
SNAPSHOT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1993

"Another bull's-eye for Barnes."
A new, multilayered case for Boston-based p.i. Read full book review >
STEEL GUITAR by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Another of Barnes's superb mixes of warmth, enthusiasm, clever plotting, vivid characters, and overall brio."
THE SNAKE TATTOO by Linda Barnes
Released: March 18, 1989

The author's appealing ex-cop—six-foot, redheaded private eye Carlotta Caryle (A Trouble of Fools)—returns with another Boston-based adventure. Read full book review >