Books by Susan Rogers Cooper

DEAD TO THE WORLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2015

"A mystery told on several levels, each of them both tricky and amusing until the diverse sleuths prevail."
A romantic 20th-anniversary weekend turns into a dangerous ghost hunt. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Milt's adventures often feature interesting characters and twisty plots. This one, though, crams in so much activity that the impact of any one storyline is lost."
Prophesy County, Oklahoma, has a sudden spate of dangerous cases. Read full book review >
FULL CIRCLE by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Still another look (One, Two, What Did Daddy Do?, 1992, etc.) at the Lester family murders. Lots of flashbacks, lots of changing perspectives and new viewpoints, lots of invitations to keep guessing. It all hurtles along rapidly until the unsatisfactory ending."
A romance novelist and amateur sleuth's most dangerous adventure involves her own family. Read full book review >
RUDE AWAKENING by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A surprise ending caps this unusually amusing entry in Milt's ebullient series (Shotgun Wedding, 2009, etc.)."
A small-town sheriff's department deals with a series of interconnected crimes. Read full book review >
SHOTGUN WEDDING by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Enough felonies for a whole series of The Wire, though neither the overcharged, half-hearted mystery nor the improbable pirate invasion could provide enough nourishment on its own."
Quite the crime wave for sleepy Longbranch, Okla: multiple robberies, multiple murders, kidnapping and devil worship. And we haven't even gotten to the pirates. Read full book review >
ROMANCED TO DEATH by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A fast-paced whodunit that mixes the plainspoken E.J. with double the thrills and chills."
A romance writers' convention becomes the latest high-mortality zone. Read full book review >
VEGAS NERVE by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 8, 2007

"More fun than a week in Vegas, especially if it's Milt's week."
His psychiatrist wife's conference takes Sheriff Milt Kovak to Las Vegas, where her triumphant speech is promptly one-upped by murder. Read full book review >
LYING WONDERS by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"So many cases are bound to leave a few loose or ragged ends, but veteran Cooper's unobtrusive mastery of her little patch of Oklahoma makes other, longer whodunits look bloated."
It's never easy hearing from an old girlfriend, but Sheriff Milt Kovak, of Oklahoma's Prophesy County (Doctors and Lawyers and Such, 1995, etc.), is especially unhappy about Laura Marshall's call. Read full book review >
DOCTORS AND LAWYERS AND SUCH by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 10, 1995

"Attention-grabbing plot twists, vividly drawn characters, unsticky but heartfelt domestic episodes, credible solutions, and a hero who grows ever more simpatico: the best of the Kovak series to date."
Beneath its bucolic veneer, life in Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is rife with problems, and middle-aged, newly remarried Sheriff Milt Kovak gets a lot of them (Dead Moon on the Rise, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
FUNNY AS A DEAD RELATIVE by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

"An affectionate portrait of Kimmey's wacky East Texas relatives: a short take too smart to overstay its welcome."
Cooper, who's been alternating between standup comic Kimmey Kruse's adventures in Chicago (Funny as a Dead Comic, 1993) and down-home sagebrush mysteries (Dead Moon on the Rise, p. 247), gets a chance to fire both barrels at once when a hurry call to her ailing grandfather's bedside sends Kimmey home to Port Arthur, Tex. Read full book review >
DEAD MOON ON THE RISE by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 22, 1994

"Still, there aren't many dull moments in this generally engaging latest chapter."
Fiftyish, divorced Milt Kovak, acting sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, has been reinvigorated by a new, pregnant wife- -psychiatrist Jean McDonnell—and plans to run for sheriff in the next election. Read full book review >
FUNNY AS A DEAD COMIC by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"A rambling plot with unconvincing motivation is helped some by perky, if plentifully profane, narration, a more-than-casual take on a popular entertainment phenomenon, and a heroine who could grow on you."
Cooper, author of a well-regarded series featuring Oklahoma Sheriff Milt Kovak (Other People's Houses, etc.), introduces Kimmy Kruse, a pint-sized stand-up comic from Texas, playing this week at Chicago's Kaiser Komedy Klub. Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, WHAT DID DADDY DO? by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"EWSLUGEJ's rough mouth and confrontational ways make her the unlikeliest writer of romances one could imagine, but she's real, warmhearted, unsoppy, and tells her fast-moving, thoroughly engrossing story with straight-ahead verve."
Cooper, creator of the well-regarded Sheriff Milton Kovack series (Chasing Away the Devil, etc.), has a gutsy new sleuth in Texas housewife/romance writer E.J. Pugh—wife of oil-field consultant Willis and mother of two small children. Read full book review >
CHASING AWAY THE DEVIL by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Solid and satisfying."
Recently divorced, tough-tender Milt Kovack, Deputy Sheriff of Prophesy County, Oklahoma (Other People's Houses, etc.), has proposed marriage to feisty waitress Glenda Sue and been rejected. Read full book review >
OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 21, 1990

"Crisp, raunchy, off-beat, and steadily engrossing."
Tough-talking, softhearted Sheriff Milton Kovak, of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is shaken by what he finds at 312 Grapevine Road in Long Branch—home of bankteller Lois Bell, her mechanic husband Bill, and their three young children. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE GREEN CHEVY by Susan Rogers  Cooper
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 22, 1989

"A fresh and sometimes funny first novel, with believable characters, gritty homespun dialogue, and a sensitive, self-deprecating hero who has an ironic, slightly bitter edge and whom one hopes to meet again."
This lively newcomer to the good 'ol boys' school of writing introduces Milt Novack, head of Homicide in the Sheriff's Department of Prophesy County, Oklahoma. Read full book review >