Hobbies and Professions

800px-Cup_of_tea,_Scotland.jpgThese series feature protagonists with a variety of hobbies and professions, from tea-shop owners, to archaeologists to knitters.

Carl, Joanna. Chocoholic Mysteries. New York: Penguin Group USA.

Recent divorcee, Lee McKinney, is both the owner of a Michigan chocolate shop and an amatuer detective in Carl's Chocoholic Mysteries series.

Churchill, Jill. Grace and Favor Mysteries. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

The Depression has forced wealthy siblings Robert and Lily Brewster into a hand-to-mouth existence in Manhattan. Their luck changes when they are invited to take over care of their uncle's mansion turned boarding house on the Hudson, until dead bodies start turning up on the property.

Cleverly, Barbara. Joe Sandilands Mysteries. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers.

Joseph Sandilands, a detective with Scotland Yard, is stationed in India shortly after the first World War. Cleverly's first title in the series, The Last Kashmiri Rose, was the winner of the Crime Writer's Association's Debut Dagger competition.

Dunning, John. Cliff Janeway Novels. New York: Scribner.

Bibliophiles will find a cohort in Cliff Janeway, a Denver cop turned antiquarian book dealer. When he's not running his shop,Twice Told Books, Janeway is solving crimes related to the sometimes shady world of literary treasures. Kirkus Reviews states that "Janeway, who can be tough, sensitive and passionate, is a credible hero, both as cop and as book-lover."

Elkins, Aaron. Gideon Oliver Mysteries. New York: Berkley Prime Crime.

Fans of the television show Bones will sure to be pleased by Gideon Oliver, a physical anthropologist also known as 'the skeleton detective,' who uses his knowledge of bones and bone fragments to solve crimes.

Ferris, Monica. Needlecraft Mysteries. New York: Berkley Prime Crime.

Fans of needlework and mysteries alike will be sure to enjoy this series featuring Betsy Devonshire, amatuer sleuth and owner of the Excelsior, MN needlecraft shop, Crewel World. Many of the books include a free cross-stitch pattern.

Fluke, Joanne. Hannah Swensen Mysteries. New York: Kensington.

Readers, beware: do not read these books on an empty stomach! Both Hannah Swensen, the proprietor of an eat-in cookie shop, and the bonus baked goods recipes included in every book will delight readers.

Peters, Elizabeth. Vicky Bliss Mysteries. Thorndike, Me.: Thorndike Press.

Readers looking for a fun adventure and an intelligent, sassy heroine need look no further than Peters' Vicky Bliss, an American art historian and professor working at Germany's National Museum. Join Vicky as she pursues the criminals of the art world across the European continent.