Book List:29 titles
  • Zen student and stunt double Darcy Lott wonders whether she can trust her own brother in this intriguing mystery. Darcy Lott is thrilled to be reunited with her brother Mike, who disappeared twenty years earlier. But her joy at bringing him home ...


  • When her Zen teacher is attacked in front of her by a silent, hoodie-clad assailant, Darcy Lott feels uncharacteristically helpless. If she cannot identify Garson-roshi’s attacker, she cannot protect him. For whoever it is will surely strike again....


  • What is death? Darcy Lott asks her Zen teacher, Garson-roshi.While scouting a location site on the Golden Gate Bridge, stunt double Darcy Lott sees a woman about to jump. The woman fights, but Darcy manages to pull her back. Before disappearing, the ...


  • It’s the twentieth anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and stunt double Darcy Lott is on location at the Port of Oakland, positioned for a power slide—a dangerous trick in which she falls off a bike and skids under an eighteen-wheeler. Late...


  • San Francisco stuntwoman Darcy Lott is an expert at creating the illusion of danger, living in a tightly controlled universe in which all but the most disastrous mistakes can be reset and reshot. But when her lawyer brother Gary leans on her to enter...


  • In Buddhist lore, hungry ghosts have huge bellies and needle-thin necks and—because they cannot swallow the food they crave—their hunger is insatiable. The Barbary Coast, San Francisco’s infamous red-light district in the days when sailors could ...


  • HIGH-FLYING STUNTWOMAN DARCY LOTT'S only fear is being alone in the woods. After a terrifying stunt-gone-wrong leaves her plummeting through a forest canopy, a shaken Darcy is dispatched by her Zen master to a remote monastery in California's redwood...


  • A gripping new novel from the author of the Jill Smith mystery seriesA secret in Liza Silvestri's past means she can't look for help from the police when her husband Jay is shot dead in their private hideaway in Los Angeles. But it turns out Jay had ...







  • The Celestial Buffet is the first collection of short mystery stories by the Anthony-Award winning author of the Jill Smith and Kiernan O'Shaughnessy detective tales. Among the 18 stories are five cases for cop Jill Smith and one for private-eye O'Sh...


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    MURDER IN THE BLOOD Kiernan O'Shaughnessy's cook is an ex -- football player--big, brawny, and deft with a glazed quail. But Tchernak has always longed to be a detective. So when Kiernan, a former medical examiner, is called to the Nevada desert t...


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    TIT FOR TAT In Berkeley, people don't just disagree, they make careers out of it. And in a city where anything goes, where burned-out sixties hippies haunt the shadows along Telegraph Avenue, no one can outrun the past. Now police detective Jill S...


  • in Women On the Case

    Crime and detection are women's work for twenty-six great writers in this second brilliant collection of mystery fiction edited by Sara Paretsky. From wicked irony and white-collar crime in Amanda Cross's "The Baroness," to the chilling "Only a Woman...


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    Berkeley cop Jill Smith is back in another adventure that could only occur in this brazen, eccentric town. Gym owner and former Olympic diver Bryn Wiley is in a turf war with sixties radical Sam Johnson, who owns a competing gym. When Bryn is shot, S...


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    LONG WAY DOWN She was lithe, blond, and nineteen. And as she ran toward the edge of the cliff, stuntwoman Lark Sondervoil was running toward history: the first person to duplicate the famous gravity-defying Gaige Move, a sure way to Hollywood stun...


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    It was part street theater, part civil  disobedience, and pure Berkeley: Someone was waging  guerrilla warfare on the city's meter maids and their  beloved parking meters. But when the prankster took  detective Jill Smith and her colleagues o...


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    SCHEDULE M, FOR MURDER Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California. But when Detective Jill Smith began searching Berkeley's backwaters for the tax man's...


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    SEA OF SUSPICION From her sunny La Jolla beach house replete with a fabulously handsome gourmet chef, feisty private detective Kiernan O'Shaughnessy embarks on one of her strangest cases to date. This one takes her up the Coast to Big Sur fogs . ....


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    DEATH BY PATCHOULI OIL The complaint of a nude, sunbathing dentist who claimed he was attacked by a eucalyptus tree had ruined sassy Berkeley cop Jill Smith's plans for a lazy summer after-noon, She would have chalked up the "assault" to another i...


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    THE CASE OF THE PASSIONATE PRIEST Kiernan O'Shaughnessy, M.D., former California medical examiner, now detective for hire, is choosy about her cases. But finding out if the hanging of a handsome young priest in a Phoenix, Arizona, church is sui...


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    DEATH DU JOUR Berkeley, California, has been transformed from hippie to yuppie, but it's still home to homicide detective Jill Smith. And even in the Bay Area, some elements of the human condition remain eternal ... like murder. Now the owner of a...


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    BLOOD-RED BAY AREA BLUES Smart, savvy detective Jill Smith's beat is Berkeley, where the 1960s head shops have given way to computer stores and pizza chains. But murder creates a time warp when it takes her to Rainbow Village, a half-acre on the S...


  • FIRST PRIZE: MURDER It was an honor. Or so the residents of Henderson, California claimed. To be a judge for the annual Slugfest, a celebration of the lowly California slug, meant witnessing the slug weigh-ins and slug races and then having the ho...


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    DEATH BY CADILLAC Telegraph Avenue ain't what it used to be now that gentrification has gotten under 'way. But Jill Smith, the junk-food-loving, smart and savvy Berkeley cop, hasn't changed. Chugging along in her vintage VW to fetch a pint of choc...



  • Investigating her suspicion that a beautiful woman's murder is linked to a dealer who supplies drugs for the raucous annual festivities of the Bohemian Club, meter reader Vejay Haskell uncovers a wealth of deadly secrets. Reissue....


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    A favor for her ex-husband leads Jill Smith to a blood-soaked crime scene Someone is stealing hubcaps from the Berkeley police department. An afternoon spent chasing the petty thief leaves beat cop Jill Smith exhausted, flustered, and in no mood t...


  • When the proprietor of a local waterfront bar is murdered, meter reader Vejay Haskell, who had called in sick that day, learns that she is the chief suspect, and must discover the truth about the killing. Reissue....


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    A thirty-something junk-food maven and brash, brainy Berkeley cop, Jill Smith usually doesn't spend much time contemplating her navel. But she accepted an invitation to see the new guru in town. She was as shocked as the rest of the packed house wh...