Monday, July 3, 2017

Fourth of July Mysteries: A List

The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is one of my favorite holidays, maybe because I was born in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation. If you've been to my house you know I collect patriotic embroideries and pottery. I'm big on Red, White, & Blue!

Fourth of July is at the center of this updated list of Fourth of July Crime Fiction. Even if you're not celebrating Independence Day, you can celebrate this (updated) great group of mysteries! Something for everyone's taste!

And don't miss my Summer Mysteries List, Summer Sleuthing: Lazy, Hazy, Murderous Days of Summer! Have a great summer!

Fourth of July Mysteries

The Fourth of July Wake by Harold Adams
Murder on Parade by Donald Bain (as Jessica Fletcher) 
Hair of the Dog by Laurien Berenson 
Murder by Fireworks by Susan Bernhardt
Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon 
The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up by JoAnna Carl
Dead on the 4th of July by Meg Chittenden
Someone to Watch Over Me by Jill Churchill
Independence Day by Anne-Marie Clark
Twanged by Carol Higgins Clark
Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco
BlackBuried Pie by Lyndsey Cole
A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford
Red, White, and Blue Murder
by Bill Crider
Blood Red, White and Blue by Kathleen Delaney
Dead on the Fourth of July by R. E. Derouin
Four Dog's Sake by Lia Farrell
One Fete in the Grave by Vickie Fee
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Independence Slay by Shelley Freydont
Mistaken Identity by Patricia Gligor
Katelyn's Killer by John Gordon
Tool & Die, Triple Witch by Sarah Graves
Act Of Darkness by Jane Haddam
Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton
Yankee Doodle Dead; Dead, White and Blue by Carolyn Hart
Past Imperfect by Kathleen Hills
Exit Wounds by J. A. Jance
The Fourth of July by J.D. Kincaid
A Timely Vision, a Watery Death by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Die Like a Hero by Clyde Linsley
Knee High by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey
Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews
Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier
Cold Hard News by Maureen Milliken
Manic in Christmas River by Meg Muldoon
Bats and Bones Karen Musser Nortman 
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
King Suckerman by George P. Pelecanos
Can't Never Tell by Cathy Pickens
Firecrackered by Patricia Rockwell
Foal Play by Kathryn O'Sullivan
Death by Deep Dish Pie by Sharon Short
Killing Grounds by Dana Stabenow
Independence Day Plague by Carla Lee Suson
And Four to Go ("Fourth of July Picnic") by Rex Stout
Prepped for the Kill by A.E. H. Veenman
Thread and Gone by Lea Wait
Some Welcome Home by Sharon Wildwind
Star Spangled Murder by Valerie Wolzien
Embarking on Murder by Sue Owens Wright

Short Stories:
Rex Stout's "Fourth of July Picnic" in Century of Great Suspense Stories, Edited by Jeff Deaver
S. Furlong-Bolliger's "Booneville Retribution: 4th of July Mystery Short Story" in Kings River Life.

Children’s Mysteries
Fireworks at the FBI (Capital Mysteries Series #6) by Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator)
Murder On The Fourth of July by Carolyn Keene
The Philly Fake by David E. Kelly

True Crime:  
Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Betrayal, and Hate Crime in America by David A. Neiwert

As always, I welcome additions and comments.

Have a great holiday!!


Sue Owens Wright said...

"Embarking on Murder," the third book in my best-selling Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series for dog lovers, features the Fourth of July dinner cruise on Lake Tahoe. Book five in the series will be published later this year by Black Opal Books. ---Sue Owens Wright

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Sue, I've added it!

Patricia Rockwell said...

"Firecrackered" is the fourth in my Essie Cobb senior sleuth mystery series and occurs on and around July 4th.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Nothing to plug. Just wanted to say thank you for these lists and all you do, Janet.

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Kevin! Sending love and hugs to you and Sandie

Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum said...

My fourth Malone mystery, "Mistaken Identity," takes place on Fripp Island, SC. Fireworks on the beach on the 4th of July and, the next morning, a body in the sand. Happy Fourth, everyone!

Lea Wait said...

Happy 4th, Janet! To add to your list: THREAD AND GONE, the 3rd in my Mainely Needlepoint series. Love your lists! :)Lea Wait

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Janet. Sandi has been in the hospital five weeks as of today with the last five being in rehab. She feels like it is Hotel California and you can't leave. She wants out!

Happy 4rth from all us Tipples!