Friday, April 10, 2020

Five top diverse crime novels

Originally from Sacramento, Elle Marr explored the urban wilderness of Southern California before spending three wine-and-cheese-filled years in France. There, she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and discovered her love of writing novels.

Currently, she lives and writes outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and one very demanding feline; she is hard at work on her second thriller.

Marr's new novel is The Missing Sister.

At CrimeReads she tagged five great crime novels bringing multicultural heroes and representation to mystery, including:
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (The Detective by Day series)

Garrett kicks off this list of diverse crime fiction with her debut, Hollywood Homicide. Her protagonist, mega-broke, semi-famous actress, Dayna Anderson, is the quintessential amateur sleuth as she sets out to solve a deadly hit-and-run, and maybe grab its fifteen thousand dollar reward in the process. While searching among L.A.’s hot spots, Dayna’s pursuit of a paycheck turns into genuine desire for justice for the victim—until someone tries to kill her. Full of knowing quips about L.A. and wielding a solid plot, it’s no wonder this mystery earned a host of accolades, including both an Agatha and an Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Garrett herself is a veteran writer for CBS’s Cold Case and co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. Those looking to devour a quick and entertaining read should grab their copy then check out the sequel, Hollywood Ending.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue