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Linda Barnes

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In addition to best selling mysteries, Linda Barnes has also written award- winning plays and short stories.

Born and raised in Detroit, Barnes graduated cum laude from Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts. She then went on to become a drama teacher and director at Chelmsford and Lexington, Massachusetts schools. While teaching drama, Barnes wrote two plays, the award-winning "Wings" and "Prometheus."

Among her many honors, Barnes won the Anthony Award and nominations for both the Shamnus Award and the American Mystery Award for Best Short Story for "Lucky Penny" in 1985. In 1987 she received the American Mystery Award for Best Private Eye Novel and nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus awards for A Trouble of Fools. The Snake Tattoo was named one of the outstanding books of 1990 by The London Times.

Linda Barnes lives near Boston with her husband and son.

Genres: Mystery
Michael Spraggue
   1. Blood Will Have Blood (1982)
   2. Bitter Finish (1983)
   3. Dead Heat (1984)
   4. Cities Of The Dead (1986)
Carlotta Carlyle
   1. A Trouble Of Fools (1987)
   2. The Snake Tattoo (1989)
   3. Coyote (1990)
   4. Steel Guitar (1991)
   5. Snapshot (1993)
   6. Hardware (1995)
   7. Cold Case (1997)
   8. Flashpoint (1999)
   9. The Big Dig (2001)
   10. Deep Pockets (2004)
   11. Heart of the World (2006)
   12. Lie Down with the Devil (2008)
   Lucky Penny (2013)
   Miss Gibson (2013)
   Stealing First (2013)
   Further Adventures of Carlotta Carlyle (2015)
   The Perfect Ghost (2013)
Series contributed to
Harold Middleton
   2. The Copper Bracelet (2010) (with others)
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1988) : A Trouble Of Fools

Linda Barnes recommends
Jewish Noir 2 (2022)
(Jewish Noir, book 2)
Chantelle Aimee Osman and Kenneth Wishnia
"A hearty mazel tov to the ingenious team who created and assembled this vivid and wide-ranging collection."
Virgin Heat (1997)
(Key West Capers, book 5)
Laurence Shames
"Tough, blunt, remarkably tender."

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