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Miranda James

A pseudonym used by Dean James

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, thats probably a good thing.

  Currently a librarian in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction.

 His first book, which he co-wrote with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Womans Hand (Berkley; 1994). Jean and Dean won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction and were nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical work for this popular reference book. A second edition followed two years later, and Dean and Jean collaborated on two further projects, Killer Books (Berkley; 1998) and The Dick Francis Companion (Berkley; 2003). In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology.

Genres: Cozy Mystery
Miranda James recommends

Due or Die (2012)
(Library Lover's Mystery, book 2)
Jenn McKinlay
"[A] terrific addition to an intelligent, fun, and lively series."

The Big Kitty (2012)
(Sunny & Shadow Mystery, book 1)
Claire Donally
"Cozy mystery lovers will adore Shadow."

Cover Story (2013)
(Ashton Corners Book Club, book 3)
Erika Chase
"An engaging amateur sleuth."

Hooked on Ewe (2015)
(Scottish Highlands Mystery, book 2)
Hannah Reed
"Reed's new series will please Scotophiles everywhere."

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood (2016)
(Bad Luck Cat mystery, book 2)
Kay Finch
"I can't wait for a return visit to lavender."

Death in Dark Blue (2017)
(Writer's Apprentice Mystery, book 2)
Julia Buckley
"I think fans of Susanna Kearsley and Denna Raybourn will devour this book like I did."

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