Staff Picks

The Great Outdoors

Try these novels when you need some inspiration to get yourself outside to the beach, the desert, the woods or a park.  All are suspenseful and have a strong sense of place -- the outdoors and the natural world.  These choices are all the first of a series, so if you like the first one you will have many more to choose from.

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Clammed Up     Clammed Up    
Barbara Ross
    Mystery & Detective Ross

First of the "Maine Clambake mysteries" featuring Julia Snowden, a New Yorker returning to her cozy Maine hometown just in time to investigate a murder.

Desert Heat     Desert Heat    
Judith A. Jance
    Mystery & Detective Jance

First of the "Joanna Brady mysteries" set in Arizona where the desert environment plays a major role in the stories.

Open Season     Open Season    
C. J. Box
    Mystery & Detective Box

Number one in the "Joe Pickett Mysteries" series about a Wyoming state game warden.  Set in the Wyoming wilderness, these stories are action packed, often violent and deal with environmental and political issues.

Sanibel Flats     Sanibel Flats    
Randy Wayne White
    Adult Fiction White

The first of the "Doc Ford novels" about marine biologist and former secret operative Doc Ford and his ex-hippie friend Tomlinson, set in beautiful Southwestern Florida.

The Blessing Way     The Blessing Way    
Tony Hillerman
    Mystery & Detective Hillerm

First book in the very popular Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries series.  Set in the four corners region of the Southwest, these novels feature Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police.

The Poacher's Son     The Poacher's Son    
Paul Doiron
    Adult Fiction Doiron

First in the series of the "Mike Bowditch novels" about Maine game warden Mike Bowditch finds him in search of a runaway fugitive.

The Shaman Sings     The Shaman Sings    
James D. Doss
    Mystery & Detective Doss

Fist of the "Charlie Moon mysteries" set in Colorado featuring Ute police sergeant Charlie Moon.  A combination of the supernatural and modern, mysticism and murder.

Track of the Cat     Track of the Cat    
Nevada Barr
    Mystery & Detective Barr

First in a series of 18 mystery novels (as of 2014) featuring Anna Pigeon, a fictional detective and law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service. Barr has received several awards and nominations for her writing.

Tularosa     Tularosa    
Michael McGarrity
    Mystery & Detective Mcgarri

First book of the "Kevin Kerney mysteries" about an ex chief of detectives for the Santa Fe Police Department, a tough ex-cop turned modern-day private eye.  These novels are set in the desert Southwest, mainly in New Mexico.

Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (A Leo Waterman Mystery)     Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (A Leo Waterman Mystery)    
G.M. Ford
    Mystery & Detective For

The first in Ford's "Leo Waterman Mystery" series, this book captures the character of Seattle and the Northwest and introduces a terrific private eye. Waterman gets entangled with environmental activists when he goes looking for the missing granddaughter of a local mobster.