The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

November 12, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): The novel that introduced Elvis Cole, L.A. Private Eye and his partner, Joe Pike. Ellen Lang walks into Cole’s Disney-Deco office and hires Elvis to find her missing husband and son. Elvis and Joe’s search through Hollywood leads them to a world of drugs, sex, and murder. Warning: Spoilers below! […]


Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais

April 22, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Bradley Warren has lost a very valuable thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript, the Hagakure, and hires Elvis Cole to recover it. Elvis and Joe Pike search through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza. Warning: Spoilers below! Liked: So far, Elvis is still […]


Mr. Monk is Open for Business by Hy Conrad

January 10, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Failing to win back his girlfriend in New Jersey, Monk returns to San Francisco where Natalie has set up an office for Monk and Teeger, Consulting Detectives. It’s time to stop bickering and get to work when Lieutenant Amy Devlin comes to them for help. A disgruntled employee came into […]


“B” is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

November 9, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she’s reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger’s sister Elaine Boldt. It’s a small matter that Beverly should be able to handle herself. So why is she enlisting Kinsey’s services? Beverly claims she needs Elaine’s signature on […]


Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman

October 12, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it’s not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess’s greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there’s a roof. Then […]


Mr. Monk Gets on Board by Hy Conrad

August 17, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Of all the things that make Adrian Monk uneasy, change ranks high on the list. So when Natalie completes her P.I. license—and technically becomes Monk’s boss—it’s not easy for him to accept. Nor can he accept Natalie attending a business seminar at sea without him, even if it means spending […]


Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie

March 3, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Sir Stafford Nye’s flight home from Malaya takes an unexpected twist when a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport. Unwittingly, the diplomat has put his own life on the line. When he […]


A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

February 27, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she’s got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes. Eight years ago, Nikki Fife was […]


Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm

December 31, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town with nearly a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate medical school; and Stef, mercurial, difficult, and a brilliant artist who refuses to […]


Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad

November 12, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Now that Monk and Natalie are both in San Francisco again, life is almost back to normal for the duo, with one exception: Natalie is studying for her PI license, the last step to becoming Monk’s full partner. Before taking the plunge, Natalie sneaks off to Half Moon Bay for […]