The Belgian Congo mysteries
by Tamar Myers
Tamar Myers was born in the Belgium Congo in 1948 to missionary parents. Her Belgian Congos mystery series is lauded for it’s authenticity of setting, engaging storytelling and suspense.
Now four titles deep, the series started out in 1991 with The Witch Doctor’s Wife.
Tasked with heading a missionary guest house in the Belgian Congo in 1958, Amanda Brown must set things right when a plane passenger goes missing, a giant diamond that should not exist turns up, and she finds out a witch doctor and his wife are working as her yardman and housekeeper, respectively.
Jonah Geller Mysteries
by Howard Shrier
Toronto investigator Jonah Geller comes home to find notorious contract killer Dante Ryan in his apartment – not to kill him for butting into mob business, but to plead for Jonah’s help. Ryan has been ordered to wipe out an entire Toronto family, but he can’t bring himself to do it, and he wants Jonah to find out who ordered the hit. When the case takes them across the border to Buffalo, where good clean Canadian pills are worth their weight in gold, their unseen enemies move in for the kill.
The Dharma Detective series
by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay
Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short)—ex-monk and soon-to-be ex-cop—is a protagonist unique to our times. In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three-book detective series, we meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped, if not occasionally ill-equipped, as he takes on his first case as a private investigator in Los Angeles. Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. But as the Buddha says, change is inevitable; and ten years later, everything is about to change—big-time—for Ten.