Annal: 2000 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel

Results of the Barry Award in the year 2000.

Book:An Antidote for Avarice

An Antidote for Avarice: The Chonicles of Isaac of Girona

Caroline Roe

Girona, Spain, 1354. Blind physician Isaac of Girona is summoned to accompany the Bishop Berenguer to Tarragona for a Bishops’ Council. But messengers from the Pope keep turning up dead—and Isaac soon finds himself embroiled in court intrigue and murder on the road to Tarragona.

Book:Every Move She Makes

Every Move She Makes

Robin Burcell

Gruesome slasher murders are spreading terror in San Francisco. The pressure is on the police force to track down the killer before another young woman is found, throat cut, body abandoned. Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie is picked to lead the search with her partner, old-timer Sam Scolari.

This is the case that could make Kate’s career. But the next victim stops her in her tracks—Sam’s ex-wife. All evidence points to him. He goes underground, leaving Kate alone to prove his innocence, or his guilt.

Kate has to find the killer before the cops find Sam. Complicating matters is Mike “Torrid” Torrance, the sexiest Internal Affairs officer ever to carry a badge. He’s watching Kate, an assignment that brings them far closer than they expected. Without a partner she can trust…with a killer and a cop watching her every move…can Kate find the truth before it’s too late?

Book:The Hunted

The Hunted

Jerry Kennealy

When a young immigrant girl witnesses a horrific murder, she barely escapes…with a vital piece of evidence. Investigating tvhe crime is an intrepid female San Francisco police inspector who bucks the system when it suits her. Before long, the inspector realizes that there’s more to this murder than meets the eye. And it is up to her to find the little girl before the killer eliminates the only person who can identify him…

Book:The Last Song Dogs

The Last Song Dogs: A Trade Ellis Mystery

Sinclair Browning

Trade Ellis is a dirty-shirt cowgirl—part Apache, part rancher, and all private eye. Unfortunately, there’s not much call for investigators on horseback. But as her 25th high school reunion approaches, someone starts thinning the ranks of the old cheerleading squad. Trade has enough suspects to fill a yearbook: the fading beauty, the rich girl, the loser, the nerd. Because someone wants her to join the cheerleading squad—in the morgue.

Book:Them Bones: A Mystery from the Mississippi Delta

Them Bones: A Mystery from the Mississippi Delta

Carolyn Haines

If only I hadn’t kidnapped the dog…but the ransom paid the mortgage….Now I seem to be a private eye….I shouldn’t have listened to that ghost….

Meet Sarah Booth Delaney…an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi…if it doesn’t make her the deadest.

No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth’s situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over thirty, she’s flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother’s nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state—or to suggest a plan of action, like ransoming her friend’s prize pooch to raise some cash. …[more]

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