The best mysteries with gay cops

Neil Plakcy Author Of Mahu: A Mahu Investigation
By Neil Plakcy

The Books I Picked & Why

The Long Call

By Ann Cleeves

Book cover of The Long Call

Why this book?

I love this book because it’s a fascinating portrait of a gay cop that focuses more on his background growing up in a religious community than on his sexuality. The TV series does a better job of connecting the two, but I’m delighted that a best-selling author has dipped her toe into this genre. It’s also a cleverly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing.


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Final Atonement: A Doug Orlando Mystery

By Steve Neil Johnson

Book cover of Final Atonement: A Doug Orlando Mystery

Why this book?

Doug Orlando is a conflicted New York City detective with a past, and that gives him a lot of psychological depth. Originally published in 1992, this was one of the best of the wave of gay mysteries. I loved it because the police procedures seemed so authentic and Doug seemed like a guy I’d want to know, and want on my side in case of trouble. 


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Sorry Now? (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)

By Mark Richard Zubro

Book cover of Sorry Now? (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)

Why this book?

This book introduces Detective Paul Turner, a gay father of two who is also a homicide cop in Chicago. The daughter of a prominent right-wing minister is murdered, and Paul connects this homicide to others, where the same comment-- "Sorry now?" -- has been left. The murderers know how to go right for Paul's Achilles heel-- his two sons, one of whom has spina bifida. Zubro was the first to create a gay cop with a solid family life, and his writing shines.


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Undermined: A Gay Mystery (Daniel Owen Welsh Mysteries)

By Ripley Hayes

Book cover of Undermined: A Gay Mystery (Daniel Owen Welsh Mysteries)

Why this book?

Daniel Owen is a cop in a small Welsh town where everyone knows everyone else, and it seems like everyone is holding secrets. I love this book because of the atmosphere and the chance to see a different culture. Daniel is a great guy and I’ve enjoyed all the books featuring him so far.


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Slippery Creatures

By KJ Charles

Book cover of Slippery Creatures

Why this book?

I’m stretching this category because neither of the protagonists here are actually cops, but Kim Secretan does work for a shadowy government agency and there’s a real mystery in this three-book series, though there is also a lovely romance between Kim and World War I veteran and bookseller Will Darling. KJ Charles is one of my all-time favorite authors, and everything she publishes becomes a must-read for me.


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