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The Earth Day List—with permission from Janet Rudolph (Mystery Readers Journal)

Like your mysteries set in wild places? Are you passionate about environmental issues? Then you'll appreciate the following lists of books recently compiled by Janet Rudolph of Mystery Readers Journal in honor of Earth Day. The three of us here at FreeRangeWriters are proud to have made the list, and it gives us so many more books to read in our favorite genre, too!


ENVIRONMENTAL/ECOLOGICAL MYSTERIES Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang' Hayduke Lives! P.D. Abbey's H2Glo Liz Adair's Snakewater Affair Glyyn Marsh Alam's Cold Water Corpse; Bilge Water Bones Grace Alexander's Hegemon Lou Allin's Northern Winters Are Murder; Blackflies Are Murder: Memories Are Murder

Christine Andreae's A Small Target Suzanne Arruda's Stalking Ivory Sarah Andrews' Em Hansen Mystery series Lindsay Arthur's The Litigators Anna Ashwood-Collins' Deadly Resolution; Red Roses for a Dead Trucker Sandi Ault's Wild Inferno; Wild Indigo; Wild Penance; Wild Sorrow Shannon Baker's Tainted Mountain; Broken Trust; Tattered Legacy; Skies of Fire J. G. Ballard's Rushing to Paradise Michael Barbour's The Kenai Catastrophe; Blue Water, Blue Island Nevada Barr's Track of the Cat; Ill Wind; Borderline; and others Lee Barwood's A Dream of Drowned Hollow? Pamela Beason's Sam Westin wildlife biologist series Robert P. Bennett's Blind Traveler's Blues William Bernhardt's Silent Justice David Riley Bertsch's Death Canyon

Donald J Bingle's GreensWord Michael Black's A Killing Frost Jennifer Blake's Shameless Claire Booth's Another Man's Ground C J Box's Winterkill; Open Season; Below Zero; Savage Run; Out of Range; Trophy Hunt; Free Fire; In Plain Sight; Dark Sky Lisa Brackmann's Hour of the Rat Alex Brett's Dead Water Creek Tobias S. Buckell's Artic Rising

Joe Burcat's Drink to Every Beast James Lee Burke's Creole Belle Rex Burns' Endangered Species David Butler Full Curl; No Place for Wolverines; In Rhino We Trust Chester Campbell's The Surest Poison Christine Carbo The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall, The Weight of Night, A Sharp Solitude Ann Cleeves' Another Man's Poison; Wild Fire; Blue Lightning; The Crow Trap Eileen Charbonneau's Waltzing in Ragtime

Rajat Chaudhuri: The Butterfly Effect

Margaret Coel's The Dream Stalker Anna Ashwood Collins's Metamorphis for Murder; Deadly Resolutions

Kathleen Concannon's A Deadly Bluff Robin Cook's Fever Dawn Corrigan's Mitigating Circumstances Peter Corris's Deep Water Donna Cousin's Landscape Michael Crichton's State of Fear James Crumley's Dancing Bear

Rich Curtin's Final Arrangements; Deadly Games Christine D'Avanzo Cold Blood, Hot Sea; Devil Sea; Secrets Haunt the Lobsters' Sea; Glass Eels, Shattered Sea

Cecil Dawkins' Rare Earth Janet Dawson's Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean

Mark de Castrique's Fatal Scores Barbara Delinsky's Looking for Peyton Place Lionel Derrick's Death Ray Terror William Deverell's April Fool Karen Dionne's Boiling Point; Freezing Point; The Marsh King's Daughter, The Wicked Sister Paul Doiron's The Poacher's Son; Trespasser; Bad Little Falls; The Bone Orchard; One Last Lie, Almost Midnight, Dead by Dawn, and others David Michael Donovan's Evil Down in the Alley Mark Douglas-Home's The Sea Detective Rubin Douglas' The Wise Pelican: From the Cradle to the Grave Jack Du Brul's Vulcan's Forge; River of Ruin; and others Robert Dugoni & Joseph Hilldorfer's Cyanide Canary Toni Dwiggins' Badwater; Quicksilver Kerstin Ekman's Blackwater Aaron J Elkins' The Dark Place; Unnatural Selection Howard Engel's Dead and Buried Kathleen Ernst's High Stakes in a Great Lake Eric C. Evans' Endangered

Nicholas Evans' The Divide Nancy Fairbanks's Acid Bath; Hunting Game; and others Kate Fellowes' Thunder in the Night Cher Fischer's Falling into Green Bill Fitzhugh's Pest Control; The Exterminators

Michael J. Fitzgerald's The Fracking War Mary Flodin's The Death of the Gecko G M Ford's Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? Clare Francis's The Killing Winds (Requiem) Jamie Freveletti's Dead Asleep Sara Hoskinson Frommer's Death Climbs a Tree

Abby Geni's The Lightkeepers Jean Craighead George's The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo; Who Really Killed Cock Robin?; The Case of the Missing Cutthroats (young readers) Matthew Glass's Ultimatum Kenneth Goddard's Double Blind; Prey; Wildfire Chris Goff's A Rant of Ravens; Death of a Songbird; A Nest in the Ashes Jean Craighead George's The Case of the Missing Cutthroats Steven Gould and Laura J. Mixon's Greenwar Alexander M. Grace's Hegemon Scott Graham's Mountain Rampage, Yellowstone Standoff; Mesa Verde Victim Robert O. Greer's The Devil's Hatband John Grisham's The Pelican Brief; The Appeal; The Litigators; Gray Mountain Beth Groundwater's Deadly Currents; Wicked Eddies Elizabeth Gunn's Eleven Little Piggies Jean Hager's Ravenmocker William Hagard's The Vendettists James W. Hall's Bones of Coral Patricia Hall's The Poison Pool Joseph Hall's Nightwork Karen Hall's Unreasonable Risk, Through Dark Spaces

A.M. Halvorssen's The Dirty Network Matt Hammond's Milkshake Vinnie Hansen's Fruit of the Devil Jane Harper's The Dry; The Lost Man Alice Henderson's A Solitude of Wolverines, A Blizzard of Polar Bears, and more.

Sue Henry's Termination Dust Robert Herring's McCampbell's War Joseph Heywood's Blue Wolf in Green Fire, Ice Hunter, Chasing a Blond Moon; Buckular Dystrophy; Bad Optics Carl Hiaasen's Skinny Dip; Stormy Weather; Sick Puppy; Strip Tease; Scat; Star Island

Anne Hillerman's Song of the Lion Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way Tami Hoag's Lucky's Lady John Hockenberry's A River out of Eden Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow John Holt's Hunted Dave Hugelschaffer's Day into Night, One Careless Moment Judy Hughes' The Snowmobile Kidnapping Mary Ellen Hughes' A Taste of Death Dana Andrew Jennings' Lonesome Standard Time Craig Johnson's Hell is Empty; Dry Bones Sylvia Kelso's The Solitaire Ghost; The Time Seam Emily Kimelman's Unleashed M.T. Kingsley's With Malicious Intent

Henry Kisor's Hang Fire Linda Kistler's Cause for Concern Lisa Kleinholz's Dancing with Mr. D. Bill Knox's The Scavengers, Devilweed, and others in the Webb Carrick series Dean Koontz's Icebound William Kent Krueger's "Cork O'Connor" series, including Manitou Canyon, Sulfur Springs Janice Law's Infected Be the Air

P.J. Lazos' Oil and Water Leena Lehtolainen's Fatat Headwind Stephen Legault's The Cardinal Divide, The Glacier Gallows, The Vanishing Track, The Darkening Archipelago Donna Leon's Death in a Strange Country; About Face; Earthly Remains; Acqua Alta David Liss' The Ethical Assassin Sam Llewellyn's Deadeye Charles & Lidia LoPinto's Countdown in Alaska; Nukes Robert Lopresti's Greenfellas Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide John D MacDonald's Barrier Island (and other titles) Ross Macdonald's Sleeping Beauty Jassy Mackenzie's The Fallen Larry Maness' A Once a Perfect Place Elizabeth Manz's Wasted Space John Marsden's A Killing Frost Margaret Maron's High Country Fall, Shooting at Loons, Up Jumps the Devil, Hard Row John Martel's Partners Steve Martini's Critical Mass

Jean Matthews' Bet Your Bones Keith McCafferty's The Royal Wulff Murders, Dead Man's Fance; A Death in Eden; The Bangtail Ghost; Buffalo Jump Blues

M.J. McGrath's The Boy in the Snow John McGoran's Drift, Deadout, Dust Up Karin McQuillan's Deadly Safari, Cheetah Chase, Elephant's Graveyard

Mindy Meija's Leave No Trace Anne Metikosh's Undercurrent Deon Meyer's Blood Safari, Thirteen Hours; Fever Shannon Michaud's Still Water Penny Mickelbury's What Could Be More Than Dead?

Susan Cummins Miller's Chasm Kirk Mitchell's High Desert Malice, Deep Valley Malice Laura J. Mixon & Steven Gould's Greenwar

Margaret Mizushima's Killing Trail; Stalking Ground Skye Kathleen Moody's Blue Poppy, and other Venus Diamond mysteries C. George Muller's Echoes in the Blue Marcia Muller's Cape Perdido Judith Newton's Oink Michael Norman's Skeleton Picnic; On Deadly Ground Dan O'Brien's Brendan Prairie Michael Palmer's Fatal Sara Paretsky's Blood Shot Brad Parks' The Player T. Jefferson's Parker's Pacific Beat

Ridley Pearson's Killer View Louise Penny's A Better Man Cathy Pickens' Southern Fried Carl Posey's Bushmaster Fall David Poyer's As the Wolf Loves Winter, Winter in the Heart Katherine Prairie's Thirst

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Reliquary Kwei Quartey's Murder at Cape Three Points; Gold of our Fathers Peter Ralph's Dirty Fracking Business

Ben Rehder's Bum Steer; Holy Moly; Hog Heaven; Fat Crazy, and more Bob Reiss's Purgatory Road Ruth Rendell's Road Rage Geoffrey Robert's The Alo Release Carolyn Rose's An Uncertain Refuge Leonard Rosen's The Tenth Witness Rebecca Rothenberg's The Shy Tulip Murders; The Bulrush Murder Patricia Rushford's Red Sky in the Mourning Alan Russell's The Forest Prime Evil Kirk Russell's Shell Games Nick Russell's Big Lake Blizzard

Louis Sachar's Fuzzy Mud Brenda Seabrook's The Dragon That Slurped the Green Slime Swamp (Children's) Frank Schätzing's The Swarm L.J. Seller's Crimes of Memory

Paige Shelton's Cold Wind Patricia Skalka's Death Stalks Door County

Barry Siegel's Actual Innocence Sheila Simonson's An Old Chaos Jessica Speart's Bird Brained, Blue Twilight, Gator Aide, Tortoise Soup Dana Stabenow's A Cold Day for Murder, A Deeper Sleep, A Fine and Bitter Snow, Midnight Come Again, A Taint in the Blood, and many others John Stanley's The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Curious Eat Themselves, Neal Stephenson's Zodiac Mark Stevens' Buried by the Roan; Antler Dust; Lake of Fire David Sundstrand's Shadow of the Raven William Tapply's Cutter's Run Peter Temple's The Broken Shore

Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood Craig Thomas's A Wild Justice Antti Tuomainen's The Healer Judith Van Gleson's "Neil Hamel" series, including The Wolf Path & Parrot Blues David Rains Wallace's The Turquoise Dragon Lee Wallingford's Clear-Cut Murder; Cold Tracks Joseph Wambaugh's Finnegan's Week Sterling Watson's Deadly Sweet Betty Webb's Desert Wind; The Anteater of Death Randy Wayne White's White Captiva Robert Wilson's Blood is Dirt K.J.A. Wishnia's The Glass Factory; 23 Shades of Black; Red House Soft Money John Yunker's The Tourist Trail; Where Oceans Hide Their Dead Greg Zeigler's Rare as Earth; Some Say Fire; The Straw That Broke Reservoir Noir

Crime Fiction that deals with intentional flooding of towns and villages because of building dams and reservoirs for water supply, irrigation, power and other reasons--a sad addition to the environmental crime fiction list. Scott Carson's The Chill Alan Dipper's Drowning Day Eileen Dunlop's Valley of the Deer(YA) Lee Harris's Christening Day Murder Reginald Hill's On Beulah Height Donald James' Walking the Shadows James D. Landis' The Talking (Artist of the Beautiful) Jane Langton's Emily Dickenson is Dead Julia Wallis Martin's A Likeness in Stone Sharyn McCrumb's Zombies of the Gene Pool Michael Miano's The Dead of Summer Ron Rash's One Foot in Eden Rick Riordan's The Devil Went Down to Austin Peter Robinson's In a Dry Season Lisa See's Dragon Bones Paul Somers' Broken Jigsaw Julia Spencer-Fleming's Out of the Deep I Cry John Milliken Thompson's The Reservoir Reservoir 13 Donald Westlake's Drowned Hopes John Morgan Wilson's Rhapsody in Blood Robert Wilson's Blood is Dirt Stuart Woods's Under the Lake

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