Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s prompt is “Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author.” I’m going back to my roots this week at Hidden Staircase – that’s right, Nancy Drew. Girl detectives. Female sleuths. Women solving mysteries. However you like to phrase it, she’s a leading lady with brains, spunk, and a sense of justice.
In the spirit of keeping things fresh, I will do my best to list books that don’t frequently appear in my TTT lists.
Ten Books to Read if you Like Nancy Drew (Girl Detectives)
Nancy Drew mysteries feature a strong, independent female lead who has a knack for stumbling upon a mystery that she can’t resist. She’s got two best friends to back her up, and love interest Ned is always waiting in the wings.
These are cozy mysteries, perfect for reading in a comfy chair, snuggled in a blanket while drinking a mug of hot chocolate. At least, that’s what works for me.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
Sassy. Smart. Fiercely loyal. A marshmallow.
Sleuth: Veronica Mars
Faithful sidekicks: Wallace & Mac
Love interest: Logan Echols
Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio
Gigi provides great comic relief to serious PI Charlie Swift.
Sleuth: Charlie Swift
Faithful sidekick: Gigi
Potential love interests: Father Dan or Connor Montgomery
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
This was the first Her Royal Spyness mystery I picked up, and it’s still my favorite.
Sleuth: Lady Georgiana Rannoch
Faithful sidekicks: Belinda & personal maid Queenie
Love interest: Darcy O’Mara
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay
Set in a small town, librarian Lindsey gets pulled into this murder investigation when a friend is a prime suspect.
Sleuth: Lindsey Norris
Faithful sidekicks: Beth & puppy Heathcliff
Potential love interest: Sully
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this mystery. What I got was a lot of laughs, and even a tear or two at the end.
Sleuth: Isabel Spellman
Faithful sidekick: Petra Clark
Potential love interest: Daniel Castillo
Killer Twist by C.A. Larmer
Roxy Parker is a ghostwriter who has a knack for stumbling upon a mystery. (…and the kindle edition is free right now!)
Sleuth: Roxy Parker
Faithful sidekick: Oliver Horowitz
Potential love interest: Max Farrell
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
What’s not to love about these books? Set in 1950’s England, Flavia de Luce has a passion for poisons. And sleuthing.
Sleuth: Flavia de Luce
Faithful sidekicks: Dogger & her faithful bicycle Gladys
Potential love interest: None. She’s eleven.
The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby
Fun mysteries, especially if you enjoy learning about US history or wine making. (Another book bargain, the Kindle edition is $1.99)
Sleuth: Lucie Montgomery
Faithful sidekick: [it’s been a while since I’ve read these, and I can’t remember!]
Potential Love interest: Quinn Santori
Scotched by Kaitlyn Dunnett
This series takes place in the small town of Moosetookalook, Maine. I don’t know if I’d live there; they seem to have a high murder rate. Like Murder She Wrote‘s Cabot Cove.
Sleuth: Liss MacCrimmon
Faithful sidekicks: Sherri & cat Lumpkin
Love interest: Dan Ruskin
Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle
In this fun series you’re learning a lot about coffee and food. The author even includes recipes for dishes cooked in the story at the end of the book.
Sleuth: Clare Cosi
Faithful sidekick: ex-husband Matteo
Love interest: Mike
I tried to keep my top ten to books I don’t typically mention in my top ten lists. With that being said, I would be remiss if I did not mention these two ladies.
Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton
Sleuth: Kinsey Millhone
Faithful sidekick: Landlord Henry Pitts
Potential love interest: Depends on where you are in the series
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Sleuth: Maisie Dobbs
Faithful sidekick: Best friend Priscilla & employee Billy
Potential love interest: Simon and James
What fabulous females have I missed this week? What topic did you choose for your top ten? Post your link in the comments below!