Cold Cases, brrr…..

I won’t ask if January’s been cold enough for you – it has been for me. But instead of complaining about the chilly weather, let’s embrace the idea of cold with a look at a few books featuring cold cases. A cold case is a crime that has not been solved, and is no longer being investigated. The clues may have all dried up and the witnesses scattered (or even dead). They are definitely a challenge to even the best detectives.

The books here, whether fiction or nonfiction, take a new look at an old crime – sometimes¬† ending with a positive result (or negative, if you happen to be the perpetrator). Cuddle up with one of these cold cases and you just might start feeling the heat…



The Bones in the Attic – Robert Barnard

Shadows – Edna Buchanan

Echo Park – Michael Connelly

Never Fear – Scott Frost

The Grave Maurice – Martha Grimes

Murder in Hell’s Kitchen – Lee Harris

Chill of Fear – Kay Hooper

Long Time Gone – JA Jance

What the Dead Know – Laura Lippman

The Bootlegger’s Daughter – Margaret Maron

The Virgin of Small Plains – Nancy Pickard

A Field of Darkness – Cornelia Read

Mission Road – Rick Riordan

In a Dry Season – Peter Robinson

The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey



Dead But Not Forgotten: The True Story of a Cheating Husband, His Stunning Mistress, and a Murder Case Gone Cold – Amber Hunt

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases – Mike Capuzzo

The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad – Stacy Horn

Three Boys Missing: The Tragedy that Exposed the Pedophilia Underworld – James A. Jack

Unsolved Crimes – Michael Newton

Worth More Dead, and Other True Cases – Ann Rule


Have I forgotten your favorite? Add the title in your comment!

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