Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes is the author of twelve Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, and Edgar Award finalist. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.


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What do you keep by your side when you're writing?

* Music: Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smither, and Girlyman
* Drink: Diet Coke
* Toys: The bunny, the pig, and the giraffe

Who's your favorite fictional character?

Sherlock Holmes. When I was twelve years old I read “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” and stopped sleeping for a week. (I lay in the dark listening for a low whistle.) I adore Holmes for his specialized knowledge. He knows what he needs to know. He never clutters his mind with useless information.

If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where or who would you visit?


Shakespeare, opening night, Macbeth.

If you could be any other person who would you be?

Shakespeare, opening night, Hamlet. Because I would not yet have written Macbeth.    

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The Perfect Ghost

Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing...


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Lie Down with the Devil
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle wants to know what her on-again, off-again boyfriend Sam Gianelli did to earn himself the secret indictment for murder that’s...


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Flashpoint
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

When six-foot redhead ex-cop and Boston-based private investigator Carlotta Carlyle agrees to help an elderly recluse burglar-proof her apartment, the last...


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Heart of the World
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
St. Martin's Paperbacks

SHE’LL GO TO THE END OF THE EARTH When private investigator Carlotta Carlyle learns that Paolina, the teenaged “little sister” she’s been mentoring for years,...


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A Trouble of Fools
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

The first book in the Carlotta Carlyle series! Linda Barnes’s A Trouble of Fools is the book that introduced readers to ex-Boston cop and PI Carlotta...


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Cold Case
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Twenty-four years ago, teen prodigy Thea Janis vanished from her upper crust Boston prep school. At first called a runaway, she's later named among the victims...


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Hardware
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

In her sixth spellbinding adventure, Carlotta Carlyle, the 6'1" redheaded P.I. from Boston, takes on a case that draws her into the mysterious shadova and of...


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Snapshot
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

Every Friday a child's snapshot arrives at the Boston office of P.I. Carlotta Carlyle. There's no note. No return address. Just pictures of the child as a...


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Steel Guitar
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
St. Martin's Paperbacks

They say you meet all kinds when you're driving a hack. That's certainly the case for Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle, who gets an unexpected fare while...


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Coyote
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

When a mysterious woman asks Carlotta Carlyle to help locate her missing immigration card, it looks to be a pretty straightforward assignment. That is, until...


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Deep Pockets
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Harvard professor Wilson Chaney's position in life is hanging by a thread; his marriage, his reputation, not to mention his tenure at Harvard are in the hands...


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The Big Dig
Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries
Linda Barnes
Minotaur Books

Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redheaded private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a...


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