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Aug 8 2017 2:00pm

Amateur Night: Black Women in Amateur Detective Fiction

From Walter Mosley’s private investigator Easy Rawlins to James Patterson’s police detective Alex Cross, the professional black detective has a great history on the page and bestseller lists. There’s no question these guys know how to get the job done. But they’re not the only ones. 

Though they might not be as well-known or celebrated as some of their professional male counterparts, the black woman amateur detective has her own storied history comprising of everyone from maids to college professors to classical musicians to writers. The novels are as diverse as the women themselves, with something for every mystery fan. Whether these women are found in a relaxing cozy or a more hard-hitting historical novel, nothing about these characters is amateur. Here’s a look at five of them.

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