The Rec League: Diverse Detectives & Sleuths

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookReader Katie C. wants to add more mysteries to her reading list, but she wants ones with detectives who are a person of color:

I would like to a request a Rec League for mysteries with people of color detectives/sleuths. After the post about the lack of POC in HR, I was looking through the list of mysteries I want to read and the main characters were mostly white females (with a significant number of white males). So I would like get some recs for mysteries where a POC is either the sleuth/detective or a substantial sidekick with a real backstory and as an active participant in figuring out and running down clues.

I mostly read historical and cozy mysteries because I don’t like serial killer stories, noir, gritty (to me that means horribly depressing) police procedurals, anything where a murder involves torture, sexual violence or crimes against children.

The only contemporary series that I have read and liked at all are Cormoran Strike (by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling – I have only read the first one) and the Vish Puri mysteries set in modern day India (the main character is a POC as is the entire supporting cast).

So what mysteries (preferably series, but not a requirement) that are historicals, cozies, or contemporary (but not serial killer, sexual predators, etc.) with POC main characters would your readers recommend?

SarahMidnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch.

Carrie: I don’t know many cozy mysteries. Walter Mosley is a famous Black mystery author. His most well-known detective is also Black (Easy Rawlings). But the crimes can be pretty nasty.

Does anyone else have suggestions for Katie?

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