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Linda Barnes (writer)

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Occupation  Writer
Genre  Mystery fiction
Language  English
Name  Linda Barnes

Nationality  American
Role  Writer
Alma mater  Boston University
Education  Boston University
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Born  December 6, 1949 (age 66) (1949-12-06)
Notable works  Carlotta Carlyle series
Awards  Anthony Award for Best Short Story
Nominations  Edgar Award for Best Novel, Shamus Award for Best P. I. Short Story
Books  The Perfect Ghost, A Trouble of Fools, Lie down with the devil, The Snake Tattoo, Deep pockets
Similar People  Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Sue Grafton, Eric Orton

Linda Barnes (born December 6, 1949) is an American mystery writer.



Linda Barnes was born and raised in Detroit, and graduated cum laude from the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Boston University. After college, Barnes became a drama teacher and director at Chelmsford and Lexington, Massachusetts schools. While teaching drama, Barnes wrote two plays, the award-winning "Wings" and "Prometheus", and went on to write highly successful mystery novels.

Linda Barnes lives near Boston with her husband.


Barnes is best known for her series featuring Carlotta Carlyle, a 6'1" redheaded detective from Boston. Carlotta Carlyle is in the tradition of the hard-boiled female detectives created by Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky.

Michael Spraggue series

  • Blood Will Have Blood (1981)
  • Bitter Finish (1982)
  • Dead Heat (1984)
  • Cities Of The Dead (1985)
  • Carlotta Carlyle series

  • A Trouble Of Fools (1987)
  • The Snake Tattoo (1989)
  • Coyote (1990)
  • Steel Guitar (1991)
  • Snapshot (1993)
  • Hardware (1995)
  • Cold Case (1997)
  • Flashpoint (1999)
  • The Big Dig (2002)
  • Deep Pockets (2004)
  • Heart Of The World (2006)
  • Lie Down With The Devil (2008)
  • Em Moore

  • The Perfect Ghost (2013)
  • Book reviews

  • The Perfect Ghost Carolyn Haley's book review in the New York Journal of Books noted “Don’t be surprised if Linda Barnes gets an award for The Perfect Ghost, . . .”
  • Kirkus wrote "Barnes puts aside her Carlotta Carlyle series (Lie Down With the Devil, 2008, etc.) for an eerie, suspenseful stand-alone that focuses more on the characters and their dark pasts than on a clever mystery."
  • Publishers Weekly wrote "Although the mystery is slow to build, Barnes delivers a captivating story of love, rivalry, and revenge."
  • Wins

  • 1986 Anthony award for Best short story, "Lucky Penny"
  • 1987 Edgar award for Best novel, A Trouble of Fools
  • Nominations

  • 1986 Shamus award for Best private eye short story, "Lucky Penny"
  • 1988 Anthony award for Best novel, A Trouble of Fools
  • 1988 Edgar award for Best mystery novel, A Trouble of Fools
  • 1988 Shamus award for Best private eye novel, A Trouble of Fools
  • References

    Linda Barnes (writer) Wikipedia