Emma Lathen
Emma Lathen is the collective pen name of American authors Mary Jane Latsis and Martha Henissart, who wrote mystery novels. Under the Emma Lathen pen name, they wrote the John Putnam Thatcher series; as R.B. Dominic, they wrote the Ben Safford series. The authors, who were both businesswomen, met as graduate students at Harvard. Latsis passed away in 1997.

Emma Lathen debuted as a novelist in 1961 with the novel Banking on Death. Below is a list of Emma Lathen’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of John Putnam Thatcher Books

Banking on Death(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Place for Murder(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Accounting for Murder(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Shall Overcome(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Against the Grain(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Stitch in Time(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Come to Dust(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When in Greece(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder to Go(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pick Up Sticks(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ashes to Ashes(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Longer the Thread(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Without Icing(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sweet and Low(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By Hook or By Crook(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Double, Double, Oil and Trouble(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Going for the Gold(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Green Grow the Dollars(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Something in the Air(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
East is East(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Right on the Money(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brewing Up a Storm(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Shark Out of Water(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ben Safford Books

Murder, Sunny Side Up(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in High Place(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There is No Justice(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Epitaph for a Lobbyist(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Out of Commission(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Attending Physician(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unexpected Developments(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: There is No Justice was also published as Murder Out of Court. Unexpected Developments is also known as A Flaw in the System.

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Emma Lathen Synopses: A Place for Murder is the second John Putnam Thatcher novel by Emma Lathen. John Putnam Thatcher gets to the bottom of things by cutting through divorce, carryings on, dog shows, and more to examine the financial motives and nail the killer.

Accounting for Murder is the third novel featuring John Putnam Thatcher by Emma Lathen. Banker/detective John Putnam Thatcher deals with miscalculations and murder at the National Calculating Company, where an accountant is found strangled with his adding machine cord.

Death Shall Overcome by Emma Lathen is about Wall Street promoting the first Black partner in a distinguised brokerage firm. Ed Parry is a Yale Summa graduate, Rhode Scholar, and rich in his own right.

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