Dean James Miranda James
Miranda James is the most well-known pen name of American author Dean James, who writes cozy mystery novels. Besides his pseudonym and real name, James also uses (or has used) the names Jimmie Ruth Evans and Honor Hartman. Among the series he has written are the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, Trailer Park Mysteries and the Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries. James has been writing ever since he was 12, when he wrote a mystery novel entitled The Mystery of the Willow Key, inspired by Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. He has also written several non-fiction books.

Dean James became a published author in 1994 when he published a non-fiction book entitled By a Woman’s Hand, co-authored by Jean Swanson. The reference book won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction. His first mystery novel was entitled Cruel as the Grave (again written as Dean James) and was published in 2000. His debut as Miranda James came in 2010 with the novel Murder Past Due, which was the beginning of his Cat in the Stacks Mysteries series. Below is a list of Dean/Miranda James’ books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Deep South Mysteries


Cruel as the Grave(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Closer Than the Bones(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death by Dissertation(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Simon Kirby-Jones Books


Posted to Death(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Faked to Death(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Decorated to Death(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Baked to Death(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Trailer Park Mysteries Books


Flamingo Fatale(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Over Easy(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Best Served Cold(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bring Your Own Poison(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Leftover Dead(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bridge Club Mysteries Books


On the Slam(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Unkindest Cut(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Cat In The Stacks Mysteries Books


Murder Past Due(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Classified as Murder(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
File M for Murder(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Out of Circulation(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Silence of the Library(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Arsenic and Old Books(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Cats Allowed(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Southern Sisters Mysteries


Bless Her Dead Little Heart(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead with the Wind(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


Deadly Women(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Dines In(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


By a Woman's Hand: Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Books: A Reader's Guide to Exploring the Popular World of Mystery and Suspense(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dick Francis Companion(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Robert B. Parker Companion(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Simon Kirby-Jones series, the Deep South Mysteries series and all anthologies and non-fiction books were written under his real name of Dean James. The Trailer Park Mysteries series was written as Jimmie Ruth Evans. The Bridge Club Mysteries series was written using the pen name of Honor Hartman.

The non-fiction books By a Woman’s Hand, Killer Books and The Dick Francis Companion were co-authored with Jean Swanson. The book The Robert B. Parker Companion was co-authored with Elizabeth Foxwell.

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