Barbara Holloway is a lead character in a series of mystery novels by American author Kate Wilhelm. Holloway works as an attorney in Eugene, Oregon. She has been described as intelligent, courageous and compassionate. Her father is also a lawyer (now semi-retired) who helps out his daughter along the way. The series mixes detective fiction with the drama of the courtroom.

The Barbara Holloway series began in 1991 with Death Qualified: A Mystery of Chaos. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Kate Wilhelm’s Barbara Holloway books in order of when they were first published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Barbara Holloway Books


Death Qualified: A Mystery of Chaos(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Defense(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
For the Defense(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Defense for the Devil(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Defense(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desperate Measures(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clear and Convicing Proof(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Unbidden Truth(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sleight of Hand(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Wrongful Death(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Case(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heaven is High(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By Stone By Blade By Fire(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Barbara Delaney

    What about “The Unbidden Truth” from 2004?

    “Oregon attorney Barbara Holloway has an unusual new client. Louise Braniff, member of a group that anonymously supports worthy women’s causes, asks her to represent gifted pianist Carol Fredricks, who is accused of murdering the manager of the bar that employed her to entertain. Barbara heard her play and was impressed, but, as she interviews her client, she discovers major problems. When she was eight years old, Carol and her parents were involved in a serious automobile accident. Her parents died, and she woke up in a hospital with no memory of anything that happened. Barbara’s investigation of the murder uncovers a web of deceit and greed that convinces her that someone is framing her innocent client.”

    • Brandon

      We weren’t missing the book; I had copy/pasted the wrong list over (oops!). Fixed that problem now. And apologies for the delay in my response!

  • Kate

    What about “Heaven is High” from 2011? It clearly follows “Death Qualified” chronologically, in spite of the publication date.