Janet Dawson is an American author and the creator of the Jeri Howard series of books that focuses on a private investigator in Oakland. The first book in the series, Kindred Crimes, was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel.

Dawson previously worked as a newspaper reporter in Colorado and was also a journalist in the U.S. Navy. During her time in the Navy she was stationed in the San Francisco Bay area. Dawson now works on the staff at the University of California in Berkeley. She is a long-time member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, even serving as MWA NorCal president.

Publication Order of Jeri Howard Mystery Books

Kindred Crimes (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Till the Old Men Die (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Take a Number (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Don't Turn Your Back On The Ocean (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Missing Child / Nobody's Child (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Credible Threat (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Witness to Evil (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where the Bodies Are Buried (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Killing at the Track (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bit Player (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Trail (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Water Signs (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil Close Behind (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jeri Howard Short Stories/Novellas

Candles On The Corner (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Eyes (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little Red Corvette (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slayer Statute (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of California Zephyr Mystery Books

Death Rides the Zephyr (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Deals a Hand (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ghost in Roomette Four (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Above the Line (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

What You Wish for (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Pack Rat (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voice Mail (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
By The Book (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Invisible Time (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mrs. Lincoln's Dilemma (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What The Cat Dragged In (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Witchcraft (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
But Not Forgotten (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Scam and Eggs (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Hit the Books! (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Janet Dawson Books, You’ll Love…

Kindred Crimes is the first book in the P.I. Jeri Howard series. In this one Jeri finds herself investigating a missing persons case that sprawls throughout Northern California. Renee Foster told her husband that she had no relatives, but that ends up being far from the truth as her family includes a porn star and a murderer among their ranks, the whole family has their issues. Dawson smells something fishy with this case from the start and finds a case that is far more complex and intriguing than it would seem on the surface.

Another great book in the series is The Devil Close Behind. The story takes place in New Orleans where Jeri is on vacation. There a friend asks for a favor as her sister and her boyfriend have gone missing. Laurette and Slade, a musician, have gone missing and Slade’s lifestyle seems to be the culprit. As Jeri searches for them she’ll travel from the French Quarter to workaday NOLA and back to California as this job gets deadly.

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