Lena Jones is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by American novelist Betty Webb. Lena Jones is a private investigator and a former police officer, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was raised in foster homes, so she isn’t aware of her own background at the beginning of the series. The series makes use of its setting of the Southwestern U.S.

Betty Webb began her Lena Jones series in 2001 with the novel Desert Noir. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Betty Webb’s Lena Jones books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Lena Jones Books

Desert Noir(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Wives(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Shadows(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Run(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Cut(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Lost(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Wind(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Rage(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Vengeance(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert Redemption(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Lena Jones Synopses: Desert Noir by Betty Webb is the first Lena Jones novel. After the brutal murder of her friend, Clarice Kobe, who was found beaten to death in her art gallery, private investigator Lena Jones, while trying to prove the innocence of Clarice’s ex-husband, delves into a deadly world of hate, betrayal, and love where she is forced to confront her own tragic past.

Desert Wives is the second book in the Lena Jones series from Betty Webb. When private detective Lena Jones helps 13-year-old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamous compound hidden in a desolate area on the Utah/Arizona border, she finds more than she bargained for. Rebecca’s mother has now been arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca’s intended husband. So Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. What secrets are the Circle of Elders so desperate to protect? Lena thinks she’s put her own past behind her, but the sins of Purity’s mothers and fathers force her to re-examine the scant memories of her early childhood. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet in her head. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name or the names of her parents. Is Lena’s past connected to this case somehow?

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