August 2003

Reading Recommendations · Cincinnati: The City in Fiction

The city and it environs have been the setting for many novels. Take a novel look at our city with one of these books set in Cincinnati.


The Kincade Chronicles

John M. Anderson
18th–20th century

The Secret Annie Oakley

Marcy Heidish
19th century

Back Street

Fannie Hurst
late 18th–early 20th century

The Seekers

John Jakes
early 19th century

Towpath to Freedom

Georgia A. Johnson
mid-19th century

Cincinnati, or, The Mysteries of the West

Emil Klauprecht
19th century

Stringtown on the Pike

John Uri Lloyd
late 19th century

Follow the River

Albert Mayer
late 18th century

Wooden Shoe Hollow

Charlotte Pieper
early 20th century

Follow the River

James Alexander Thom
late 18th century


Lee Davis Willoughby
19th century

Twentieth Century Cincinnati

Cover of Suzi Sinzinnati

Suzi Sinzinnati

Joe David Bellamy

River Road

C. F. Borgman

Grand Avenue

Joy Fielding

One Man’s Justice

Roger Fortin

The Jazz Bird

Craig Holden

Circa 1957

Chuck Klein

Driving with Ace

Dennis Latham

Seventeen Blocks from the River

Marylou Vonderbrink

Mystery & Suspense

Cover of The Queen City Murder Case

The Queen City Murder Case

William G. Bogart

The Model Corpse

Marian Buxton Clark

Two Truths and a Lie

Katrina Kittle

Eye of the Agency

Richard Moquist

The Knock at Midnight

James Reston


Frank C. Strunk

Trade Secrets

Maynard F. Thompson

Mystery Series Set in Cincinnati

Cover of One for the Money

One for the Money

D.B. Borton
Cat Caliban (sleuth)

The Serpentine Wall

Jim DeBrosse
Rick Decker (sleuth)


Lynn Hightower
Sonora Blair (sleuth)

Add One Dead Critic

Cathie John
Kate Cavanaugh (sleuth)

Taxes, Death and Trouble

C.M. Miller
Audrey Wilson (sleuth)

Trouble Making Toys

A.M. Pyle
Cesar Franck (sleuth)

Angel's Bidding

Sharon Gwyn Short
Patricia Delaney (sleuth)

The Lime Pit

Jonathan Valin
Harry Stoner (sleuth)

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Cover of If I Never Get Back

If I Never Get Back

Darryl Brock

Queen City Jazz

Kathleen Ann Goonan

The December Rose

Robert J. Grant
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