Jan Grape Books In Order

Zoe Barrow Mystery Books In Order

  1. Austin City Blue (2001)
  2. Dark Blue Death (2005)


  1. What Doesn’t Kill You (2010)


  1. Found Dead in Texas (2002)

Anthologies edited

  1. Deadly Women (1997)
  2. Murder Past, Murder Present (2009)
  3. Murder Here, Murder There (2012)

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Jan Grape Books Overview

Austin City Blue

In Harm’s Way When Austin police officer Zoe Barrow fatally shoots twenty five year old Jesse Garcia during a standoff, Internal Affairs has some hard questions because the dead perp also happens to be the guy who put a bullet in Zoe’s husband and left him a vegetable. Assigned to desk duty until she’s cleared of any vendetta, Zoe tries to piece together a series of strange and violent new twists that will make or break her career. One of her snitches, a local prostitute, is murdered and Zoe finds a strange connection to another unofficial case: a friend of her husband’s who thinks his wife has hired someone a cop to kill him. Soon, threats from Garcia’s uncle, another brutal murder and a sobering link to police corruption put Zoe in the line of fire, fighting to save her badge, her honor and her skin.

Dark Blue Death

Austin Police officer Zoe Barrow, first seen in the Anthony award-nominated Austin City Blue, is assisting field officers in role-playing for the new police cadets at Austin Police Department’s Training Academy. Zoe and fellow training officer Anne Panzarella are conducting moving violations stops when a cadet comes running up to say one of the cadets has been killed. Zoe finds herself thrust into a mind-boggling case involving an extremely sick-minded individual who uses a high-powered rifle to execute from a distance, yet who then has an up-close and personal encounter with the body afterward. As other female APD officers are killed, the F.B.I. is called in to help. Zoe’s partner, Sergeant Harry Albright, is scornful of the their involvement, while Zoe – as a brand-new homicide officer – welcomes any and all help. In the meantime, Zoe’s husband, Byron Barrow, who remains in a semi-vegetative state, disappears from the nursing home where he lives along with two other patients. This is a scary nightmare for Zoe. Has he been kidnapped for ransom? Or has some ‘bad guy’ she’d put in prison planned to get back at her? As the body counts rises and Zoe and Harry struggle to catch the sniper, Zoe is drawn into a battle of wills with Byron’s parents. Can Zoe handle the heat, find the sniper, and survive another tension-filled week?

Jan Grape and her husband, Elmer sold Mysteries & More bookstore in Austin, Texas, to spend more time with their five grandchildren and travel. They now live in a RV full time with their black cats, Nick and Nora.

Deadly Women

From Agatha Christie to Murder, She Wrote, women have occupied a central and honored place in the mystery scene. Containing articles about female writers past and present, including Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, J.A. Jance, Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller and others, this book celebrates women’s contributions to crime fiction.

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