Romance Mystery Novels To Satisfy Your Inner Sleuth

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Mystery Romance Novels

Mystery novels are great, but do you know what's even better? Mystery romance novels! There isn't anything better than getting entangled in a creepy mystery or a fast paced whodunit with a nice, underlying romantic tension between the two lead characters. While enjoying the main romantic plot in the book, you get to play Sherlock Holmes and try to solve the mystery along with the characters. Funnily enough, one of the mystery romance novels on this list is actually a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story!

Of course, the other romance mysteries on this list are incredible too. The list includes a book about a woman stumbling upon her long lost twin and digging into the secrets of their past, a murder mystery set in a Scottish castle, and a potential copycat serial killer back to kill the girl who got away. You'll remain on the edge of your seat with these eight fantastic romance mystery novels.

1. Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron

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Special Agent Hatcher McGee is still hellbent on avenging his wife's murder, and can't believe his terrible luck when he gets partnered with Korine Davenport, a rookie agent he once had a one night stand with that nearly cost him everything important to him. It turns out that Korine and Hatcher have much more in common than they know. When she was young, Korine witnessed her father's murder. They begin to follow the trail of a ruthless vigilante going after predators who have gone free, their pasts unfolding as they close in.

2. Alchemy by Marie S. Crosswell

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After a ruthless murderer begins targeting London's homeless population, Sherlock Holmes decides to take on the case, taking her best friend and business partner, Jane Watson, with her. It doesn't take long for Sherlock to realize that the killer's true vendetta is against Sherlock, and the deeper she gets pulled into the case, the deeper it goes. All the while, Sherlock and DI Lestrade reach a new point in their friendship and she may be forced to deal with another challenge she wasn't expecting: romance.

3. Hard As Ice by Raven Scott

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During his time with the CIA, Evan DaCosta was injured, but now that he's finally healed, he's ready to move on with his life. He decides to join an organization called Fortis and takes on the roll of recovering jewels stolen from an auction house. While the suspect list is long, Evan believes it could be an inside job. He goes undercover and stick close to Nia James, the auction house's lovely business manager. Evan has no problem with that. Nia has had to work harder than everyone else to get to the position she's in today and the last thing she needs is a gorgeous man around to distract her.

4. Dyeing to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker

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After moving from Miami to small town Ohio, Detective Gabriel Wyatt expected his life to be peaceful. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation. Along the way, he meets Josh Roman, a hairstylist and business owner of Curl Up and Dye Salon. Josh winds up getting caught in the middle of the investigation, and despite his initial attraction to Gabe, he can't afford to give his heart away again. Especially when is life is on the line.

5. Cut and Run by Mary Burton

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Medical examiner Faith McIntyre is called in for a woman only clinging to life after a hit and run. The woman is Macy Crow, and FBI agent and has the same face as Faith. Faith has always know she's adopted, but having a twin sister doesn't seem to be the only secret from her childhood. Along with Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden, Faith follows the clues Macy left behind. They end up at an isolated ranch and discover the bodies of three women who vanished thirty years ago. This is only the beginning.

6. Murder Takes the High Road by Josh Lanyon

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On a Scottish bus tour for fans of the mystery writer, Dame Vanessa Rayburn, librarian Carter Matheson is set on enjoying himself. It's true that his ex-boyfriend and his new boyfriend are also on the trip, making Carter room with a complete stranger, but he's too excited to meet his favorite author to be too upset by it. Carter find John Knight, his roommate, just as mysterious as a character straight from Vanessa Rayburn's books, and Carter quickly grows suspicious. A fellow traveler dies, followed by rumors of foul play, and Carter finds himself drawn into the mystery. Evan as his attraction for John grows, so do the tragedies. A murderer is among them, but who?

7. Forsaken Trust by Meredith Doench

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Wallace Lake, Ohio, has never been open to outsiders. They are a community that prides itself on taking care of its own. Even when the bodies of four women are found, the community shuts itself off. Before more innocent lives are taken, Agent Luce Hansen of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation needs to find a way to investigate. Aided by her team made up of a hot rookie and a medical examiner both too beautiful and smart for her own good, Luce finds out just how far people will go to protect the people they love.

8. Hidden by Kendra Elliot

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Eleven years ago, Oregon State University was under seize by the Co-ed Slayer, a man who ended up murdering nine female students. During an attack by the killer, Lacey Campbell's best friend was killed by him and she barely escaped with her life. As the only survivor, Lacey helped put the killer away. Now Lacey is a forensic odontologist, working for the state Medical Examiner. At a crime scene, she discovers the remains belong to her college friend's on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Lacey and Jack hit it off and realize the prosecution's witness from the trail are now being picked off. The evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer, but he died in prison. So who is the killer?

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