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As Halloween rapidly approaches, now is the best time to sit down with a good spooky book to sink your teeth into. As true crime continues to rise as a popular book genre, so does the visibility of true crime writers in the LGBTQIA+ community, who have been overlooked in the past. Here are some of the best true crime novels written by LGBTQIA+ authors that you should read!

The Little Death by Michael Nava

Michael Nava’s critically-acclaimed novel, The Little Death, is the first in a series that revolves around Henry Rios, an openly-gay criminal defense lawyer working in Los Angeles. This series has earned him several awards and has been beloved by many.

 

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A Matter of Blood by Catherine Maiorisi

A Matter of Blood is the first of two novels by Maiorisi that follow NYPD detective Chiara Corelli. It was nominated for “Best Lesbian Mystery” Lambda Award and is a murder mystery novel that is impossible to put down.
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Transition to Murder by Renee James

Transition to Murder is a fast-paced novel that focuses on a transgender hairdresser that focuses on the answer to her best friend’s murder. It was awarded Winner of the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year for Indie Fiction.
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