Sandra Parshall

Sandra Parshall is the author of six Rachel Goddard mysteries, set in Virginia. Her 2006 debut, The Heat of the Moon, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her latest title is Poisoned Ground (March 2014). A longtime member of Sisters in Crime, she has served on the national board and managed the SinC members’ online community for many years. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Gerald Parshall, a veteran Washington journalist. Visit her website at

8 entries by Sandra Parshall

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An ancient manuscript sends a Washington photojournalist on a quest for a medical miracle — and a killer.

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A criminal profiler seeks a mass murderer while confronting her own mother’s psychopathic history.

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A Circle of Wives

Alice LaPlante

When a widely-respected surgeon is murdered, the real mystery is: why was he married to three women at the same time?

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Once Upon a Lie

Maggie Barbieri

After her father, suffering from Alzheimer's, is suspected of murdering her cousin, a woman sets out to clear his name.

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Visitation Street

Ivy Pochoda

The author defies conventions of genre fiction in this story about life in a blue-collar Brooklyn community following the tragic loss of a teenage resident.

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The Dinner

Herman Koch

A family’s toxic secrets are slowly revealed during an elaborate dinner.

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Ruth Rendell

Through the prism of one of crime fiction’s most lethal imaginations we get a refracted “Upstairs Downstairs.”

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Meg Gardiner

This award-winning writer of two crime series renders up a new protagonist for those who like a bit of star-crossed romance in their mysteries.