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Publication Order of Stewart Hoag & Lulu Books

The Man Who Died Laughing (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Lived by Night (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman Who Fell from Grace (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Who Never Grew Up (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Cancelled Himself (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Loved Women to Death (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Couldn't Miss (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man in the White Linen Suit (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Wasn't All There (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady in the Silver Cloud (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Took What She Wanted (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman Who Lowered the Boom (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Berger and Mitry Books

The Cold Blue Blood (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hot Pink Farmhouse (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bright Silver Star (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burnt Orange Sunrise (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sweet Golden Parachute (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sour Cherry Surprise (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shimmering Blond Sister (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blood Red Indian Summer (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Snow White Christmas Cookie (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lavender Lane Lothario (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Justin Westwood Books

as Russell Andrews

Publication Order of Benji Golden Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gideon (As: Russell Andrews) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Icarus (As: Russell Andrews) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Click to Play (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Fight of the Century(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

David Handler is the author of the Hoagy and Lulu mysteries and the Mitch and Desiree mysteries. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and started his career in New York as a journalist, and published two highly acclaimed novels about growing up there, before resorting to writing crime friction. Handler has also written short stories, which were nominated for various awards and he was part of the writing team that created ‘Kate and Allie’ an Emmy Award winning sitcom that aired on the CBS network. He has continued writing for TV and film and has also co-authored ‘Gideon’, which proved to be an international bestseller.

David was born in 1952 in the United States where he got educated at the University High School, West Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbra, and the Columbia School of Journalism. He was nominated for the Dilys Award and also the Derringer Award and he managed to win the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. He lives in the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut with his girlfriend Diana and Freddie their beloved cat. His hobbies include yoga and he also writes a blog. He has written more than twenty books and his latest novel is titled ‘The Lavender Lane Lothario and it will be released in February 2016. But he is most famous for writing the Hoagy and Lulu mysteries and the Mitch and Desiree mysteries.

The Berger and Mitry series features Mitch Berger, a top film critic with a major New York newspaper at a surprisingly young age. After the death of his wife a year ago, Mitch has almost become a recluse and he spends most of his time in his house or in the screening room. But that didn’t slow him down because he still continues dazzling film producers and movie goers with his stinging criticisms. However, his editor is worried about him and so she gives him an assignment that isn’t related with film, all in an effort to pull him up from the doldrums.

The assignment involves doing a story covering the wealthy homeowners on the Gold Coast in Connecticut. It takes a lot to convince Mitch to cover this story but eventually he agrees. He’s fortunate enough to find an exclusive cottage being rented on a private island. His landlady is called Dolly, and she’s a friendly and pleasant person. But the other inhabitants of the small island aren’t so welcoming, and they seem to have a problem with his Eastern European heritage and the fact that he was born and raised in the city. But since Dolly needs the rent money after her husband left her, she is more than happy to rent her cottage to this out-of-towner.

Things take a nasty turn when Dolly discovers a dead body while gardening in her backyard. Enter Desiree Mitry, an African American female lieutenant tasked with investigating major crimes. She’s a dedicated officer who has a hidden talent as an artist. She also rescues stray cats and aggressively finds homes for them. Mitch is intrigued by Desiree and this leads to an interracial romance since. This adds intrigue to the story because it’s not every day that you find authors dealing with interracial dating.

David Handler does a good job of creating unique characters in this series. The characters seem very real, and as a reader, you find yourself rooting for Mitch, egging him on as he tries to overcome his depression. Desiree’s character is likeable, and she will leave you in stitches with her quirky humor. She also has an obsession with cats, which also adds humor to the story while showing her compassionate side and making her look good.

David Handler has also written the Hoagy and Lulu mysteries, which tell the story of Stewart Hoag, a suave, debonair and witty ghostwriter for celebrities and Lulu, his basset hound who loves nothing more than eating cat food. The first installment of this series is titled ‘The Man Who Died Laughing’, and in this story, Hoagy and Lulu find themselves in Hollywood, where he will be ghosting the memoirs of has-been funnyman Sonny Day. Now Sonny made history on the silver screen when he starred in ‘Knight and Day’, a comedy team that kept people laughing in the 1950s but his fortunes had now dwindled and he was looking for a comeback.

When the comedy duo split up, Sonny is intent on returning to the limelight, and he hopes that his explosive, tell-all biography will help him achieve that goal. Stewart Hoag is hired due to his precise prose but there’s someone out there who wants to ensure that Sonny’s bio doesn’t make it to the bookshelves and is also planning to kill the comic. When the killer finally strikes, Hoagy suddenly finds himself in the killer’s crosshairs and ghostwriting is no longer a living because it could lead to his demise.

Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York, and everyone in Manhattan tried to befriend him. The cocktail circuit was not complete without Hoag, his wife and trusty hound by his side. But when his second novel flopped after being hit by a bad case of writer’s block, his wife, money and friends all disappeared. But Lulu stuck with him, and now the only opportunity available for him is ghostwriting, an undignified career that only beats dental school. When he begins his ghostwriting career, he meets his first client, Sonny Day, a washed up comedian who used to be very popular thirty years ago.

Sonny had grown disillusioned when he split with his partner, and his fortunes continued to dwindle. He started having problems with alcohol and things became so bad that he could no longer rise to the occasion when in the bedroom. The only thing that was left to do was to write a memoir. So Hoagy and Lulu arrive in Hollywood expecting to find easy living and plenty of sunshine. Instead, they discover Day’s corpse and Hoagy finds himself battling to prove his innocence. The Hoagy and Lulu mysteries is fresh and funny and the 1980s setting has contributed to making it a classic series.

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4 Responses to “David Handler”

  1. LynAnn: 8 months ago

    Loving your Berger & Mitry series…. such fun characters, you do a great job of description, and feelings, etc. The plots are good and keep me very interested to see the next step! Thank You!

  2. Roger Wilson: 8 months ago

    Will there be another Mitch & Des book? Just finish the last one,(read them all in order) I really enjoyed reading them but now that dad has women in his life ,mom just came home can’t wait for the next one.

  3. Darla: 11 months ago

    Just discovered this great writer by accident.Read The Cold Blue Blood and loved it. Will look for more.

  4. Susan C Schmittinger: 2 years ago

    I just read your new book and I just loved your writing style. Best regards (Lady in a silver cloud)


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