Search - List of Books by Katherine V. Forrest

Katherine V. Forrest (born 1939 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is an American writer.

Forrest is best known for her eight novels about lesbian police detective Kate Delafield. The character was the very first lesbian police detective in the American lesbian mystery genre and is described as "Miss Marple with k.d. lang, Sherlock Holmes with Candace Gingrich, and you've got Kate Delafield: ex-Marine, homicide detective for the LAPD, queer-as-the-day-is-long heroine". The second novel in the series, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, was optioned for film by director Tim Hunter The screenplay had been written and roles cast with Mary Louise Parker as Delafield and Tom Arnold as her police partner, but the project was ultimately shelved.

Her romance Curious Wine is considered a classic of American lesbian literature. In discussion of the "light" element of the lesbian romance Forrest said, "I think it's political as hell... Here were two women who had a lot of choices in life, a lot of options, and out of all of those options they chose the hardest one, which was to love each other." The novel is credited as one that "broke through many misconceptions about lesbians and lesbian relationships."

Of her personal political sensibilities, Forrest said, "We are the only subculture that incorporates both genders, all races, all colors, all creeds... Being visible can make us free...and give us a power we have never known." After relocating from Los Angeles to San Francisco, near The Castro district, she said, "It would be impossible to live here and not be political." This was a marked departure from her early life, of which she wrote, "Even after I committed the Big Sin and made that irrevocable passage, and even though I thereafter found women who loved me, and even though I had loving relationships, I remained essentially in the grip of all the early shame and my own powerful homophobia."

Her work is also noted for unprecedented eroticism and display of lesbian sexuality. Forrest noted that classic mysteries such as Agatha Christie might not even contain a hug. "Sexuality is a part of life and it's something that readers are interested in as far as characters... Love scenes are unparalleled opportunities to characterize a major character and bring out aspects of them that you can't in normal everyday scenes."

She also had a ten-year tenure as fiction editor at Naiad Press and currently serves as Supervising Editor at Spinsters Ink. She has also written science fiction novels and edited numerous anthologies of gay and lesbian interest. As an editor she worked with hundreds of writers, including Jane Rule and Lee Lynch, who wrote of Forrest's fiction, "Her stories embrace and strengthen us, and give us permission to live our lives fully just as we are."

Also known for her reviews and articles about lesbian and gay publishing, she authored book reviews appearing in the The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Articles have appeared in Brother and Sister, The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review and The Lambda Book Report.

She was a recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1998, and currently serves on their board of trustees. In 2008, she received the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award from Publishing Triangle and the Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society. She is also a recipient of The Alice B Readers Award medal. She lives with her wife, Jo Hercus, in the San Francisco area.

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Total Books: 73
Lethal Care
2017 - Lethal Care [Inspector Carol Ashton Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781594935817
ISBN-10: 1594935815
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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High Desert A Kate Delafield Mystery
Best Bi Short Stories Bisexual Fiction
2014 - Best Bi Short Stories Bisexual Fiction (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781613900888
ISBN-10: 1613900880
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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High Desert
2013 - High Desert [Kate Delafield] (Paperback)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781935226659
ISBN-10: 1935226657
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Beverly Malibu The
2013 - Beverly Malibu The (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781594933639
ISBN-10: 1594933634
Genre: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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Murder by Tradition
2013 - Murder By Tradition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781935226628
ISBN-10: 1935226622
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Hancock Park
2013 - Hancock Park (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781935226703
ISBN-10: 1935226703
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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Sleeping Bones
2013 - Sleeping Bones (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781935226666
ISBN-10: 1935226665
Genre: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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Murder at the Nightwood Bar
Amateur City
2011 - Amateur City (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781594932700
ISBN-10: 1594932700
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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Curious Wine
2011 - Curious Wine (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781594932557
ISBN-10: 1594932557
Genre: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2

An Emergence of Green
2010 - An Emergence of Green (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781594932175
ISBN-10: 1594932174
Genre: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Apparition Alley
2010 - Apparition Alley [A Kate Delafield Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781883523800
ISBN-10: 188352380X
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Dreams and Swords
2007 - Dreams and Swords (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781932859379
ISBN-10: 1932859373
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Cuando La Piel No Olvida/ When My Skin Doesn't Forget
2006 - Cuando La Piel No Olvida/ When My Skin Doesn't Forget [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788488052216
ISBN-10: 8488052219
Genre: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
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Vollrausch
2005 - Vollrausch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886198856
ISBN-10: 3886198855
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Daughters of an Emerald Dusk
2005 - Daughters of an Emerald Dusk (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555838232
ISBN-10: 1555838235
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 6

The Beverly Malibu
2003 - The Beverly Malibu [Kate Delafield, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781555837167
ISBN-10: 1555837166
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 8

Murder by Tradition
2003 - Murder By Tradition [Kate Delafield, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781555837198
ISBN-10: 1555837190
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Daughters of a Coral Dawn  A Novel
Daughters of an Amber Noon
2002 - Daughters of an Amber Noon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555836634
ISBN-10: 1555836631
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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2000 - Sleeping Bones [A Kate Delafield Mystery] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1998 - Amateur City [Kate Delafield, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
1998 - Apparition Alley [Kate Delafield, Bk 6] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1997 - Liberty Square [Kate Delafield, Bk 5] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1995 - Daughters of a Coral Dawn [Daughters of a Coral Dawn, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
1994 - The Beverly Malibu [Kate Delafield, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1987 - Murder at the Nightwood Bar [Kate Delafield, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback