The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith...that's the first title in the series, audio is wonderful. I love how Smith, a Scottish older white male, writes from a black Botswana woman's point of view...such great wisdom...always thoughtful and kind.
Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley #1Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, English gifted girl who has inherited her Grandfather's science lab in the 1950's to solve crimes, I like the audio on this one, too.
Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George...I love books about books...main character is trying to heal after his girlfriend left....21 years ago...lives in a boarding house full of characters & he owns a bookshop on the river Seine.
The Smells of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock- author grew up in Alaska on fishing boats so takes place in Alaska, coming of age, family doesn't always mean by blood, raised by a village...full of characters, each having their point of view per chapter. Such wisdom in these.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - WWII, much like ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, but more from the view of the German's who didn't want Hiltler. The narrator in the book is death.
The Spellman Files #1...Lisa Lutz, dysfunctional family runs a detective agency in Cali. HILARIOUS! Crazy mother and father, oldest son is not in the business, oldest daughter late 20's is a former juvenile delinquent, and even the youngest 13 year old daughter does surveillance and such. LOVED this entire series, great audio, the last book in the series was so well done!
If you liked Janet Evanovich at all, Sparkle Hayter's Robin Hudson's series is smarter and funnier...#1 What's a Girl Gotta Do? Sparkle worked for CNN back in the day and her protagonist works for a tv news outlet. Audio is fun, older series should be easy to get at library.
John Dunning, from Denver, has a great little mystery series set in a book shop in Denver. #1 Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway #1) older but great series...used to email him and chat with him...such a nice man.