Best Dee Henderson Books | Mystery & Suspense

Dee Henderson is the author of many fiction novels. She writes Christian fiction and romantic suspense, and she has written multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. 

Best Dee Henderson Books | Mystery & Suspense

Henderson grew up in Illinois as the daughter of a pastor and began writing at a young age. She attended The University of Illinois and graduated with a B.S. in computer science, then spent 10 years as an engineer before switching over to writing in 1996. 

Henderson’s first book, The Marriage Wish, came out in 1998. She kept writing stories, and in 2012 she wrote her first bestselling novel, Full Disclosure. Henderson still lives in Illinois today, frequently attending her childhood church and continuing to write.

Best Dee Henderson Books to Read

Danger In The Shadows

Danger in the Shadows (O'Malley Book 0)

Danger In The Shadows is a prequel to Henderson’s popular O’Malley series, and it follows a woman named Sara. She is falling in love with Adam Black, a former football player who is very well known.

Though it should be exciting, this new love terrifies Sara. After all, she has been hidden away in the witness protection program, relying on laying low to stay alive. Falling in love with such a popular man is extremely dangerous, but Sara can’t help herself.

The Negotiator

The Negotiator (O'Malley Book 1)

The Negotiator is the first in the O’Malley series, and if you’ve read Danger In The Shadows, you’ll recognize FBI agent David Richman. When David meets Kate O’Malley, a hostage negotiator, he begins to fall in love with her. And when Kate is in danger, David knows he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

The O’Malley series follows the members of the O’Malley family. There are 7 in total, and all of them were left without families as teenagers. These people decided to form a family of their own, creating the name “O’Malley” and vowing to stick together through moments of pain and joy. 

True Devotion

True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes Book 1)

Kelly Jacobs is a widowed woman who doesn’t think she could bear to love a warrior again. Her husband died serving the nation, and she misses him greatly. 

Navy SEAL Joe Baker loves Kelly, but he doesn’t want to put her through anything she’s already experienced. Things get more complicated when the man who killed Kelly’s husband is back, and suddenly Kelly is in danger.

True Devotion is a story of love and loss, with themes of life in the military and finding refuge with God.

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

Ann Silver is the Midwest Homicide Investigator, and she works on the region’s most gruesome cases on a daily basis. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s most trusted murder cop in the Midwest, and he’s worked on countless murders. 

When Ann arrives at his office to give him a new case, Paul isn’t expecting their relationship to be very personal. But the more they get to know each other, the more Paul realizes that he is falling in love with her. 

Full Disclosure follows their relationship as it blossoms, and when Ann shows Paul a case file that reveals something about her, Paul is suddenly wondering if he knows this woman as well as he thought.


Unspoken: (A Contemporary Crime Case Suspense Thriller and Clean Romance)

Unspoken follows the story of Charlotte Graham, who was kidnapped and held hostage for 4 years. When the FBI finally found and rescued her, they realized she had been only 3 miles from home the entire time. Charlotte has since changed her identity and life, never speaking a word about what happened to anyone.

When Charlotte comes back to Chicago, a nosy reporter is writing a book about her kidnapping. But Charlotte is determined to keep what happened a secret in order to save her family.

And when Bryce Bishop meets Charlotte, he becomes very interested in her. But Charlotte is closed off, intent on keeping her privacy, and Bryce doesn’t know how to get through to her.

The Witness

The Witness

Amanda Griffin witnessed a horrible incident 8 years ago and has been on the run ever since. Her family thought she had died, but now Amanda is back in her hometown, trying to keep the ones she loves safe.

The Witness follows the story of Amanda and her two sisters, who all seem to be in grave danger. The police are determined to save the women, but it will take a faith stronger than any of them might have to offer.


Missing (Sins of the Past Collection)

Missing is about a woman who was implicated in a failed robbery years prior. Now, when the actual robber is up for parole, the woman finds that she is in trouble. What they stole that night was never found, and the robber believes that the woman knows where it is.

But her memory of that fateful night is unreliable, and she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to find the loot before it’s too late.


Betrayed (The Cost of Betrayal Collection)

Janelle Roberts has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a murder that she didn’t commit. After 6 years and the help of some strangers, she has finally been released. But a murderer is still out there, and Janelle fears for her safety.

Betrayed follows Janelle’s story as she searches for someone she can trust, trying to outrun danger and her past.



Shannon Bliss has finally escaped the Jacoby crime family after they kidnapped her at 16, and she just wants to return to a normal life. Shannon contacts Matthew Dane, a private investigator who can help her get her freedom back. 

Taken follows Shannon as she tries to get her life back, but trouble keeps following. Shannon faked her death to escape, and if the Jacoby family finds out that she’s still alive, they’ll do everything it takes to keep their secrets hidden.

Before I Wake

Before I Wake

Before I Wake is about Rae Gabriella, who goes back to her hometown in Illinois after a failed FBI operation. She becomes a private investigator with another former FBI agent, and soon they have a case on their hands.

Young women are being killed in hotel rooms, but their valuables are not being taken. When the latest victim is killed just rooms away from Rae’s hotel room, the victim’s parents hire Rae to uncover the mystery. 

Traces of Guilt

Traces of Guilt (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case): (A Contemporary Cold Case Mystery & Suspense Romance)

Evie Blackwell is a very skilled police detective in Illinois, and though her job is demanding, she wants to figure out a way to fit a man into her life. 

Evie goes to Carin, Illinois, to help a new task force that is supposed to reexamine unsolved crimes, looking for any new evidence or connections. It’s there that Evie meets Gabriel Thane, the Sheriff of Carin who loves his job and the residents of his town.

Traces of Guilt follows Evie as she helps launch the task force, and soon she discovers something shocking that might just lead to the unearthing of a third cold case.



Undetected follows Commander Mark Bishop, a man in the Navy who is constantly alert and working hard at his job. He handles his responsibilities well, and the Navy is very glad to have him. Mark wants a woman to come home to when he is back from the Navy, and he is interested in Gina Gray, but he worries that she works too much to notice him.

Gina has always envisioned herself getting married, but after an unexpected breakup, she’s immersed herself in work. She researches ocean science, and she’s on the verge of a major breakthrough. She needs Mark Bishop’s help, because if her theory is correct, submarine warfare is about to get a lot more dangerous.

The Rescuer

The Rescuer (O'Malley Book 6)

The Rescuer is the sixth novel in the O’Malley series, giving us the story of Stephen O’Malley. He is a paramedic who rescues people constantly, and when his friend Meghan is in trouble, Stephen doesn’t hesitate to help.

Stolen jewels have been surfacing in strange places, and Meghan is in danger. During a night he will never forget, Stephen races to sort through the chaos and save Meghan before it’s too late.


Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story

Jennifer O’Malley has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and when she falls in love with Tom Peterson, her life becomes even more busy. Jennifer is the youngest in her family of 7, and she has to figure out how she will introduce this new man to her family.

Jennifer follows her story as she navigates life. And when something unexpected happens, it tests Jennifer’s faith on a whole new level, changing her and her family forever.

Threads of Suspicion

Threads of Suspicion (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)

Threads of Suspicion brings back Evie Blackwell, the top state police investigator in Illinois. When the governor forms a new Missing Persons task force, Evie is one of the top picks for the job. 

Evie and David, her new partner, are expected to solve their cases quickly. The two cases both involve people who have been missing for years, but other than that, they seem to have no connections. 

Evie is working on finding a missing college student, a case that hits close to home, while David searches for a private investigator who disappeared. The two detectives are determined to find out the truth, but they also must deal with personal battles of their own during the search.

The Marriage Wish

The Marriage Wish

Scott Williams is getting close to his 38th birthday, and he seems to be on top of the world. He is successful and surrounded by good friends and faith, but despite how his life looks on the outside, Scott is yearning for a family of his own. 

The Marriage Wish follows Scott after he makes a wish on his birthday to find the woman of his dreams. When Scott meets Jennifer on the beach, he immediately falls for her. But she is mourning for her late husband and her faith is fragile, and Scott doesn’t know if his prayers will get them what they both want in the end.

The Protector

The Protector (O'Malley Book 4)

In the fourth installment of the O’Malley series, The Protector takes us along on the story of Jack O’Malley. He is a fearless firefighter who never has trouble facing the danger of his job, and soon he is facing an extreme challenge. An arsonist has been targeting his district, and now Jack has to protect the woman who saw the arsonist in action.

This book also takes place during Christmas, and the woman seems to know the real meaning of the holiday. But Jack is struggling with his faith, and searching to find what it all means. 

The Truth Seeker

The Truth Seeker (O'Malley Book 3)

The Truth Seeker follows Lisa O’Malley, a forensic pathologist who specializes in solving mysteries. When women are getting murdered, Lisa begins working with U.S. Marshall Quinn Diamond, trying to find the killer before they take more people.

Lisa has never believed in God, but this story also highlights her journey toward faith. Soon Quinn begins to love Lisa, and when she finds the killer, all seems to be going well. But then Lisa is missing, and it’s up to Quinn to find out what happened and save her.


Kidnapped (Uncommon Heroes Book 4)

Kidnapped follows FBI agent Luke Falcon as he searches for his cousin’s wife and son, who have mysteriously disappeared. He’s afraid that it was a stalker and that the victims could already be dead, but that doesn’t stop him from doing his job.

What Luke doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the only witness to the crime. 


In what order should I read Dee Henderson’s books?

Dee Henderson has many standalone novels that do not have to be read in order. However, she has also written the O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series, which should be read in this order:

The O’Malley Series:
1. Danger In The Shadows (1999)
2. The Negotiator (1999)
3. The Guardian (2001)
4. The Truth Seeker (2001) 
5. The Protector (2001)
6. The Healer (2002)
7. The Rescuer (2003)
8. The Witness (2006)
9. Jeniffer: An O’Malley Love Story (2013)

The Uncommon Heroes series:
1. True Devotion (2000)
2. True Valor (2002)
3. True Honor (2002)
4. True Courage (AKA Kidnapped) (2004)

Is Dee Henderson a pen name?

From what is known online, Dee Henderson is not a pen name.

What genre is Dee Henderson?

Dee Henderson writes fiction books featuring mystery, romance, and suspense. Her novels usually tie into the Christian Fiction and Romantic Suspense categories.

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