Female Attorneys As Characters In Novels (Authors’ Names Beginning With M)


MacDougal, Bonnie, Angle of impact (NY: Ballantine Books, 1999). Woman lawyer investigates plane crash.

MacDougal, Bonnie, Out of Order (NY: Ballantine Books, 1999). Features attorney Campbell Alexander.

Madison, Susan, The Color of Hope (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2000).

Malek, Doreen Owens, Above the Law (1994). Female attorney investigates corruption in the DA’s office; falls in love with the DA.

Malek, Doreen Owens, Arrow in the snow (NY: Silhouette Books, 1992)(Silhouette desire; 747). Florida attorney assists Seminole Indians with land dispute. Malek is an attorney who turned to romance writing in the 1980s. 

Malek, Doreen Owens, Trial by fire (NY: Leisure Books, 1983).

Marbut, Ann, A Bill of Particulars (NY: D. McKay, 1955). A female attorney goes endures a bad love affair, finally finds happiness.

Margolin, Phillip, After dark (NY: Bantam Books, 1996). Tracy Cavanaugh goes into partnership with an experienced lawyer just in time to defend a prosecutor charged with murdering her husband.

Margolin, Phillip, Gone, but not forgotten (NY: Bantam Books, 1994). Betzy Tannenbaum, Portland, Oregon defense attorney, investigates serial murders. Margolin is a criminal defense attorney in Portland. 

Margolin, Philip, Ties That Bind (Harper Collins, 2003). Female lawyer gets involved in a high profile murder case.

Margolin, Phillip, Wild Justice (NY: HarperCollins, 2000).

Marks, J. H., Conspiracy theory (NY: Signet Books, 1997). Novelization of the film (Movie script by Brian Helgeland). A woman attorney and a cab driver investigate murder.

Maron, MargaretBootlegger’s daughter (NY: Warner Books, 1992). Features Deborah Knott, North Carolina lawyer and judge. 

Maron, Margaret, High Country Fall (NY: Warner Books, 2004). A Deborah Knott mystery.

Maron, Margaret, Home fires (NY: Mysterious Press, 1998). Features Judge Deborah Knott.

Maron, Margaret, Killer market (NY: Mysterious Press, 1997). Features Judge Deborah Knott.

Maron, Margaret, Rituals of the Season (NY: Warner Books, 2005). Judge Deborah Knott, finally close to marrying her sweetheart Dwight Bryant, gets mixed up in the murder of ADA Tracy Johnson.

Maron, Margaret, Shooting at loons (NY: Warner, 1995). Features Judge Deborah Knott.

Maron, Margaret, Slow Dollar, (NY: Warner Books, 2003). A Deborah Knott mystery.

Maron, Margaret, Storm Track (NY: Warner Books, 2001). A Deborah Knott mystery. Winner of an Agatha award (2000).

Maron, Margaret, Southern discomfort (NY: Warner Books, 1994). Features Judge Deborah Knott.

Maron, Margaret, Uncommon Clay, (NY: Warner Books, 2002). A  Judge Deborah Knott mystery.

Maron, Margaret, Up jumps the devil (NY: Warner, 1997). Features Judge Deborah Knott.

Marson, Bonnie, Sleeping With Schubert (NY: Random House, 2004). Franz Schubert’s spirit takes up residence in a female lawyer.

Martini, Steve, The Attorney (NY: Putnam, 2000).

Martini, Steve, Critical mass (NY: Putnam, 1998). Former LA public defender Joss Cole opens a solo practice in Puget Sound, hoping for a quieter life, gets involved in espionage and murder.

Martini, Steve, The judge (London: Headline Feature, 1995).

Martini, Steve, The list (NY: Putnam, 1997).

Massey, Sujata,The Widows of Malabar Hill (NY: Random House/Soho Crime, 2018). Features Perveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in 1920s Bombay.

Massey, Sujata, The Satarpur Moonstone (NY: Random House/Soho Crime, 2019). The second Perveen Mistry mystery.

Matera, LiaDesigner crimes: A Laura DiPalma mystery (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1995).

Matera, Lia, Face value: A Laura DiPalma mystery (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Matera, Lia, The good fight: A Laura DiPalma mystery (NY: Ballantine Books, 1990).

Matera, Lia, A hard bargain (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992). Features Laura DiPalma.

Matera, Lia, Havana twist (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998). Features Willa Jansson.

Matera, Lia, Last chants: A Willa Jansson mystery (NY: Pocket Books, 1997).

Matera, Lia, Prior convictions (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1991). Features Willa Jansson.

Matera, Lia, A radical departure (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1988).

Matera, Lia, The smart money (NY: Ballantine Books, 1988). Features Laura DiPalma.

Matera, Lia, Star witness (NY: PocketStar Books, 1997). Features Willa Jansson defending a man claiming to have been abducted by aliens. 

Matera, Lia, Where lawyers fear to tread (NY: Ballantine Books, 1991). Features Willa Jansson.

Matturro, Claire, SkinnyDipping (HarperCollins, 2005). Attorney Lilly Cleary investigates the death of her physician. First in a series. Matturro is a former appellate attorney and law professor.

Matturro, Claire, Wildcat Wine (HarperCollins, 2005). Lilly Cleary returns in another legal mystery.

McCann, Timothy B., Forever (NY: Kensington Books, 2001). Lawyer Betty Robinson gets married.

McCann, Timothy B., Until (NY: Avon, 1999). Features Betty Robinson, a Southern lawyer, and her life and loves.

McCarthy, Susanne, Trial by love (1989). Romance fiction.

McCrary, Crystal, Homecourt advantage: A novel (NY: Avon Books, 1998). African American female lawyer.

McCrumb, Sharyn, The PMS Outlaws (2000). Some of McCrumb’s Elizabeth MacPherson novels, including this one, include female lawyer A. P. Hill, a partner of Elizabeth’s brother Bill’s. In this novel, Hill and another female attorney, Patricia Purdue, take center stage, when Purdue initiates a weird method of illegal but effective revenge against obnoxious males. Raises ethical as well as legal questions, and is much darker than McCrumb’s other mysteries featuring the MacPherson clan.

McDougal, Bonnie, Out of Order (1999). Philadelphia lawyer Campbell Smith investigates murder.

McGuire, Christine, Until death do us part (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1997). California DA Kathryn Mackay investigates murder.

McGuire, Christine, Until justice is done (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1994). Features lawyer Kathryn MacKay.

McGuire, Christine, Until Proven Guilty (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1993).

McGuire, Christine, Until the Bough Breaks (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1998).

McGuire,  Christine, Until We Meet Again (NY: Pocket Star Books, 1999).

McKemmish, Jan, Only lawyers dancing (Pittsburgh, Cleis Press, 1992).

McKinney, Meagan, A man to slay dragons (NY: Kensington Books, 1996). New Orleans-born attorney returns to investigate the death of her sister, the victim of a serial killer. Romance fiction.

McReynolds, Glenna, Avenging angel (NY: Bantam Books, 1993)(Dangerous men). Romantic suspense.

Meltzer, Brad, Dead Even (NY: Warner, 1999). Another book about a new female ADA.

Meredith, D. R., Murder by Deception ().

Meredith, D. R., Murder By Impulse (). Features John Lloyd Branson and Lydia Fairchild investigating the supposed accidental death of a millionaire’s wife.

Meredith, D. R., Murder by Masquerade (1994). Lydia Fairchild decides to investigate serial killings on her own, but needs John Lloyd Branson’s help.

Meredith, D. R., Murder by sacrilege (1993). Lydia Fairchild, law student and assistant to John Lloyd Branson, famous Texas criminal lawyer, helps investigate the death of a preacher’s wife.

Merritt, Jackie, Mustang Valley (NY: Silhouette Books, 1991)(Silhouette desire; 664). Reno attorney finds love; romance fiction.

Michael, Judith, Sleeping beauty: A novel (NY: Poseidon Press, 1991). Colorado woman attorney.

Michaels, Leigh, The Lake effect (NY: Harlequin Books, 1993)(Harlequin romance; 3275). Minnesota lawyer.    Romance.

Michaels, Leigh, Tempting a tycoon (Richmond: Mills & Boon, 1999)(Mills & Boon Romance; H5085).

Mickelbury, PennyOne must wait (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998). Louisiana-born, DC-based African-American defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson investigates murder and environmental crimes back home.

Mickelbury, Penny, Paradise Interrupted (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2001). Carole Ann leaves law practice for investigation in this island thriller.

Mickelbury, Penny, The Step Between (2000). A Carole Ann Gibson mystery.

Mickelbury, Penny, Where to Choose (1999). A Carole Ann Gibson mystery.

Miller, Martha, Nine Nights on the Windy Tree: A Mystery (Norwich, VT: New Victoria Publishers, 2000). Features Bertha, a black attorney, investigating a crime that puts her live in danger.

Mitchard, Jacqueline, The most wanted (NY: Viking, 1998). Texas lawyer. Mitchard is the acclaimed author of The deep part of the ocean (1997).

Mittman, Stephanie, The courtship (NY: Five Star, 1998). Romance fiction about a nineteenth century female lawyer, Charlotte Whittier, her husband and her lover.

Mittermeyer, Helen, Divinity Brown (NY: Bantam Books, 1996).

Monroe, Mary Alice, The Book Club (Mira Books, 1999). Features attorney Annie Blake.

Montgomery, Selena, Reckless (Avon, 2008). Kell is an attorney at a white shoe law firm in Atlanta. She agrees to defend the head of the orphanage where she grew up, and finds romance with the sheriff who believes her client is guilty.  Selena Montgomery is the pen name of former Georgia gubenatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Montgomery, Selena, While Justice Sleeps: A Novel (2021). Due in May, 2021.

Moran, James Patrick, Public garden (NY: Crown, 1994). Boston attorney.

Mortimer, John, Rumpole and the Golden Thread; other Rumpole books. Feature various female attorneys including Phyllida Erskine-Brown.

Mosiman, Billie Sue, Stiletto (NY: Berkley Books, 1996)(Berkley suspense). Texas attorney investigates crimes against young people.

Munson, Douglas Anne, El Niño (NY: Viking, 1990). Published in paperback as Hostile witness (1992).

Murphy, Margaret, Weaving Shadows (2004). Features attorney Clara Pascal.

Myers, Helen R., The Law is No Lady (NY: Silhouette, 1999).