Selected Works

A missing friend, two abandoned tykes, Argentians, liars, SUV-driving suburbanites, and a floater. Ronnie figures it out, but it's not what you think.

"An engaging mystery with an appealingly cheeky heroine, brash humor, and plenty of unexpected twists." -Booklist

"Ventana is just as hard-boiled, softhearted and witty a sleuth as crime fiction's leading ladies, Kinsey Milhone and V.I. Warshawski, and she has a slight edge on them thanks to a legacy from her society thief (!) parents: she can pick a lock faster than Saint and Raffles combined." - Los Angeles Times Book Review (Dick Lochte)
"White's crackling new Ronnie Ventana mystery gets off to a fast start ... White keeps us guessing ...[and] keeps the pages turning." - San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle

"In this fast-paced adventure, White's lively and redoubtable sleuth makes splendid company..." -Publishers Weekly

"The satisfying momentum never flags from this first novel's opening moment ..." -Publishers Weekly


Gloria White has written six crime novels and has been a finalist for the EDGAR, SHAMUS and ANTHONY Awards on a number of occasions.

Like her protagonist, she lives in San Francisco and is bi-cultural (Puerto Rican/​Anglo). Being of two cultures is hard to explain but one interesting aspect is that in essence, one belongs to both worlds and yet to neither. Who better to personify a contemporary rendition of the classic lone wolf private eye? Thus Gloria’s protagonist, Veronica “Ronnie” Ventana, was born and in a nod to San Francisco demographics, Ronnie was born Mexican/​Anglo. Ventana is, according to Publisher's Weekly, "an appealing protagonist who engages in intelligent, stylish sleuthing." Ronnie is a rule-bending P.I. whose deceased parents were cat burglars and who herself is a professional at compromising burglar alarm systems--only she calls it “security consulting.” Her mentor and sidekick is the handsome but grizzled ex-boxer turned private eye, Blackie Coogan, who despite his advanced years is a chick magnet of major proportions.

In addition to being twice honored as an EDGAR Award finalist, the series' other nominations include two SHAMUS (Private Eye Writers of America) and two ANTHONYs (Worldwide Bouchercon Convention). The audio book version of MURDER ON THE RUN was named an AUDIO BEST OF THE YEAR by Publishers Weekly and winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

The series has been published in GERMANY, JAPAN, GREAT BRITAIN, and ITALY, and in audio book form. Current publisher: Severn House Publishing, Great Britain.

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