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Aiken, Ednah Robinson
. Love and I, Dodd, Mead, 1928.

Armstrong, Charlotte. Albatross, Coward-McCann, 1957.

Armstrong, Charlotte. The Seventeen Widows of Sans Souci, Coward-McCann, 1959.

Bachman, Estella. Soul of the World, Equitist Publishing House, 1909.

Ball, John. The Cool Cottontail, Harper & Row, 1966. (Mystery)

Ball, John. The Eyes of Buddha, Delacorte, 1977. (Mystery)

Ball, John. Five Pieces of Jade, Little, Brown, 1972.

Ball, John. Johnny Get Your Gun, Little, Brown, 1969. (Mystery)

Ball, John. Then Came Violence, Doubleday, 1980. (Mystery) 

Bardwood, Roger. Winner's Share, Muller, 1980.

Blankenship, Willliam D. Brotherly Love, Arbor House, 1981.

Bugliosi, Vincent. Shadow of Cain, Norton, 1981.

Butler, Octavia. Mind of My Mind, Doubleday, 1977. (Science Fiction)
          Note: According to the author, Pasadena is named Forsythe in this book.

Cain, James M. Mildred Pierce, Vintage Books, 1989.

Carter, Mary. A Fortune in Dimes, Little, Brown, 1963.

Cass, Victor. Love, Death and Other War Stories, iUniverse, 2005. (Mystery)

Cawley, C. C. Fool's Haven, House of Edinboro, 1953.

Chandler, Raymond. High Window, Knopf, 1942. (Mystery)

Cox, Bob. Jamaican American, Quail St. Publishing Co., 1976.

Corle, Edwin. Solitaire, Dutton, 1940.

Daggett, Mary. The Higher Court, Gorham Press, 1911.

Dick, Philip K. Scanner Darkly, Vintage, 1991. (Science Fiction)

Duncan, Alice. Fine Spirits, Zebra, 2003.

Duncan, Robert Linscomb. The General and the Co-ed, Doubleday, 1963.

Ebershoff, David. Pasadena, Random House, 2002.

Echard, Margaret. Return of Christopher, Doubleday, 1951.

Ellison, Harlan. Shatterday, Houghton Mifflin, 1980. (Science Fiction)

Ellison, Harlan. Stalking the Nightmare, Phantasia Press, 1982. (Science Fiction)

Elwood, Muriel. Against the Tide, Bobbs-Merrill, 1950.

Espey, John. The Anniversaries, Harcourt, Brace, 1963.

Espey, John. An Observer, Harcourt, Brace, 1965.

Hall, Oakley. The Adelita, Doubleday, 1975.

Halsey, Mina Dean. A Tenderfoot in Southern California, The Author, 1909.

Hathaway, Evelyn. Hallelujah Chariot, John Knox Press, 1969.

Henry, Josephine. The Perfect Marriage, Exposition Press, 1975.

Herr, Charlotte. San Pasqual, 1924.

Highland, Monica. Lotus Land, Coward-McCann, 1983.

Hitchens, Dolores B. Fool's Gold, TV Boardman, 1958.

Hopkins, Una Nixson. A Winter Romance in Poppy Land, Gorham Press, 1911.

Howe, Melodie Johnson. The Mother Shadow, Viking, 1989. (Mystery)

Hoyle, Fred. The Black Cloud, Harper & Row, 1957. (Science Fiction)

Herbert, F. Hugh. I'd Rather Be Kissed, Random House, 1954.

Krantz, Judith. Scruples, Crown, 1978.

La Plante, Lynda. Cold Shoulder, Random House, 1996.

Land, Myrick. Quicksand, Harper-Row, 1969.

Levinson, Robert S. Ask a Dead Man, Thorndike, 2004. (Mystery)

Levy, Edward. Came a Spider, Arbor House, 1978.

Marble, M. S. The Lady Forgot, Harper & Brothers, 1947.

Meggs, Brown. Saturday Games, Random House, 1974. (Mystery)

Meggs, Brown. Aria, Atheneum, 1977.

Niven, Larry. Lucifer's Hammer, Playboy Press, 1977. (Science Fiction)

Otto, Whitney. Now You See Her, 1994.

Pohl, Frederick. Syzygy, Bantam, 1982. (Science Fiction)

Rigsby, Howard. Kill and Tell, Muller, 1954.

Rives, Fern. Too Much to Ask, Putnam's Sons, 1947.

Romberger, Judy. Lolly, Doubleday, 1981.

Rosaire, Forrest. White Night, J. B. Lippincott, 1956.

Stinson, Jim. Double Exposure, Scribner, 1986. (Mystery)

Sargent, Shirley. Pipeline Down the Valley, Dodd, Mead, 1955.

Sederburg, Arelo. Power Players, Morrow, 1979.

Shippey, Lee. The Girl Who Wanted Experience, Houghton-Mifflin, 1937.

Stinson, Jim. Low Angles: a Stoney Winston Mystery, Scribner, 1986. (Mystery)

Stiles, Pauline. Red Pavillion, Scribner, 1968. (Mystery)

Taylor, A. W. The Mystic Spell, Austin Publishing Co., 1923.

Van Slyke, Helen. The Heart Listens, Doubleday, 1973.

Van Slyke, Helen. The Mixed Blessing, Doubleday, 1975.

Wambaugh, Joseph. The Black Marble, Delacorte, 1978.

Wambaugh, Joseph. The Delta Star, Morrow, 1983.

Webb, Charles. The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, Lippincott, 1970.

Woolfolk, Jack. Person to Person Call, Jonathan Swift, 1942.

Children's Fiction

Bunting, Eve. Coffin on a Case, Harper Collins, 1992.

Bunting, Eve. Such Nice Kids, Clarion, 1990.

Curry, Jane Louise. Ice Ghost Mystery, Atheneum, 1972.

Dunnahoo, Terry. Who Needs Espie Sanchez?, Dutton, 1977.

These novels have brief mention of Pasadena:

Allen, Emma Sarah. The High Road, Meridian Press, 1917.

Ballard, Todhunter. The Package Deal, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1956.

Baum, Vicki. Shanghai '37, Book League of America, 1939.

Carson, Robert. The Revels Are Ended, Doubleday, 1936.

Clifford, F. Overdue, Pan Books, 1957.

Forbes, Gordon. Too Near the Sun, Rinehart, 1955.

Herr, Charlotte. Of Other Days, Kalmscott Press, 1947.

Kehoe, Karon. City in the Sun, Dodd, Mead, 1946.

Kellogg, M. F. Trails of Adventure, Post Printing and Binding, 1927.

Mantley, John. The 27th Day, Dutton, 1956. (Science Fiction)

Otto, Whitney. The Passion Dream Book, Harper Collins, 1997.

Sayre, Joe. Rackety Rax, Knopf, 1932.

Stegner, Wallace. Shooting Star, Viking Press, 1961.

Ware, Harlan. The Wonderful Mrs. Ingram, Whittlesey, 1948.

Webb, Jack. The Brass Halo, Boardman, 1958.

White, Nelia Gardner. Brook Willow, Macmillan, 1945.

Wilder, Robert. Autumn Thunder, Putnam, 1952.

Wissman, Ruth. Dreamer Beware, Doubleday, 1977.

Wylie, Philip. The Disappearance, Warner Books, 1951.

Note: This is a representative list of the library's holdings and is not meant to be all inclusive of what's available. Please check the Library's catalog for other titles and holdings in the Pasadena Centennial Room and at the branches.

If you know about other novels set in Pasadena, please send us e-mail through the library's Information Request Form.

Thank you to all the staff of the Pasadena Public Library who provided titles for the revision of this list. Thanks also go to the staff of the Los Angeles Public Library's Literature & Fiction Department for the use of their Fiction By Locality Index.


Compiled by
Katy Currey
Pasadena Public Library
February 2006

                                                                                             Last update: October 04, 2016