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message 1: by Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:22AM) (new)

Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius (bookaholic203) Hello ,

Is there a favorite mystery serie/series that you would recommend to your friends because you just can't get enough of. Let us know?


message 2: by Sfdreams (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Sfdreams | 12 comments I highly recommend:
1. JA Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries
2. Jonathon Kellerman's Alex Delaware series
3. Stephen White
4. Abigail Padgett


I prefer to read in order


message 3: by Sfdreams (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Sfdreams | 12 comments I highly recommend:
1. JA Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries
2. Jonathon Kellerman's Alex Delaware series
3. Stephen White
4. Abigail Padgett


I prefer to read in order


message 4: by Sfdreams (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Sfdreams | 12 comments I highly recommend:
1. JA Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries
2. Jonathon Kellerman's Alex Delaware series
3. Stephen White
4. Abigail Padgett


I prefer to read in order


message 5: by Sfdreams (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Sfdreams | 12 comments I highly recommend:
1. JA Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries
2. Jonathon Kellerman's Alex Delaware series
3. Stephen White
4. Abigail Padgett
a. Blue and Blue Plate Special
b. Bo Bradley series

I prefer to read series in order--I like the character development.


message 6: by Jaime Pruitt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM) (new)

Jaime Pruitt | 3 comments These are my favorite series, in no particular order:

Tess Gerritsen (Jane Rizzoli series)
Alex Kava (Maggie O'Dell series)
Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta series)
Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan series)
Karin Slaughter (Sara Linton/Jeffrey Tolliver series)
James Patterson (Alex Cross series or Women's Murder Club series)
Sue Grafton (Kinsey Milhone series)
Kate White (Bailey Weggins series)
Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon series)
Kay Hooper (The "Bishop" Special Crimes Unit series)
Linda Fairstein (Alexandra Cooper series)


"Lighter" mystery series
Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series)
Jill Churchill (Jane Jeffries series)
Leslie Caine (Domestic Bliss series)
Kate Collins (Flower Shop mystery series)


message 7: by Ann (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:28AM) (new)

Ann Shaw | 2 comments I would recommend:

Kay Hooper (The Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series)
Catherine Coulter (FBI Series - Savich/Sherlock)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher Series)
Ian Rankin (Rebus Series)
Lisa Scottoline (Bennie Rosata - female lawfirm series)


message 8: by Pamela (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM) (new)

Pamela I really like the Gabriel Allon series by D. Silva. I also like Inspector Wexford by Ruth Rendell and both the Kate Martinelli and the Mary/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie King.

As for lighter fare, I like Diane Mott Davidson's catering series, too, and the recipes are scrumptious.


message 9: by Cybele (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:31AM) (new)

Cybele | 2 comments Kate Kingsbury-Pennyfoot Hotel series
Anne Perry-Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series
Laura Childs-teashop series
Laura Childs-scrapbook series
Stephanie Barron-Jane Austen series
Monica Ferris-needlecraft series
Laurie King-Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series


message 10: by Elin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:34AM) (new)

Elin The inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson
Thomas Lynley/Barbara Havers by Elizabeth George


message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:34AM) (new)

I think my favorites are the Richard Jury mysteries by Martha Grimes, the Inspector Rebus mysteries by Ian Rankin, Lydia Chin and Bill Smith by S. J. Rozan, and Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters. I think there is a reasonable end to a series, though, and I bet the author knows it best- when the character has developed to a certian point, maybe.


message 12: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:37AM) (new)

Heather (hmr1126) | 7 comments I have recently started to read quite a few books by P.D. James. They are classic British mysteries and excellently written. I also enjoy the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. I've read almost all of the books in that series. Also Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have a series that focuses on FBI Agent Prendergast and crimes in and around NYC. Cabinet of the Curiosities is excellent!


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In no particular order...

Henning Mankell - Detective Wallander
Ken Bruen - Both his Jack Taylor & His Brant series.
Dennis Lehane - Kenzie/Gennaro
Ian Rankin - Rebus
Peter Robinson - Inspector Banks (although the last few have been crap)
Jeff Lindsay - The Dexter Books



message 14: by Tanya (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:38AM) (new)

Tanya | 1 comments I have a few favourite series, in no particular order :)

Michael Connelly~Harry Bosch series
John Sanford~The Prey Novels
Elizabeth George~Havers and Lynley
Janet Evanovich~Stephanie Plum series
and as much as I hate to admit it...lol, JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts)~Eve Dallas and Roarke

These are the books that come in the mail and I drop everything to get my mitts on them :)


message 15: by tom (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:38AM) (new)

tom E | 3 comments Most of mine have been listed elsewhere.

Michael Connelly-Harry Bosch
John Sandford-Prey Novels
James Patterson-Alex Cross
James Patterson-The Womens Club
Jonathon Kellerman-Alex Delaware


message 16: by Christina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:39AM) (new)

Christina | 3 comments Lincoln Childe and Douglas Preston's character Special Agent Pendegast. He debuts in Cabinet of Curiosities.


message 17: by Margaret (not Garet) (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:40AM) (new)

Margaret (not Garet) | 1 comments So, I am a kid. But that doesn't mean that my books are too kiddish! Actually it's pretty much for my friends' size! I think: A-Z Mysterie Books.


message 18: by Melanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:41AM) (new)

Melanie | 3 comments Add Laura Lippman to the list - the Tess Monaghan series. Especially good to read if you are familiar with Baltimore.


message 19: by Jeff (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Jeff | 1 comments Still figuring out the system here, so let me know if I put this in the wrong place.

Huge fan of James Lee Burke's David Robichaux series (grew up in S. Louisiana). My tastes are eclectic, though, so I also like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books (laugh out loud fun), Carl Hiaasen's novels (does the Skink character pull most of them into a series?), and Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre series. Just finished one of Tim Dorsey's Serge A. Storms books, and in the middle of one of the Vincent Lardo continuations of Lawrence Sanders' McNally novels.


message 20: by itsumoAoi (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:46AM) (new)

itsumoAoi (embracingaoi) I recommend
Missing Piece by Antoine Bello
Sherlock Holmes : The Hound of The Baskerville


message 21: by kathy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

kathy nordquist | 2 comments I am currently totally hooked on J D Robb's In Death series, also love Faye Kellerman"s Peter Decker and Rita Lazarus, John Sandford "Prey' series, actually there too many to list, i am a mystery nut, love J A Jance JP Beaumont series, being from Seattle.


message 22: by Cindy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Cindy | 1 comments As a Chicagoan, I especially relish the V.I. Warshawsky mysteries written by the brilliant Sara Paretsky.


message 23: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new)

Jessica I'd list some favorites as:

Hard boiled/police procedurals:
Henning Mankell -- Kurt Wallander
Ian Rankin - Rebus
Jeff Lindsay - The Dexter Books
Michael Connelly -- Harry Bosch
Peter Robinson - Inspector Banks

Robinson segues nicely into the English procedurals:
P.D. James -- Adam Dalgliesh
Elizabeth George -- Lyndley/Havers
the genius Kate Atkinson
and of course Sherlock Holmes

And their offspring, the intrepid amateur lady detectives who are constantly tripping over dead bodies:
Gail Bowen -- Joanne Kilbourn
Julie Spencer-Fleming -- Claire Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne
Agatha Christie -- Miss Marple, so damned classic

Special mention to the ones that still make me laugh -- Carl Hiassen and Janet Evanovich


message 24: by Leslie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:55AM) (new)

Leslie (lesliejones23) | 1 comments Sherri-

I LOVE The Dresden Files too!!! I have only read a few...the rest are to be read in my bookshelf. Love the TV show too!


message 25: by Caroline (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:03PM) (new)

Caroline Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody and Laura Joh Rowland's Sano Ichiro are my favorites. I really love both of the areas they're set in (Egypt and Japan, respectively), and they are almost educational in terms of them being historical mysteries that give you a feel for older cultures.

And even though they aren't quite true mysteries, I love Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, as well as his Isabel Dalhousie series.


message 26: by Marlene (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:04PM) (new)

Marlene I like Janet Evanovich and Mary Higgins Clark mysteries the most. I am now starting mysteries by Sue Grafton.


message 27: by Sandra (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

Sandra Shirkey | 1 comments Hello,
My Fav Mystery seris is anything by Lura K Hamiltion. Is is amazing


message 28: by Yvonne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:15PM) (new)

Yvonne (yvonne473) | 1 comments My favorites would be...

James Patterson's Women's Murder Club
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series
Denise Swanson's Scumble River mysteries
Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey mysteries
Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series

There are others I enjoy, but these come to mind first.


message 29: by Lindsay (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Lindsay | 4 comments Women's Murder Club


message 30: by Sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:19PM) (new)

Sarah I like the P.J. Tracy Monkeewrench series and the Kay Hooper Bishop Special Crimes Unit series for originality. I used to like Eve Dallas, but something about those has been ringing false lately.


message 31: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:45PM) (new)

John I'll plug the Jane Lawless (lesbian restaurateur in Minneapolis) series by Ellen Hart. Jane, her family, and best friend Cordelia are continuing characters, so it's a series in that sense, but the plots are fairly stand-alone. Definitely keeps the series from coming close to "formulaic" after several books!


message 32: by *Nan* (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:46PM) (new)

*Nan* (nan4471) John - I'll have to try that series. There are some series that after you read 3 or 4 books you get tired of them because every book is so similiar.


message 33: by Rosemary (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:51PM) (new)

Rosemary My favorite is the Amelia Peabody Egyptology mystery series by Elizabeth Peters. When my son, who was practically born with a passion for archaeology, was about seven, we discovered this series together. I read him chapters of CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK at bedtime. My son soon proved to be as precocious as Amelia's son Ramses, and he and I have continued to enjoy the adventures of his fictional counterpart. Both my son and Ramses are now young men in love, whose beloved is also archaeologically inclined. I guess I'll need to consult Elizabeth Peters to find out what my son will do next.


message 34: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:51PM) (new)

John Barbara Rosenblatt does an outstanding job narrating the Amelia Peabody series on audio.


message 35: by Mindy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:52PM) (new)

Mindy | 5 comments Ian Rankin
Henning Mankell
Kjell Eriksson
Andrea Camilleri
Donna Leon
Garry Disher


message 36: by Rosemary (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:54PM) (new)

Rosemary John, I'll see if the library has the audio you suggest, and if so, I'll try not to drive off the road while listening and commuting.


message 37: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM) (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) i love the in death series and any james patterson series. i just started janet evanovich. i also have alex kava, kate white, and patricia cornwell, but i haven't read them yet. i'll be sure to check out the other series that are listed on here.


message 38: by Lindsay (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new)

Lindsay | 4 comments So which is your favorite James Patterson series?


message 39: by Sophy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:04PM) (new)

Sophy | 4 comments Agatha Christie wins every time with me, I haven't found an author who matches her. (Except perhaps Dorothy Sayers)


message 40: by tom (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:05PM) (new)

tom E | 3 comments I love Sandford books, and also Kellermans, Patterson etc, I have read some JA Jance but not any JP Beaumont as of yet.


message 41: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:05PM) (new)

Heather (hmr1126) | 7 comments I love the Julia Spencer Fleming books featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne. I read the first couple of books one after the other trading them with my mom and read her most recent one as soon as it came out.

Giles Blunt is another fabulous writer with a similar series.


message 42: by Doina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:05PM) (new)

Doina | 18 comments i see that some of my most favorite like agatha christie, dorothy sayers and raymond chandler have already been mentioned, i would like to add a few more series that i have not seen mentioned yet.

classic mystery series:

erle stanley gardner - the perry mason series
dashiell hammett - although not a series, any of his books are wonderful (therefore i have to at least mention him)
lilian jackson braun - the cat who... series

other mystery series i love:

aaron elkins - gideon oliver series
jon courtenay grimmwood - the ashraf bey series (which is a combination mystery and fantasy)
josephine tey - inspector alan grant series
margot arnold - penny spring and sir toby glendower series

and one among my most favorite series of all time:

jill mcgown - DI lloyd an sergeant hill series

of course, there are so many good mystery series out there, how can you pick just a few? but these ones are some of my favorites.


message 43: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) favorite james patterson?

hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm..........it's cross between alex cross and women's murder club.......but i'd have to say lindsay is the best, she rocks!


message 44: by *Nan* (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

*Nan* (nan4471) Kathy mentioned the Eve Dallas Series by JD Robb and I have to agree with her I just started reading this series and I am really loving them.


message 45: by Lynne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

Lynne (exblondie61) | 6 comments I have become a HUGE fan of Aimee and David Thurlo's Ella Clah mystery series. They take place on the Navajo Reservation in NM. Ella is an ex-FBI agent now working as a special investigator with the Tribe. The characters are wonderful, the mysteries intriguing and timely, and the Navajo culture presented is superb!


message 46: by Lynne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

Lynne (exblondie61) | 6 comments Sfdreams:

I agree on J. A. Jance and really, really agree on Stephen White. Have to also agree that I prefer to read in order :), which is sometimes a pain in the neck if you're checking books out from a library!


message 47: by Kathy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:08PM) (new)

Kathy | 2 comments I enjoy Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series. I just finished reading the most recent, Bones to Ashes. They definitely should be read in order.


message 48: by R.J. (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:13PM) (new)

R.J. | 2 comments Try a new one: Seeds Of Civilization series by Yours Truly. In it the characters investigate real-life archaeological mysteries and come up with some unusual answers. The novels in the series? #1 TRACTRIX / #2 TSUBUTE (Novel #3 should be released by early next year.)


message 49: by Sean (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:17PM) (new)

Sean Little (seanpatricklittle) Three authors:

Craig Johnson, Ian Rankin, J. Michael Straczynski


message 50: by Joseph (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:25PM) (new)

Joseph Daly | 1 comments There's a new series for young readers called...


Strange Town Volume One: The Woods Behind Trevor Malone's House


...it rocks!


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