Mystery novels can be some of the most entertaining books, keeping pages turning long into the night. For avid readers, finding a series you love is especially nice, providing easy entertainment without the risk that the book will be a dud. When the main character is a likable detective, the mystery is suspenseful and the pace is fast, I often want more when the book is done. That's why a series is so great! There is always another mystery for your favorite detective to solve. These ten series are some of the most popular on the market. Some are quality literature, but many are just fun.
The Southern Vampire Series (Sookie Stackhouse novels) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark
is the first book in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, which inspired the HBO TV series True Blood
. These novels are fast and sexy, but well written and full of interesting characters. If you like vampires or supernatural elements in stories, this is the series for you.
Jackson Brodie mysteries by Kate Atkinson
Kate Atkinson's literary thrillers are well written, intelligent and suspenseful. Jackson Brodie is a detective who solves cases in Scotland and England, and the books also have plenty of personal details about Brodie. No need to read these novels in order, although there are some connections from book to book.
Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press
's series about brash and beautiful New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has readers addicted. Start with One for the Money
and follow the numeric titles to follow all Stephanie's adventures.
Alex Cross novels by James Patterson
Alex Cross series started with Along Came a Spider
in 1993 and has been keeping readers entertained ever since. Patterson writes short chapters from several viewpoints, keeping the pages turning as readers solve homicides with this likable detective.
Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson
Davidson's series, featuring caterer and crime solver Goldy Bear Schulz, serves up tasty stories with clever plots that will make you hungry for more.
- Read a review of Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz's first book in this series, Odd Thomas, was published in 2003. The novels follow a cook named Odd Thomas who has supernatural powers and uses them to solve mysteries. The novels also look at Odd Thomas' dysfunctional upbringing and how he became who he is.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith is the first in a series that follows Botswana's first lady detective. These books are different than the other ones on this less. They are less about suspense and more about character and place.
The Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell
Simon & Schuster
Patricia Cornwell knows how to write fast-paced crime novels that will keep you reading. Her lead character, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, is intelligent and persistant while she solves CSI-style mysteries.
Kinsey Milhone Mysteries by Sue Grafton
St. Martin's Press
Starting with A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton has written an alphabet of mysteries starring detective Kinsey Milhone. These murder mysteries are fast and fun.
Lincoln Rhyme Mysteries by Jeffrey Deaver
Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme stars in a series of mysteries that are heavy on forensic details, research, bad guys and technology.