Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mystery series writers

Some authors write books in a series, some write stand-alones, some write both. Some write more than one series and some prolific authors write multiple series and stand-alones in more than one genre.


Some authors have been writing their series for a long time (Marcia Muller began the Sharon McCone series with Edwin of the Iron Shoes in 1977), and some not so long (Louise Penny began the Three Pines series with Still Life in 2005).


Anyone who is the fan of a long-running series has entered into a special relationship with the author and at least one of the characters in the books. In some cases we come to know more about the lives of a series character than we know about some members of our own family. Our relationship with the author is one of expectation and anticipation. Usually, they never seem to write fast enough, with the possible exception of J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts.

In celebration of this year’s Mystery Series Week, Oct. 4-10, members of the Warrenton Library Mystery Book Club invite you to try one of their favorite mystery/thriller series.



Here are the top 10 favorites, by author, series name or character and first title in the series.


  1. Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon) Track of the Cat

  2. M C Beaton (Hamish MacBeth) Death of a Gossip

  3. Lee Child (Jack Reacher) Killing Floor

  4. Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch) Black Echo

  5. Deborah Crombie (Kincaid and James) A Share in Death

  6. Diane Mott Davidson (Goldy culinary series) Catering to Nobody

  7. Elizabeth George (Lynley and Havers) A Great Deliverance

  8. Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone) A is for Alibi

  9. Martha Grimes (Richard Jury) The Man with a Load of Mischief

  10. Anne Perry (William Monk) Face of a Stranger

The Mystery Book Club always welcomes new members. We meet at noon the third Thursday of each month at the John Barton Payne Building.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

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