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A Word About Series
Mysteries are often written in series with the same main characters featured in each book. Is it important to read a series in order? YES!! If you don't read a series in order, you miss out on the growth of the characters over time. Some series mention characters or plots from earlier books in the series and you are lost if you haven't read the earlier books. Of course, some series characters never seem to age--you may have aged ten years while your favorite character does not. You just have to get over it.
This Mystery page is organized by series in different mystery subgenres. We hope you find some new series here to enjoy!
Web Sites for Mystery Lovers
Mystery by Type
The new annotated Sherlock Holmes by
Call Number: PR4621 .K55 2005 V.1-3
One of the first great mystery writers and detectives this annotated collections contains all of the Sherlock Holmes stories in order of publication.
The authors below have written these series in which the main character is a law enforcement professional. Some of our favorites include:
Series featuring Anna Pigeon, national park ranger. First book is Track of the Cat, winner of Agatha Award for best first novel.
Series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. First book is Still Life. Winner of numerous mystery awards.
Author - Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
First book - The Cuckoo's Calling
Author - Alexander McCall Smith
First book - The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Author - Sara Paretsky
First book - Indemnity Only
One for the Money by
This is the first book in the ENORMOUSLY popular series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. Made into a movie staring Katherine Heigl. (See call number FEA ONE on the DVD shelves.)
Meg Langslow Series by Donna Andrews
Every family has its rock--that one person everyone relies on. Meg is that person in her family. In the second book in this delightfully zany series, Murder with Puffins, Meg and her boyfriend go to her Aunt Phoebe's house only to find her family's already there and her father accused of murder.
Hamish Macbeth Series by M.C. Beaton
Author M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series features a cantankerous cast of characters in the Scottish Highlands. First book in series is Death of a Gossip.