Complete Nora Roberts Book List

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Nora Roberts releases several new romance novels every year, making her one of the most prolific authors of our time. She is continually adding to a number of series and has published more than 200 novels—some sweet, some suspenseful, and some fantasy.

Roberts has regularly hit the New York Times bestseller list since 1999. Thanks to her dedicated fans and the fact that she was an early pioneer in communicating with them online, it is rare that a new release does not hit that esteemed book list. In fact, since1999, every Nora Roberts book has made it.

Known for writing compelling series and trilogies, Roberts is adept at telling stories that almost force you to hunt down the next title. Her "In Death" series is closing in on 50 titles. It is a detective romance series written under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.

Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb Books by Year

Roberts started writing during a blizzard in 1979. It forced her two sons to stay home from school, and she was on the verge of going stir crazy. Though her writing may have started as a creative escape, it quickly turned into a long and lasting career.

If you're looking for her earliest work, she published six titles within the first two years of her debut. This volume for a new author is astounding in itself and is just a prelude to the amount of work she would produce in the coming decades.

1983: The Legacy Begins

In 1983, Roberts began a legacy of publishing many books each year. It would set the pace for her entire career. Also, if you're going to read "Reflections," be sure to follow up with "Dance of Dreams," because the stories are connected.

  • "From This Day"
  • "Her Mother's Keeper"
  • "Reflections"
  • "Dance of Dreams"
  • "Once More With Feeling"
  • "Untamed"
  • "Tonight and Always"
  • "This Magic Moment"

1984: A Prolific Year

An interesting year for Roberts, in 1984 the author produced a variety of single books, and it was one of her most prolific years. She would not debut her first series until 1985.

  • "Endings and Beginnings"
  • "Storm Warning"
  • "Sullivan's Woman"
  • "Rules of the Game"
  • "Less of a Stranger"
  • "A Matter of Choice"
  • "The Law Is a Lady"
  • "First Impressions"
  • "Opposites Attract"
  • "Promise Me Tomorrow"

1985: Meet "The MacGregors"

In 1985, Roberts debuted one of her most successful series. "The MacGregors" includes 10 novels, starting with "Playing the Odds" and ending up with 1999's "The Perfect Neighbor." The characters have been featured in other novels throughout the years as well.

  • "Playing the Odds" (The MacGregors)
  • "Tempting Fate" (The MacGregors)
  • "All the Possibilities" (The MacGregors)
  • "One Man's Art" (The MacGregors)
  • "Partners"
  • "The Right Path"
  • "Boundary Lines"
  • "Summer Desserts" 
  • "Night Moves"
  • "Dual Image"

1986: A Good Year for Follow-Up Novels

If you read "Summer Desserts," then you have to follow it with 1986's "Lessons Learned" to get the rest of the story. Also, "Second Nature" and "One Summer" should be read in succession. 

1987: Meet "Cordina's Royal Family"

In 1986, Roberts introduced us to "Cordina's Royal Family" with the release of "Affaire Royale." Two books in that series followed the next year, though the fourth would not be released until 2002 under the title "Cordina's Crown Jewel."

If you happen to pick up "Sacred Sins," you'll also want to read 1988's "Brazen Virtue," as the two are connected.

  • "For Now Forever" (The MacGregors)
  • "Mind Over Matter"
  • "Command Performance" (Cordina's Royal Family)
  • "The Playboy Prince" (Cordina's Royal Family)
  • "Hot Ice"
  • "Temptation"
  • "Sacred Sins" 

1988: The Year of the Irish

Roberts must have had Ireland on her mind because in 1988 she turned her debut novel into a series that would be known as "Irish Hearts." Yet, you'll also find these volumes under the title "Irish Legacy Trilogy." It includes "Irish Thoroughbred" (1981), "Irish Rose" (1988), and "Irish Rebel" (2000).

The author also spent part of the year introducing us to "The O'Hurleys." After these three novels, you can find them again in 1990's "Without a Trace."

  • "Local Hero"
  • "Irish Rose" (Irish Hearts)
  • "Brazen Virtue"
  • "The Last Honest Woman" (The O'Hurleys)
  • "Dance to the Piper" (The O'Hurleys)
  • "Skin Deep" (The O'Hurleys)
  • "Rebellion" (The MacGregors)
  • "Name of the Game"
  • "Sweet Revenge"

1989: A Trio to Delight Fans

To kick off the year, Roberts spent the first few months of 1989 with three connected novels. The first three in this list were written to be read in order. At the end of the year she started another story, so when you're done with "Time Was," read "Times Change."

  • "Loving Jack"
  • "Best Laid Plans"
  • "Lawless"
  • "Impulse"
  • "Gabriel's Angel"
  • "The Welcoming"
  • "Time Was"

1990: Meet "The Stanislaskis"

In comparison, it doesn't look as if Roberts had a very productive year. However, she did take some time in March to introduce us to "The Stanislaskis." This six-book series would continue regularly through 2001 with the release of "Considering Kate."

  • "Times Change"
  • "Taming Natasha" 404 ("The Stanislaskis")
  • "Public Secrets"
  • "Without a Trace"  ("The O'Hurleys")
  • "In From the Cold" ("The MacGregors")

1991: Meet "The Calhoun Women"

Four of the five books in "The Calhoun Women" series were released in 1991. Anxious fans had to wait until "Megan's Mate" in 1996 for the fifth novel, but today you can fly right through them. You'll also find some of the Calhoun women featured in other novels, especially in 1998.

  • "Night Shift" ("Night Tales")
  • "Night Shadows" ("Night Tales")
  • "Courting Catherine" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "A Man for Amanda" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "For the Love of Lilah" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "Suzanna's Surrender" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "Genuine Lies"
  • "Luring a Lady" ("The Stanislaskis")

1992: The Year of the Donovans

If you have not yet read the four novels in the "Donovan Legacy," consider this a must. The cousins have special powers that make them extraordinary, and three of the books were published in 1992. The last of the series is "Enchanted," published in 1999.

  • "Carnal Innocence"
  • "Captivated" ("Donovan Legacy")
  • "Entranced" ("Donovan Legacy")
  • "Charmed" ("Donovan Legacy")
  • "Divine Evil"
  • "Unfinished Business"
  • "Honest Illusions"

1993: Just Three New Books

It seems as if 1993 was a bit slow for Roberts, but she did continue two of her popular series. "Nightshade" is the third of five in the "Night Tales" collection that started with the 1991 release of "Night Shift."

  • "Falling for Rachel" ("The Stanislaskis")
  • "Nightshade" ("Night Tales")
  • "Private Scandals"

1994: The Debut of "Born In"

"Born in Fire" was the first release in the "Born In" trilogy, and it's sometimes called the "Irish Born" trilogy. After that book, be sure to catch "Born in Ice" (1995) and "Born in Shame" (1996) to complete the trio.

  • "Night Smoke" ("Night Tales")
  • "Convincing Alex" ("The Stanislaskis")
  • "Birds, Bees and Babies/The Best Mistake" (Mother's Day anthology)
  • "Silhouette Christmas/All I Want for Christmas" (Christmas anthology)
  • "Hidden Riches"
  • "Born in Fire" ("Born In" trilogy)

1995: J.D. Robb Makes the First Appearance

This was the year Roberts began writing detective romances under the pen name J.D. Robb. She chose the "J" and "D" from her sons' first initials and took "Robb" from "Roberts."

  • "Born in Ice" ("Born In" trilogy)
  • "The Return of Rafe MacKade" ("The MacKade Brothers")
  • "The Pride of Jared MacKade" ("The MacKade Brothers")
  • "True Betrayals"
  • "Naked in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 1)
  • "Glory in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 2)

1996: Roberts' 100th Book

A milestone year, Roberts published her 100th book just shortly after celebrating her first decade of work. "Montana Sky," tells the story of three half-sisters who come together for the first time to hear their father's will be read. Little did they know that their inheritance was dependent on one very specific condition.

  • "Megan's Mate" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "The Heart of Devin MacKade" ("The MacKade Brothers")
  • "The Fall of Shane MacKade" ("The MacKade Brothers")
  • "Born in Shame" ("Born In" trilogy)
  • "Daring to Dream" ("Dream")
  • "Montana Sky"
  • "Immortal in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 3)
  • "Rapture in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 4)

1997: Romance Writers Award

In 1997, Roberts was awarded the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. In reality, as you can see from the rest of the list, she was just getting started.

  • "The MacGregor Brides" ("The MacGregors")
  • "Hidden Star" ("Stars of Mithra")
  • "Captive Star" ("Stars of Mithra")
  • "Waiting for Nick" ("The Stanislaskis")
  • "Holding the Dream" ("Dream")
  • "Finding the Dream" ("Dream")
  • "Sanctuary"
  • "Ceremony in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 5)
  • "Vengeance in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 6)

1998: The Bestseller Streak Begins

Roberts' success on the bestseller lists began with "Rising Tides." It was her first novel to be an immediate No. 1, a streak that seems as if it will be endless.

  • "Serena and Caine" ("The MacGregors")
  • "The MacGregor Grooms" ("The MacGregors")
  • "The Winning Hand" ("The MacGregors")
  • "Rising Tides" ("Chesapeake Bay Saga")
  • "Sea Swept" ("Chesapeake Bay Saga")
  • "Lilah and Suzanna" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "Catherine and Amanda" ("The Calhoun Women")
  • "Once Upon a Castle"
  • "Homeport"
  • "Secret Star" ("Stars of Mithra")
  • "The Reef"
  • "Holiday in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 7)
  • "Midnight in Death" (short story, Robb, "In Death" No. 7.5)

1999: Meet the "Gallaghers of Ardmore"

For the second year in a row, Roberts was on a roll. She published a number of books and introduced readers to the "Gallaghers of Ardmore" in the process. This trilogy would wrap up in 2000.

  • "Inner Harbor" ("Chesapeake Bay Saga")
  • "The Perfect Neighbor" ("The MacGregors")
  • "The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian"
  • "The MacGregors: Alan & Grant"
  • "Jewels of the Sun" ("Gallaghers of Ardmore")
  • "Enchanted" ("Donovan Legacy")
  • "Once Upon a Star"
  • "River's End"
  • "Conspiracy in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 8)
  • "Loyalty in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 9)

2000: The Finales for Popular Series

Some fan favorites continued in 2000. This included the finale for "Night Tales," "Gallaghers of Ardmore," and "Irish Hearts." This year also saw the first of three books in the "Three Sisters Island" series.

  • "The Stanislaski Brothers: Convincing Alex/Luring a Lady"
  • "Night Shield" ("Night Tales")
  • "Tears of the Moon" ("Gallaghers of Ardmore")
  • "Heart of the Sea" ("Gallaghers of Ardmore")
  • "Irish Rebel"  ("Irish Hearts")
  • "Carolina Moon"
  • "Dance Upon the Air" ("Three Sisters Island")
  • "Witness in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 10)
  • "Judgment in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 11)

2001: A Hardcover Bestseller

In November of 2001, Roberts officially moved from best-selling paperback to the top of the hardcover list. The book "Midnight Bayou" was her first to go right to No. 1 in this edition.

  • "Considering Kate" ("The Stanislaskis")
  • "Once Upon a Rose"
  • "Heaven and Earth" ("Three Sisters Island")
  • "The Villa"
  • "Midnight Bayou"
  • "Chesapeake Blue" ("Chesapeake Bay Saga")
  • "Betrayal in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 12)
  • "Interlude in Death" (novella, Robb, "In Death" No. 12.5)
  • "Seduction in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 13)

2002: Cordina's Finale

In 2002, we saw the final novel in the "Cordina's Royal Family" series as well as other memorable single books. It also marked the release of "Summer Pleasure," a two-in-one reissue of the popular "Second Nature" and "One Summer" from 1986.

  • "Once Upon a Dream"
  • "Summer Pleasures"
  • "Face the Fire" ("Three Sisters Island")
  • "Cordina's Crown Jewel" ("Cordina's Royal Family")
  • "Three Fates"
  • "Reunion in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 14)
  • "Purity in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 15)

2003: "The Key Trilogy" Begins

"The Key" trilogy made its debut on November 2003. This was a series that fans didn't have to wait for. The second and third volumes followed monthly, ending with "Key of Valor" in January. This is significant because rarely have all three books in a series hit the bestseller list simultaneously.

  • "Key of Knowledge" ("The Key")
  • "Key of Light" ("The Key")
  • "Nora Roberts Companion"
  • "Once Upon a Midnight"
  • "Remember When"
  • "Birthright"
  • "Portrait in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 16)
  • "Imitation in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 17)

2004: "In the Garden Trilogy" Debuts

What started in the previous year saw the final novel in "The Key Trilogy" in 2004. It also marked the release of "Blue Dahlia," first in a trilogy called "In the Garden."

  • "Blue Dahlia" ("In the Garden")
  • "Northern Lights"
  • "Key of Valor" ("The Key")
  • "A Little Fate"
  • "Divided in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 18)
  • "Visions in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 19)

2005: Five Fine Novels

Roberts finished up the "In the Garden" trilogy in 2005 and published the popular "Blue Smoke." The year also saw her continue the dual release of her "In Death" series under the J.D. Robb pseudonym, hitting her 20th book.

  • "Black Rose" ("In the Garden")
  • "Red Lily" ("In the Garden")
  • "Blue Smoke"
  • "Survivor in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 20)
  • "Origin in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 21)

2006: "Angel's Fall" Wins

In 2006, Roberts' novel "Angels Fall" won the Quill Award for Book of the Year. The year is also significant because it saw all three novels of the immensely popular "The Circle" trilogy released in rapid succession.

  • "Bump in the Night"
  • "Angels Fall"
  • "Morrigan's Cross" ("The Circle")
  • "Dance of the Gods" ("The Circle")
  • "Valley of Silence" ("The Circle")
  • "Memory in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 22)
  • "Born in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 23)

2007: Roberts on Lifetime

Four of Roberts' novels were adapted into TV movies by Lifetime Television in 2007, and more would follow in subsequent years. Her romantic stories are a perfect fit for the network, and they continue to air regularly. Roberts was also named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time.

  • "High Noon"
  • "Dead of Night Anthology"
  • "Blood Brothers" ("Sign of Seven")
  • "Innocent in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 24)
  • "Creation in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 25)

2008: An Award in Her Name

The Romance Writers of America renamed their Lifetime Achievement Award after Nora Roberts in 2008.

  • "The Hollow" ("Sign of Seven")
  • "The Pagan Stone" ("Sign of Seven")
  • "Tribute"
  • "Suite 606" (J.D. Robb and friends anthology)
  • "Strangers In Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 26)
  • "Salvation In Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 27)

2009: 400 Million Copies Sold

In 2009, Roberts and her books reached a milestone. According to a report from September of that year, there were more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

  • "Vision in White" ("The Bride Quartet")
  • "Bed of Roses" ("The Bride Quartet")
  • "Black Hills"
  • "Promises in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 28)
  • "Kindred in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 29)
  • "The Lost" (anthology, including J.D. Robb)

2010: "The Bride Quartet" Wraps Up

Started in 2009, the last two novels in "The Bride Quartet" series were released in 2010. It's another fantastic story that you need to read from beginning to end.

  • "Savor the Moment" ("The Bride Quartet")
  • "Happy Ever After" ("The Bride Quartet")
  • "The Search"
  • "The Other Side Anthology"
  • "Fantasy in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 30)
  • "Indulgence in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 31)

2011: The Beginnings of "The Inn Boonsboro"

It was in 2011 that Roberts debuted her instantly popular "The Inn Boonsboro" trilogy. Finished off within a year, "The Next Always" spent weeks at the top of the paperback bestseller lists.

  • "Chasing Fire"
  • "The Unquiet"
  • "The Next Always" ("The Inn Boonsboro")
  • "Treachery in Death" (Robb's "In Death" No. 32)
  • "New York to Dallas" (Robb's "In Death" No. 33)

2012: Roberts' 200th Book

In 2012, Roberts released her 200th novel. "The Witness" is a mysterious tale about Abigail Lowery, who lives in seclusion after an encounter with a strange man. Her secret? Well, you'll just have to read the book.

  • "The Witness"
  • "The Last Boyfriend" ("The Inn Boonsboro")
  • "The Perfect Hope" ("The Inn Boonsboro")
  • "Celebrity in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 34)
  • "Delusion in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 35)

2013: Introducing the "Cousins O'Dwyer"

The "Cousins O'Dwyer" trilogy quickly became a hit after the release of "Dark Witch." Each of the three novels went straight to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

  • "Whiskey Beach"
  • "Taken in Death" (short story in "Mirror, Mirror" book)
  • "Dark Witch" ("The Cousins O'Dwyer")
  • "Calculated in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 36)
  • "Thankless in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 37)

2014: The "Cousins" Finale

Introduced to Iona Sheehan in the previous year, the Cousins trilogy continued in 2014. In the final two, Branna O'Dwyer becomes the star, and her work at The Dark Witch shop the center of the action.

  • "Shadow Spell" ("The Cousins O'Dwyer" No. 2)
  • "Blood Magick" ("The Cousins O'Dwyer" No. 3)
  • "The Collector"
  • "Concealed in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 38)
  • "Festive in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 39)

2015: The 40th "In Death" Book

It all began in 1995, and 20 years later, J.D. Robb published her 40th "In Death" book in 2015. Running at two novels per year, fans began to rely on the releases as something they could expect from Roberts.

  • "The Liar"
  • "Down the Rabbit Hole"
  • "Stars of Fortune" ("The Guardians")
  • "Obsession in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 40)
  • "Devotion in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 41)

2016: "The Guardians" trilogy Concludes

Fantasy abounds in Roberts' "Guardians" trilogy. The series was finished in just over a year, and 2016 saw the series wrap up with what many consider two of the author's most imaginative works.

  • "The Obsession"
  • "Bay of Sighs" ("The Guardians")
  • "Island of Glass" ("The Guardians")
  • "Brotherhood in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 42)
  • "Apprentice in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 43)

2017: 222 Books and Counting

With the 2017 release of "Come Sundown," Nora Roberts' list of books hit 222, and "Secrets in Death" was the 45th "In Death" title for J.D. Robb. This is an astonishing library from a single author and one of the reasons why The New Yorker has called her "America's favorite author."

  • "Year One" ("Chronicles of the One")
  • "Come Sundown"
  • "Echoes in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 44)
  • "Secrets in Death" (Robb, "In Death" No. 45)

2018: 500 million

The second part in a trilogy begun in the dystopian New York City ("Year One") was set to follow in late 2018 as well as two more "In Death" books. There have been 500 million of Nora Roberts' books in print.

  • "Dark in Death" (Robb, “In Death” No. 46)
  • "Shelter in Place"
  • "Leverage in Death" (Robb, “In Death” No. 47)
  • "Of Blood and Bone" (“Chronicles of the One” No. 2)

2019: "In Death" Continues

The 48th book in the "In Death" Eve Dallas series for pseudonym J.D. Robb is scheduled for February 2019.

  • "Communications in Death (Robb, "In Death" No. 48)