The Complete Nora Roberts Book List

The Works of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb

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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 over 200 novels—some sweet and some suspenseful.

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, starting in 1999, every Nora Roberts book has made it.

Known for writing compelling series and trilogies, Roberts is adept at telling stories that almost forces you to hunt down the next title. Her "in Death" series now boasts over 40 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. While her writing may have started out 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, but it was one of her most prolific years. She would not debut her first series until 1985.

  • "Endings and Beginnings"
  • "Storm Warning"
  • 1984 - "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 ten 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. 

  • "The Art of Deception"
  • "Affaire Royale" (Cordina's Royal Family)
  • "Second Nature"
  • "One Summer"
  • "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found"
  • "Risky Business"
  • "Lessons Learned"
  • "A Will and a Way"
  • "Home for Christmas"

1987: Meet "Cordina's Royal Family"

In 1986, Roberts introduced us to "Cordina's Royal Family" with the release of "Affaire Royale." Two books 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" (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's In Death #1)
    • "Glory in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Montana Sky"
    • "Immortal in Death" (Robb's In Death #3)
    • "Rapture in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Finding the Dream" (Dream Trilogy)
    • "Sanctuary"
    • "Ceremony in Death" (Robb's In Death #5)
    • "Vengeance in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 number one, 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's In Death #7)
    • "Midnight in Death" (written as J.D. Robb)

    1999: Meet the "Gallaghers of Ardmore"

    For the second year in a row, Roberts was on a roll in 1999. 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's In Death #8)
    • "Loyalty in Death" (Robb's In Death #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's In Death #10)
    • "Judgment in Death" (Robb's In Death #11)

    2001: A Hardcover Bestseller

    In November of this year, 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 number one 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's In Death #12)
    • "Seduction in Death" (Robb's In Death #13)
    • "Interlude in Death" (written as J.D. Robb)

    2002: Cordina's Finale

    In 2002, we saw the final novel in the "Cordina's Royal Family" series as well as other memorable singles. 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's In Death #14)
    • "Purity in Death" (Robb's In Death #15)

    2003: "The Key Trilogy" Begins

    "The Key Trilogy" made its debut in November of 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 Trilogy)
    • "Key of Light" (The Key Trilogy)
    • "Nora Roberts Companion"
    • "Once Upon a Midnight"
    • "Remember When"
    • "Birthright"
    • "Portrait in Death" (Robb's In Death #16)
    • "Imitation in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Northern Lights"
    • "Key of Valor" (The Key Trilogy)
    • "A Little Fate"
    • "Divided in Death" (Robb's In Death #18)
    • "Visions in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Red Lily" (In the Garden Trilogy)
    • "Blue Smoke"
    • "Survivor in Death" (Robb's In Death #20)
    • "Origin in Death" (Robb's In Death #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"
    • "Valley of Silence" (The Circle Trilogy)
    • "Dance of the Gods" (The Circle Trilogy)
    • "Memory in Death" (Robb's In Death #22)
    • "Born in Death" (Robb's In Death #23)

    2007: Roberts on Lifetime

    Four of Roberts' novels are adapted into TV movies by Lifetime Television in this year 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 Trilogy)
    • "Innocent in Death" (Robb's In Death #24)
    • "Creation in Death" (Robb's In Death #25)

    2008: An Award in Her Name

    The Romance Writers of America renames their Lifetime Achievement Award after Nora Roberts.

    • "The Hollow" (Sign of Seven Trilogy)
    • "The Pagan Stone" (Sign of Seven Trilogy)
    • "Tribute"
    • "Suite 606" (J.D. Robb and friends anthology)
    • "Strangers In Death" (Robb's In Death #26)
    • "Salvation In Death" (Robb's In Death #27)

    2009: 400 Million Copies Sold

    In 2009, Roberts and her books reached a great milestone. According to a report from September of that year, there were over 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's In Death #28)
    • "Kindred in Death" (Robb's In Death #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's In Death #30)
    • "Indulgence in Death" (Robb's In Death #31)

    2011: The Beginnings of "The Inn BoonsBoro"

    It was in this year 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 Trilogy)
    • "Treachery in Death" (Robb's In Death #32)
    • "New York to Dallas" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "The Perfect Hope" (The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy)
    • "Celebrity In Death" (Robb's In Death #34)
    • "Delusion in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Calculated In Death" (Robb's In Death #36)
    • "Thankless in Death" (Robb's In Death #37)

    2014: The "Cousins" Finale

    Introduced to Iona Sheehan in the previous year, the 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 Trilogy)
    • "Blood Magick" (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy)
    • "The Collector"
    • "Concealed in Death" (Robb's In Death #38)
    • "Festive in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 but by this time it was just something they could expect from Roberts.

    • "The Liar"
    • "Down the Rabbit Hole"
    • "Stars of Fortune" (The Guardians Trilogy)
    • "Obsession in Death" (Robb's In Death #40)
    • "Devotion in Death" (Robb's In Death #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 Trilogy)
    • "Island of Glass "(The Guardians Trilogy)
    • "Brotherhood in Death" (Robb's In Death #42)
    • "Apprentice in Death" (Robb's In Death #43)

    2017: 222 Books and Counting

    With the 2017 release of "Come Sundown," Nora Roberts' list of books hit 222 and "Echoes in Death" is the 44th title under 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"
    • "Come Sundown"
    • "Echoes in Death" (Robb's In Death #44)
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