Popular Mystery Novel Series

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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

Ace Books

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.

  • Read a review of Dead Until Dark

Jackson Brodie mysteries by Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson. Little Brown

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.

  • Read a review of One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson 

Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanovich

'One for the Money' by Janet Evanovich
'One for the Money'. St. Martin's Press

Janet Evanovich'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

'Along Came a Spider' by James Patterson
'Along Came a Spider'. Grand Central

James Patterson's 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

'Catering to Nobody' by Diane Mott Davidson
'Catering to Nobody'. Bantam Books

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

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Bantam

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
'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency'. Anchor Books

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

'Post Mortem' by Patricia Cornwell
'Post Mortem'. 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

'A is for Alibi'
'A is for Alibi'. 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

'The Bone Collector' by Jeffrey Deaver
'The Bone Collector'. Penguin Group

Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme stars in a series of mysteries that are heavy on forensic details, research, bad guys and technology.

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