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Topic: Do you have to read James Patterson's Alex Cross books in order or does it

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Subject: Do you have to read James Patterson's Alex Cross books in order or does it
Date Posted: 4/30/2010 11:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/30/2010 11:36 PM ET
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I think that nearly everyone on this forum who routinely reads mystery series will tell you that you should read the books in order.  Part of the pleasure of a series is watching the various characters evolve over time.  Some will say a book is a book so go ahead and read what and when you want.  My advice would be to read any series in order.

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Date Posted: 5/2/2010 6:21 PM ET
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LeeAnne said it so tactfully!  Kim, here in this forum we seem to be a large population of people who border on OCD with our need to read a set of books in order.


Sadly, (said tongue-in-cheek) there are several Patterson haters here, but we try to love them anyway. LOL!  I've been reading the Alex Cross series for years and I truly enjoy the series.  I hope you also enjoy it!

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 7:23 PM ET
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Definately read them in order. The later books make many references to earlier books and developements.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 1:50 PM ET
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another vote for read in order....I remember reading some of Kay Scarpetta books out of order and was so confused (this was before I knew about an order!).  While I'm not OCD (like Melani wink) I do prefer to read in order and see the characters evolve. 


some series you could read out of order but then they will reference previous books/stories and then you'll know what happens when you go back and read that book