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Subject: Suggestions?
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 5:16 PM ET
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Okay, I love series (serieses?) books. There's just something about them. Sadly, I've run out of them. Can anyone help me out?

Like:

Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles, Karin Slaughter's Sara Linton/Will Trent (that's 2), Jack Kerley's Carson Ryder/Harry Nautilius, James Rollin's Sigma Force, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child's Pendergast, and the Hannibal books. I also liked Harry Potter, Gregor the Overlander, and several of Anne McCaffrey's series.

I didn't like Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse. I don't really get into paranormal very well, except for YA for some reason. Didn't get into Scarpetta very much, either.

Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 6:20 PM ET
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A couple recommendations--

Michael Connelly's Hary Bosch Series and

John Lescroart's Dismas Hardie's series.

Both are on the top of my list of favorites.  Also, you might try Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Ryme series.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 8:00 PM ET
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Diana Gabaldon's The Outlander Series.  Very, very popular. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 9:22 PM ET
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If you liked Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, try Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. . . similar blending of SF and fantasy, great world-building, characters, and plot. Start with The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower (you can find them in the omnibus The Forbidden Circle). (Whatever you do, DON'T start with the first book in internal series chronology; it's one of the weakest, and really unnecessary to enjoy the series.)

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:12 AM ET
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John Sandfords: Prey (Lucan Davenport) or Virgil Flowers series

MC Beaton-for light hearted Brittish Murder Mystery romps has the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin series-quick easy, fun reads

I haven't read the 1st one yet so can't really give an opinion: Laura Lippman's Tess Monahan series

The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child

Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini

The FBI series by Catherine Coulter

 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 2:33 PM ET
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I have the first Lincoln Rhyme book in the mail, and a few other ones. Thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:27 PM ET
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I don't read mysteries/thrillers but while browsing an author for her historical fiction books, I discovered she's also written a series of mysteries/thrillers!  Right here on PBS, check out author Sally Gunning's Peter Bartholomew series and see if it's something you might like. 



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Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:21 PM ET
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny - good mysteries.

 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:22 PM ET
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The Stephanie Plum series is very good.  Easy read and funny!!  They are written by Janet Evanovich.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:22 PM ET
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The Stephanie Plum series is very good.  Easy read and funny!!  They are written by Janet Evanovich.

Subject: Series books
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 6:13 PM ET
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Try Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox series. They are about to be re-released in the U.S. Also try Lisa Lutz' Spellman books--really funny and clever.



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Date Posted: 2/11/2010 7:03 PM ET
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I agree with the Harry Bosch detective series, I'm just a little in love with him. Ok, then a lot!

Also agree with the Louise Penny recommendation. I love the Jan Karon series about Mitford. Alexander McCall Smith's series about The #1 Ladies Detective Agency is wonderful too.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:15 PM ET
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I second the Jack Reacher books.

If you're looking for something really dark, Cody McFadyen has a series of 4 books (so far) about a female FBI agent. Definitely must be read in order.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 8:13 PM ET
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Thanks everyone! What's the first Harry Bosch book? I put the Cody McFadyen on my wishlist. Jack Reacher is on my RL.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 7:47 PM ET
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Sara--The first Hary Bosch book is "The Black Echo".

Two great places for finding out what order books are in a series are:

www.stopyourekilliingme.com (mysteries only)

and

www.fantasticfiction.co.uk (all kinds of fiction)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:04 PM ET
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I just picked up the 1st Walt Fleming/Sun Valley book by Ridley Pearson on audio from the library. I hope John Sandford puts another Virgil Flowers book out soon. I love that series.

Subject: Michael Gruber
Date Posted: 2/16/2010 6:22 PM ET
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I just read the first book of the series by Michael Gruber with Dectective Jimmy Paz. It is called Tropic of Night. There are 2 more books in the series, Valley of Bones and Night of the Jaguar. I liked the first one very much and have already ordered the other 2 from PBS.