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text 2020-07-20 22:28
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Oddfits (The Oddfits Series Book 1) - Tiffany Tsao

Why was I so surprised by how odd this book is? It's right there in the title: 'Oddfits'. It's about people who don't fit in, who are so obviously and fundamentally out of tune with where they are that it's clear that, although they're here, they belong somewhere else.

 

Yet I didn't expect a Roal Dahl meets Kafka reading experience that made me feel so off-balance. That I, the reader, was the oddfit who can't quite grasp what is expected of me or what I should expect of the author. I'm not sure what's going on or what is likely to happen next. It feels like being thrown around on a fairground ride. The only option is to give up control and go with the ride. Which is part of why I hate fairground rides.

 

If I'm going to read this book to the end, I'll need to find a place to stand and quite soon.

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text 2020-06-28 23:30
Completed Series / Authors

 

As I just finished the last book of Josephine Tey's Inspector Grant series (and have also read both of her nonseries mysteries, Brat Farrar and Miss Pym Disposes), it occurred to me that there is a third "series reading" master post I should keep, in addition to the First in Series and Ongoing Series posts that I created a while ago, as inspired by Moonlight Reader; namely, one to collect all my completed reading. So this post collects everything from books / series recently finished to those that I read a long time ago in a galaxy much further away than I care to think about: in the latter case, if fiction, I can't guarantee that I remember much about the plot or the characters (which just might mean that it's time for a reread, but that's a different matter); if nonfiction, whatever I remember of their contents has long merged into the general muddle of information about our world, past and present, that has passed through my brain over the years, mostly without taking permanent residence and definitely without me still being able to pinpoint any specific source. But so help me, I did read all of these -- some only once, some have become favorite comfort reads.

 

I'll only be collecting completed series or other similarly definable groups of books here (e.g., "all novels / short stories by ..."); beginning with actually completed books and concluding with a section listing the series I have abandoned.  This is not intended as a master post listing all of my completed reading.

 

COMPLETED

MYSTERIES

Dermot Bolger

- Finbar's Hotel (ed.)

 

G.K. Chesterton

- Father Brown

 

Agatha Christie

- all mystery novels and short stories:
     - Miss Marple
     - Poirot
     - Tommy & Tuppence
     - Superintendent Battle (incl. Bundle Brent)
     - Colonel Race
     - Parker Pyne
     - Qin & Satterthwaite
     - Nonseries mysteries

 

Arthur Conan Doyle

- Sherlock Holmes

 

Michael Connelly

- Terry McCaleb

 

The Detection Club

- The Floating Admiral

 

Colin Dexter

- Inspector Morse

 

J. Jefferson Farjeon

- Inspector Kendall

 

Caroline Graham

- Midsomer Murders

 

George Heyer

- All mysteries:
     - Inspector Hannasyde
     - Inspector Hemingway
     - Nonseries

 

Tony Hillerman

- Leaphorn & Chee

 

P.D. James

- Adam Dalgliesh
- Cordelia Gray

 

Stephen King

- The Green Mile

 

Stieg Larsson

- Millennium (original series)

 

Dennis Lehane

- Kenzie & Gennaro

 

Henning Mankell

- Wallander

 

Ngaio Marsh

- Roderick Alleyn

 

Denise Mina

- Garnethill Trilogy

 

George Pelecanos

- Derek Strange & Terry Quinn

 

Catherine Louisa Pirkis

- Loveday Brooke

 

Edgar Allan Poe

- Dupin Tales

 

Ian Rankin

- Jack Harvey Thrillers

 

Dorothy L. Sayers

- Lord Peter Wimsey (incl. Wimsey & Vane subseries)

 

Josephine Tey

- All mysteries:
     - Inspector Grant series
     - Nonseries mysteries (Brat Farrar & Miss Pym Disposes)

 

 

HISTORICAL FICTION (ICNL. HISTORICAL MYSTERIES)

Robert van Gulik

- Judge Dee

 

Anthony Horowitz

- Sherlock Holmes sequels

 

John Jakes

- North and South Trilogy

 

Patrick O'Brian

- Aubrey & Maturin

 

Ellis Peters

- Brother Cadfael

 

David Pirie

- The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

 

Jean Plaidy

- Mary Stuart

 

Tony Riches

- Tudor Trilogy

 

 

FANTASY / FAIRY TALES / SUPERNATURAL

Hans Christian Andersen

- Complete Fairy Tales

 

Brothers Grimm

- Complete Fairy Tales

 

Wilhelm Hauff

- Complete Fairy Tales

 

C.S. Lewis

- Chronicles of Narnia

 

Tamora Pierce

- Song of the Lioness

 

J.K. Rowling

- Harry Potter (minus The Cursed Child, which contrary to the sales hype wasn't actually written by Rowling)

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

- Middle Earth: The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

 

T.H. White

- The Once and Future King

 

Tad Williams

- Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

 

 

CLASSICS & LITFIC

Aeschylus

- Oresteia (Agamemnon / The Libarion Bearers / The Eumenides)

 

Louisa May Alcott

- Little Women (incl. Good Wives, Little Men & Jo's Boys)

 

Margaret Atwood

- Gilead (The Handmaid's Tale & The Testaments)

 

Jane Austen

- Novels and fragments (minus juvenalia, except for The History of England)

 

Gabriel Chevalier

- Clochemerle (Clochemerle & Clochemerle Babylon)

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

- Faust (Parts I & II and Urfaust)

 

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

- A Scots Quair

 

Robert Graves

- I, Claudius

- Books on Greek mythology (The Greek Myths; Greek Gods and Heroes)

 

Selma Lagerlöf

- Jerusalem

 

D.H. Lawrence

- Brangwen Family (The Rainbow & Women in Love)

 

Naguib Mahfouz

- Cairo Trilogy

- Novels & stories of Ancient Egypt (Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War, Akhenaten, Voices from the Other World)

 

Thomas Mann

- All novels and short stories

 

Edna O'Brien

- Country Girls Trilogy

 

William Shakespeare

- All plays, sonnets and short poems

 

Sophocles

- Theban Plays (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonnus, Antigone)

 

Wallace Stegner

- Joe Allston (All the Little Live Things & The Spectator Bird)

 

Anthony Trollope

- The Pallisers

 

 

HISTORY, (AUTO)BIOGRAPHY & OTHER NONFICTION

Will & Ariel Durant

- The Story of Civilization

 

Fischer Weltgeschichte

(various authors; elsewhere known as Universal History and Storia Unversale)

 

Antonia Fraser

- A Royal History of England (ed.)

 

Hugo Hamilton

- Childhood Memoirs

 

Hans J. Massaquoi

- Destine to Witness

 

Hans Silvester

- Cats in the Sun

 

 

ABANDONED

SERIES

Renée Ahdieh: The Wrath and the Dawn (after book 1, The Wrath and the Dawn)
Alan Bradley: Flavia de Luce (after book 1, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
Dan Brown: Robert Langdon (after book 2, The Da Vinci Code; no other books from series read)
Miles Burton: Desmond Merrion (after book 1, The Secret of High Eldersham)
Trudi Canavan: Black Magician Trilogy (after book 1, The Magicians' Guild)
Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown (after book 1, Sorcerer to the Crown)
Jennifer Estep: Crown of Shards (after book 1, Kill the Queen)
Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones's Diary (after book 1, Bridget Jones's Diary)
James Forrester: Clarenceux Trilogy (after book 1, Sacred Treason)
Elizabeth George: Inspector Lynley (after book 16, This Body of Death)
Lee Goldberg: Even Ronin (after book 1, Lost Hills)
Kerry Greenwood: Phryne Fischer (after book 1, Cocaine Blues, aka Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates)
Philippa Gregory: Tudor Court (after book 3, The Other Boleyn Girl; no other books from series read)
L.B. Hathaway: Posie Parker (DNF book 6.5, A Christmas Case; no other books from series read)
Martha Grimes: Richard Jury (after book 21, Dust)
Dorothy B. Hughes: Griselda Satterlee (after book 1, The So Blue Marble)
E.L. James: Fifty Shades (after book 1, Fifty Shades of Grey)
Carole Lawrence: Ian Hamilton (after book 1, Edinburgh Twilight)
Edward Marston: Christopher Redmayne (after book 1, The King's Evil)
Francine Matthews: Caroline Carmichael (after book 1, The Cutout)
Pat McIntosh: Gil Cunningham (after book 1, The Harper's Quine)
Stephenie Meyer: Twilight (after book 1, Twilight)
S.J. Parris: Giordano Bruno (after book 1, Heresy)
Louise Penny: Armand Gamache (after book 1, Still Life)
Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody (after book 1, Crocodile on the Sandbank)
Valerie Plame Wilson & Sarah Lovett: Vanessa Pierson (after book 1, Blowback)
Patrick Senécal: Le vide (after book 1, Vivre au Max)
Helene Tursten: Inspector Irene Huss (after book 2, Night Rounds)

 

AUTHORS

Anne Rice

Read:

- Maifair Witches through book 2 (Lasher)

- Vampire Chronicles through book 6 (The Vampire Armand)

- Stand-alones: Cry to Heaven, Violin, Vittorio the Vampire

 

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text 2020-04-07 01:17
Ongoing Series

 

 

Following up on my First in Series post and, again inspired by Moonlight Reader, this post collects all of my currently (as of April 2020) ongoing series; i.e. all series that I have started and neither fully completed nor decided to discontinue.  Like my First in Series post, this is primarily for my own reference, so in order not to have too many sub-series sections I'm combining golden age and noir mysteries into classic crime fiction, ditto both major branches of speculative fiction (sci-fi and fantasy), and my major areas of nonfiction interest (history and biographies / memoirs). -- Wherever I didn't start reading a given series in order, I'm listing book 1 (not crossed out) in addition to the (crossed out) completed books to mark this fact.  By the same token, since I didn't start all of the series with book 1, it makes more sense to me to actually record the books I'v already read rather than the one following next after my respective last read.  Completed (or abandoned) series are moved to a separate post.

 

 

CLASSIC MYSTERIES / CRIME FICTION (GOLDEN AGE & NOIR)

Margery Allingham: Albert Campion
- read all books through No. 15 (The Beckoning Lady), plus assorted short stories

 

Eric Ambler: Charles Latimer
1. The Mask of Dimitrios

 

George Bellairs: Inspector Littlejohn
1. Littlejohn on Leave
3. Death of a Busybody

 

E.C. Bentley: Philip Trent
1. Trent's Last Case

 

Anthony Berkeley: Roger Sheringham
1. The Layton Court Mystery
2. The Wychford Poisoning Case
4. The Silk Stocking Murders
5. The Poisoned Chocolates Case

 

Anthony Berkeley: Ambrose Chitterwick
1. The Piccadilly Murder
2. Trial and Error

 

Nicholas Blake: Nigel Strangeways
1. A Question of Proof
2. Thou Shell of Death
7. The Case of the Abominable Snowman

 

Ernest Bramah: Max Carrados
1. The Tales of Max Carrados

 

Christianna Brand: Inspector Cockrill
1. Heads You Lose
2. Green for Danger
3. Suddenly at His Residence
5. Fog of Doubt
6. Tour de Force

 

Christianna Brand: Inspector Charlesworth
1. Death in High Heels

 

Phyllis Bottome: Mark Chalmers
1. The Lifeline

 

Fredric Brown: Ed and Am Hunter
1. The Fabulous Clipjoint
2. The Dead Ringer

 

John Buchan: Richard Hannay
1. The 39 Steps

 

John Bude: Superintendent William Meredith
1. The Lake District Murder

 

John Dickson Carr: Dr. Gideon Fell
1. Hag's Nook
5. Death-Watch
6. The Hollow Man
9. To Wake the Dead
15. Till Death Do Us Part

 

Raymond Chandler: Philip Marlowe
1. The Big Sleep
2. Farewell, My Lovely
3. The High Window
6. The Long Goodbye

 

Edmund Crispin: Gervase Fen
1. The Case of the Gilded Fly
3. The Moving Toyshop
10. The Glimpses of the Moon

 

Freeman Wills Crofts: Inspector French
1. Inspector French's Greatest Case
7. Mystery in the Channel
10. The Hog's Back Mystery

 

Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Sir John Saumarez
1. Enter Sir John

 

Francis Duncan: Mordecai Tremaine
1. They'll Never Find Out
2. Murder for Christmas

 

R. Austin Freeman: Dr. Thorndyke
1. The Red Thumb Mark
3. The Eye of Osiris

 

Michael Gilbert: Henry Bohun
1. Smallbone Deceased

 

Michael Gilbert: Inspector Hazelrigg
1. Close Quarters
4. Smallbone Deceased

 

Anna Katharine Green: Violet Strange
1. The Golden Slipper

 

Dashiell Hammett: Continental Op
1. Red Harvest
2. The Dain Curse

 

Cyril Hare: Francis Pettigrew
1. Tragedy at Law

 

Cyril Hare: Inspector Mallett
1. Tenant for Death
4. Tragedy at Law

 

Patricia Highsmith: Tom Ripley
1. The Talented Mr. Ripley

 

E.W. Hornung: Raffles
1. Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman

 

Mary Kelly: Inspector Brett Nightingale
1. A Cold Coming
3. The Christmas Egg

 

C.H.B. Kitchin: Malcolm Warren
1. Death of My Aunt
2. Crime at Christmas

 

Ronald Knox: Miles Bredon
1. The Three Taps
3. The Body in the Silo

 

Gaston Leroux: Joseph Rouletabille
1. Le mystère de la chambre jaune

 

E.C.R. Lorac: Robert MacDonald
1. The Murder on the Burrows
13. Bats in the Belfry
26. Murder by Matchlight

 

A.E.W. Mason: Inspector Hanaud
1. At the Villa Rose

 

Gladys Mitchell: Mrs. Bradley
1. Speedy Death
2. The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop
4. The Saltmarsh Murders
5. Death at the Opera
7. Death Comes at Christmas (aka Dead Men's Morris)
23. Murder in the Snow (aka The Groaning Spinney)

 

Q. Patrick: Crime Files
1. File on Fenton and Farr

 

Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini
1. Death From a Top Hat

 

Mary Roberts Rinehart: Nurse Hilda Adams
1. Miss Pinkerton
2. Locked Doors

 

Georges Simenon: Maigret
1. Pietr le Letton
6. Le chien jaune
11. La Guinguette à deux sous
30. La première enquête de Maigret
38. Maigret et la Grande Perche
44. Maigret à l'école
52. Les Scrupules de Maigret
68 Maigret hésite

 

Rex Stout: Nero Wolfe
1. Fer-De-Lance
5. Too Many Cooks
7. Over My Dead Body
11. The Silent Speaker
13. And Be a Villain
14. Trouble in Triplicate
16. Three Doors to Death
20. Triple Jeopardy
21. Prisoner's Base
22. The Golden Spiders
26. Three Witnesses
28. Three for the Chair
30. And Four to Go
31. Champagne for Death
33. Three at Wolfe's Door
34. Too Many Clients
36. Homicide Trinity
38. The Mother Hunt
39. Trio for Blunt Instruments
41. The Doorbell Rang
42. Death of a Doxy

 

Josephine Tey: Inspector Alan Grant
- Completed.

 

J.V. Turner: Amos Petrie
1. Death Must Have Laughed
7. Below the Clock

 

S.S. Van Dine: Philo Vance
1. The Benson Murder Case
6. The Kennel Murder Case

 

Henry Wade: Inspector Poole
1. The Missing Partners
9. Lonely Magdalen

 

Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver
- see list of read books HERE.

 

Anthony Wynne: Dr. Eustace Hailey
1. The Sign of Evil
12. Murder of a Lady

 

 

SILVER AGE & CONTEMPORARY CRIME & MYSTERY

Nevada Barr: Anna Pigeon
1. Track of the Cat

 

Stephen Booth: Cooper & Fry
1. Black Dog

 

Simon Brett: Charles Paris
1. Cast, in Order of Disappearance
4. An Amateur Corpse

 

Ken Bruen: Jack Taylor
1. The Guards

 

Andrea Camilleri: Inspector Montalbano
1. The Shape of Water

 

Tom Clancy: Jack Ryan
1. Patriot Games
3. The Hunt for Red October
5. Clear and Present Danger

 

Ann Cleeves: Shetland
1. Raven Black
2. White Nights

 

Michael Connelly: Harry Bosch
- read all books through No. 23 (Dark Sacred Night)

 

Michael Connelly: Renée Ballard
1. The Late Show
2. Dark Sacred Night

 

Michael Connelly: Mickey Haller
- read all books through No. 6 (The Goods of Guilt)

 

Michael Connelly: Jack McEvoy
1. Jack McEvoy
2. The Scarecrow

 

Robin Cook: Dr. Marissa Blumenthal
1. Outbreak

 

Patricia Cornwell: Kay Scarpetta
1. Postmortem
9. Point of Origin

 

John Connolly: Charlie Parker
1. Every Dead Thing

 

Len Deighton: Bernard Samson
1. Berlin Game

 

James D. Doss: Charlie Moon
1. The Shaman Sings
3. The Shaman's Bones
5. The Night Visitor
6. Grandmother Spider
7. White Shell Woman

 

Åke Edwardson: Erik Winter
1. Death Angels
3. Frozen Tracks

 

Joy Ellis: D.I. Rowan Jackman / D.S. Marie Evans
- read all books through No. 6 (The Patient Man)

 

Joy Ellis: Matt Ballard
1. Beware the Past
2. Five Bloody Hearts

 

Chris Ewan: Good Thief's Guides
1. The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
2. The Good Thief's Guide to Paris

 

Ian Fleming: James Bond
1. Casino Royale
6. Dr. No
7. Goldfinger
13. The Man With the Golden Gun
15.1 Quantum of Solace

 

Karin Fossum: Inspector Sejer
1. Eva's Eye
3. He Who Fears the Wolf

 

Tana French: Dublin Murder Squad
1. In the Woods
3. Faithful Place

 

Alan Furst: Night Soldiers
1. Night Soldiers

 

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling): Cormoran Strike
- read all books through No. 4 (Lethal White)

 

Elizabeth George: Inspector Lynley
- read all books through No. 16 (This Body of Death), except books 12 (A Place of Hiding) and 14 (What Came Before He Shot Her). Abandoned thereafter.

 

Bartholomew Gill: Peter McGarr
1. The Death of an Irish Politician (aka Mc Garr And The Politician's Wife)
15. The Death of an Irish Sinner

 

Peter Grainger: D.S. Smith
1. An Accidental Death

 

Martha Grimes: Richard Jury
- read all books through No. 21 (Dust). Abandoned thereafter.

 

Martha Grimes: Emma Graham
1. Hotel Paradise

 

John Grisham: Jake Brigance
1. A Time to Kill

 

Mary Higgins Clark: Alvirah and Willy
1. Weep No More, My Lady
3. All Through the Night

 

Arnaldur Indriðason: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries
1. Sons of Dust
5. Voices

 

Michael Innes: Sir John Appleby
1. Death at the President's Lodging

 

J.A. Jance: Joanna Brady
1. Desert Heat

 

John Le Carré: George Smiley
1. Call for the Dead
2. A Murder of Quality
3. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
4. The Looking Glass War
5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
7. Smiley's People

 

Donna Leon: Commissario Guido Brunetti
1. Death at La Fenice

 

Elmore Leonard: Chili Palmer
1. Get Shorty

 

Peter Lovesey: Peter Diamond
1. The Last Detective

 

Henning Mankell: Wallander
- read all books through No. 8 (Firewall)

 

Henning Mankell: Linda Wallander
1. Before the Frost

 

Peter May: Lewis Trilogy
1. The Blackhouse
2. The Lewis Man
3.5 Coffin Road

 

Sharyn McCrumb: Ballad Novels
1. If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
3. She Walks These Hills
5. The Ballad of Frankie Silver
12. The Unquiet Grave

 

Val McDermid: Karen Pirie
- read all books through No. 5 (Broken Ground)

 

Val McDermid: Carol Jordan / Tony Hill
1. The Mermaids Singing
2. The Wire in the Blood
5. Beneath the Bleeding
9. Splinter the Silence

 

Val McDermid: Kate Brannigan
1. Dead Beat

 

John Mortimer: Rumpole
- read all books except for No. 14 (Rumpole and the Reign of Terror)

 

Patricia Moyes: Inspector Henry Tibbett
1. Dead Men Don't Ski

 

Jo Nesbø: Harry Hole
1. The Bat
7. The Snowman

 

Gil North: Sergeant Cluff
1. Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm

 

Sara Paretsky: V.I. Warshawski
1. Indemnity Only
4. Bitter Medicine
7. Guardian Angel
8. Tunnel Vision
10. Total Recall

 

Robert B. Parker: Spenser
1. The Godwulf Manuscript
21. Walking Shadow
22. Thin Air
24 Small Vices
27. Hugger Mugger

 

Iain Pears: Jonathan Argyll
1. The Raphael Affair
5. Giotto's Hand

 

George Pelecanos: Derek Strange / Terry Quinn
- read all books through No. 4 (Hard Revolution)

 

George Pelecanos: D.C. Quartet
1. The Big Blowdown
4. Shame the Devil

 

Akif Pirinçci: Felidae
1. Felidae

 

Ian Rankin: Inspector Rebus
- read all books through No. 22 (In a House of Lies)

 

Ian Rankin: Malcolm Fox
1. The Complaints
2. The Impossible Dead

 

Dolores Redondo: Trilogía del Baztán
1. El guardián invisible

 

Kathy Reichs: Temperance Brennan
1. Déjà Dead
5. Grave Secrets

 

Ruth Rendell: Inspector Wexford
1. From Doon With Death
10. A Sleeping Life
15. Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
16. Simisola
19. The Babes in the Wood
21. Not in the Flesh
22. The Monster in the Box
24. No Man's Nightingale

 

Stella Rimington: Liz Carlyle
- read all books through No. 3 (Illegal Action)

 

Peter Robinson: Inspector Alan Banks
1. Gallows View
10. In a Dry Season
11. Cold Is the Grave
14. Playing With Fire
17. Friend of the Devil

 

Lisa Scottoline: Rosato & Associates
1. Think Twice
5. Moment of Truth

 

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: The Children's House
1. The Legacy

 

Richard Stark: Parker
1. The Hunter

 

Peter Temple: Jack Irish
1. Bad Debts

 

Trevanian: Jonathan Hemlock
1. The Eiger Sanction

 

Trevanian & Don Winslow: Shibumi / Satori
1. Trevanian: Shibumi

 

Scott Turow: Kindle County
1. Presumed Innocent

 

Helene Tursten: Inspector Irene Huss
1. Detective Inspector Huss
2. Night Rounds
Series currently in abeyance.

 

Donald E. Westlake: John Dortmunder
1. The Hot Rock

 

Ulrich Wickert: Jacques Ricou
1. Der Richter aus Paris

 

R.D. Wingfield: D.I. Jack Frost
1. Frost at Christmas
6. A Killing Frost

 

 

HISTORICAL FICTION (INCL. HISTORICAL MYSTERIES)

David Ashton: McLevy (BBC Radio Drama)
1. Series 1 & 2

 

James Clavell: Asia Saga

1. Shōgun
5. Noble House

 

Barbara Cleverly: Joe Sandilands
1. The Last Kashmiri Rose
2. Ragtime in Simla

 

Max Allan Collins: Road to Perdition
1. Road to Perdition

 

David Downing: John Russell
1. Zoo Station

 

Alexandre Dumas: The Last Valois
1. La Reine Margot

 

Dorothy Dunnett: Lymond Chronicles
1. The Game of Kings

 

James Ellroy: L.A. Quartet
1. The Black Dahlia
3. L.A. Confidential

 

J.G. Farrell: Empire Trilogy
1. Troubles

 

Ken Follett: Kingsbridge
1. The Pillars of the Earth
2. World Without End

 

Robert Harris: Cicero
1. Imperium

 

Antonia Hodgson: Tom Hawkins
1. The Devil in the Marshalsea

 

M.M. Kaye: Death in ...
1. Death in Kashmir

 

Dennis Lehane: Coughlin
1. The Given Day

 

David Liss: Benjamin Weaver
1. A Conspiracy of Paper

 

Sharon Maas: Winnie Cox
0.5. The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q.
1. The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

 

Hilary Mantel: Thomas Cromwell
1. Wolf Hall
2. Bring Up the Bodies

 

Shirley McKay: Hew Cullen
1. Hue & Cry

 

The Medieval Murderers
- read all books through No. 6 (The Sacred Stone) plus book 8 (The First Murder)

 

          * * * * *

Series Associated with The Medieval Murderers:
Simon Beaufort: Geoffrey Mappestone
1. Murder in the Holy City

Susanna Gregory: Matthew Bartholomew
1. A Plague on Both Your Houses
2. An Unholy Alliance

 

Susanna Gregory: Thomas Chaloner
1. A Conspiracy of Violence

 

Philip Gooden: Nick Revill
1. Sleep of Death

 

Bernard Knight: Crowner John
1. Crowner's Crusade


Michael Jecks: Knights Templar
1. The Last Templar
6. The Leper's Return
12. The Sticklepath Strangler
17. The Tolls of Death

 

Ian Morson: William Falconer
1. Falconer's Crusade
6. Falconer and the Ritual of Death

          * * * * *

 

Walter Mosley: Easy Rawlins
- read all books through No. 3 (White Butterfly)

 

Emmuska Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel
1. The Scarlet Pimpernel
2. I Will Repay
3. The Elusive Pimpernel
4. El Dorado
6. The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
11. Mam'zelle Guillotine

 

Robin Paige: Victorian Mysteries
1. Death at Bishop's Keep
7. Death at Epsom Downs

 

Jean-François Parot: Nicolas Le Floch
1. L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux

 

Sharon Kay Penman: Plantagenets
1. When Christ and His Saints Slept

 

Sharon Kay Penman: Justin de Quincy
1. The Queen's Man

 

Anne Perry: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt
1. The Cater Street Hangman
21. The Whitechapel Conspiracy

 

Anne Perry: William Monk
1. The Face of a Stranger
2. A Dangerous Mourning
3. Defend and Betray

 

Anne Perry: Christmas Novellas
- read all books through No. 10 (A Christmas Garland)

 

Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody
1. Crocodile on the Sandbank

 

Jean Plaidy: Plantagenet Saga
1. The Plantagenet Prelude
7. Hammer of the Scots

 

Jean Plaidy: Tudor Saga
1.To Hold the Crown
5. Murder Most Royal

 

Candace Robb: Owen Archer
1. The Apothecary Rose
6. A Gift of Sanctuary

 

Priscilla Royal: Eleanor, Prioress of Tyndal
1. Wine of Violence

 

Jed Rubenfeld: Sigmund Freud
1. The Interpretation of Murder

 

C.J. Sansom: Matthew Shardlake
- read all books through No. 7 (Tombland)

 

Neal Stephenson: Baroque Cycle
1. Quicksilver

 

Jane Thynne: Clara Vine
1. Black Roses

 

Rose Tremain: Merivel
1. Restoration

 

Various Authors: Canongate Myths
1. Karen Armstrong: A Short History of Myth
2. Margaret Atwood: The Penelopiad

 

Kate Westbrook: The Moneypenny Diaries
1. Guardian Angel

 

Samantha Wilcoxson: Plantagenet Embers
- read all books through No. 3 (Queen of Martyrs)

 

 

COZY MYSTERIES

Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow
1. Murder with Peacocks
10. Six Geese A-Slaying
16. Duck the Halls
18. The Nightingale Before Christmas
19. Lord of the Wings
24: Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
26. Owl Be Home for Christmas

 

Lesley Cookman: Libby Sarjeant
1. Murder in Steeple Martin

 

Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen
1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
9.5. Candy Cane Murder

 

 

FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL

Douglas Adams: The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

Jim Butcher: The Cinder Spires
1. The Aeronaut's Windlass

 

Michael Crichton: Jurassic Park
1. Jurassic Park

 

Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
1. The Phantom Menace
4. Verily, a New Hope

 

Scott Lynch: Gentleman Bastard
1. The Lies of Locke Lamora

 

Christopher Paolini: Inheritance Cycle
- read all books through No. 3 (Brisingr)

 

Terry Pratchett: Discworld
- read all books through No. 8 (Guards! Guards!), plus:
12. Witches Abroad
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
23. Carpe Jugulum
31. Monstrous Regiment

 

Terry Pratchett: The Science of Discworld
1. The Science of Discworld

 

Mary Stewart: Merlin Trilogy
1. The Crystal Cave
2. The Hollow Hills

 


CLASSICS & LITFIC
Pearl S. Buck: House of Earth
1. The Good Earth
3. A House Divided

 

James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales
1. The Deerslayer
2. The Last of the Mohicans

 

E.M. Delafield: Diary of a Provincial Lady
1. The Diary of a Provincial Lady

 

Charles Dickens: The Christmas Books
1. A Christmas Carol
2. The Chimes

 

Elizabeth Gaskell: Cranford Chronicles
1. Cranford
3. My Lady Ludlow

 

Günter Grass: Danzig-Trilogie
1. Die Blechtrommel

 

Giovanni Guareschi: Don Camillo
1. The Little World of Don Camillo

 

Joanne Harris: Chocolat
1. Chocolat

 

James Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small
1. All Creatures Great and Small
X Cat Stories

 

Olivia Manning: The Fortunes of War
Balkan Trilogy
1. The Great Fortune

 

Penguin Great Loves
1. Vergil: Doomed Love
2. Pierre Abélard and Héloïse d'Argenteuil: Forbidden Fruit: From the Letters
9. Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata
18. Anaïs Nin: Eros Unbound

 

Walter Scott: Waverley Novels
1. Waverley
4. Rob Roy
5. Ivanhoe
7. Kenilworth

 

Walter Scott: Tales of My Landlord
1. The Black Dwarf & Old Mortality
2. The Heart of Mid-Lothian
3.1 The Bride of Lammermoor

 

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu: In a Glass Darkly
1. Carmilla

 

Robert Louis Stevenson: David Balfour
1. Kidnapped

 

Angela Thirkell: Barsetshire
1. High Rising

 

Anthony Trollope: Barchester Chronicles
1. The Warden
2. Barchester Towers

 

Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer
1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

John Updike: Eastwick
1. The Witches of Eastwick

 

Various Authors: Hogarth Shakespeare
1. Jeanette Winterson: The Gap of Time
4. Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed

 

Jules Verne: Voyages Extraordinaires
1. Cinq semaines en ballon
6. Vingt mille lieux sous les mers
14. Michel Strogoff

 

P.G. Wodehouse: Jeeves
1. My Man Jeeves
5. Thank you, Jeeves
7. The Code of the Woosters
12. Jeeves in the Offing

 

P.G. Wodehouse: Ukridge
1. Ukridge

 

Émile Zola: Les Rougon-Macquart
1. La Fortune des Rougon
9. Nana

 

 

HISTORY & (AUTO)BIOGRAPHY

Patrick Leigh Fermor: On Foot to Constantinople
1. A Time of Gifts
2. Between the Woods and the Water

 

Nick Hornby: Stuff I've Been Reading
1. The Polysyllabic Spree

 

Marcel Pagnol: Souvenirs d'enfance
1. La gloire de mon père

 

Liza Picard: Life of London
1. Elizabeth's London

 

Dorothy L. Sayers: The Letters
1. 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist

 

Jennifer Worth: Midwife Trilogy
1. Call the Midwife

 

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First in Series

 

Moonlight Reader created a post like this last week and I decided it might help me keeping track of my series reading plans as well, so here we are. These are all the still-to-be-started series that I've added to my TBR in the past two decades (ever since I started keeping track of my reading at all).  Obviously, not all of them have the same priority: some are recent additions that I can't wait to get to, some are of the "I'll get to it whenever I'll get to it" sort, some I'm now almost certain will turn out not to be for me (but I don't want to take them off the list before I haven't at least taken a look at book 1), and with some, I'm seriously late for the party (and can hardly believe it's ever come to this in the first place).  Also, in some cases I'm actually more interested in a book (or books) further along in the series, but in the interest of reading the series in order, I'm still listing book no. 1 here.

 

Finally, since this is primarily for my own reference and I didn't want to have too many sub-list fragments, I've lumped together a few categories that I would otherwise keep separate, such as Classics and LitFic, History and Biographies / Memoirs, Golden Age mysteries and noir fiction, etc.

 

(For my ongoing series reads, see HERE.; for completed (resp. abandoned) series and authors, see HERE.)

 

 

CLASSIC MYSTERIES / CRIME FICTION (GOLDEN AGE & NOIR)

Francis Beeding: Inspector Martin - The Norwich Victims
Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon: Inspector Quill - A Bullet in the Ballet
Christianna Brand: Inspector Charlesworth - Death in High Heels
Leo Bruce: Sergeant Beef - Case for Three Detectives
Leo Bruce: Carolus Deene - At Death's Door
John Bude: Inspector Bigswell - The Cornish Coast Murder
Miles Burton: Inspector Arnold - Death in the Tunnel
Elizabeth Daly: Henry Gamadge - Unexpected Night
Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Sir John Saumarez - Enter Sir John
John Dickson Carr: Henri Bencolin - It Walks by Night
Carter Dickson: Sir Henry Merrivale - The Plague Court Murders
Detection Club: Anatomy of Murder - Anatomy of Murder
David Dodge: Whit Whitney - Death and Taxes
Francis Durbridge: Paul Temple - Send for Paul Temple
Mignon G. Eberhart: Sarah Keate - The Patient in Room 18
Timothy Fuller: Jupiter Jones - Harvard Has a Homicide
Friedrich Glauser: Wachtmeister Studer - Wachtmeister Studer
Anna Katharine Green: Ebenezer Gryce - The Leavenworh Case
Balduin Groller: Detektiv Dagoberts Taten und Abenteuer - Volume 1
Chester Himes: Harlem Cycle - A Rage in Harlem
Elspeth Huxley: Inspector Vachell - Murder at Government House
Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin - Arsène Lupin: Gentleman cambrioleur
Philip MacDonald: Colonel Gethryn - The Rasp
Ross Macdonald: Lew Archer - The Moving Target
A.E.W. Mason: Inspector Hanaud - At the Villa Rose
Helen McCloy: Dr. Basil Willing - Dance of Death
Margaret Millar: Tom Aragon - Ask for Me Tomorrow
E. Phillips Oppenheim: John T. Laxworthy - Mr. Laxworthy's Adventures
E.R. Punshon: Bobby Owen - Information Received
Ellery Queen: Ellery Queen - The Roman Hat Mystery
Patrick Quentin: Peter Duluth - Puzzle for Fools
John Rowland: Inspector Shelley - Bloodshed in Bayswater
Shelley Smith: Jacob Chaos - Background for Murder
Pierre Souvestre & Marcel Allain - Famtômas - Tome 1
Rex Stout: Tecumseh Fox - Double for Death
Phoebe Atwood Taylor (Alice Tilton): Leonidas Witherall - Beginning With a Bash
Edgar Wallace: Elk of the Yard - The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men - The Four Just Men
Edgar Wallace: Mr. J.G. Reeder - Room 13
Colin Watson: Flaxborough Chronicles - Coffin Scarcely Used
Lassiter Wren & Randle McKay: The Baffle Book(s) - The Baffle Book

 

For my Golden Age mystery priority plans, see HERE.

 

 

SILVER AGE & CONTEMPORARY CRIME & MYSTERY

Pieter Aspe: Pieter Van In - The Square of Revenge
Ace Atkins: Nick Travers - Crossroad Blues
David Baldacci: Camel Club - The Camel Club
Robert Barnard: Perry Trethowan - Death By Sheer Torture
Linda Barnes: Carlotta Carlyle - A Trouble of Fools
Carol Lea Benjamin: Rachel Alexander and Dash - This Dog for Hire
Mark Billingham: Tom Thorne - Sleepyhead
Lawrence Block: Matthew Scudder - The Sins of the Fathers
Anthony Boucher: Fergus O'Breen - The Case of the Crumpled Knave
Anthony Boucher: Sister Ursula - Nine Times Nine
Kylie Brant: Mindhunters - Waking Nightmare
C.J. Box: Joe Pickett - Open Season
Ray Bradbury: Crumley Mysteries - Death Is a Lonely Business
D.W. Buffa: Joseph Antonelli - The Defense
James Lee Burke: Dave Robicheaux - The Neon Rain
James Lee Burke: Billy Bob Holland - Cimarron Rose
Jan Burke: Irene Kelly - Goodnight, Irene
W.J. Burley: Wycliffe - Wycliffe and the Three-Toed Pussy
Stephen J. Cannell: Shane Scully - The Tin Collectors
Jane Casey: Maeve Kerrigan - The Burning
Suzanne Chazin: Georgia Skeehan - The Fourth Angel
Lee Child: Jack Reacher - Killing Floor
Paul Cleave: Theodore Tate - Cemetery Lake
Ann Cleeves: Vera Stanhope - The Crow Trap
Ann Cleeves: Matthew Venn - The Long Call
Gabriel Cohen: Detective Jack Leightner - Red Hook
Deborah Crombie: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James - A Share In Death
Robert Crais: Elvis Cole - The Monkey's Raincoat
David Cray: Julie Brennan - Little Girl Blue
Edwidge Danticat (ed.): Haiti Noir - Haiti Noir
Jeffery Deaver: Lincoln Rhyme - The Bone Collector
Nelson Demille: John Corey - Plum Island
Nelson Demille: Paul Brenner - The General's Daughter
Michael Dibdin: Aurelio Zen - Ratking
Martin Edwards: Harry Devlin - All the Lonely People
Martin Edwards: Lake District Mysteries - The Coffin Trail
Loren D. Estleman: Amos Walker - Motor City Blue
Linda Fairstein: Alexandra Cooper - Final Jeopardy
Helen Fields: Luc Callanach - Perfect Remains
Earlene Fowler: Benni Harper - Fool's Puzzle
Dick Francis: Sid Halley - Odds Against
Hugh Fraser: Rina Walker - Harm
Erle Stanley Gardner: Perry Mason - The Case of the Velvet Claws
Lee Goldberg: Eve Ronin - Lost Hills
Sue Grafton: Kinsey Millhone - 'A' is for Alibi
Nicola Griffith: Aud Torvingen - The Blue Place
Martha Grimes: Andi Oliver - Biting the Moon
Denise Hamilton: Eve Diamond - The Jasmine Trade
Hugo Hamilton: Pat Coyne - Headbanger
Gary Hardwick: Danny Cavanaugh - Color of Justice
Charlaine Harris: Lily Bard - Shakespeare's Landlord
Donald Harstad: Carl Houseman - Eleven Days
Mo Hayder: Jack Caffery - Birdman
Mick Herron: Slough House - Slow Horses
Reginald Hill: Dalziel & Pascoe - A Clubbable Woman
Alan Hunter: George Gently - Gently Does it
Greg Iles: Mississippi - Mortal Fear
Jon A. Jackson: Detective Sergeant Mulheisen - The Diehard
J.A. Jance: Walker Family - Hour of the Hunter
William Jefferies: John Pellam - Shallow Graves
Craig Johnson: Longmire - The Cold Dish
Morag Joss: Sarah Selkirk - Funeral Music
Mons Kallentoft: Malin Fors - Midwinter Sacrifice
Jonathan Kellerman: Alex Delaware - When the Bough Breaks
Jonathan Kellerman: Petra Connor - Billy Straight
Graeme Kent: Sister Conchita & Sergeant Kella - Devil-Devil
William Kent Krueger: Cork O'Connor - Iron Lake
Hans Olav Lahlum: K2 - The Human Flies
Joe R. Lansdale: Hap Collins & Leonard Pine - Savage Season
Elmore Leonard: Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara - The Switch
Elmore Leonard: Jack Ryan - The Big Bounce
Elmore Leonard: Raylan Givens - Pronto
John Lescroart: Dismas Hardy - Dead Irish
M.L. Longworth: Verlaque & Bonnet Provençal Mysteries - Death at the Chateau Bremont
Robert Ludlum: Jason Bourne - The Boune Identity
Gayle Lynds: Judd Ryder & Eva Blake - The Book of Spies
John D. MacDonald: Travis McGee - The Deep Blue Good-By
Helen MacInnes: Robert Renwick - Prelude to Terror
Petros Markaris: Costas Haritos - Deadline in Athens
Sujata Massey: Rei Shimura - The Salaryman's Wife
Jason Matthews: Red Sparrow Trilogy - Red Sparrow
Ed McBain: 87 Precinct - Cop Hater
Sharyn McCrumb: Elizabeth MacPherson - Sick of Shadows
Michael McGarrity: Kevin Kerney - Tularosa
Denise Mina: Paddy Meehan - Field of Blood
Kirk Mitchell: Emmett Parker & Anna Turnipseed - Cry Dance
Theresa Monsour: Paris Murphy - Clean Cut
Barbara Nadel: Inspector İkmen - Belshazzar's Daughter
Tiina Nunnally: Margit Andersson - Runemaker
Carol O'Connell: Kathleen Mallory - Mallory's Oracle
Brian O'Hare: DCI Jim Sheehan - The Doom Murders
Meta Osredkar: Kriminalinspektor Kos - Hochwürden stirbt grausam
Perri O'Shaughnessy: Nina Reilly - Motion to Suppress
T. Jefferson Parker: Merci Rayborn - The Blue Hour
James Patterson: Alex Cross - Along Came a Spider
James Patterson: Women's Murder Club - 1st to Die
Eliot Pattison: Inspector Shan Tao Yun - The Skull Mantra
David Peace: Red Riding Quartet - Nineteen Seventy Four
Ridley Pearson: Boldt / Matthews - Undercurrents
T.R. Pearson: Ray Tatum - Cry Me a River
George Pelecanos: Nick Stefanos - A Firing Offense
George Pelecanos: Spero Lucas - The Cut
Thomas Perry: Jane Whitefield - Vanishing Act
Ellis Peters: Felse Investigations - Fallen Into the Pit
Nancy Pickard: Marie Lightfoot - The Whole Truth
J.D. Robb: In Death - Naked in Death
Gillian Roberts: Amanda Pepper - Caught Dead in Philadelphia
S.J. Rozan: Bill Smith & Lydia Chin - China Trade
Carlos Ruiz Zafón: Cementerio de los libros olvidados - La sombra del viento
John Sandford: Lucas Davenport - Rules of Prey
John Sandford: Kidd and LuEllen - The Fool's Run
Beth Saulnier: Alex Bernier - Reliable Souces
Julie Schumacher: Jason Fitger - Dear Committee Members
Lisa See: Red Princess Mysteries - Flower Net
Barbara Seranella: Munch Mancini - No Human Involved
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir - Þóra Guðmundsdóttir - Last Rituals
Daniel Silva: Gabriel Allon - The Kill Artist
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Martin Beck - Roseanna
Karin Slaughter: Grant County - Blindsighted
Karin Slaughter: Will Trent - Tryptich
Julie Smith: Skip Langdon - New Orleans Mourning
Julie Smith: Rebecca Schwartz - Death Turns a Trick
Martin Cruz Smith: Arkady Renko - Gorky Park
Julia Spencer-Fleming: Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne - In the Bleak Midwinter
James Swain: Tony Valentine - Grift Sense
Julian Symons: Inspector Bland - The Immaterial Murder Case
Julian Symons: Sheridan Haynes - A Three-Pipe Problem
Peter Temple: The Broken Shore - The Broken Shore
Steve Thayer: Pliny Pennington - The Wheat Field
Aimée & David Thurlo: Ella Clah - Blackening Song
M.J. Trow: Mad Max - Maxwell's House
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: Pepe Carvalho - Yo maté a Kennedy
Mary Willis Walker: Molly Cates - The Red Scream
Jess Walter: Caroline Mabry - Over Tumbled Graves
Betty Webb: Lena Jones - Desert Noir
Janwillem van de Wetering: Henk Grijpstra & Rinus de Gier - Outsider in Amsterdam
Robert Wilson: Javier Falcon - The Blind Man of Seville
Robert Wilson: Bruce Medway - Instruments of Darkness
David Wiltse: Billy Tree - Heartland
Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington - New York Dead

 

 

HISTORICAL FICTION (INCL. HISTORICAL MYSTERIES)

Rennie Airth: Inspector Madden - River of Darkness
Boris Akunin: Erast Fandorin - The Winter Queen
Edoardo Albert: Northumbrian Thrones - Edwin: High King of Britain
Edoardo Albert: Conrad Monk - Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army
Tasha Alexander: Lady Emily - And Only to Deceive
Isabel Allende: Eliza Sommers - Hija de la fortuna
Maureen Ash: Templar Knight Mystery - The Alehouse Murders
Nancy Bilyeau: Joanna Stafford - The Crown
Caleb Carr: Dr. Laszlo Kreizler - The Alienist
Elizabeth Chadwick: Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Summer Queen
P.F. Chisholm: Sir Robert Carey - A Famine of Heroes
Rory Clements: John Shakespeare - Martyr
Toby Clements: Kingmaker - Winter Pilgrims
Barbara Cleverly: Joe Sandilands - The Last Kashmiri Rose
Gary Corby: Athenian Mysteries - The Pericles Commission
Lindsey Davis: Marcus Didius Falco - The Silver Pigs
Roddy Doyle: The Last Roundup - A Star Called Henry
Colin Falconer: William Shakespeare Detective Agency - The School of Night
Ken Follett: Century Trilogy - Fall of Giants
C.S. Forester: Horatio Hornblower - Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Ariana Franklin: Adelia Aguilar - Mistress of the Art of Death
George MacDonald Fraser: The Flashman Papers - Flashman
Kristin Gleeson & Moonyeen Blakey: Renaissance Sojourner - The Imp of Eye
William Golding: To the Ends of the Earth - Rites of Passage
Jason Goodwin: Investigator Yashim - The Janissary Tree
Kate Grenville: Thornhill Family - The Secret River
Don Gutteridge: Marc Edwards - Turncoat
Barbara Hambly: Benjamin January - A Free Man of Color
Matthew Harffy: Bernicia Chronicles - The Serpent Sword
C.S. Harris: Sebastian St. Cyr - What Angels Fear
Simon Hawke: Shakespeare & Smythe - A Mystery of Errors
Bruce Holsinger: John Gower - A Burnable Book
Conn Iggulden: War of the Roses - Stormbird
Christian Jacq: Ramses - The Son of Light
Michael Jecks: Vintener Trilogy - Fields of Glory
Elizabeth Jolley: Vera Wright Trilogy - My Father's Moon
Laurie R. King: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes - The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Bernard Knight: Crowner John - Crowner's Crusade
Sujata Massey: Perveen Mistry - The Widows of Malabar Hill
Cormac McCarthy: Border Trilogy - All the Pretty Horses
Larry McMurtry: Lonesome Dove - Lonesome Dove
Anchee Min: Empress Orchid - Empress Orchid
Walter Mosley: Fearless Jones - Fearless Jones
Abir Mukherjee: Sam Wyndham - A Rising Man
Charles O'Brien: Anne Cartier - Mute Witness
Joseph O'Connor: Star of the Sea - Star of the Sea
I.J. Parker: Sugawara Akitada - The Dragon Scroll
Jean-François Parot: Nicolas Le Floch - L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux
Owen Parry: Abel Jones - Faded Coat of Blue
Renee Patrick: Lillian Frost & Edith Head - Design for Dying
Sharon Kay Penman: Welsh Princes Trilogy - Here Be Dragons
Andrea Penrose: Wrexford & Sloane - Murder on Black Swan Lane
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: Capitán Alatriste - El Capitán Alatriste
Jean Plaidy: Queens of England - Myself, My Enemy
Jean Plaidy: Isabella and Ferdinand - Castile for Isabella
Jean Plaidy: Catherine de' Medici - Madame Serpent
Oliver Pötzsch: Die Henkerstochter - Die Henkerstochter
D.M. Quincy: Atlas Catesby - Murder in Mayfair
Judith Rock: Charles du Luc - The Rhetoric of Death
Kate Ross: Julian Kestrel - Cut to the Quick
Laura Joh Rowland: San Ichiro - Shinjú
James Runcie: Grantchester Mysteries - Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
Edward Rutherfurd: Dublin Saga - The Princes of Ireland
Emilio Salgari : The Pirates of Melanesia - Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem
Michael Shaara: Civil War Trilogy - Gods and Generals
Margaret Skea: Katharina Luther - Katharina: Deliverance
Amy Stewart: Kopp Sisters - Girl Waits With Gun
S.D. Sykes: Somershill Manor - Plague Land
Andrew Taylor: James Marwood & Cat Lovett - The Ashes of London
Will Thomas: Barker and Llewelyn - Some Danger Involved
Charles Todd: Inspector Ian Rutledge - A Test of Wills
Charles Todd: Bess Crawford - A Duty to the Dead
Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Buru Quartet - This Earth of Mankind
Gail Tsukiyama: Women of the Silk - Women of the Silk
Gore Vidal: Narratives of Empire - Burr
Richard Zimler: Sephardic Cycle - The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

 

 

COZY MYSTERIES

Sandra Balzo: Maggy Thorsen - Uncommon Grounds
Lilian Jackson Braun: The Cat Who ... - The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
Laura Childs: Tea Shop Mysteries - Death by Darjeeling
Diane Mott Davidson: Goldy Schulz - Catering for Nobody
Ruth Dudley Edwards: Robert Amiss - Corridors of Death
Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum - One for the Money
Jerrilyn Farmer: Madeline Bean - Sympathy for the Devil
Martin H. Greenberg & Edward Gorman (eds.): Cat Crimes - Cat Crimes I
Carolyn Hart: Death on Demand Mysteries - Death on Demand
Miranda James: Cat in the Stacks Mysteries - Murder Past Due
Kylie Logan: Leage of Literary Ladies - Mayhem at the Orient Express
Tamar Myers: Amanda Brown - The Witch Doctor's Wife
Sofie Ryan - Second Chance Cat Mysteries - The Whole Cat and Caboodle
Various Authors: Annie's Attic Mysteries - Tara Randel: The Lady in the Attic
Various Authors: Mystery Cats - Mystery Cats
Susan Wittig Albert: China Bayles - Thyme of Death

 

 

FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION / SUPERNATURAL

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant - Rivers of London
Ann Aguirre: Dred Chronicles - Perdition
Lloyd Alexander: Chronicles of Prydain - The Book of Three
Sarah Addison Allen: Waverley Family - Garden Spells
Isaac Asimov: Robot - I, Robot
Isaac Asimov: Foundation Trilogy - Foundation
Pat Barker: Regeneration Trilogy - Regeneration
Stephen Baxter: Xeelee - Raft
Anne Bishop: The Others - Written in Red
Terry Brooks: Magic Kingdom of Landover - Magic Kingdom for Sale / Sold
Jim Butcher: Dresden Files - Storm Front
Octavia E. Butler: Xenogenesis Trilogy - Dawn
Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game - Ender's Game
Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel's Legacy - Kushiel's Dart
S.A. Chakraborty: Daevabad Trilogy - The City of Brass
C.J. Cheryh: Morgaine Saga - The Chronicles of Morgaine
C.J. Cherryh: Foreigner - Foreigner
Roshani Chokshi: Star-Touched Queen - The Star-Touched Queen
Rin Chupeco: The Bone Witch - The Bone Witch
Arthur C. Clarke: Space Odyssey - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Susan Cooper: The Dark is Rising - Over Sea, Under Stone
Charles de Lint: Ottawa and the Valley - Moonheart
Stephen R. Donaldson: Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever - Lord Foul's Bane
Nancy K. Duplechain: Dark Trilogy - Dark Bayou
David Eddings: Elenium - The Elenium
David Eddings: Malloreon . Guardians of the West
David & Leigh Eddings: Belgariad - Belgarath the Sorcerer
Raymond E. Feist: Riftwar Saga - Magician
Jasper Fforde: Thursday Next - The Eyre Affair
Jack Finney: Time - Time and Again
Michael Flynn: Firestar - Firestar
Esther M. Friesner: New York - New York by Knight
Neil Gaiman: American Gods - American Gods
Neil Gaiman: The Sandman - Preludes and Nocturnes
Neil Gaiman: The Absolute Sandman - Volume 1
David Gemmell - Drenai Saga - Legend
Mary Gentle: Golden Witchbreed - Golden Witchbreed
William Gibson: Sprawl - Neuromancer
William Gibson: Blue Ant - Pattern Recognition
Barbara Hambly: Winterlands - Dragonsbane
Alwyn Hamilton: Rebel of the Sands - Rebel of the Sands
Frank Herbert: Dune - Dune
Jim C. Hines: Princess - The Stepsister Scheme
P.C. Hodgell: Kencyrath - God Stalk
Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic - The Rules of Magic
Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood - Mythago Wood
William Horwood: Duncton Chronicles - Duncton Wood
Diana Wynne Jones: Derkholm - Dark Lord of Derkholm
Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time - The Eye of the World
Katherine Kurtz: Chronicles of the Deryni - Deryni Rising
Ellen Kushner: World of Riverside - Swordspoint
Mercedes Lackey: Heralds of Valdemar - Arrows of the Queen
Mercedes Lackey: Bardic Voices - Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Shelly Laurenston: Call of Crows - The Unleashing
Ursula K. Le Guin: Earthsea Cycle - A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Cycle - The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin: Annals of the Western Shore - Gifts
Ursula K. Le Guin: Orsinia - Malafrena
Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Swords and Deviltry
Doris Lessing: Canopus in Argos - Shikasta:Re: Colonised Planet 5
Juliet Marillier: Wildwood - Wildwood Dancing
John Marsden: Tomorrow - Tomorrow, When the War Began
Julian May: Saga of Piocene Exile - The Many-Colored Land
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern - Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey: Pern: Harper Hall - Dragonsong
Dennis L: McKiernan: Mithgar - The Dragonstone
Patricia A. McKillip: Riddle-Master - The Riddle-Master of Hed
Robin McKinley: Damar - The Blue Sword
Lois McMaster Bujold: Chalion - The Curse of Chalion
Marissa Meyer: Lunar Chronicles - Cinder
Michael Moorcock: Elric - Elric
Peter Morwood: Tales of Old Russia - Prince Ivan
Andre Norton: Witch World: Eastcarp Cycle - Witch World
Andre Norton: Moon Magic - Moon of Three Rings
Wendy & Richard Pini - Complete ElfQuest - Volume 1
Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince - Dragon Prince
Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space - Revelation Space
Jennifer Roberson: Tiger and Del - Sword-Dancer
Fred Saberhagen: Lost Swords - Woundhealer's Story
R.A. Salvatore: Legend of Drizzt - Homeland
R.A. Salvatore: Spearwielder's Tale - The Woods Out Back
R.A. Salvatore: Corona: Saga of the First King - The Highwayman
Brandon Sanderson: The Reckoners - Steelheart
John Scalzi: Old Man's War - Old Man's War
John Scalzi: Lock In - Lock In
Bob Shaw: Land and Overland - Ragged Astronauts
Robert Shea: Illuminatus! - The Eye in the Pyramid
Dan Simmons: Hyperion - Hyperion
Maggie Stiefvater: Wolves of Mercy Falls - Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater: Raven Cycle - The Raven Boys
Michael J. Sullivan: Riyria Revelations - Theft of Swords
Judith Tarr: Alamut - Alamut
Judith Tarr: The Hound and the Falcon - The Isle of Glass
Amy Thomson: The Color of Distance - The Color od Distance
Megan Whalen Turner: The Queen's Thief - The Thief
Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan's Tales - In the Night Garden
Jack Vance: The Dying Earth - The Dying Earth
Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples: Saga - Volume 1
Evangeline Walton: Mabinogion Tetralogy - Prince of Annwn
Peter Watts: Firefall - Blindsight
Andy Weir: The Martian - The Martian
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman: Rose of the Prophet Trilogy - The Will of the Wanderer
Zack & Joss Whedon: Serenity - Those Left Behind
Kim Wilkins: Europa - The Autumn Castle
Connie Willis: Oxford Time Travel - Doomsday Book
Janny Wurts: The Cycle of Fire - Stormwarden
Janny Wurts: Wars of Light and Shadow - The Curse of the Mistwraith
Jane Yolen: Great Alta - Sister Light, Sister Dark
Marion Zimmer Bradley: Avalon - The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley: Darkover - The Planet Savers
David Zindell: A Requiem for Homo Sapiens - The Broken God

 

 

CLASSICS & LITFIC

Chinua Achebe: African Trilogy - Things Fall Apart
Ivo Andrić: Bosnian Trilogy - The Bridge on the Drina
Paul Auster: New York Trilogy - City of Glass
John Banville: Cleave Trilogy - Eclipse
John Banville: Revolutions Trilogy - Doctor Copernicus
Simone de Beauvoir: Le deuxième sexe - tome 1
Ray Bradbury: Green Town - Dandelion Wine
Anthony Burgess: Enderby Quartet - Inside Mister Enderby
Joseph Campbell: The Masks of God - Primitive Mythology
Joyce Cary: First Trilogy - Herself Surprised
Paulo Coelho: And on the Seventh Day Trilogy - Veronica Decides to Die
J.M. Coetzee: Scenes From Provincial Life - Boyhood
Maryse Condé: Ségou - Ségou
Robertson Davies: Deptford Trilogy - Fifth Business
Roddy Doyle: Barrytown Trilogy - The Commitments
Alexandre Dumas: Sainte-Hermine Cycle - Les Blancs et les Bleus
Lawrence Durrell: Alexandria Quartet - Justine
William Faulkner: Snopes Trilogy - The Hamlet
Elena Ferrante: Neapolitan Quartet - My Brilliant Friend
Lion Feuchtwanger: Wartesaal-Trilogie - Erfolg
Theodor Fontane: Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg - Die Grafschaft Ruppin
Ford Madox Ford: Parade's End - Some Do Not ...
Eduardo Galeano: Memoria del fuego - Los nacimientos
Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections in Natural History - Ever Since Darwin
Juan Goytisolo: Álvaro Mendiola - Señas de identidad
Richard Hooker: M*A*S*H - M*A*S*H
William James: The Principles of Psychology - Volume 1
Guadalupe Loaeza: Las niñas bien - Las niñas bien
Olivia Manning: Fortunes of War / The Balkan Trilogy - The Great Fortune
Javier Marías: Tu rostro mañana - Fiebre y lanza
Grace Matalious: Peyton Place - Peyton Place
Armistead Maupin: Tales of the City - Tales of the City
Alexander McCall Smith: 44 Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street
Yukio Mishima: The Sea of Fertility - Spring Snow
Nancy Mitford: Radlett & Montdore - The Pursuit of Love
Anna Maria Ortese: A Music Behind the Wall - Volume 1
Plutarch: Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans - Volume 1
Marcel Proust: À la recherche du temps perdu - Du côté de chez Swann
Miss Read: Fairacre - Village School
Dorothy Richardson: Pilgrimage - Pointed Roofs
Philip Roth: American Trilogy - American Pastoral
April Sinclair: Stevie Stevenson - Coffee Will Make You Black
Ali Smith: Seasonal - Autumn
Edward St Aubyn: Patrick Melrose - Never Mind
Wallace Stegner: Mason Family - The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Elizabeth Strout: Amgash - My Name Is Lucy Barton
John Updike: Rabbit Angstrom - Rabbit, Run
Various Authors: The Austen Project - Joanna Trollope: Sense & Sensibility
Gore Vidal: Myra Breckinridge - Myra Breckinridge
Martin Walser: Anselm Kristlein Trilogie - Halbzeit
Alan Warner: Morvern Callar Cycle - Morvern Callar
Elie Wiesel: Night Trilogy - Night
P.G. Wodehouse: Blandings Castle - Something Fresh

 

 

HISTORY & (AUTO)BIOGRAPHY

Peter Ackroyd: History of England - Foundation
Lillian Beckwith: Hebridian Trilogy - The Hills Is Lonely
Taylor Branch: America in the King Years - Parting the Waters
Douglas Brinkley & Luke A. Nichter: The Nixon Tapes - 1971-1972
Michael Burlingame: Abraham Lincoln, A Life - Volume 1
Robert A. Caro: The Years of Lyndon Johnson - The Path to Power
Winston Churchill: The Second World War - The Gathering Storm
Gerald Durrell: Corfu Trilogy - My Family and Other Animals
Niall Ferguson: The House of Rothschild - Money's Prophets, 1798-1848
Shelby Foote: The Civil War - Fort Sumter to Perryville
Gabriel García Márquez: Autobiography - Vivir para contarla
William Goldman: Adventures in the Screen Trade - Adventures in the Screen Trade
Henry Kissinger: Memoirs - White House Years
Betty MacDonald: Memoirs - The Egg and I
Gavin Maxwell: Ring of Bright Water Trilogy - Ring of Bright Water
Peter Mayle: Provence - A Year in Provence
William Least Heat-Moon: Travel Trilogy - Blue Highways
Edmund Morris: Theodore Roosevelt - The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Jan Morris: Pax Britannica - Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress
Ian Mortimer: Time Traveler's Guides - The Time Traveler's Guide to the Middle Ages
John Mortimer: Autobiography - Clinging to the Wreckage
Beverly Nichols: Merry Hall Trilogy - Merry Hall
George Orwell: Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters - An Age Like This: 1920-1940
Francis Parkman: France and England in North America - Pioneers of France in the New World
Penguin History of Europe - Simon Price: The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
Margaret Sanders: Intimate Letters - Intimate Letters of England's Queens
George Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters - 1874-1897
Chris Stewart: Lemons Trilogy - Driving Over Lemons
Jonathan Sumption: The Hundred Years War - Trial by Battle
Theodore H. White: The Making of the President - 1960

 

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review 2020-03-25 20:51
Susan Illene: Stalked by Flames
Stalked by Flames: Book 1 (Dragon's Breath Series) - Susan Illene

Susan Illene shows the readers who is on top of the food chain when Dragons enter our world:

Bailey had just graduated from college and was looking forward to traveling home, but her life is about to change forever. While leaving town from home a massive earthquake erupts and releases Dragons into the world. Bailey is just trying to survive but when trying to save others she becomes the target and is about to become BBQ. But the unthinkable happens, she does not burn in the flames, she is a Dragon Slayer. With the help of a shape shifting Dragon named Aidan she is starting to learn how to harness her knew skills. But Aidan has his own plans for forming a relationship with a Dragon Slayer, he can only hope that she is ready when he needs her.

I was thinking that this was the first apocalyptic series that featured dragons, but i actually started (and admittedly never finished but I still recommend it, hmmmm I need to get back to that series) J. A. Pitts Black Blade Blue series several years ago and if you like regular women becoming extraordinary and dragons make sure to check out that series as well. Illene starts the book off with a bang with a massive earthquake that seems to occur throughout the whole country and then BAM dragons appear out of nowhere and start eating/capturing people. These are not your friendly dragons, which I appreciative, let them be the fire breathing, human eating monsters they were meant to be. Well not all the Dragons are this way, some of them are shape shifters and have a human and dragon form. This is where we get the two points of view; Bailey the human who becomes a dragon slayer and Aidan the shape shifter who does not eat humans and sees them more as a tool than anything else.

The two points of view are really interesting as we have Bailey showing what has happened to her town and people now and how they are struggling to survive now that Dragons rule the world and how much things have changed and what has been sacrificed. Then Aidan's point of view is one that is more medieval in description with him and his siblings vying for the role to rule their clan once their father dies.

I liked Bailey as a main character, she is strong, willing to help others and surprisingly trusting of those that she should not be. She has some pretty cool powers, and being burned by dragon fire is high among them. I equate her powers similar to that of a Slayer's not just in the extra strength but also that she comes into them under a high amount of stress and danger.

There is an attempt of a romance here but the characters do their best to ignore their possible feelings with each other, but you can tell things are going to flourish later. At least the Dragon Aidan has a human form and I don't have to stop reading this series due to some sort of weird bestiality of a human with an actual dragon; Just not my cup of tea.

This was a good start to a series, and I am fan with the use of dragons which is not something that we see too much of these days in more mainstream books. I look forward to continuing on with this series and seeing where Illene takes it.

Enjoy!!!

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