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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.




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)




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




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





- 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



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


Wallace Stegner

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


Anthony Trollope

- The Pallisers




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





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)



Anne Rice


- 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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The Hidden Harbor Mystery, Hardy Boys #14
The Hidden Harbor Mystery (Hardy Boys, #14) - J. Clemens Gretter,Franklin W. Dixon

This is the single most notorious of the early Hardy Boys mysteries. 'The Hidden Harbor Mystery' opens with a fantastic set-piece of an ocean liner hitting rough seas and sinking. It is packed with exploding boilers, brawls below decks and panicked passengers. Unfortunately the story veers away from action and into an irredeemable, racist mess.


Valuable papers pertaining to a case of Fenton Hardy's were lost on the ship, meaning the boys will have to obtain new copies. Worse still, a passenger on the ship, Samuel Blackstone, accuses the boys of stealing a large quantity of money and a diamond ring in the chaos. Conveniently, it seems the solution to both problems is heading to the southern town of Hidden Harbor.


The real trouble begins for the reader on the train back to Hidden Harbor. The boys meet black dandy Lukas Jones, who is disrespectful of train-car ettiquette and yet too cowardly to stand up to the conductor. That's a clear signal to readers that Jones is bad news, but the story goes on to describe him as malicious and lazy and dangerous. Spoiler:

Jones is our villain and has contrived to keep the blood feud between the Blackstones and the Rands going strong. Jones also attempts to incite violence against the Rands (and presumably other white people) with his secret society.

(spoiler show)


The Hardy Boys and Chet Morton are accused of participating in the feud between the Blackstone family and the Rands by both sides and have a difficult time getting straight answers from anybody. Chet is an important part of this mystery, mostly so he can be referred to as fat boy by the narrator. The weight jokes seem to be getting lazier and more mean-spirited. That of course pales to the use of lynching as a plot point here and it being discussed as a common, if unfortunate, practice. The disapproval seems to be more in the act being unmannerly than it being against the law and, you know, murder. Frank and Joe begin to have stronger feelings about lynching when they almost wind up in the noose themselves.


I haven't found any comments from ghostwriter Leslie McFarlane about this book, but Harriet Stratemeyer Adam's comments in a private letter before she approved re-writes in the 1950s and '60s make it clear that she doesn't see what the problem is. She hazards a guess that parents disapprove of Jones, his father, and his friends/society-fellows speaking in dialect. Yeah, that's it.


Sloppy plotting is one thing, and I have rolled my eyes through many cringey scenes before with these books, but 'The Hidden Harbor Mystery' is a new low. A lot has changed in 80 years, but there's an increasing ugliness far beyond the stereotypes present in the earliest books. This book, 'The Mark on the Door' and 'Footprints Under the Window' make a point of highlighting the flaws of everyone who isn't "normal", that is, middle class or wealthy, and white. At least 'Window' had Tom Wat, who the boys joked with and protected, and 'Door' found the boys relying on the skill set of the Yaqui Indian guide in the desert. In 'Hidden Harbor' there is only danger and mistrust and a lot of spiteful little details that aren't worth getting into. The disappointment of our white cast members in the disloyalty of Jones and his father towards their employers topped off the book nicely.


The '60s revision scrapped most of the plot - including the ship - in favor of the local newspaper being sued for libel by the Blackstones for publishing a story about their pirate ancestors. Adams also made sure to solve the race problem in the usual way by eliminating any black characters. Urghs, all around.


Hardy Boys


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