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Do you have an inner detective living inside you?
Jessica Fletcher, Nancy Drew, Perry Mason, and Columbo filled my childhood. I started my own detective society when I was 9, and used to dream about being a Private Eye when I grew up. The funny thing is that my observational skills are now pretty lacking so I’d make a horrible professional sleuth! However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good mystery novel or show.
In honor of National Mystery Series Week, I’m presenting you with my list of Top Mystery Series (in no specific order first book listed first). I either have read them, or I want to read them, but they are staples of every former Nancy Drew girl and wannabe detective so if that’s you, jump on it!
Top 12 Mystery Series
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1) Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by Joanne Fluke. All her books have recipes!
Excerpt from Amazon
No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes–one delicious clue at a time–has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies.
What?! I get recipes and a ginger gumshoe in a fabulous mystery series? I just found my winter fix!
Murder On Monday (Lois Meade Mystery Book 1) by Ann Purser
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series Book 1) by Steig Larson
A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels) by Steve Hamilton
Series Reading Order: James Patterson Alex Cross series, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Middle School, all other works (Series List Book 3) You guys! Since all of James Patterson’s suspense books are top-notch, this is a great reference that Amazon offers to tell you which order to read them in. All of them! It’s free with Kindle Unlimited, but you can even borrow it for free now with Prime.
Tea for Three: The First Three Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs (also has recipes included!)
Maisie Dobbs (Book 1) by Jacqueline Winspear
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)
There are many more that I could have listed, but these are enough to keep you reading well into the next decade! Pin this list so you can refer back to it when the mood strikes, and please let me know what your favorite mystery series is and I will add it to my read list!