Ongoing Series

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Following up on my First in Series post and, again inspired by Moonlight Reader, this reading list collects all of my ongoing series; i.e. all series that I have started and neither fully completed nor decided to discontinue.  Like my First in Series list, 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. — Once I have read all books belonging to a series, it is moved to my completed series / authors list.


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
4. The Beast Must Die
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
4. Death of Jezebel
5. Fog of Doubt
6. Tour de Force

Christianna Brand: Inspector Charlesworth
1. Death in High Heels
4. Death of Jezebel
5. Fog of Doubt

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

Christopher Bush: Ludovic Travers
1. The Plumley Inheritance
2. The Perfect Murder Case
5. Dancing Death

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

Moray Dalton: Inspector Collier
1. One By One They Disappeared
2. The Night Of Fear 

Moray Dalton: Hermann Glide
1. The Body In The Road
2. The Night Of Fear 

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

Brian Flynn: Anthony Bathurst
1. The Billiard-Room Mystery
4. The Murders Near Mapleton

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: The 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
3. Suicide Excepted
4. Tragedy at Law

Patricia Highsmith: Tom Ripley
1. The Talented Mr. Ripley
2. Ripley Under Ground

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

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

Ellery Queen: Ellery Queen, Detective
1. The Roman Hat Mystery
5. The Egyptian Cross Mystery
8. The Chinese Orange Mystery
16. Calamity Town
 Abandoned thereafter.

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.

Molly Thynne: Dr. Constantine
1. The Crime at the ‘Noah’s Ark’

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


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. 24 (The Night Fire)

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

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

Deborah Crombie: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma Jones
1. A Share in Death
5. Dreaming of the Bones

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. 7 (They Disappeared)

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
6. There Came Both Mist and Snow

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
9. The Ballad of Tom Dooley
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
2. The Sunken Sailor

Barbara Neely: Blanche White
1. Blanche on the Lam

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
42. Silent Night

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. 23 (A Song for the Dark Times)

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


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

Paul Doherty: The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan
1. The Nightingale Gallery
11. Bloodstone

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 books 8 (The First Murder) and 10 (The Deadliest Sin)

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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
9. A Killer in Winter

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
14. The Mad Monk of Gidleigh
17. The Tolls of Death
22. The Malice of Unnatural 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. 11 (A Christmas Hope)

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
5. The Riddle of St. Leonard’s
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)


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
28. The Gift of the Magpie

Lesley Cookman: Libby Sarjeant
1. Murder in Steeple Martin
3. Murder in Midwinter
14. Murder out of Tune

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


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


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

Canongate Myths
1. Karen Armstrong: A Short History of Myth
2. Margaret Atwood: The Penelopiad
17. A.S. Byatt: Ragnarok

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

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

Olivia Manning: Fortunes of War / The 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

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


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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