Series Reviews

Reviews of books that are parts of a series. The reviews will be posted to their respective series pages as they are written. If you are looking to start a new series, start here!

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Jack Caffery by Mo Hayder

The Jack Caffery series by Mo Hayder is chilling, violent, graphic and fast-paced. It’s no wonder Jack has a hard time in his relationships. Based in London and very tight on procedure, these novels are extra-creepy, but quite addictive.

Dark Iceland by Ragnar Jonasson

Beautifully written contemporary Icelandic mysteries set in an isolated northern town, with intimate looks at the lives and secrets of well-developed characters.

 

Peter Grant by Ben Aaronovitch

An “urban fantasy” series set in and around London and woven with its history. Described by some as “what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the police” with a liberal sprinkling of dry humour. Highly recommended.

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Jo Nesbo’s extremely popular Harry Hole series features a dysfunctional, emotionally damaged detective and likeable, familiar characters in fast-paced, uncomplicated thrillers.

 

Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

One of the classics, Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie’s well-loved little Belgian detective. His sense of style, impeccable moustache and ability to solve brain-teasers has stood the test of time, and still entertains audiences today.

 

Jan Reyna (Faroes Novels) by Chris Ould

Jan Reyna is a British detective returning to his home in the Faroe Islands, which he left when he was very young. As he learns about his heritage, he is drawn into cases by local detective Hjalte Hentze. Simple, beautifully paced, bleak and subtle work from BAFTA-winner Chris Ould.

 

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Brilliant Sherlock Holmes pastiche — the true-to-canon character finds his match (and a partner) in a young woman, and takes on fascinating new mysteries and cases. Leanna’s favourite series.

 

Matthew Shardlake by CJ Sansom

Medieval mysteries — the investigations of a lawyer in the time of King Henry VIII. An interesting perspective on the history and a fresh twist on historical novels.

 

 

Lemaitre-Irene-Verhoeven01Camille Verhoeven by Pierre Lemaitre

Translated from French and set in Paris, the Camille Verhoeven series by Pierre Lemaitre takes an almost wryly different look at crime fiction and detective novels. Second novel in the series (Alex) was highly critically acclaimed.

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Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell

The Kurt Wallander Series by Henning Mankell is one of the finest examples of Swedish crime fiction, or “Nordic Noir”. Kurt Wallander is a likeable, truly human character, and the series combines a beautiful minimalist writing style with the grit of hard-work police procedure that lets you live the frustrations and triumphs of an investigating detective.

An “urban fantasy” series set in and around London and woven with its history. Described by some as “what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the police” with a liberal sprinkling of dry humour. Highly recommended.

a mystery lover's exploration of the best reads in the crime genre.