Genre Feature: Long-running Series

YA series are usually clearly numbered on the spines – just look at the Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid series–but adult book series are rarely so clearly numbered. Here are a couple of the most popular adult book series currently camouflaged around our library shelves.

Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher Series

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After leaving the US Army as a major in its military police at age 36, Reacher roams the United States taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations.

Each book in the series is a self-contained story, and the plot of each book relies very little on the prior books in the series.

 

 

 

Jacqueline Winspear‘s Maisie Dobbs Series

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In 1929 London, former servant Maisie Dobbs starts her own business as a psychologist and investigator in this unique and gripping historical mystery series.

 

Best to read these in order. Don’t worry – we have them all.

 

 

Louise Penny‘s Chief Inspector Gamache Series

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets–and facing a few of his own ghosts.

These whodunnits are perfectly fine as stand alones, if you don’t want to read the whole series. Heads up, though, that many of our regular library patrons are absolutely addicted to this series.

 

 

 

Laurie R. King‘s Marry Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series

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It is 1915, and Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees, when he meets fifteen-year-old Mary Russell—gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, with an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, 20th century Miss Russell proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

These can be read out of order, but do build on each other so are better in order.

 

 

Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Series

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Sheriff Walt Longmire deals with the murders and mysteries that crop up in Wyoming’s Absaroka County.

This series is now also a TV show available on Netflix.

 

 

 

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