Many of the books I read are parts of a series - usually, but not always, mystery series.
I'd like to try to complete some of the series - some I have no intention of revisiting.
This blog is a way for me to keep a record of the books I've read and the ones I've yet to try.
And anyway, I've always loved making lists.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

John Verdon: Dave Gurney Mysteries

Main character: Retired NYPD homicide detective, Dave Gurney, known for catching serial killers
Setting: Mainly upstate New York, although the various stories do move around
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Think of a Number  (2010)
  2. Shut Your Eyes Tight  (2011)
  3. Let the Devil Sleep  (2012)
  4. Peter Pan Must Die  (2014)
  5. Wolf Lake  (2016)
  6. White River Burning  (2018) 

Carolyn Keene: Nancy Drew Mysteries

Main Characters: Nancy Drew, teenage amateur detective; her best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne; and Nancy's father, attorney Carson Drew
Setting: The fictional town of River Heights
● Bold type indicates a book I've read

(The Nancy Drew books have been written by a number of different writers over the years, all under the pseudonym of "Carolyn Keene." They've also been revised at various times to reflect the tastes and interests of different eras, and new stories have been added to the original series. Today, there are over a hundred titles in the series. The books listed here represent all the books I would have had access to when I started reading them as a preteen in the late 1950s, and a few from the early 1960s — so this list won't include any of the newer books added after that period.)
  1. The Secret of the Old Clock  (1930) 
  2. The Hidden Staircase  (1930)
  3. The Bungalow Mystery  (1930) 
  4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn  (1930) 
  5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch  (1931) 
  6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm  (1931) 
  7. The Clue in the Diary  (1932) 
  8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter  (1932) 
  9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles  (1933)
  10. The Password to Larkspur Lane  (1933) 
  11. The Clue of the Broken Locket  (1934) 
  12. The Message in the Hollow Oak  (1935) 
  13. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm  (1936) 
  14. The Whispering Statue  (1937) 
  15. The Haunted Bridge  (1937) 
  16. The Clue of the Tapping Heels  (1939) 
  17. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk  (1940) 
  18. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion  (1941) 
  19. The Quest of the Missing Map  (1942) 
  20. The Clue in the Jewel Box  (1943) 
  21. The Secret in the Old Attic  (1944) 
  22. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall  (1945) 
  23. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell  (1946) 
  24. The Clue in the Old Album  (1947) 
  25. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall  (1948) 
  26. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney  (1949) 
  27. The Secret of the Wooden Lady  (1950) 
  28. The Clue of the Black Keys  (1951) 
  29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump  (1952) 
  30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask  (1953) 
  31. The Ringmaster's Secret  (1953) 
  32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery  (1954) 
  33. The Witch Tree Symbol  (1955) 
  34. The Hidden Window Mystery  (1956) 
  35. The Haunted Showboat  (1957) 
  36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion  (1959) 
  37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach  (1960) 
  38. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon  (1961) 
  39. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet  (1962) 
  40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery  (1963) 
  41. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes  (1964) 
  42. The Phantom of Pine Hill  (1965) 
  43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps  (1966) 

Lynn Shepherd: Charles Maddox Mysteries

Main Character: Charles Maddox, former police officer now working as a private investigator (or "thief-taker") in Victorian London
Setting: 19th Century England, mostly London and environs
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Murder at Mansfield Park  (2010) 
  2. The Solitary House  (2012) 
  3. A Fatal Likeness  (2013) 
  4. The Pierced Heart  (2014) 

Armistead Maupin: Tales of the City Series

Main Character: Mrs. Anna Madrigal, landlady of the apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane; there are many other characters who share the spotlight in each book.
Setting: San Francisco, CA
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Tales of the City (1978)
  2. More Tales of the City (1980)
  3. Further Tales of the City (1982)
  4. Babycakes (1984)
  5. Significant Others (1987)
  6. Sure of You (1989)
  7. Michael Tolliver Lives (2007)
  8. Mary Ann in Autumn (2010)
  9. The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014)

Alan Furst: Night Soldiers Series

Main characters: With a few exceptions, each book has a different set of main characters
Setting: Europe, in the years leading up to and during World War II
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Night Soldiers  (1988)
  2. Dark Star  (1991)
  3. The Polish Officer  (1995)
  4. The World at Night  (1996)
  5. Red Gold  (1999)
  6. Kingdom of Shadows  (2000)
  7. Blood of Victory  (2003)
  8. Dark Voyage  (2004)
  9. The Foreign Correspondent  (2006)
  10. The Spies of Warsaw  (2008)
  11. Spies of the Balkans  (2010)
  12. Mission to Paris  (2012)
  13. Midnight in Europe  (2014)
  14. A Hero of France  (2016)

Marty Wingate: Potting Shed Mysteries

Main character: Pru Parke, gardening expert who leaves her native Texas to move to England
Setting: England and Scotland
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. The Garden Plot  (2014) 
  2. The Red Book of Primrose House  (2014) 
  3. Between a Rock and a Hard Place  (2015)
  4. The Skeleton Garden  (2016) 
  5. The Bluebonnet Betrayal  (2016) 
  6. Best-Laid Plants  (2017) 

David Handler: Stewart Hoag Mysteries

Main character: Stewart Hoag, a ghostwriter for celebrities
Setting: USA (mostly California, I believe)
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. The Man Who Died Laughing  (1988) 
  2. The Man Who Lived by Night  (1989)
  3. The Woman Who Fell from Grace  (1991)
  4. The Boy Who Never Grew Up (1992) 
  5. The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1993)
  6. The Man Who Cancelled Himself  (1995) 
  7. The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy (1996) 
  8. The Man Who Loved Women to Death  (1997) 
  9. The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes  (2017)