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, January 12, 2014

Ariana Franklin: Adelia Aguilar Mysteries

Main character: Adelia Aguilar, a medieval "medical examiner" from Italy, who investigates for the King of England.
Setting: 12th Century England (mainly).  
The series is also known as the Mistress of the Art of Death Series.
"Ariana Franklin" is a pseudonym of British author Diana Norman who died in 2011.
Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Mistress of the Art of Death (2007)
  2. The Death Maze (2008); aka: The Serpent's Tale
  3. Relics of the Dead (2009); aka: Grave Goods
  4. A Murderous Procession (2010); aka: The Assassin's Prayer

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rex Stout: The Nero Wolfe Mysteries

Main characters:  Reclusive "armchair" sleuth Nero Wolfe; his assistant Archie Goodwin; Fritz Brenner, Wolfe's cook, butler, and all-around overseer; Theodore Horstmann, the orchid expert who tends to Wolfe's beloved plants
Setting: Mainly Manhattan, but they do occasionally go further afield
Bold type indicates a book I've read.

Novels:
  1. Fer-de-Lance (1934) [see review]
  2. The League of Frightened Men (1935)
  3. The Rubber Band (1936)
  4. The Red Box (1937)
  5. Too Many Cooks (1938)
  6. Some Buried Caesar (1939)
  7. Over My Dead Body (1940)
  8. Where There's a Will (1940)
  9. The Silent Speaker (1946)
  10. Too Many Women (1947)
  11. And Be a Villain (1948) aka: More Deaths Than One
  12. The Second Confession (1949)
  13.  In the Best Families (1950) aka: Even in the Best Families
  14. Murder by the Book (1951)
  15. Prisoner's Base (1952) aka: Out Goes She
  16. The Golden Spiders (1953)
  17. The Black Mountain (1954)
  18. Before Midnight (1955)
  19. Might as Well Be Dead (1956)
  20. If Death Ever Slept (1957)
  21. Champagne for One (1958)
  22. Plot It Yourself (1959) aka: Murder in Style
  23. Too Many Clients (1960)
  24. The Final Deduction (1961)
  25. Gambit (1962)
  26. The Mother Hunt (1963)
  27. A Right to Die (1964)
  28. The Doorbell Rang (1965)
  29. Death of a Doxy (1966)
  30. The Father Hunt (1968)
  31. Death of a Dude (1969)
  32. Please Pass the Guilt (1973)
  33. A Family Affair (1975)
Books of short stories:
  1. Black Orchids (1942; contains "Black Orchids" and "Cordially Invited to Meet Death")
  2. Not Quite Dead Enough (1944; contains "Not Quite Dead Enough" and "Booby Trap")
  3. Trouble in Triplicate (1949; contains "Before I Die", "Help Wanted, Male" and "Instead of Evidence")
  4. Three Doors to Death (1950; contains "Man Alive", "Omit Flowers" and "Door to Death")
  5. Curtains for Three (1951; contains "The Gun with Wings", "Bullet for One" and "Disguise for Murder")
  6. Triple Jeopardy (1952; contains "Home to Roost", "The Cop-Killer" and "The Squirt and the Monkey")
  7. Three Men Out (1954; contains "Invitation to Murder", "The Zero Clue" and "This Won't Kill You")
  8. Three Witnesses (1956; contains "The Next Witness", "When a Man Murders" and "Die Like a Dog")
  9. Three for the Chair (1957; contains "A Window for Death", "Immune to Murder" and "Too Many Detectives")
  10. And Four to Go (1958; contains "Christmas Party", "Easter Parade", "Fourth of July Picnic" and "Murder Is No Joke")
  11. Three at Wolfe's Door (1960; contains "Poison à la Carte", "Method Three for Murder" and "The Rodeo Murder")
  12. Homicide Trinity (1962; contains "Eeny Meeny Murder Mo", "Death of a Demon" and "Counterfeit for Murder")
  13. Trio for Blunt Instruments (1964; contains "Kill Now—Pay Later", "Murder Is Corny" and "Blood Will Tell")
  14. Death Times Three (1985; posthumous; contains "Bitter End", "Frame-Up for Murder" and "Assault on a Brownstone")

Dan Brown: The Robert Langdon Series

Main character: Robert Langdon, world-renowned professor of religious iconology and "symbology"
Setting: mainly USA, France, and Italy
Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Angels & Demons (2000) [see review]
  2. The Da Vinci Code (2003)
  3. The Lost Symbol (2009) [see review
  4. Inferno (2013)

Alan Bradley: The Flavia de Luce Mysteries

Main character: Flavia de Luce, 11-year-old aspiring chemist and amateur sleuth who uses her scientific curiosity to solve mysteries.
Setting: England
Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009)
  2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (2010)
  3. A Red Herring Without Mustard (2011)
  4. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (2011)
  5. Speaking from Among the Bones (2013)
  6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (2014)
  7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (2015)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: The Pendergast Novels

Main Characters: FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast, and New York police officer Vincent D'Agosta
Setting: NYC, the Hamptons, Italy, Tibet, you name it

Bold type indicates a book I've read.

1.  Relic (1995)
2.  Reliquary (1997)
3.  The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002)
4.  Still Life with Crows (2003)

The following three books make up the Diogenes Trilogy:
5.  Brimstone (2004)
6.  Dance of Death (2005)
7.  The Book of the Dead (2006)
    8.  The Wheel of Darkness (2007)
    9.  Cemetery Dance (2009)
    10. Fever Dream (2010)
    11. Cold Vengeance (2011)
    12. Two Graves (2012)
    13. "Extraction" (2012) [short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download]
    14. White Fire (2013)
    15. Blue Labyrinth (2014)

    Saturday, April 5, 2008

    Susan Cooper: The Dark Is Rising Series

    This is not a typical "series." It's a five-book sequence of fantasy novels written for young people.
    Main Characters: Merriman Lyon, Will Stanton
    Setting: England
    Bold type indicates a book I've read.

    Over Sea, Under Stone (1965) [See Review]
    The Dark Is Rising (1973) [See Review]
    Greenwitch (1974) [See Review]
    The Grey King (1975) [See Review]
    Silver on the Tree (1977)

    Maud Hart Lovelace: The Betsy-Tacy Books

    Main Characters: Betsy Ray and her best friends for life, Tacy and Tib
    Setting: Mainly Hill Street, although the later books branch out a bit
    Bold type indicates a book I've read.

    Betsy-Tacy (1940) [See Review]
    Betsy-Tacy and Tib (1941)
    Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (1942)
    Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (1943)
    Heaven to Betsy (1945)
    Betsy in Spite of Herself (1946)
    Betsy Was a Junior (1947)
    Betsy and Joe (1948)
    Betsy and the Great World (1952)
    Betsy's Wedding (1955)