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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Alan Hunter: Chief Inspector George Gently

Main character: Police Inspector (later Chief Inspector) George Gently
Setting: Primarily England's East Anglia
● Bold type indicates a book I've read

[These novels are the basis for the popular "Inspector Gently" BBC-TV series. However, the TV version is (in general) quite different from the books. And while the TV show is a classic "whodunnit", the books are basically police procedurals, with the focus more on character than plot.]
  1. Gently Does It (1955)
  2. Gently by the Shore (1956)
  3. Gently Down the Stream (1957)
  4. Landed Gently (1957)
  5. Gently Through the Mill (1958)
  6. Gently in the Sun (1959)
  7. Gently with the Painters (1960)
  8. Gently to the Summit (1961)
  9. Gently Go Man (1961)
  10. Gently Where the Roads Go (1962)
  11. Gently Floating (1963)
  12. Gently Sahib (1964)
  13. Gently with the Ladies (1965)
  14. Gently North-West (1967)
  15. Gently Continental (1967)
  16. Gently Coloured (1969)
  17. Gently with the Innocents (1970)
  18. Gently at a Gallop (1971)
  19. Vivienne: Gently Where She Lay (1972)
  20. Gently French (1973)
  21. Gently in Trees (1974)
  22. Gently with Love (1975)
  23. Gently Where the Birds Are (1976)
  24. Gently Instrumental (1977)
  25. Gently to a Sleep (1978)
  26. The Honfleur Decision (1980)
  27. Gabrielle’s Way (1981)
  28. Fields of Heather (1981)
  29. Gently Between Tides (1982)
  30. Amorous Leander (1983)
  31. The Unhung Man (1984)
  32. “Once a Prostitute...” (1984)
  33. The Chelsea Ghost (1985)
  34. Goodnight, Sweet Prince (1986)
  35. Strangling Man (1987)
  36. Traitor's End (1988)
  37. Gently with the Millions (1989)
  38. Gently Scandalous (1990)
  39. Gently to a Kill (1991)
  40. Gently Tragic (1992)
  41. Gently in the Glens (1993)
  42. Bomber’s Moon (1994)
  43. Jackpot! (1995)
  44. The Love of Gods (1997)
  45. Over Here (1998)
  46. Gently Mistaken (1999)

Lincoln Child: Jeremy Logan Novels

Main Character: Professor Jeremy Logan, "enigmalogist" (an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation)
Setting: wherever he's needed
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Deep Storm (2007)
  2. Terminal Freeze (2008)
  3. The Third Gate (2012)
  4. The Forgotten Room (2015)

Jo Dereske: Miss Zukas Mysteries

Main Character: Helma Zukas, Librarian
Setting: Bellehaven, Washington - the town and its public library
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (1994)
  2. Miss Zukas and the Island Murders (1995)
  3. Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death (1995)
  4. Miss Zukas and the Raven's Dance (1996)
  5. Out of Circulation (1997)
  6. Final Notice (1998)
  7. Miss Zukas in Death's Shadow (1999)
  8. Miss Zukas Shelves the Evidence (2001)
  9. Bookmarked to Die (2006)
  10. Catalogue of Death (2007)
  11. Index to Murder (2008)
  12. Farewell, Miss Zukas (2011)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Robinson: Inspector Banks Mysteries

Main character: Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Alan Banks
Setting: Yorkshire, England / present day
● Bold type indicates a book I've read
  1. Gallows View (1987)
  2. A Dedicated Man (1988)
  3. The Hanging Valley (1989)
  4. A Necessary End (1990)
  5. Past Reason Hated (1992)
  6. Wednesday's Child (1992)
  7. Final Account (1994); aka: Dry Bones That Dream
  8. Innocent Graves (1996)
  9. Dead Right (1997); aka: Blood At The Root
  10. In a Dry Season (1999)
  11. Cold is the Grave (2000)
  12. Aftermath (2001)
  13. The Summer that Never Was (2002); aka: Close To Home
  14. Playing with Fire (2003)
  15. Strange Affair (2004)
  16. Piece of My Heart (2006)
  17. Friend of the Devil (2007)
  18. All the Colours of Darkness (2008)
  19. Bad Boy (2010)
  20. Watching the Dark (2012)
  21. Children of the Revolution (2013)
  22. Abattoir Blues (2014); aka: In The Dark Places  
  23. When the Music's Over (2016)  

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)