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.
And then there are those series I haven't started, but would like to.
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.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Jerry West: The Happy Hollisters

• Main characters: The Hollister family, consisting of five children (Pete, Pamela, Ricky, Holly, and Sue), and their parents (John and Elaine)
• Setting: The city of Shoreham (as far as I know, no state is ever mentioned)
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.

The Happy Hollisters is a series of books for children, published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (also the publisher of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series), between 1953 and 1969. The series was written by Andrew E. Svenson, using the pseudonym Jerry West, and was illustrated by Helen S. Hamilton. 

  1. The Happy Hollisters  (1953)
  2. The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip  (1953)
  3. The Happy Hollisters at Sea Gull Beach  (1953) 
  4. The Happy Hollisters and the Indian Treasure  (1953) 
  5. The Happy Hollisters at Mystery Mountain  (1954) 
  6. The Happy Hollisters at Snowflake Camp  (1954) 
  7. The Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post Mystery  (1954) 
  8. The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island  (1955) 
  9. The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort  (1955) 
  10. The Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery*  (1955) 
  11. The Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill Farm*  (1956) 
  12. The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship  (1956) 
  13. The Happy Hollisters at Lizard Cove  (1957) 
  14. The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery  (1957) 
  15. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Totem Faces  (1958) 
  16. The Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival Mystery  (1958) 
  17. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery in Skyscraper City  (1959) 
  18. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little Mermaid  (1960) 
  19. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery at Missile Town  (1961) 
  20. The Happy Hollisters and the Cowboy Mystery  (1961) 
  21. The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery  (1962) 
  22. The Happy Hollisters and the Secret of the Lucky Coins  (1963) 
  23. The Happy Hollisters and the Castle Rock Mystery  (1963) 
  24. The Happy Hollisters and the Cuckoo Clock Mystery  (1963) 
  25. The Happy Hollisters and the Swiss Echo Mystery  (1963) 
  26. The Happy Hollisters and the Sea Turtle Mystery  (1964) 
  27. The Happy Hollisters and the Punch and Judy Mystery  (1964) 
  28. The Happy Hollisters and the Whistle Pig Mystery  (1964) 
  29. The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery  (1965) 
  30. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch  (1966) 
  31. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Mexican Idol  (1967) 
  32. The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery  (1969) 
  33. The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls  (1969) 

* Numbers 10 and 11 are sometimes switched in publication order, but Pony Hill Farm references their prior mystery about the Merry-Go-Round, so I'm listing Pony Hill Farm as #11.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Louise Penny: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache

Main character: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force for Quebec
Setting: Canada, mostly in and around the small Québécois town of Three Pines
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Still Life (2005)
  2. A Fatal Grace (2006) 
  3. The Cruelest Month (2007) 
  4. A Rule Against Murder (2008) 
  5. The Brutal Telling (2009)
  6. Bury Your Dead (2010) 
  7. A Trick of the Light (2011)
  8. The Beautiful Mystery (2012) 
  9. How the Light Gets In (2013) 
  10. The Long Way Home (2014) 
  11. The Nature of the Beast (2015) 
  12. A Great Reckoning (2016)
  13. Glass Houses (2017) 
  14. Kingdom of the Blind (2018) 
  15. A Better Man (2019)
  16. All the Devils Are Here (2020)
In addition to the full-length novels, there has also been one novella (or long short story) issued:
  1. The Hangman (2010)
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Monday, May 11, 2020

S.J. Parris: Giordano Bruno Mysteries

Main character: Giordano Bruno — monk, poet, scientist, magician — who investigates crime in the 16th century
Setting: Primarily England
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Heresy (2010)
  2. Prophecy (2011)
  3. Sacrilege (2012)
  4. The Secret Dead (2013) 
  5. Treachery (2014) 
  6. Conspiracy (2016) 
  7. Execution (2020) 
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P.G. Wodehouse: Jeeves Series

Main characters: Bertie Wooster, wealthy and idle young Londoner, and his valet Jeeves
Setting: England, early-to-mid 20th Century
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. My Man Jeeves (1919)
  2. The Inimitable Jeeves (1923) 
  3. Carry On, Jeeves (1925)
  4. Very Good, Jeeves (1930) 
  5. Thank You, Jeeves (1934) 
  6. Right Ho, Jeeves (1934) 
  7. The Code of the Woosters (1938) 
  8. Joy in the Morning (1946) (US title: Jeeves in the Morning)
  9. The Mating Season (1949)
  10. Ring for Jeeves (1953) (US title: The Return of Jeeves)
  11. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (1954) (US title: Bertie Wooster Sees It Through)
  12. A Few Quick Ones (1959)
  13. Jeeves in the Offing (1960) (US title: How Right You Are, Jeeves)
  14. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (1963)
  15. Plum Pie (1966)
  16. Much Obliged, Jeeves (1971) (US title: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)
  17. Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (1974) (US title: The Cat-nappers)
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Miss Seeton Mysteries

Main character: Miss Emily D. Seeton, eccentric retired art teacher, who helps Scotland Yard solve mysteries and right wrongs, armed only with her sketch pad and trusty umbrella.
• Setting: England
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.

The Miss Seeton mystery novels have had three different authors over the years.

By Heron Carvic:
1. Picture Miss Seeton (1968)
2. Miss Seeton Draws the Line (1969)
3. Witch Miss Seeton (1971) (UK title: Miss Seeton, Bewitched)
4. Miss Seeton Sings (1973)
5. Odds on Miss Seeton (1975)
By Roy Peter Martin writing as Hampton Charles:
6. Miss Seeton, by Appointment (1990)
7. Advantage Miss Seeton (1990)
8. Miss Seeton at the Helm (1990)
By Sarah J. Mason writing as Hamilton Crane:
9.  Miss Seeton Cracks the Case (1991)
10. Miss Seeton Paints the Town (1991)
11. Miss Seeton Rocks the Cradle (1992)
12. Hands Up, Miss Seeton (1992)
13. Miss Seeton by Moonlight (1992)
14. Miss Seeton Plants Suspicion (1993)
15. Miss Seeton Goes to Bat (1993)
16. Starring Miss Seeton (1994)
17. Miss Seeton Undercover (1994)
18. Miss Seeton Rules (1994)
19. Sold to Miss Seeton (1995)
20. Sweet Miss Seeton (1996)
21. Bonjour, Miss Seeton (1997)
22. Miss Seeton's Finest Hour (1999)
23. Miss Seeton Quilts the Village (2017)
24. Miss Seeton Flies High (2018)
25. Watch the Wall, Miss Seeton (2019)
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Beverly Cleary: The Ramona Series

Main characters: Ramona Quimby, her mother and father, and her sister "Beezus"
• Setting: USA, beginning mid-20th Century
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Beezus and Ramona (1955)
  2. Ramona the Pest (1968)
  3. Ramona the Brave (1975)
  4. Ramona and Her Father (1977)
  5. Ramona and Her Mother (1979)
  6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981) 
  7. Ramona Forever (1984) 
  8. Ramona's World (1999)
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Beverly Cleary: The Henry Huggins Series

Main characters: Henry Huggins, his family and friends
Setting: USA, in the 1950s and 1960s
• Bold type indicates a book I've read.
  1. Henry Huggins (1950)
  2. Henry and Beezus (1952)
  3. Henry and Ribsy (1954)
  4. Henry and the Paper Route (1957)
  5. Henry and the Clubhouse (1962)
  6. Ribsy (1964)
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