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There really is nothing better in terms of reading, than finding a series that becomes firmly lodged in your heart and soul. A much loved series, that hits all the right spots, often sits in pride of place on our bookshelves. Here at LoveReading we adore the feeling of 'more please' when you get to the end of a book in a series or trilogy. Mind you, the wait until the next book can sometimes be excruciating! There is also the complete and utter joy of discovering an established series. Have you ever gorged, yes completely gorged on book after book until you feel fair-on-giddy and end up with a book hangover? We have!
We actually found it difficult to restrict ourselves to the books we have mentioned here, and emails shot all over the place as we shouted: "we just have to include this one!". These are all books that have spoken to us, some have been with us since we were children or teens, and quite a few are those that we regularly re-read.
A fabulous series is one that stands the test of time, that you can read again and each time find something new. A series can speak to you in a different way as the years pass. We think that most booky people have at least one series that calls to them, demanding attention, wanting to be read. If you were to ask for someone’s top ten books, I’m pretty sure that a series would feature in there somewhere, though picking just one book is just impossible, so it would have to exist in its entirety!
Some of our favourite series and trilogies here at LoveReading include:
Sarah Hilary and her DI Marnie Rome series. When we first featured Sarah's debut Someone Else’s Skin we knew we had found something special. We have waited eagerly for each new book. They are filled with clever penetrative writing, huge tension and some pretty fantastic characters.
Bernard Cornwell has written some absolutely cracking historical series of course, including Sharpe, and The Last Kingdom, both of which have been made into TV series. A particular favourite though, is the trilogy we have chosen here, The Warlord Chronicles. The legend of King Arthur sits centre stage, these books are a powerhouse of a read and thoroughly entertaining.
We absolutely adore Deborah Harkness and her All Souls trilogy. As a historian, she blends reality, history and fantasy into one heady, wonderful blend of witches, vampires, and daemons battling for survival. The first book A Discovery of Witches was published in 2011 and the final book in 2014, the series has been a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and a TV series is out in the world too.
We just had to include Gregg Hurwitz and his Orphan X thriller series, boy did the first book Orphan X explode off the blocks! An assassin with a heart leads this exhilarating series and it is a favourite in our team.
Oh my, L. A. Weatherly's Broken Trilogy is an absolute stunner, it starts with Broken Sky, which is a Young Adult dystopian fantasy. It is particularly hard-hitting as it reflects on our history and you can easily see where we could be heading. Original, fascinating, fabulous!
We have featured the first book of each series in this list and when you click into the book page, you will see the series in order. In addition, don't forget the series are all linked, by the series name in the header of the page, for easy reference too.
As always this list is in no particular order, do let us know which book series you have loved and would like to see included in this collection.
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but I think his greatest achievement is the way he shows American life and culture in microcosm, engaging us in the lives of his characters. What people do to each other is far scarier than any monster. This is an excellent read if you want something firmly grounded in reality without the supernatural. Not horror but still in places horrifying. Circumstances, coincidences, bad detection all combine with grotesque inevitability. Two points of view, retired cop and crazed killer, and I felt for both these lovely characters and many of those around them. An excellent start to a trilogy, an excellent piece of writing, an excellent read. Books in The Bill Hodges Trilogy: 1. Mr Mercedes 2. Finders Keepers 3. End of Watch Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
February 2012 Guest Editor Joanna Trollope on Hilary Mantel... I loved her writing, long before the mega success of Wolf Hall. She wrote the best novel (bad title – A Place of Greater Safety) I ever read about the French Revolution, and some great modern ones – like Fludd and Eight Days on Gazzah Street. She isn’t just clever and original, she is also seriously funny, and I love that. Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "One of the outstanding books of the year - historical fiction at its best." Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 26 November 2009. The subject of Henry VIII will always provide a rich source of historical, political and scandalous fodder and here Hilary Mantel concentrates on one of the most interesting times in his reign – the divorce of Catherine of Aragon and his split from the Church of Rome. Mantel breathes life in to every character and even if you feel you have heard this story a million times she brings an original and tantalising voice to the period. Books in The Wolf Hall Trilogy: 1. Wolf Hall. 2. Bring Up The Bodies 3. The Mirror and the Light Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A breathtaking and compelling novel, penned by a master Storyteller. A Game of Thrones feels so authentic, it’s as though it is a written record, based on historical facts. If you haven't previously been tempted by science fiction and fantasy novels, dive in head first and have the most wonderful and exhilarating world opened up to you. But be warned, this is a compulsive read that you may not be able to put down. The author introduces the huge and varied cast with poetic ease, focusing on a different character in each chapter. The rival and warring factions herald a web of collusion and intrigue. No one is either truly good or evil, everyone has their faults and flaws making each seem so very human. You become as intimate with the less likeable characters as the more favourable ones and you care in some way about every single one of them. Beautifully descriptive, find yourself swept across land and sea, from ice cold ranges full of unknown fears to grassy plains of provocative conspiracies. Martin is able to tell the story of young, old, male and female with great aplomb; feel the thrill of fear as innocence is lost and lives are threatened and changed forever. The books in The Song of Ice and Fire Series: 1. A Game of Thrones 2. A Clash of Kings 3. A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow 4. A Storm of Swords Part 2: Blood and Gold 5. A Feast for Crows 6. A Dance With Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust 7. A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast Other Books From the Realm: Fire and Blood Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Who would have believed back in 1985 that this first introduction into the madcap Discworld which satirised fantasy novels and introduced us to some fantastic characters would turn into the Discworld series numbering some forty works. If you have wondered where to start in this huge series (which need not be read in order) then start here and read The Light Fantastic straight after it. They are great books. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘The very first novel in what turned into the celebrated, magisterial Discworld series, this novel was first published by Corgi in 1985. Although the more recent novels in the series have become more layered, satirical and thoughtful (number thirty-seven, Unseen Academicals, is the most recent) The Colour of Magic must remain one of my all-time favourites, for its soaring inventiveness, sparky parody and madcap humour – and for introducing us in the first place to that flat World so very different from, yet so very like our own. ' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld Books in The Discworld Novels Series: 1. The Colour of Magic 2. The Light Fantastic 3. Equal Rites 4. Mort 5. Sourcery 6. Wyrd Sisters 7. Pyramids 8. Guards! Guards! 9. Eric 10. Moving Pictures 11. Reaper Man 12. Witches Abroad 13. Small Gods 14. Lords and Ladies 15. Men At Arms 16. Soul Music 17. Interesting Times 18. Maskerade 19. Feet of Clay 20. Hogfather 21. Jingo 22. The Last Continent 23. Carpe Jugulum 24. The Fifth Elephant 25. The Truth 26. Thief of Time 27. The Last Hero 28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 29. Night Watch 30. The Wee Free Men 31. Monstrous Regiment 32. A Hat Full of Sky 33. Going Postal 34. Thud! 35. Wintersmith 36. Making Money 37. Unseen Academicals 38. I Shall Wear Midnight 39. Snuff 40. Raising Steam 41. The Shepherd's Crown Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is the start to one of my favourite crime series based around the misfits of the Intelligence Service. Jackson Lamb leads the 'slow horses' who have been banished to Slough House. Set in a seriously twisted world, with blurts of laughter just waiting around the corner, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better. Highly recommended. Books in The Jackson Lamb Thriller Series: 1. Slow Horses 2. Dead Lions 3. Real Tigers 4. Spook Street 5. London Rules 6. Joe Country Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly trained killer with his humanity surprisingly intact. Smoak has left a top secret programme, he is prepared to put his life on the line to help those in need. The first few chapters completely set the scene, allowing you immediate access to Evan’s mind, to the way he thinks, the way he has to live. The in depth detail of the security and secrecy, and the occasional glimpses of Evan’s past with his mentor, add a compelling new dimension. Gregg Hurwitz has created a ballsy, out there, wonderful hit of escapism, that non the less feels as though it could be real. I punched the air when I realised ‘Orphan X’ is the first in a series, there is most definitely more to come from Evan Smoak and this has all the hallmarks of a series to rival Bourne. This was such an exceptional and exhilarating ride, and I loved every single micro second of it! Books in The Orphan X Series: 1. Orphan X 2. The Nowhere Man 3. Hellbent 4. Out of the Dark 5. Into the Fire Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the Great Fire of London in 1666, it also firmly knocks at the door of intrigue. James Marwood is set the task of hunting down a killer, while Cat is set on a deadly game of revenge. I rubbed my hands with glee and settled in for a thunderingly good read. Andrew Taylor paints a vivid and terrifying scene, I stood in the crowd and witnessed St Paul’s writhing in the flames, he also handles the suspense with a masterly hand. James and Cat’s tales run arm in arm, the storylines tease each other, linked and yet each standing vibrantly strong. I savoured every moment of this readable and fascinating story, ‘Ashes of London’ is a simply fabulous read. Books in The James Marwood & Cat Lovett Series: 1. The Ashes of London 2. The Fire Court 3. The King's Evil 4. The Last Protector Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural being: vampires, witches and demons. They interact with humanity, often as our greatest creative artists and benefactors, but basically they live hidden lives. And what happens when a vampire falls in love with a witch …? Of course, there is so much more here; conspiracy, history, mythology, mystery, ghosts, even the promise of time travel. It’s big in all senses, an epic work, and it’s not over. Start here and then move on to the following two books in this wonderful series. Books in the All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book. The final novel in the series, The Book of Life was published in July 2014. Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This charming, light-hearted, wise tale hit the literary world in 2001 and became a word-of-mouth bestseller. If you are new to the series you really should start here to get the full background. After that you can appreciate the others in any order you like but they do follow through as Precious Ramotswe’s love/office/family and friendships develop. They are uplifting, warm and strangely compelling, a must-read for all. Books in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series: 1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2. Tears of the Giraffe 3. Morality of Beautiful Girls 4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men 5. The Full Cupboard of Life 6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies 7. Blue Shoes and Happiness 8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive 9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors 10. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built 11. The Double Comfort Safari Club 12. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party 13. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection 14. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon 15. The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café 16. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine 17. Precious and Grace 18. The House of Unexpected Sisters 19. The Colours of All the Cattle 20. To the Land of Long Lost Friends 21. How to Raise An Elephant Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Meet Jack Reacher. You’ll either fall in love, or you’ll want to emulate him – he’s great. He’s a tough, ex-military cop of no fixed address and strangely you’ll feel you need to get to know him – which is great for there are a lot of books - right up to the latest, 61 Hours, with its most extraordinary ending. So meet Jack Reacher and then really get to know him. Killing Floor is the first book in the phenomenal bestselling Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. It introduces Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode. Trained to think fast and act faster, he is the perfect action hero for men and women alike. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘I fell in love with Jack Reacher as a character when I first read early material of this very first thriller by Lee Child – here was a hero for our time, trained to think fast and act faster, a strong, silent, pragmatic and ruthless righter of wrongs who also had his tender side and was therefore equally appealing to a woman like me as he was to my male colleagues: although the proofs of every new Reacher thriller are instantly snapped up, this first book remains a favourite of so many people at Transworld for the past fifteen years, and I can honestly say that everyone who works here takes pride in the way Lee has since broken through into the superleague of thriller writers.' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld Books in The Jack Reacher Series: 1. Killing Floor 2. Die Trying 3. Tripwire 4. The Visitor 5. Echo Burning 6. Without Fail 7. Persuader 8. The Enemy 9. One Shot 10. The Hard Way 11. Bad Luck and Trouble 12. Nothing To Lose 13. Gone Tomorrow 14. 61 Hours 15. Worth Dying For 16. The Affair 17. A Wanted Man 18. Never Go Back 19. Personal 20. Make Me 21. Night School 22. The Midnight Line 23. Past Tense 24. Blue Moon Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Every Dead Thing is the first in the Charlie Parker Thrillers by John Connolly; this is a truly impressive series as each book lives up to the expectations caused by the last. This is one heck of a fascinating and bone-chilling world and I can highly recommend just diving in and getting lost in the quite incredible writing. Books in The Charlie Parker Thriller Series: 1. Every Dead Thing 2. Dark Hollow 3. The Killing Kind 4. The White Road 5. The Black Angel 6. The Unquiet 7. The Reapers 8. The Lovers 9. The Whisperers 10. The Burning Soul 11. The Wrath of Angels 12. The Wolf in Winter 13. A Song of Shadows 14. A Time of Torment 15. A Game of Ghosts 16. The Woman in the Woods 17. A Book of Bones 18. The Dirty South Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Delivering a whammy of a read, this is the first in a fabulous epic fantasy trilogy (the final book is described as still in progress). The Name of the Wind was published in 2006, I read it and swooned at the writing and story. It won a number of fantasy awards. Patrick Rothfuss also created a novella in 2014 that sits as a companion to the trilogy called The Slow Regard of Silent Things, and it has to be on the list of my favourite books (ever). Books in The Kingkiller Chronicles Series: 1. The Name of the Wind 2. The Wise Man's Fear Plus, the companion, The Slow Regard of Silent Things Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is the start to one of my all time favourite trilogies which is quite simply glorious. David Gemmell takes the epic tale based around Troy and brings it to vivid passionate life. Adventure, action, love, heartache, courage, betrayal, all fought out on the battlefield or whispered conversations in the rooms of power. I adored his previous books (I’ve read all of them) which were firmly heroic fantasy. The first book in the trilogy Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow was published in 2005, and I felt that his writing soared to new heights. I fell deeply in love and this is a trilogy that I regularly reread. After the author’s death in 2006, his wife Stella Gemmell wrote the second part of the third book from his notes. In 2007 Troy: Fall of Kings was published under both David and Stella Gemmell. In 2008 the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy began. Books in The Troy Series: 1. Lord of the Silver Bow 2. Shield of Thunder 3. Fall of Kings Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
London, 1570. The body of a “male child, malformed in the limbs” is washed-up in the mud of the Thames. While the Queen’s Coroner presumes him to have drowned, Dr Nicholas Shelby deduces that the marks on the boy’s body point to him being murdered but, since the boy is of no importance, no one cares, except for principled Shelby himself. When a second body is found bearing the same markings, he sets about discovering the killer’s identity, and it soon becomes clear that there are more victims besides. An exhilarating cast of characters emerge from the unfolding action, among them Bianca, an enigmatic innkeeper with apothecary skills. And so a richly suspenseful story of risk and betrayal plays out against a backdrop of political instability, paranoia and heresy. Fans of CJ Sansom and SG Maclean will surely be heartily satisfied by this elegant historical mystery. Books in The Jackdaw Mysteries Series: 1. The Angel's Mark 2. The Serpent's Mark 3. The Saracen's Mark Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Winner of the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2007 and Carnegie winner in 1995, Northern Lights is part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His Dark Materials is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some dangerous questioning. It also marks the beginning of Lyra’s search for her friend Roger, a search that takes her to the ice kingdoms of the North where armoured bears rule. Lyra’s courage and stubborn determination lead her on this mission of incredible danger in this brilliant and imaginative story. The author’s vivid imagination and vision is so spectacular and moving that it will leave you almost speechless with admiration and the amazingly diverse characters will be universally admired by all those who read about them. It’s completely original and totally spellbinding; a true classic that will stand the test of time much in the way Tolkien’s famous work has done. If we at Lovereading were to pick out our ‘winner of winners’ then it would be Northern Lights, the first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. (12+) Books in His Dark Materials Series: 1. Northern Lights 2. The Subtle Knife 3. The Amber Spyglass Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Rankin is one of the masters of crime fiction and Knots and Crosses is where it all began. Here, we are introduced to John Rebus, SAS paratrooper turned Detective Sergeant. When young girls start disappearing around Edinburgh he is called in to investigate, but the case becomes far more personal than he could ever have imagined as he is sent clues in form of knoted string and matchsticks. Brilliantly plotted and the backdrop of Edinburgh plays as big a part in the novel as any of the characters. I read it in one sitting. Highly recommended. Book in The Rebus Series: 1. Knots & Crosses 2. Hide and Seek 3. Tooth and Nail 4. Strip Jack 5. The Black Book 6. Mortal Causes 7. Let it Bleed 8. Black and Blue 9. The Hanging Garden 10. Dead Souls 11. Set in Darkness 12. The Falls 13. Resurrection Men 14. A Question of Blood 15. Fleshmarket Close 16. The Naming of the Dead 17. Exit Music 18. Standing in Another Man's Grave 19. Saints of the Shadow Bible 20. Even Dogs in the Wild 21. Rather Be the Devil 22. In a House of Lies Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Triptych begins the explosive and riveting Will Trent Series which we love in the LoveReading team. Sarah Linton from The Grant County Series joins in Undone, the third book in. So if you are joining this for the first time, probably best to start with The Grant County Series. Books in The Will Trent Series: 1. Triptych 2. Fractured 3. Genesis 4. Broken 5. Fallen 6. Criminal 7. Unseen 8. The Kept Woman 9. The Last Widow 10. The Silent Wife Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Oh what an entertaining series this is, I have read each book as it has been published since the early 1990’s. Cross Stitch is the first in the series and sets the scene for Claire and Jamie’s meeting. This is historical fiction with just the tiniest winiest smidgeon of fantasy as Claire Randall steps through a stone circle in 1945 into the midst of a skirmish in 1743. Diana Gabaldon wields a mighty pen, combining a beautiful relationship story with bloody battles, political shenanigans and a somewhat brutal fight for survival. The Outlander series is now on TV, I highly recommend starting with the books, they are fabulous! Books in The Outlander Series: 1. Outlander / Cross Stitch 2. Dragonfly in Amber 3. Voyager 4. Drums of Autumn 5. The Fiery Cross 6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes 7. An Echo in the Bone 8. Written in My Own Heart's Blood Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century. It’s a joy to read the interplay between the two main protagonists; Blake is a disenchanted maverick of a man and while the naive Avery initially flounders, he steadily gains credibility. This is an action packed galloping good yarn, yet the author has the wonderful ability to paint a vividly bright picture of the background and times without slowing the stimulating story. Some of the characters in this book actually existed and the historical afterword explaining their background is an interesting read in its own right and adds to the authenticity. Knowing that Blake and Avery are set to return in ‘The Infidel Stain’ is a satisfying consolation when you reach the end, as you’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this fabulously captivating duo. Books in The Blake and Avery Mystery Series: 1. The Strangler Vine 2. The Printer's Coffin 3. The Devil's Feast Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
March 2014 Debut of the Month. Do not be fooled into thinking that this will be ‘just another Detective story’; this is clever, shockingly impactive and successfully erases any presuppositions. The author reveals information gradually, building the intrigue and allowing you to question and probe the evidence alongside the investigating team. The achingly sad picture that starts to emerge, tugs at your heart strings without sentimentality, helping to make the story powerfully arresting. Secrets are set to be shattered, no matter who they belong to. Can it be detrimental or even dangerous to empathise, to imagine the torture that some of the characters have faced? The author has the ability to describe horrifying brutality, without glorifying it. The simple stark descriptions of lives created from fear and violence, lead you to question the path that broken and mutilated minds can take. A penetrating and riveting read, tension continues to intensify before it ultimately and devastatingly snaps. This is an impressive debut novel that will leave you yearning for a sequel. Books in the D.I. Marnie Rome Series: 1. Someone Else's Skin 2. No Other Darkness 3. Tastes Like Fear 4. Quieter Than Killing 5. Come and Find Me 6. Never Be Broken Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Oh how I adore this trilogy, set around the legend of King Arthur. The wonderful Derfel, one of Arthur’s men, sits as the main protagonist but it is the conniving Merlin who has to be one of the most fascinating characters. This is a trilogy that swept me away to a time long ago, I felt the old gods and stood in battle alongside Derfel. Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller, I have read every single one of his books but the Warlord Chronicles tops the list for me. Books in The Warlord Chronicles Series: 1. The Winter King 2. Enemy of God 3. Excalibur Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
One of my favourite books of all time, my copy is well-thumbed and a little crumpled now, but still sits in pride of place. I can disappear into the pages for hours and not come up for air. This isn’t fantasy for me, it’s a reality. Book in The Lord of the Rings Series: 1. The Fellowship of the Ring 2. The Two Towers 3. Return of the King Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The first adult novel by an acclaimed children's book author, Sweetpea hits all the right buttons. A dark, twisted read about a female serial killer with dollops of humour, sarcasm and a lightweight approach to a serious subject that shouldn't work but does! Rhiannon loves her pet dog and her doll house and works in a menial position at her local newspaper. She also kills people in imaginative ways. None of them are actually innocent; well, maybe one was... Her boyfriend is cheating on her with a friend to his peril. You can't help but smile along with Rhiannon as her diary unfolds, bitchy, sarcastic, lethal. Skuse is clever and maintains just the right balance of immorality, belly laughs, sinister actions and eye-opening commentary on the absurdities and pettiness of everyday life to, keeping you gripped and on the hook, both smiling and squirming. I'm looking forward to her next 'grown-up' book, as this one will be hard to beat! ~ Maxim Jakubowski The LoveReading view... Oooh, this is a truly cringe-inducing, yet addictive, whammy of a read. ‘Sweetpea’ is the diary of a serial killer, Rhiannon may look sweet and innocent, but inside that shell, is a plotting, deviously twisted mind. The first chapter shocked me, in fact every chapter shocked me, I blurted with laughter and then burned with guilt at my reaction as words spilled from Rhiannon’s mind onto the page. If you find the thought of an evil-thinking, murdering psychopath, who tosses imaginative profanities like litter a little off-putting, then do think twice before opening this book. If you do peek, be warned, I found it impossible to put down, this is a psychopath whose words struck a chord and made me wonder at my own propensity for wickedness. This is the first novel for adults from C. J. Skuse, and I think she must have an evil little monster residing in her pen, yet as information was revealed, my thoughts halted, coiled, altered. ‘Sweetpea’ is a wonderfully surprising novel, obvious, a shock-fest, in your face… yet incredibly subtle and thought-provoking too, I loved it, I absolutely loved it. ~ Liz Robinson Books in The Rhiannon Series: 1. Sweetpea 2. In Bloom Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Quite possibly my favourite of The Chronicles of Narnia series. When I began the series as a child, I started out of publication order but in the order of the history of Narnia with The Magician’s Nephew, so this was my wow of an introduction to a series that I still reread today. The White Witch or Jadis as I first knew her sent shivers racing down my arms, and she is still firmly on my list of favourite villains! Books in The Chronicles of Narnia Series: 1. The Magician's Nephew 2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 3. The Horse and His Boy 4. Prince Caspian 5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 6. The Silver Chair 7. The Last Battle Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is startling, clever, and quite, quite different. ‘Six Stories’ isn’t that long, but it packs a mighty wallop. In 1997 teenager Tom Jeffries was found dead at an outward bound centre, in 2017 investigative journalist Scott King releases podcasts relating to the death, six interviews, six different perspectives on what happened. The moment I started to read, the descriptions landed like a lightening strike on my awareness, setting the scene completely. This feels so original, Matt Wesolowski places Simon King’s voice in italics, the other voices are introduced, clearly individual and distinctive, so that I could hear them talking in my mind. I was aware of the tension building, aware that something was coming towards me at a rate of knots. I was constantly listening, judging, thinking. ‘Six Stories’ is a skilfully written tale, it prods, provokes, and also thoroughly entertains. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Two years ago, I was on the Pitch Perfect Panel at Bloody Scotland, which offers and opportunity for aspiring crime writers to pitch to a panel of experts. Matt Wesolowski was one of these writers, and his proposal for Six Stories was my pick of the lot. Not only was I intrigued by the concept of a book written in the form of Serial-style podcasts, but the setting, in the Northumbrian fells, rich with myth and legend, transfixed me. Several months later, Matt sent me the manuscript for consideration, and let’s just say that an offer was made within hours. Six Stories is a fresh, original, compelling, utterly terrifying and beautifully written thriller, with extraordinarily vivid characters who not only leap from the page, but are startlingly authentic in voice and manner. Both an up-to-the-minute concept and an excellent – almost old-fashioned murder mystery – Six Stories is exquisitely described and perfectly wrought. So which of the six witnesses’ stories is true? The answer will astonish you. Absolutely mesmerising. ~ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books Books in The Six Stories Series: 1. Six Stories 2. Hydra 3. Changeling 4. Beast Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the TV drama The White Queen looked at the period from the female point of view, this is the male’s angle. It tries to make sense of the truce between the French and English with Henry VI’s marriage to Margaret of Anjou, his death and the Duke of York protector of the realm. Conn creates a fictional character in Derry Brewer which shows how Henry was managed by those about him leading to the Wars of the Roses. This is excellent, fans of his ancient Rome series will not be disappointed and I’m sure this now popular period will bring him many a new fan. Books in The Wars of the Roses Series: 1. Stormbird 2. Trinity 3. Bloodline 4. Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Martyr is the first in the acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series by Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award. Book in The Rory Clements Series: 1. Martyr 2. Revenger 3. Prince 4. Traitor 5. The Heretics 6. The Queen's Man 7. Holy Spy Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the police, attempts to solve a mystery, and becomes embroiled in a world of violent exploitation. The prologue plunges you into fear, into innocence about to be ravaged, the nativity and simplicity of the voiced feelings and thoughts ensure the horror is all the more vivid and shocking. I absolutely raced through this read, the research and detail of the ocean currents is fascinating, and the plot line tight and bursting with tense energy. Mark Douglas-Home writes with compassion, yet a stark, almost no nonsense approach to the exploitation makes it hit home with hammer hard precision. ‘The Sea Detective’ is a convincing read and feels original, this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable and striking series. Books in The Sea Detective Series: 1. The Sea Detective 2. The Woman Who Walked into the Sea 3. The Malice of Waves 4. The Driftwood Girls Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A truly stunning debut both powerful and disturbing by a UK-based French author, set in London, the West Coast of Sweden and, worryingly, during WW2 in the Buchenwald concentration camp. The use of such a harrowing location and era might in other less-skillful hands smack of exploitation, but here it just anchors an already scary serial killer investigation in reality with a series of heart-jumping twists you never see coming. When similar mutilations appear in the murder of a female Swedish jewellery designer in Falkenberg and the discovery of young children's bodies on Hampstead Heath, Scotland Yard call on the services of seconded Canadian profiler Emily Roy, and true crime author Alexis Castells who knew the initial victim and feels compelled to become involved. The contrasting couple's investigation alongside both police forces slowly uncovers layers of horror and surprises. The first in a series, winner of several awards in its native France, this heralds the English language debut of a major new talent and will have people talking (DISCLAIMER: I am the translator of this book, which I was pleased to bring to the attention of its British publishers). ~ Maxim Jakubowski The LoveReading view... As the start to a new series, this is a truly menacing, striking and powerful read. Profiler Emily Roy, and Alexis Castells a true crime writer, join forces as mutilated bodies are discovered in Sweden and London. The tale begins in 2013, as a body is hidden and thoughts are revealed in chilling focus. Roy and Castells make a fascinating duo, each adding their own distinct style. Short chapters provoke interest, and set feelings whirling, before moving swiftly on. Buchenwald concentration camp squats with loathing intensity in 1944, breaking into the middle of the story, just how do the atrocities committed there link to the investigation? Maxim Jakobowski ensures a seamless translation as Johana Gustawsson releases evil behind a stark and deceptively simple writing style. ‘Block 46’ left me shuddering as it reached a dramatic conclusion, and yet I couldn’t turn away, oh what a clever and very shocking tale this is! ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... As sometimes happens, Block 46 was recommended to me by a number of authors and reviewers, whose opinion I trust, and I was very excited to meet with Johana’s French publisher at the London Book Fair last year. My eldest son read it in the original French, as did an outside reader, and both come back with stars in their eyes, and a You MUST publish this book message! Maxim Jakubowski was already a fan, and we hired him to translate Block 46. Six months on and I still hadn’t read it. I flew through the first draft of the translation in less than a day, and knew exactly why everyone was raving – exactly why this book has won so many awards in Johana’s native France. This is a stunning piece of crime fiction, with a plot that twists and turns and leaves the reader both breathless and gasping for more. At its heart is a study of the nature of evil that is eye-opening and also terrifying, and the two main protagonists are fresh, never stereotypical, and hugely engaging. I am thrilled and honoured to be publishing such a fabulous series, with its sweeping plot and timelines. In all honesty, it is probably the best Noir to come out of France for a decade, by a young writer with a massive future ahead of her. ~ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books Click here to read a Q&A with the author. Books in The Roy & Castells Series: 1. Block 46 2. Keeper 3. Blood Song Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a huge seller in 2008) gives us David Harwood, a newspaper reporter who's out of a job, and living back with his parents and his son Ethan in his hometown of Promise Falls. In typical Barclay style, the author lets us know from the off that things are about to go horribly wrong: "A couple of hours before all hell broke loose, I was in bed, awake since five, pondering the circumstances that had returned me, at the age of forty-one, to my childhood home." When he visits his cousin Marla, who is still grieving the death of her baby, he finds her taking care of a little boy the same age her own son would have been, and claiming she was given him by an "angel". But there's blood by her front door, and when David tracks down the baby's real home, he finds the body of a woman. The first in a new series to be set in Promise Falls, Broken Promise is fast-paced and fun, ramping up to a thoroughly unsettling, clever conclusion. Books in The Promise Falls Trilogy:1. Broken Promise2. Far from True3. The Twenty-Three Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Inspector Joona Linna is brought in to investigate the murky case and soon uncovers an unsettling connection to disgraced hypnotist and medic Erik Maria Bark. With uber-villains in the Thomas Harris mould and a labyrinthine plot, this is set to be the veritable heir to the Stieg Larsson series. Unsettling and gripping. Books in The Joona Lina Series: 1. The Hypnotist 2. The Nightmare 3. The Fire Witness 4. The Sandman 5. Stalker 6. The Rabbit Hunter / Hunter 7. Lazarus Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and the two main characters are original and engaging. In places it is quite violent and disturbing but this is a superb thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. It is just a shame that the author died shortly after turning in the three manuscripts for this trilogy and we will not have any more from this interesting author. Books in The Millennium Series: 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2. The Girl Who Played With Fire 3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest The series continued... 4. The Girl in the Spider's Web 5. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye 6. The Girl Who Lives Twice Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago and he summons Frieda to interview the victim's sister, hoping she can stir hidden memories. Before long, Frieda is at the centre of the race to track the kidnapper. Books in The Frieda Klein Series: 1. Blue Monday 2. Tuesday's Gone 3. Waiting for Wednesday 4. Thursday's Child 5. Friday on My Mind 6. Saturday Requiem 7. Sunday Morning Coming Down 8. Day of the Dead Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A mesmerising, unconventional, and fiercely intense read set in Iceland. Sonja finds herself in an impossible position, firmly caught in a smuggling snare can she escape the clutches of the gang who hold her life in their hands? The moment I started to read I was captivated, the writing feels different, fresh and vibrant, yet with a darkly powerful tone that grips thoughts and feelings. Lilja Siguroardottir has created a punchy storyline with such realistic characters I found myself fully immersed in the tale, yet I was on full alert, ready to react. Translator Quentin Bates set me down in Iceland and I remained there for the entirety. Full of secrets and lies, ‘Snare’ kept me on edge, questioning trust and self-awareness, ensuring a enthralling, fascinating read, and I highly recommend it. Books in The Reykjavik Noir Series: 1. Snare 2. Trap 3. Cage Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A snappy, vibrant, romp of a read, set in a 1950’s Devonshire seaside town. Miss Judy Dimont (in her forties), the shrewd and very able journalist for The Riviera Express, investigates the suspicious deaths of two men. The author T. P. Fielden is a journalist, and has set an according tone, it almost feels as though there is a narrator, perhaps the newspaper itself, as pithy observations fly across the page. Information is gradually revealed, though there is enough left unsaid about Judy, to leave me wanting more, good thing this is the start of a new series! With interesting town folk and silver screen stars, there was plenty to occupy my thoughts as I attempted to solve this intruiging whodunit. ‘The Riviera Express’, with a thoroughly modern heroine, is an entertaining, spirited, murder mystery set in a bygone era. Books in The Miss Dimont Mystery Series: 1. The Riviera Express 2. Resort to Murder 3. A Quarter Past Dead 4. Died and Gone to Devon Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A rawly realistic, enthralling and thoroughly entertaining crime novel set in a small New Zealand town. Police officer Sam Shephard responds to reports of a missing person, when a body is found she discovers there is far more behind the apparent suicide than would first appear. The prologue is absolutely riveting, the first few sentences fell like a sledge hammer, nailing my concentration to the page. Sam is as fabulous as a main character could be, gutsy, down-to-earth, likeable, I could reach out and touch her feelings, empathise with her. Vanda Symon writes with a beautiful simplicity, not once overplaying her hand, she took me completely and entirely into the storyline. The Sam Shephard series has been on the New Zealand best seller list and shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel and I can see why. I highly recommend Overkill, it is powerful, cooly assured, and an absolute belter of a read. Books in The Sam Shephard Series: 1. Overkill 2. The Ringmaster 3. Containment Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The first in a new fantasy series. Our hero Sir Benfro is a dragon and this is a world where dragons walk upright but have also been hunted nearly to extinction by the men who fear them. A difficult concept to struggle with at first, but once you get your head round it this is a hugely enjoyable fantasy adventure that will have you desperate to read the next in the series and discover what happens next to Sir Benfro and Errol, the human boy with whom his life is inextricably tied. J. D. Oswald also writes a crime series as James Oswald so if you’ve enjoyed his writing then there’s lots more to keep you entertained. Books in The Ballad of Sir Benfro Series: 1. Dreamwalker 2. The Rose Cord 3. The Golden Cage 4. The Broken World Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is a brilliant first novel from an exceptional writer. Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a tight and gripping tale of an MGB officer who starts to question his superiors and sees through the doctrine of Communist propaganda. Not only is it a compelling murder mystery it is also the story of a man’s journey from childhood to manhood, with surprising twists and turns. The narrative evokes the grimness of a Russian winter in all its bleakness - Doctor Zhivago it is not. The final 100 pages kept me up until the small hours. Books in the Child 44 Series: 1. Child 44 2. The Secret Speech 3. Agent 6 Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Under the Eagle is a great start to a simply fabulous historical series that truly gallops along. Best-selling author Simon Scarrow really knows how to create engaging characters and ramp up the tension. Books in The Eagle Series: 1. Under the Eagle 2. The Eagle's Conquest 3. When the Eagle Hunts 4. The Eagle and the Wolves 5. Eagles Prey 6. The Eagles Prophecy 7. The Eagle In The Sand 8. Centurion Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This was a dream of a read for me, relatively short, different, beautifully written, and full of jarring, jolting impact. Blue Night is the first in the Chastity Riley series, was a number one bestseller in Germany, and has been fabulously translated by Rachel Ward. After a particularly difficult case (which involved in-house corruption) Chastity Riley, state prosecutor in Hamburg, has been transferred to witness protection. Chastity’s next case propels her straight back into the main ring, she has to throw her guard up and come out fighting. The introduction surprised me, raw and gritty, yet written with a lyrical beauty, it really sets the tone. Simone Buchholz shoots abrupt, short sentences across the page, her writing is sparse and to the point, yet connected deeply within my heart and mind. I adored the sections which freeze-framed the characters in time, they burst with energy and information, almost popping with intensity. It feels as though you are on a collision course with the ending, which exploded in dramatic style. Constantly surprising, Blue Night is an original, firecracker of a read, it will undoubtedly be one of my books of the year, I absolutely loved it. Books in The Chastity Riley Series: 1. Blue Night 2. Beton Rouge 3. Mexico Street Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Broken Sky is the stunning start to ‘The Broken Trilogy’, an intriguing and wonderful mix of dystopian fantasy linked with disconcerting reflections of history and military, plus it’s full of thrills, suspense, espionage and romance. It is nearly two thousand years after the clock restarted due to a terrible war and each country in the world is represented by pilots at the World for Peace complex. Rather than disagreements escalating to war, single Peacefighter pilots battle it out in the sky in a Peacefight, with the aim to win by shooting down the plane, not the pilot. 18 year old Amity is a Western Seaboard pilot, she is captivating and tenacious, the prologue throws her straight into action. L.A. Weatherly doesn't release all the information you need to know about this world straight away, she lets you piece it together, which brings a greater connection and understanding. I found myself completely immersed in this fascinating and original novel and quite simply didn't want to come up for air, I loved it and can’t wait for the second in the series. Books In The Broken Trilogy: 1. Broken Sky 2. Darkness Follows 3. Black Moon Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Introducing DI Helen Grace of the Southampton Constabulary, a woman with a past and a strange fetish which is interesting. The cases presented to her are psychologically terrifying. Couples romantically involved, related or work colleagues, it seems to matter not which, are kidnapped, dumped in an isolated place, given a mobile phone with a message on it, no credit and a gun. To escape one must kill the other. This is ingenious stuff, truly frightening, compulsive and very good indeed. Highly recommended. My only criticism is that this impressive DI bears the same surname as another famous detective, Roy Grace of the Brighton Police and a brilliant creation of Peter James. I think the publishers should have alerted Mr Arlidge to this fact. Books in The Detective Inspector Helen Grace Series: 1. Eeny Meeny 2. Pop Goes the Weasel 3. The Doll's House 4. Liar Liar 5. Little Boy Blue 6. Hide and Seek 7. Love Me Not 8. Down to the Woods Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The first in what has become a legendary series of crime books, Sleepyhead introduces us to the tortured yet complex Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, a cop battling his demons. The case begins when a few young women die from a stroke and they realise there is a twisted killer on the loose. When one of the victims Alison Willetts is found alive, D.I. Tom Thorne has more to work with. It's a fast-paced thriller, that I promise will keep you guessing until the end. Hello Tom, I want to read more. Books in The DI Thorne Series: 1. Sleepyhead 2. Scaredy Cat 3. Lazybones 4. The Burning Girl 5. Lifeless 6. Buried 7. Death Message 8. Bloodline 9. From The Dead 10. Good as Dead 11. Dying Hours 12. The Bones Beneath 13. Time of Death 14. Love Like Blood 15. The Killing Habit 16 Their Little Secret Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Professor Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research base to analyse a cryptic symbol branded onto the chest of their top researcher. And so begins Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. I was hooked at the professor’s exploits, the fast pace and thrilling twists and turns as he embarks on his hunt with you in tow, intrigued by every puzzle piece. With the beautiful scientist Vittoria Vetra at his side, he uncovers a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization -- the Illuminati. I loved it, it took my breath away: the symbolism, the puzzles, the blend of history, science and religion. Even though it uses a little artistic license, I didn’t care, it didn’t detract from the story for me. I had never before read anything else like this, and I waited with baited breath for each book in the ensuing series to be published. Books in The Robert Langdon Series: 1. Angels and Demons 2. The Da Vinci Code 3. The Lost Symbol 4. Inferno 5. Origin Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A totally gripping crime thriller with a new cop on the block, one Roy Grace, scarred by a past which surely will be revealed in future books. His first case for us involves a man buried alive in what appears to be a harmless stag-night prank but turns very sinister indeed. This is literally unput-downable, with a great twist. A must-read for all crime addicts. Books in The Roy Grace Series: 1. Dead Simple 2. Looking Good Dead 3. Not Dead Enough 4. Dead Man's Footsteps 5. Dead Tomorrow 6. Dead Like You 7. Dead Man's Grip 8. Not Dead Yet 9. Dead Man's Time 10. Want You Dead 11. You Are Dead 12. Love You Dead 13. Need You Dead 14. Dead If You Don't 15. Dead at First Sight Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A beautiful tale of a new life in France; an account of the highs and lows of restoring an olive farm, and the colourful characters met with in a typical Provencal village. It'll make you want to sell up and escape the UK for a sun-drenched life on the continent. Books in The Olive Farm Series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
All The Hidden Truths is Claire Askew’s debut novel and the start of the DI Birch series set in Edinburgh, It was the winner of the McIlvanney Debut Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger. This is a series that is worth putting on your must-read list, smart, sharp, and so very readable, it comes with a highly recommended tag from me. Books in The DI Birch Series: 1. All The Hidden Truths 2. What You Pay For 3. Cover Your Tracks Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This begins The West Country Trilogy starting in 1911. It follows two years in the life of young Leo as he skips school as often as he can to help his father, brothers and cousin on one of the six farms on Lord Grenvil’s land. This is the time of the horse, long before tractors. Young Leo, although encountering pigs and cattle, is very much the horseman of the title and as he learns so, too, do we. In fact early on nearly four pages are devoted to the art of grooming. There are long sections on ploughing and horse maintenance, farming and shooting, all slow, detailed and full of country lore. At its centre is the social difference of two children who become friends through the love of horses, a friendship that is sadly misinterpreted. This is elegant, evocative prose with the change of seasons flowing gently through a tale spotted with tragedy and drama. Books in The West Country Trilogy Series: 1. The Horseman 2. The Wanderers 3. The Redeemed Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A scorching and beautifully written epic tale set in 1348, a time that sends a jagged screech of fingernails down the blackboard of history. Step away from the present into the midst of the Black Death, to overwhelming fear and confusion. The moated centre of one estate in Dorset appears to offer sanctuary, yet the treacherous play of human emotions wreaks havoc. I am a fan of Minette Walters, she has the ability to look behind and beyond the obvious, and she is eminently suited to this new genre. A lot of characters are introduced, yet there is no confusion, each was clear in my mind, known to me and vibrantly alive. The descriptions took me directly through the words and into this compelling story. The Last Hours is the first of two novels, it quickly puts down roots and takes hold, ensuring a gripping, striking and remarkably readable tale. Books in The Last Hours Series: 1. The Last Hours 2. The Turn of Midnight Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
I first read these as a young teen, and as an owner of a variety of animals myself, felt a particular affinity with Gerry. I re-read the books in my early twenties while in Corfu, and of course the age difference added depth and location even more colour. These are books you can read at any age, wonderfully evocative they whisk you back in time. There is a lightness of touch that charms, while the humour delights. Simply gorgeous! Books in The Corfu Trilogy: 1. My Family and Other Animals 2. Birds, Beasts and Relatives 3. The Garden of the Gods Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
June 2012 Guest Editor Joanne Harris on Gormenghast... Dense, ominous, strange and compelling, Peake’s masterwork defies categorization, and continues to offer new insights and perspectives at every re-reading. The story of a community steeped in ritual, living out of time, it chronicles the birth and coming of age of Titus, Earl of Gormenghast, his struggle for identity in a world of traditions that have long since become meaningless, his fight against his destiny and his eventual confrontation with his arch-rival and nemesis, the twisted, ambitious Steerpike. Books in The Gormenghast Trilogy: 1. Titus Groan 2. Gormenghast 3. Titus Alone Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.
If I should Die starts the Joseph Stark series in searing style. Stark has to deal with combat PTSD as he joins the Met Police. Tight, convincing, and powerful this is a series to watch. Books in The Joseph Stark Series: 1. If I Should Die 2. Between the Crosses Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A breathless and perfectly-paced thriller of a particularly explosive nature, introducing Royalty Protection Team cop Robert Finlay whose own SAS past returns to the surface after a series of colleagues are murdered. The author's own previous real-life experience in the military and then the police provides the book with a thick veneer of realism which it wears lightly but keeps the plot on the right side of credibility, unlike so many SAS action adventure-type thrillers publishers have been deluging the market with. Finlay is a fascinating character with a deceptively normal home life and quickly attracts the reader's sympathy. Anchored in the uncertainties of the present and recent past (terrorism, political turmoil, Ireland, Iran) but with a strong moral compass, this could be the beginning of a great series and a likeable British action character. Maxim Jakobowski One of our Books of the Year 2016. Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. The LoveReading view... Fall headlong into a gripping and absolutely cracking story, featuring an ex-SAS, turned Met Police Officer, battling for his life. This is the first in the ‘Robert Finlay series’ and the debut novel by Matt Johnson, who has experienced one hell of a career himself. In fact, when you read the information about the author at the beginning of the book, it immediately puts a whole new spin on what you're about to read. The whammy of a prologue sets the story in 2001, you are then introduced to Bob Finlay, who is settling down into family life and a new role within the police when events take an unexpected and horrifying turn. Johnson turns his knowledge into the most fabulous and readable story that just zings along with authenticity and exhilarating attitude. I’m excited to be in at the start of what promises to be a fabulous new series, and honestly can’t wait for the next! ~ Liz Robinson April 2016 Debut of the Month. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Wicked Game was written by ex-Met Police Officer Matt Johnson as therapy for the PTSD he suffered after witnessing several horrific London bombings, and being present at the murder of his colleague Yvonne Fletcher. He subsequently self-published this book, and achieved extraordinary sales and reviews. We’ve worked with Matt to rewrite and polish this thriller for the trade, and the results are staggering. Not only is this a compelling, revealing and action-packed thriller, but the authentic dialogue and the inside knowledge that Matt invests in the highly orchestrated plot and well-drawn characters are simply spine-tingling. Telling the story of an ex-SAS man whose carefully concealed past comes back to haunt him, putting his family, his colleagues and his new life in jeopardy, this is a vividly written novel that has bestseller written all over it.' ~ Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books Books in the Robert Finlay Trilogy: 1. Wicked Game 2. Deadly Game 3. End Game Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An entertaining historical mystery supplying oodles of 1920’s fizz and fun, alongside a firm foundation from the suffragette movement and scars of the First World War. It’s the summer of 1920 and as Poppy arrives in London she discovers the enticing world of journalism and a mystery that has been desperately waiting to be solved since 1913. In the historical notes Fiona Veitch Smith reveals that she has played (just a little) with the timeline of the 20’s, however the vivacious story just zips along due to the excitement of the theatre and jazz clubs and menace of a dastardly foe. This is the first in the ‘Poppy Denby Investigates’ series and introduces the fast paced world of journalism with flair, making for an engaging read. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... The Jazz Files is a gloriously fun read – it's fast-paced, clever, and extremely likeable. The first book in The Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Jazz Files introduces a host of brilliantly drawn characters who bring the roaring 20s to life. A book that will embroil you in the lives of the Suffragettes and draw you into an investigation full of intriguing twists and turns! ~ Jess Tinker, Editor, Lion Hudson Books in the Poppy Denby Investigates Series: 1. The Jazz Files 2. The Kill Fee 3. The Death Beat 4. The Cairo Brief 5. The Art Fiasco Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Best selling author David Mark thrills with this fabulous start to his series of DS McAvoy novels. He writes with an assured hand and produces biting, stimulating reads that I can highly recommend. Books in The DS McAvoy Series: 1. Dark Winter 2. Original Skin 3. Sorrow Bound 4. Taking Pity 5. Dead Pretty 6. Cruel Mercy 7. Scorched Eath 8. Cold Bones Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The Mermaids Singing is the first in a best selling series of books by renowned and much celebrated crime writer Val McDermid. The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series has also be turned into a TV series (Wire in the Blood). A particular favourite with us, Val McDermid knows how to create the tightest and most tension filled plot lines going. This is one heck of a cracking start to a series that has thrilled readers worldwide. The Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series: 1. The Mermaids Singing 2. The Wire in the Blood 3. The Last Temptation 4. The Torment of Others 5. Beneath the Bleeding 6. The Fever of the Bone 7. The Retribution 8. Cross and Burn 9. Splinter the Silence 10. Insidious Intent 11. How the Dead Speak Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Salt Lane is the start to an assured, intelligent, and fascinating series. Kent as a location broods its way through the story while DS Cupidi is a strong lead. The Birdwatcher is a standalone novel but also links to this fabulous series. Books in The DS Alexandra Cupidi Series: 1. Salt Lane 2. Deadland 3. Grave's End Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. A hammer hard prologue slapped my awareness, and from that moment on, I didn't want to put this book down, even for a single second. Daniel Cole handles the case and the characters with aplomb, this feels different, fresh, exciting. In the midst of the mayhem, I found myself snorting with laughter, a moment later I wrinkled my face in horror and disbelief. An overflowing fistful of danger, gripping urgency, and the intricate twisting storyline certainly kept me on my toes. ‘Ragdoll’ is a humdinger of a tale that smashes into your senses, wreaks havoc in your mind, and leaves you wanting more. I really can’t wait to see what Daniel Cole comes up with next! Liz Robinson ~ There are a lot of serial killer novels out there, for which Hannibal Lecter must take much of the blame, but Daniel Cole's powerful debut deserves a (bloody) place in the sun or, at any rate, in the autopsy lab! A puppet-like body is discovered made up of the dismembered parts of six different victims, hence the 'ragdoll' appellation given to it by the media. Once disgraced Met cop William Fawkes is assigned the case together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and they appear powerless when the killer taunts them by announcing the names of his future victims. As Fawkes seeks a form of redemption with the support of his team, the pace of the story accelerates exponentially and will leave you breathless all the way to a most intense finale. Gory and ultra-realistic, dark, populated by flawed characters and just not the villain, this is a splendid addition to the genre and well worth the nail-biting detour if you have a strong constitution! Maxim Jakubowski Books in The Ragdoll Series: 1. Ragdoll 2. Hangman 3. End Game Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris shows us another world, a grey, dark place of grit, guts and tenacity.The author successfully hooks you from the very first chapter as an old adversary of the narrator Brodie returns to life. The two main players vigorously roll off the page as they attempt to grasp hold of justice and integrity in the face of adversity. Likeable despite (and probably because of) their flaws, you cling on to their coat tails as they desperately try to find answers and help a man condemned to die. The unexpected twists and turns deliver a story that just keeps on giving. By the end, you will likely find yourself hunting down the next Brodie novel Bitter Water. Books in The Douglas Brodie Series: 1. The Hanging Shed 2. Bitter Water 3. Pilgrim Soul 4. Gallowglass Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Anne entered my heart in my childhood, I devoured this book and fell in love. There is something about the setting of Prince Edward Island in Canada that charms. The characters feel so very real, and Anne Shirley, well, she is completely delightful. As I entered my teenage years Anne grew with me and I still call this series one of my favourites. These are books that I return to again and again, they deliver the most wonderful hug. Anne of Greengables: 1. Anne of Green Gables 2. Anne of Avonlea 3. Anne of the Island 4. Anne of Windy Poplars 5. Anne's House of Dreams 6. Anne of Ingleside Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
Hugely entertaining, tick. Multifaceted, tick. Intelligent, tick. Start of a new series, tick, tick, tick. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven investigates the death of a young champion ice-skater, while also assessing Evie. Evie is in secure care after experiencing severe trauma and she has the gift (or curse) of being able to tell when someone is lying. Chapter one hooked me, a few more chapters in and another snare caught me, raising questions, leaving me wanting more. Short, intense chapters are written either from Evie’s viewpoint or that of Cyrus. Both characters intrigued me, leaving my thoughts knocking at the door to understanding. Two stories with Cyrus acting as the link gradually twist together to create one fascinating tale. I gobbled up this book, there were surprises waiting in unexpected places, and moments of calm when I was wary. Good Girl, Bad Girl is a wow of a start to a new series that promises much indeed. Not only a book of the month, I’ve also chosen it to sit as a LoveReading star book too. Books in The Cyrus Haven Series: 1. Good Girl, Bad Girl 2. When She Was Good Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth Galloway makes a great lead figure as the forensic archaeologist who finds her expertise called upon to help solve crimes. Entertaining and full of suspense with the back drop of the wild Norfolk coast giving an extra chill to the bones. Books in The Dr Ruth Galloway Series: 1. The Crossing Places 2. The Janus Stone 3. The House at Sea's End 4. A Room Full of Bones 5. A Dying Fall 6. The Outcast Dead 7. The Ghost Fields 8. The Woman in Blue 9. The Chalk Pit 10. The Dark Angel 11. The Stone Circle 12. The Lantern Men Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An award winning debut and start to a fabulous new crime series. Scrublands won the John Creasy New Blood Dagger in 2019 and was described by The Crime Writers’ Association as “a heatwave of a novel, scorching and powerful with an acute sense of place.” Set in Australia with a journalist in the starring role, this is a series that promises much. Books in the Martin Scarsden Series: 1. Scrublands 2. Silver Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Books in The Harry Potter Series: 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Fabulously different, this wonderfully exciting novel captures your imagination and allows it to soar alongside a truly captivating cast of characters. Lily Proctor, sick and traumatised, is lured into a parallel world, one where witches and magic rule over science. This magic is not cheery and sparkly but takes a toll on those able to use it; this magic feels real, alive, formidable. Lily is strong yet fragile, caring and kind yet determined; add an identical but frighteningly different Lily (Lilian), then three intriguing champions into the mix and you have a firecracker of a read. It will almost physically hurt when you turn the last page, you will be left wishing there was just one more sentence, one more paragraph, one last chapter to end this thoroughly bewitching book. ~ Liz Robinson Books in the Worldwalker Trilogy: 1. Trial By Fire 2. Firewalker 3. Witch's Pyre Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race." It takes a brave author such as Malorie Blackman to consider a sequence of the like of Noughts and Crosses and to pull it off with utmost aplomb. Award-winning author Blackman has tackled the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Although 11 year olds will take great joy and learn much from reading this first one in the sequence, adults will devour it with equal enthusiasm. The contrast of the two main protagonists makes the novel totally compelling and the writing style is both original and superbly paced. The plot unravels at the pace of a thriller and as a consequence it’s a book that is almost impossible to put down. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers. The Noughts and Crosses Series: 1. Noughts and Crosses 2. Knife Edge 3. Checkmate 4. Double Cross 5. Crossfire Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
What a fabulous start to a terrifcally readable series this is. I Heart is characterised by witty writing and engaging escapism. They are the perfect books to escape reality with and enjoy a little romance. Books in the I Heart Series: 1. I Heart New York 2. I Heart Hollywood 3. I Heart Paris 4. I Heart Vegas 5. I Heart London 6. I Heart Christmas 7. I Heart Forever 8. I Heart Hawaii Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An otherworldly adventure blending a clever mix of reality and fantasy. You may have already read ‘Clariel,’ the prequel to the ‘The Old Kingdom’ Trilogy, in which case jumping some six hundred years into the future might being a little unsettling to start with, as time has altered this land. If this is your first foray into the Old Kingdom then read this compelling trilogy before turning your hand to ‘Clariel’. The intriguing prologue to ‘Sabriel' entices you in with a shiver of danger, chapter one causes disorientation with a fascinating blast of realism before the Kingdom calls to Sabriel and she begins a brutal battle for life. This is fascinating, gripping and yet a wonderfully enchanting read. Books in The Old Kingdom Series: 1. Sabriel 2. Lirael 3. Abhorsen 4. Goldenhand 5. Clariel Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
What an evocative and vibrant series this is, Jean Fullerton has created fascinating characters and storylines, all set during the Second World War. Books in The Ration Book Series: 1. A Ration Book Dream 2. A Ration Book Christmas 3. A Ration Book Childhood 4. A Ration Book Wedding Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
What a stunning start to an equally stunning series this is. Full of impact and hugely entertaining, this hits your mind in panoramic widescreen. Highly recommended. PS Sergeant Whiskeyjack has to be my favourite! Book in The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series: 1. Gardens of the Moon 2. Deadhouse Gates 3. Memories of Ice 4. House of Chains 5. Midnight Tides 6. The Bonehunters 7. Reaper's Gale 8. Toll The Hounds 9. Dust of Dreams 10. The Crippled God Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An epic fantasy series that I started reading in 1990 when the first book was published. Like all good fantasy series, this feels compellingly real. Highly recommended. Books in The Wheel of Time Series: 1. The Eye of The World. 2. The Great Hunt 3. The Dragon Reborn 4. The Shadow Rising 5. The Fires of Heaven 6. Lord of Chaos 7. A Crown of Swords 8. The Path of Daggers 9. Winter's Heart 10. Crossroads of Twilight 11. Knife of Dreams 12. The Gathering Storm 13. Towers of Midnight 14. A Memory of Light Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An exciting start to a fantasy series by a master of the genre. I can also highly recommend the Riftwar Saga, of which Magician is book one, as well as the books he co-wrote with Janny Wurts - The Empire Trilogy. Books in The Conclave of Shadows Series: 1. Talon of the Silver Hawk 2. King of Foxes 3. Exile's Return Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A fabulous and award-winning historical crime series set in India, starring Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee. Discover richly vivid, wonderful interplay between the characters and thought provoking storylines. This is a series to stick on the top of your to-be-read pile. Books in The Sam Wyndham Series: 1. A Rising Man 2. A Necessary Evil 3. Smoke and Ashes 4. Death in the East Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
An authentically atmospheric and gutsy crime novel where the lurking tension and suspense gangs up to menace and harass your senses. There are definitely not any mundane murders on offer here, instead there is a chilling case that offers Daley a turbulent hunt for the killer. Along side Daley is his loyal sidekick, a close knit gossipy community, a prophesying local and a handful of overstretched investigating officers. Occasionally secondary characters are allowed to voice their thoughts which offers an interesting insight into Daley and may slightly alter the direction your thoughts are taking. The author not only knows his stuff but has the ability to paint a picture of the town and seascape, bringing the surroundings evocatively to life. Extorting grimaces and flinches, provoking scoffs and chuckles, this is an entirely captivating debut novel by a former officer. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘From the first chapter, I was gripped. Written by ex-policeman Denzil Meyrick, this is an authentic and well-researched crime thriller based in small-town Scotland. Dark and unpredictable, the mood is lightened by the distinctive humour of Daley’s partner, DS Scott, and the eccentric habits of the town’s inhabitants. The fast-moving plot is full of twists and surprises, as Denzil deftly begins to draw the different strands together into a surprising and dramatic conclusion.’ Julie Fergusson, editor at Polygon Books in the DCI Daley Series: 1. Whisky from Small Glasses 2. The Last Witness 3. Dark Suits and Sad Songs 4. The Rat Stone Serenade 5. Well of the Winds 6. The Relentless Tide 7. A Breath on Dying Embers 8. Jeremiah's Bell Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
Even 30 years on this is still a fresh and funny series of stories, whether you read them or listen to the original BBC radio shows. The anarchic, or ‘random’ to use modern parlance, plot, place settings and characters makes them more appealing than a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!DON’T PANIC. Useful advice for Arthur Dent who is about to discover that along with his house, the Earth, is going to be destroyed by the Vogons and he is about to become embroiled in the search for the ultimate question to life the universe and everything (as we know the answer is 42). Together with his friend, Ford Prefect, the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time. Eoin Colfer has been a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays. “I have decided to embark on a very different project. Something unique that I hope will interest you as much as it does me. I have written the official 6th book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series. Most of you have probably already read Douglas Adams’ insanely brilliant space series. If you haven’t then you don’t know funny. Take it from me, the Hitchhiker books are bar none the funniest sci-fi books ever written. People have laughed so much reading Hitchhikers that they have had to have organs removed. One guy in France popped an eyeball. I kid you not. So, what’s it all about, this Hitchhikers, I hear you cry. Actually I don’t hear you, if I did I would be sitting outside in your driveway, which would be a bit freaky and show how few friends I have. What’s it all about, this Hitchhikers, I imagine you cry. It’s about Arthur Dent, one of the last humans left alive after the Earth has been destroyed by the remorseless Vogons. Arthur manages to hitch a ride on a spaceship and go planet hopping with his friends Ford Prefect, the Betelgeusean journalist. Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two headed president of the galaxy, pirate and worst dressed man in the universe. And Marvin, the paranoid android. All this hitching and adventuring went on for five books and then Douglas Adams passed away before he could write book six. Hitchhiker has been heard on radio, seen on tv and enjoyed on the cinema screen, there was even a musical version. But the story could never end, until now. I am going to continue on where Douglas left off. Unfortunately for me, he left off on rather a large cliffhanger. Everyone was dead. Which means I have rather a large challenge ahead of me, but it is one I am looking forward to. It will be called And Another Thing. And I really hope you will board the spaceship with me so we can travel through Douglas Adams’ hilarious galaxy together.” Books in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series: 1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe 3. Life, the Universe, and Everything 4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 5. Mostly Harmless Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This is the first in the Kay Scarpetta series introducing us to the medical examiner who also does her own fair share of detective work. Said to have inspired many a TV show such as the CSI series, these books have plenty of scientific detail and excellent plot lines to keep you gripped until the end. Books in The Kay Scarpetta Series: 1. Postmortem 2. Body of Evidence 3. All That Remains 4. Cruel and Unusual 5. The Body Farm 6. From Potter's Field 7. Cause of Death 8. Unnatural Exposure 9. Point of Origin 10. Black Notice 11. The Last Precinct 12. Blow Fly 13. Trace 14. Predator 15. Book of the Dead 16. Scarpetta 17. The Scarpetta Factor 18. Post Mortuary 19. Red Mist 20. The Bone Bed 21. Dust Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
The Bourne Identity is one cracking start to a truly fabulous trilogy. I have read all of Robert Ludlum’s books, including the Bourne Trilogy, and they sit on my shelves just waiting for the next time I re-read them. Robert Ludlum had a truly masterly hand, his novels are action-packed, full of intrigue, and feel completely believable even when allowing the reader to truly escape this world. The Bourne series: 1. The Bourne Identity2. The Bourne Supremacy3. The Bourne Ultimatum4. The Bourne Legacy (with Eric Van Lustbader)5. The Bourne Betrayal (with Eric Van Lustbader)6. The Bourne Sanction (with Eric Van Lustbader)
Alexander McCall Smith is a favourite in the LoveReading Office. He has the ability to poke fun, exhort chuckles, be sharply pointed, yet retain an overall lightness of touch. He is a wonderful author and here in the 44 Scotland Street Series he shines a light on the inhabitants of a street in Edinburgh in the most delightful way. 44 Scotland Street is a complete delight and comes as highly recommended by our team. The 44 Scotland Street series: 1. 44 Scotland Street 2. Espresso Tales 3. Love Over Scotland 4. The World According to Bertie 5. The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 6. The Importance Of Being Seven 7. Bertie Plays The Blues 8. Sunshine on Scotland Street 9. Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers 10. The Revolving Door of Life 11. The Bertie Project 12. A Time of Love and Tartan 13. The Peppermint Tea Chronicles Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes of the highest peak in the world, and Ryan sets out to solve it all. Mount Everest remains one of the most dangerous places in the world for its unpredictability. In the month that this is published in 2014, a large number of sherpas perished on the mountain, so this novel is incredibly timely. The Everest Files Series: 1. The Everest Files 2. North Face 3. Killer Storm Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
A striking and stimulating mystery, introducing a new series of novels set in Georgia, USA. Take a trip to the Deep South, to a town called Grambling, where the folk drink iced tea, celebrate the 4th July in style, and where a ten year old unsolved murder sits brooding… waiting. 41 year old reporter Branigan Powers starts to investigate, she delves into the past with the help of a homeless man and the local pastor. Grambling the town, with the mix of old and new South, sits alongside Branigan as a main character, I got to know the streets, the stores and restaurants, as well as the people. Occasionally Deb Richardson-Moore allows the story to slide back in time to the day before the murder, on a countdown, introducing new aspects, raising suspicions. There are several surprises waiting in store and the tension increases as the past and the present start to merge. ‘The Cantaloupe Thief’ is an intriguing mix of old and new, past and present, charm and menace, it all adds up to very absorbing and entertaining read. The A Branigan Mystery series: 1. The Cantaloupe Thief 2. The Cover Story 3. Death of a Jester
An incredibly dramatic, graphic and gripping start to a new series. This isn’t just an introduction though, it’s a fabulous full serving in its own, very distinctive right. 15 years ago Kate Marshall solved a high profile murder case and very nearly became a victim herself, now, a copycat killer is on the loose, determined to finish the job. The beginning takes us back to 1995, within a few pages there is a real sense of Kate, and the case. Chapter two is incredibly stark, making me flinch before things seriously kicked off. I was glued to the pages, and read the whole book in one sitting. If you are a little squeamish, then be warned, there are some darker than dark, vivid and violent incidents ahead of you. Personally, I didn’t feel it was overly sensational though, as it felt all too real! Robert Bryndza really has set the scene for a fabulous new series. Fierce, startling and incredibly readable, Nine Elms comes as highly recommended from me. The Kate Marshall series: 1. Nine Elms 2. Shadow Sands