Addicting Series – The Results

On Tuesday I asked you all to recommend some addicting series, and boy did you come through! By Thursday afternoon we had 49 comments (including a few replies of mine) for a total of 48 series recommendations. The most-mentioned series by far was “Outlander” which I am reading now, with seven mentions, followed by a handful of series which were mentioned 4 times. Apologies if any are mis-cataloged here, but I was going off either what people said or a very cursory Google search. Historical mysteries are listed with historical fiction. Without further ado, here they are:

Mystery/Crime fiction

  • M.C. Beaton – Hamish Macbeth series
  • Lee Child – Jack Reacher series (2 mentions)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes
  • Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum series (2 mentions)
  • Tess Gerritsen – Rizzoli and Isles
  • Sue Grafton – Kinsey Milhone series (2 mentions)
  • Martha Grimes – Richard Jury series
  • Charlaine Harris – Harper Connelly series
  • Arnaldur Indridason – Reykjavik murder mystery series
  • P.D. James – Adam Digliesh series
  • Faye Kellerman – Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (2 mentions)
  • Laurie R. King – Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series
  • Stieg Larsson – The Millennium Trilogy
  • Jeff Lindsay – Dexter series
  • J.D. Robb – Eve Dallas/In Death series (2 mentions)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers – Lord Peter Wimsey series (3 mentions)
  • Alexander McCall Smith – Number 1 Ladies’ Detectives Agency series
  • Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs series (2 mentions)

Historical Fiction

  • Sarah Donati – Into the Wilderness series
  • Ariana Franklin – Mistress of the Art of Death mystery series
  • Margaret Frazer – Sister Frevisse mystery series
  • Diana Gabaldon – Outlander series (7 mentions)
  • Sandra Gulland – Josephine trilogy
  • Patrick O’Brian – Jack Aubrey series (3 mentions)
  • Ellis Peters – Brother Cadfael mystery series (2 mentions)
  • Deanna Raybourn – Lady Julia Grey mystery series (2 mentions)
  • Penny Vincenzi – No Angel

Speculative Fiction: Dystopian/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy

  • Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels series
  • Libba Bray – The Gemma Doyle series (YA)
  • Patricia Briggs – Mercedes Thompson series
  • Jim Butcher – Harry Dresden series (4 mentions)
  • Cassandra Clare – Mortal Instruments series (YA)
  • Jasper Fforde – Thursday Next series
  • Jeaniene Frost – Night Huntress series
  • Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse series (4 mentions)
  • Kim Harrison – The Hollows series
  • Robert Jordan – Wheel of Time series (2 mentions)
  • Stephen King – The Dark Tower series
  • John Marsdon – Tomorrow series (YA, 4 mentions)
  • George R.R. Martins – A Song of Fire and Ice
  • Lisa McMann – Wake series
  • Karen Marie Moning – MacKayla Lane series (3 mentions)

General/Christian Fiction

  • Jan Karon – The Mitford Years series
  • Sophie Kinsella – Shopaholic series
  • Debbie Macomber – Cedar Cove series
  • Brendan O’Carroll – The Mammy series
  • Francine Rivers – The Mark of the Lion trilogy
  • Ann B. Ross – Miss Julia (Christian fiction)

19 comments to Addicting Series – The Results

  • Oh man. I just did posts on all of the series I’m in the middle of, and all of the new ones I have waiting on the TBR shelf, and now I’m adding to the wish list! So many good books, so little time.

  • There are some great series in that list. I will have to bookmark this page as I plan on changing up what I read next year! 😀

  • What a great list! I love that you recommended Charlaine Harris’s Harper series – another good one of hers is the Lily Bard series (main character is a weight-lifting housekeeper). Love the Vincenzi series. Maise Dobbs and Julia Grey are delights. Looking forward to diving in to a few more of these.

    May I also recommend Dianne Day’s Freemont Jones mystery series.

    Thanks for the list!

  • Wow. I think you’ve got your work cut out for you!

  • Thank you!!! I’m starring this post to go back to it whenever I need a new series to start!

  • Lots of good ones on here! I’m just about to start Ariana Franklin’s series with Mistress of the Art of Death, and I see lots of wishlist books as well. It is definitely an overwhelming list, I’ll have to come back to it when my TBR shelves are slimmer, if that ever happens!

  • I really wanna try Mortal Instruments and Harper Connelly series. I forgot to mention last time In Death serie by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts).

  • And to think I hadn’t heard of most of these! I’m going to follow Michelle and star this post to return to later when in need of more series to read..

  • Pam

    Wow… my TBR it hurts.

  • Thanks for compiling the list of everyone’s suggestions! I’ve loved some of the ones you’re listed and have many more on my TBR list now.

  • Wow, what an amazing list! Like everyone else, I’ve bookmarked it for reference purposes :-)

  • Holy moly! I didn’t even realize The Mistress of the Art of Death was first in a series. So, which series will you start on first?

    • Well, I’ll probably keep working through the “Outlander” series, but then it is a toss-up between “Sookie’ which I have almost all of and “Mistress of the Art of Death,” of which I have the first one.

  • happily, I have only fallen victim to the mystery ones…but there are several there I have not started. Just what I need…a list of more possibilities! lol

  • Yes, oh yes — I’m sooo excited for this list! So much so, I’ve included it on my book collections page in case others need an addicting series! 😉

  • I forgot! I just found a site that specializes in keeping readers up-to-date on book series! FictFact. You can ‘follow’ a series to be updated when the next book is released, or find out the exact order of a book series! Might be helpful for some!

  • Tricia

    Great post! I don’t usually read series, but I have heard a lot about The Outlander series and Mistress of the Art of Death looks interesting…

  • What a great list! I’m so pleased that the Josephine B. Trilogy was nominated.

    I’ve a “read it again” honour roll of readers who read the entire Trilogy more than once. The winner, so far, is someone who has read it six times! Here’s the list:

    Maybe next you could ask for addictive series one can’t stop REreading.

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