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Inspector Montalbano Books in Order: How to read Andrea Camilleri series?

Maybe you know him on TV, but Inspector Montalbano is also the star of a literary series.

Who is Inspector Montalbano?

Main character in the series written by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano is a Sicilian detective in the police force of Vigàta, an imaginary Sicilian town.

The series is written in Italian but this is a reading order for the English translated books. There are more books available in Italy than in the US.

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In Death Books in Order: How to read J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas series?

In the future, Technology will rule the world, but we will still need cops, ask J.D. Robb.

What is the In Death series?

Written by Nora Roberts under her pseudonym, J. D. Robb, The …in Death series is set in New York City at the end of the ‘2050s. Yes, future cops!

The stories follow New York City Police and Security Department (NYPSD) Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, as they solve complex murder investigations.

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Monkeewrench Books in Order: How to read P.J. Tracy series?

If you are into crime stories and computers, Monkeewrench might be for you.

What is the Monkeewrench series about?

Monkeewrench is the name of the computer software company founded in Minneapolis by Grace MacBride and Annie Belinsky.

Monkeewrench is also the name of the series written by American author Patricia and Traci Lambrecht, the mother-daughter writing team known as P.J. Tracy.

In this series, Grace MacBride, Annie Belinsky and their team uses their knowledge and software to help the Minneapolis police department to solve crimes by finding links between the victims and cases.

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The Morland Dynasty Books in Order: How to read Cynthia Harrod-Eagles series?

If you like when fiction and history met—especially British history—you probably are interested in the Morland Dynasty series.

What the Morland Dynasty is about?

Written by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Morland Dynasty is a series of historical novels about the Morland family of York, England, but also about their national and international relatives and associates.

From the Wars of the Roses in 1434 to the Wall Street Crash and more during the 1920s and 1930s, the series explore the lives fictional characters in a real historical background.

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Dewey Andreas Books in Order: How to read Ben Coes series?

If you are into Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath, the Dewey Andreas series might be for you.

Who is Dewey Andreas?

Star of the international political thriller and espionage novels written by Ben Coes, Dewey Andreas is a former U.S. Special Forces soldier who was kicked out of the military after being falsely accused of crimes he did not commit.

After surviving a terrorist attack Dewey Andreas and stopping the men responsible, he starts working for the CIA. Now, Dewey is sent on a mission to help protect his country.

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William Monk Books in Order: How to read Anne Perry series?

Some crime authors seem to know a lot about murder, but Anne Perry is more familiar than others, as she was herself convicted of participating in the murder of her friend’s mother. In fact, she was played by Kate Winslet in the movie Heavenly Creatures inspired by the murder case.

Who is William Monk?

Created by English writer Anne Perry, William Monk is a policeman in the Victorian era. Brilliant, ambitious, but suffering from amnesia after a coach accident in 1856, this son of a fisherman has lost a lot and tried to keep this a secret to save his job. After the accident he met Hester Latterly, a Crimean War nurse and they became close as she helps him in his work.

Soon, Monk is fired from the police force for insubordination. That’s why he became a private investigator, working with Hester and Sir Oliver Rathbone to solve crimes.

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Spenser Books in Order: How to read Robert B. Paker series?

Did you know that Robert Urich AND Joe Mantegna played Spenser on TV? I didn’t (for Mantegna).

Who is Spenser?

Created by Robert B. Paker, Spenser is a Boston private eye. He is a well-educated ex-boxer and former State trooper who lives by a code of honor. And he likes to drink Scotch. His best friend and sidekick is Hawk, an African American who is a “Gun for Hire” who lives by his own personal code.

Spenser and Hawk live in the same Boston literary universe as Parker’s other characters like private investigator Sunny Randall and small-town police chief Jesse Stone.

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Barbara Holloway Books in Order: How to read Kate Wilhelm series?

I wrote about the Dismas Hardy series, I thought I could continue with another series about a lawyer. This time, we are talking about Barbara Holloway.

Who is Barbara Holloway?

Written by Kate Wilhelm (RIP), this series is about Barbara Holloway, an attorney in Eugene, Oregon. She is described as intelligent, courageous, and compassionate. And, with the help of her semi-retired lawyer father and other friends and colleagues, Barbara Holloway works to uncover the truth in and outside the courtroom.

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Dismas Hardy Books in Order: How to read John Lescroart series?

Some series are about more than the main character, as John Lescroart proves it with his extended universe.

Who is Dismas Hardy?

Created by American author John Lescroart, Dismas Hardy is an ex-cop and lawyer who live in San Francisco and work a lot with his best friend, officer Abe Glitsky, among many other friends and associates.

Lescroart books are not always about Dismas Hardy, but the lawyer is the main protagonist in most of them. Some center around Abe Glitsky, the private investigator Wyatt Hunt, Rebecca Hardy (Dismas’s daughter) or Gina Roake, a partner in Dismas Hardy’s firm.

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Maggie MacGowen Books in Order: How to read Wendy Hornsby series?

You don’t need to be a cop to investigate crimes, like Maggie MacGowen, you can also be a documentary filmmaker.

Who is Maggie MacGowen?

That’s right, Maggie MacGowen is an investigative documentary film maker, and the main protagonist of the crime novel series written by Edgar Award-winning author Wendy Hornsby.

Working on her documentaries leads Maggie MacGowen to investigate, but her complicated family life is also a source of dangers and mysteries.

FYI, the first five books were published between 1993 and 1998. The series came back after 10 years with book 6. Since then, new books are coming out regularly.

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