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Skulduggery Pleasant Books in Order: How to read Derek Landy’s Series?

The skeleton is a detective…

Who is Skulduggery Pleasant?

Written by Irish playwright Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of horror/comedy/fantasy novels following the adventures of an undead sorcerer and detective and his partner.

This is the story of the 400-year-old detective named Skulduggery Pleasant who is a walking and talking skeleton, and his partner Stephanie Edgley who goes by the name Valkyrie Cain. With the help of Skulduggery, Valkyrie wants to stop evil forces threatening the world, but also find justice for her uncle’s death.

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The Country Club Murders Books in Order: How to read Julie Mulhern’s Series?

The ’70s were full of dead bodies, at least for Ellison Russell, the protagonist of The Country Club Murders series.

What is The Country Club Murders series about?

Written by Kansas City native Julie Mulhern, The Country Club Murders is a series of humorous mysteries set in the 1970s.

Kansas City, Mo., socialite Ellison Russell—and a member of the country club—is at the center of the series. In 1974, her husband’s mistress is found dead and Ellison became a murder suspect. After proving her innocence, she seems to always end up finding new bodies, so she keeps doing her amateur sleuth while dealing with Mother, of course!

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Junior Bender Books in Order: How to read Timothy Hallinan Series?

A criminal can become a P.I., even if doesn’t really want to…

Who is Junior Bender?

Written by American thriller writer Timothy Hallinan, author of the Simeon Grist series and the Poke Rafferty series, the Junior Bender series is about a reluctant investigator.

In fact, divorced father of one and quick-talking burglar extraordinaire, Junior Bender has been blackmailed into starting a new career as a private investigator for crooks in Los Angeles. Now, he is the man criminals want to solve their “mysteries”.

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Shopaholic/Rebecca Bloomwood Books in Order: How to read Sophie Kinsella Series?

Rebecca Bloomwood is the heroine of all the non-minimalist out there…

Who is Rebecca Bloomwood?

Rebecca Jane ‘Becky’ Bloomwood is the main protagonist from the Shopaholic series of novels by British author Sophie Kinsella. She has been portrayed on the big screen in 2009 by by Isla Fisher.

At the beginning of the series, she works as a financial journalist, a job that doesn’t help her makes smart financial choices. Yes, Rebecca has debts and it doesn’t stop her form purchasing new clothes and shoes among other things.

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Her Royal Spyness Books in Order: How to read Rhys Bowen series?

If you like a bit of historical comedy with some British royalty, Her Royal Spyness is for you.

What is Her Royal Spyness?

Written by British author Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness is a humorous historical series about the penniless cousin of King George V of England in 1932 who is acting as a spy for the queen.

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch, is flat broke. And when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland for London where she has been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son. Soon, this amateur sleuth starts to solve crimes.

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Thursday Next Books in Order: How to Read Jasper Fforde comic fantasy, alternate history series?

Do you like Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse? Then, chances are you’ll like Thursday Next literary world.

Who is Thursday Next?

Thurday Next lives in a parallel universe, where England is a republic, with George Formby as its first president, elected following the success of Operation Sea Lion (the mooted Nazi invasion of Great Britain), occupation, and liberation. There is no United Kingdom, and Wales is the independent “Socialist Republic of Wales”. The Crimean War is still being waged in 1985, Russia still has a Czar, and the Whig Party still exists in the House of Commons.

In the world of Thursday Next, literature is a much more popular medium than in our world, and Thursday is a member of SO-27, the Literary Detectives or LiteraTecs. Her work is centered on Swindon and the world of fiction, where she battles the machinations of the insidious Goliath Corporation, members of the Hades family and other evils at every turn.

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The Goon Reading Order: How to read Eric Powell comic book series?

If you ask Eric Powell, he will probably recommend you to skip some of the early goon books, but I’m here to give you a reading order, so let’s start at the beginning.

What’s The Goon?

The Goon is not a what, he is a who. He is the enforcer for the gangster known as Labrazio. He runs his operation, collecting money and offing deadbeats, and basically being just violent with the help of his best friend, Franky.

In Lonely Street, The Goon and Franky must now deal with zombies raised from the dead by a Zombie Priest and more craziness.

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Agatha Raisin Books in Order: How to read M.C. Beaton series?

Agatha Christie isn’t the only Agatha in the British literary crime world, there’s also Agatha Raisin!

Who is Agatha Raisin?

Agatha Raisin is a fictional detective created by M. C. Beaton (Marion Chesney) in a series of humorous mystery novels.

Frustrated middle-aged public-relations agent Agatha Raisin moved from London to Carsely in the Cotswolds when she sold her PR firm. She then took early retirement and started to solve murders. Even if the people around her believe she solves crimes through luck, she finally opened her own detective agency in the nearby town of Mircester where police constable and friend Bill Wong is based.

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