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Gourmet Detective Books in Order

Gourmet Detective Books in Order: How to read Peter King’s Series?

Diner with a side of murder.

What is the Gourmet Detective about?

Written by Peter King, the Gourmet Detective book series is also a Hallmark TV show about a Chef who’s also a detective.

As the official description tells it: They call him the gourmet detective; the only thing sharper than his mind is his palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient, an ancient wine, or simply a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to the detective’s cozy London office and plead for his help. For top-notch cooking, he is always happy to lend his taste buds to the cause.

Dean Koontz Frankenstein Books in Order

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Books in Order: How to read Dean Koontz’s thriller series?

By the man behind Odd Thomas, Jane Hawk and Nameless.

What is Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Books about?

Presented as a sort of modern updating and sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (though on a superficial level), the Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series take places in present-day New Orleans.

Victor Frankenstein is still alive, going by another name, and continuing is works. Now, he creates a series of artificial life forms from the ground up, no longer using actual human body parts. Opposed to his activities are his original monster, known as Deucalion and a pair of homicide detectives.

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Sisterhood Books in Order Fern Michaels

The Sisterhood Books in Order: How to read Fern Michaels’s series?

Vengeance is a Sisterhood affair.

What is the Sisterhood series about?

Written by the prolific American author Fern Michaels, the Sisterhood series is about friendship and justice, but not the conventional one.

In fact, the Sisterhood is a group of women from all walks of life bound by a quest for justice. Using their own resources, expertise, and a network of allies around the globe, the members of the Sisterhood work to make every wrong right, especially when the victims are women.

The Lying Game Books in Order: How to read Sara Shepard’s series?

By the author of Pretty Little Liars.

What is The Lying Game about?

Written by American author Sara Shepard, The Lying Game is a series about secret, lies and consequences. Emma Paxton recently discovered she had a long-lost twin sister names Sutton Mercer. As Emma went into foster care, Sutton was adopted by a wealthy family. Their life and personality couldn’t be more different.

Sutton Mercer had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did. Now, it’s up to Emma to discover who could have wanted her sister gone… and the list of suspect is quite long.

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X-Men: X of Swords Reading Order

X of Swords Reading Order: How to read Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men crossover of 2020?

Just the crossover, the full Hickman’s X-Men Reading Order is here.

What is X of Swords about?

The biggest X-Men crossover in recent memory is coming, from September to November 2020. The Mutant nation of Krakoa faces its biggest challenge yet as their champions draw swords to defend the Earth.

X of Swords is taking place in the continuity of Jonathan Hickman’s grand X-Men story which in the series House Of X/Powers Of X. The event is written by Hickman and Tini Howard, but also Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala. The stories are illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, Stefano Caselli, Joshua Cassara, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and more.

Mrs Murphy Books in Order

Mrs. Murphy Books in Order: How to read Rita Mae Brown’s series?

The Feline Detective…

Who is Mrs. Murphy?

A detective series with a twist, The Mrs. Murphy Mysteries are written by American writer Rita Mae Brown with the help of “Sneaky Pie Brown,” her cat.

The story takes us to Crozet, Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen is the thirty-something post-mistress. She catches killers with the help of her irrepressible crime-solving tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy. Well, it really more Mrs. Murphy who solves murder mysteries, utilizing her feline genius and the help of her favorite human, and her friends, fat-cat Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker. Together, they uncover clues and take down cold-blooded killers.

The World of Mortal Engines Books in Order

The World of Mortal Engines Books in Order: How to read Philip Reeve’s young adult fantasy series?

A post-apocalyptic world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorised.

What is The World of Mortal Engines about?

The World of Mortal Engines is a series of epic young adult fantasy novels by the British novelist and illustrator Philip Reeve, consisted of two series, a short story collection and a guide.

Set thousands of years in the future at a time known as the Traction Era, Mortal Engines tells the story of two young adventurers on a desolate planet Earth where moving cities roam for resources, eating each other. The first book has been adapted into a movie in 2009.

Bailey Ruth Books in Order

Bailey Ruth Raeburn Books in Order: How to read Carolyn G. Hart’s Series?

By the author of the Death on Demand series.

Who is Bailey Ruth?

Written by American mystery author Carolyn G. Hart, the Bailey Ruth Raeburn is a cozy mystery series with a supernatural twist.

For Bailey Ruth Raeburn, dying was not the end. In fact, she will continue her sleuthing for eternity, joining the ranks of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. As a ghost, she uses her unique advantages to help those in need, solving mysteries.

Riyria Books in Order

Riyria Books in Order: How to read Michael J. Sullivan’s series in the World of Elan?

A skilled thief, his mercenary partner and a world of high fantasy…

What is the World of Elan about?

Created by American author Michael J. Sullivan, World of Elan is a fictional world where multiple series take places, at different moments in time. The Riyria Revelations, the first written series, introduced us to Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are enterprising thieves who get embroiled in larger political machinations. Then, The Riyria Chronicles is a prequel that explores the beginnings of Royce and Hadrian’s partnership and first escapades.

The Legends of the First Empire takes place in the same world as the Riyria Revelations/Chronicles, but thousands of years before those series and reveals the truths about the First Empire that were hinted at in the Riyria novels.

The Ballantyne Books in Order

The Ballantyne Books in Order: How to read Wilbur Smith books?

By the author of The Courtney Series.

What is the Ballantyne series about?

Published since 1980 by Zambian-born author Wilbur Smith, The Ballantyne Series chronicle the lives of the Ballantyne family – like the Courtney series does. In fact, the two series are connected.

From the 1860s through until 1980s, this historical series follows the lives of the members of the Ballantyne family against the background of the history of Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe).

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