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Tom Gates Books in Order

Tom Gates Books in Order: How to read Liz Pichon’s Series?

  • Fabien 

What Tom is getting up to?

Who is Tom Gates?

Tom Gates is the main protagonist in the series for children by Liz Pichon that takes the form of an illustrated diary written by the eponymous schoolboy.

Aged around 10 years old, Tom is the younger of the two children of Frank and Rita Gates, and the younger brother of Delia. He attends Oakfield Primary School where he is in Mr Fullerman’s Class 5F. Children in his class include the annoying Marcus Meldrew, and Amy Porter (who also sits next to Tom, but whom Tom hopes to impress). Also in his year at Oakfield is his best friend Derek Fingle, who also lives next door to him.

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Santa Montefiore books in order

Santa Montefiore Books in Order (The Deverill Chronicles, Royal Rabbit, A Timeless Love)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Santa Montefiore?

Born in 1970, Santa Montefiore (née Palmer-Tomkinson) is the daughter of Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, formerly High Sheriff of Hampshire, and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson (née Dawson), of Anglo-Argentine background. She grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. 

Santa Montefiore has always wanted to be a writer. Before publishing books, she worked in public relations, but also as a shop assistant. She sent her first book under a nom de plume to distance herself from her sister, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, and her writing career was officially launched in 2001 with the publication of  Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree. Since then, she has published at least one book a year.

Santa Montefiore is married to writer and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, in which she has two children. Together, they have co-written the children’s books The Royal Rabbits of London.

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Murdoch Mysteries Books In Order

Murdoch Mysteries Books In Order: How to read Maureen Jennings’s series?

  • Fabien 

The books behind the Canadian TV show.

What are The Murdoch Mysteries about?

Coming from British Canadian writer Maureen Jennings, The Murdoch Mysteries is a historical crime series inspired by John Wilson Murray—who was appointed as Ontario’s first government detective in 1875.

The series focuses on Detective William Murdoch, a man of strong principles, who uses his unique abilities to solve crimes, sometimes using advanced science for his time. With the help of Constable George Crabtree, Murdoch investigates murder mysteries at the end of the 1890s.

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Marian Keyes Books in Order

Marian Keyes Books in Order (Watermelon, Grown Ups, Again Rachel)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Marian Keyes?

Marian Keyes is an Irish writer known for her work in women’s literature. Many of her novels are known for their more comedic tones, but they cover dark themes including family, divorce, mental illness, domestic violence, drug abuse, and alcoholism.

Born in 1963, Marian Keyes studied law and accountancy, and first had an administrative job. She began writing short stories during that period and while suffering from alcoholism. Encouraged by her publisher to submit a novel, Keyes started writing Watermelon, which was published soon after. Since then, she has continued to write fiction and non-fiction.

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JA Jance Books in Order

J. A. Jance Books in Order (J.P. Beaumont, Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds, Walker Family)

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All of J. A. Jance’s books!

Who is J. A. Jance?

Judith Ann Jance is an American author who specialized in mystery novels, writing multiple series about different kinds of detectives.

There’s the retired Seattle Police Department Detective J. P. Beaumont, but also Arizona County Sheriff Joanna Brady, former Los Angeles news anchor turned mystery solver Ali Reynolds, the fractured Walker family who were tormented by a serial killer. Sometimes, they even team up.

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Alan Furst Books in order

Alan Furst Books in Order (Night Soldiers, Spies of the Balkans, Dark Star)

  • Carole 

All of Alan Furst’s Books!

Who is Alan Furst?

Alan Furst is an American author of historical spy novels, born in New York in 1941. A graduate from Oberlin College in 1960 and from Penn State in 1967, Furst worked in advertising and wrote magazines articles before becoming a full-time writer.

His first published books didn’t really spark a big interest among readers, achieving a limited success. He really strike a chord with the reader with Night Soldiers in 1988, which led to a succession of related titles. He is noted for his successful evocations of Eastern European peoples and places during the period from 1933 to 1944.

Alan Furst lives now in Long Island, but he lived a number of years in France before that, first in Sommières (South of France), then in Paris.

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Ellery Adams Books in Order

Ellery Adams Book in Order (The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Murder in the Cookbook Nook…)

  • Fabien 

All of the Books!

Who is Ellery Adams?

 Ellery Adams is the pen name of American mystery novelist Jennifer Stanley (inspired by one of her favorite authors, Ellery Queen) who mostly wrote popular cozy mystery series (but also a few cookbooks).

Adams already wrote more than 40 novels, they are part of different series like the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series, the Book Retreat Mysteries, the Books By the Bay Mysteries, the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, the Molly Appleby Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries, and the Hope Street Mysteries.

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Conn Iggulden Books in Order

Conn Iggulden Books in Order (Emperor series, Wars of the Roses, Dangerous books)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Conn Iggulden?

Born in 1971, Conn Iggulden is a British author specialized in historical fiction. He first worked as an English teacher before leaving his position to write his debut novel, The Gates of Rome, the first in a five-part series entitled Emperor and centred around Julius Caesar, from childhood to his death.

Iggulden became a famous historical fiction writer, and is the first person to top the UK fiction and non fiction charts at the same time in 2007. After Julius Caesar, the writer turns his interests towards the life of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai and Kublai Khan, explored in the Conqueror series. He also wrote about the Wars of the Roses, St. Dunstan or Prince Cyrus.

In parallel to his historical novels, he co-wrote with his brother The Dangerous Book for Boys series, a guidebook for children which has also been turned into a six-part television series by Amazon Prime Video.

Conn Iggulden is married and lives with his wife and four children in Hertfordshire, England.

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