Thursday Thirteen: Mystery

As I read a lot of mysteries I thought I’d list the series which I’m hooked on, the ones I’ve just discovered and plan to follow and the ones I’ve ditched. You can probably tell that I prefer distant lands and/or another time period. Of course I am always in the mood for a new series so if you have one you love let me know.

The ones I really like so far:

  1. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. I’ve read the four books in the series and can’t wait for the fifth one.
  2. Inspector Rebus by Ian Rankin. There are 18 books and I’m up to five. He’s snarky, a loner and has a fondness for books.
  3. Inspector Banks by Peter Robinson. Another series with a lot of installments. I’m at number seven now.
  4. Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson. Murder and a bit of romance. I’ve read all books so far.
  5. Kate & Charles Sheridan by Robin Paige. Another historical setting. I’m up to book five of the 12 in the series.
  6. Commissario Brunetti by Donna Leon. I’m a sucker for a Venetian setting. I’m up to book six.
  7. Detective Erlendur by Arnaldur Indridason. The first two books have been great. Can they translate the rest any faster?

The ones I’ve just discovered but plan to follow:

  1. Richard Jury by Martha Grimes. I loved the first book and am currently reading the second one.
  2. Sano Ichiro by Laura Joh Rowland. The setting is 17th century Japan. I’ve read two so far.
  3. Cyrus Barker by Will Thomas. I enjoyed the first book and need to catch up. There are three in the series.

The ones I’ve ditched:

  1. Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich. I gave up at number 10. I couldn’t take another blown up car or the whole will she pick Ranger or Morelli situation.
  2. Rei Shimura by Sujata Massey. I read eight books. This one was so much fun when Rei was an antiques dealer living in Japan. Now she’s a spy for some U.S. agency. Let me know when you go back to Japan Rei.
  3. Thomas & Charlotte Pitt series by Anne Perry. I read three books but never warmed up to the main characters.