Friday Five: Book Series I Want to Start

Last week’s Friday Five covered Series I haven’t finished but need to, so this week I’m doing Book Series I Want to Start.  I’ve decided to leave out trilogies, because there are close to a million that I want to start, so I’m doing

 

1. The Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French

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Book one description from Amazon:

‘You’re twelve years old. It’s the summer holiday. You’re playing in the woods with your two best friends. Something happens. Something terrible. And the other two are never seen again.’
Twenty years on, Rob Ryan – the child who came back – is a detective in the Dublin police force. He’s changed his name. No one knows about his past. Even he has no memory of what happened that day.
Then a little girl’s body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. For him and his DI partner, Cassie, every lead comes with its own sinister undercurrents. The victim’s apparently normal family is hiding layers of secrets. Rob’s own private enquiries are taking a toll on his mind. And every trail leads inexorably back . . . into the woods.

Series Book Order:

  • In the Woods
  • The Likeness
  • Faithful Place
  • Broken Harbour
  • The Secret Place
  • The Trespasser

2. Children of the Last Days by Michael O’Brien

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Book one description from Amazon:

An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning in 1900, and concluding with the climactic events leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this century.

Anne is a highly educated Englishwoman who arrives in British Columbia at the end of the First World War. Raised in a family of spiritualists and Fabian socialists, she has fled civilization in search of adventure. She meets and eventually marries a trapper-homesteader, an Irish immigrant who is fleeing the “troubles” in his own violent past. This is a story about the gradual movement of souls from despair and unbelief to faith, hope, and love, about the psychology of perception, and about the ultimate questions of life, death and the mystery of being.

Interwoven with scenes from Ireland, England, Poland, Russia, and Belgium during the War,Strangers and Sojourners is a tale of the extraordinary hidden within the ordinary. It is about courage and fear, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Series Book Order:

  • Strangers and Sojourners
  • Eclipse of the Sun
  • Plague Journal
  • Father Elijah
  • Sophia House
  • A Cry of Stone
  • Elijah in Jerusalem

3. Department Q by Jussi Adler-Olsen

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Book one description from Amazon

Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.

Series Book Order:

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes
  • The Absent One
  • A Conspiracy of Faith
  • Journal 64
  • Marco Effekten
  • The Hanging Girl
  • Selfies

4. The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg

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Description from Amazon

Considered one of Sweden’s greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people’s lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels.

Series Book Order:

  • The Emigrants
  • Unto the Good Land
  • The Settlers
  • The Last Letter Home

5. Peter Grant / Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

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Series Book Order:

  • Rivers of London
  • Moon Over Soho
  • Whispers Underground
  • Broken Homes
  • Foxglove Summer
  • The Hanging Tree

 

All of these sound so great, I can’t decide which one I want to read first!

 

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five: Book Series I Want to Start

  1. I read The Secret Place first and didn’t know that it was part of a series. I’ve since read a couple of the others – still out of order – and found that you don’t really need to read them in order. They totally work as standalones – partly because the characters investigating are totally different each time.

    I’ve heard really good things about the Rivers of London books and keep meaning to get to them too…

    I hadn’t heard of that series set in BC! If you get to them, please let us know what you think!

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  2. Pingback: Friday Five: Series I Gave Up On – Well-Read Twenty Something

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