All in a Row

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I just finished the latest installment of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. I adore this series, so much so that I am often frustrated while I wait for Louise Penny to write the next one.  In fact, I didn’t rush out to read The Kingdom of the Blind when it was published because I knew I would have a wait for the next one.

At the library over my lunch hour, I found books on CDs by Preston and Douglas; they have four separate character series, but none of the ones that are next on my list were on the library shelf. I’ve read online that you can probably read Preston and Douglas out of order, but I can’t bring myself to do that. Gotta do them in order!

So now I have the next P&D on request from the library and came away from the CD shelves with some other items – a comedy memoir and a young adult fiction that has magic and dragons. Hopefully those will keep be going in the car until my next series arrives!

What’s your favorite series? Do you like to read them in order?

20 thoughts on “All in a Row”

  1. Sherrilee and other fans of the Gamache books will envy my daughter, a fervent fan, because she got to meet Louise Penny at a local book signing event. She would describe Penny with three words: humble, bright and funny. Louise Penny, in person, is exactly the person all her fans would want her to be.

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  2. Rise and Read Baboons,

    I read several series, usually in order:

    James Lee Burke—Dave Robicheaux in New Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Dave is a sheriff’s deputy so it does give him some viable reason to be involved in the various crimes.

    John Sanford—Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers—two separate series. They are both shallow and sexist and take no thought which is why I love them. The action is in MN.

    Alexander McCall Smith: Precious Rmotswe in Botswana investigates the mysteries of life.

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  3. Cotton Malone by Steve Berry
    Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley
    Gideon Crew by Preston and Child
    Kinsey Millhone by Sue Grafton
    Anna Pigeon by Nevada Barr
    Kate Shugak By Dana Stabenow
    Star Svensdotter by Dana Stabenow Mary Russell Holmes by Laurie R King Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith

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    1. Wes, I read a history series when I was about that age. They were all exactly 200 pages long and a lot of them were American history… about the time of the revolution.


    1. Or preferably not read at all. I despised those books when I was young. Maybe because my mom read to me so many good books, the Dick and Jane books were a huge letdown; I found them boring.


  4. What a discriminating group of readers! 🙂 I like several of the series mentioned. But I’ll add a few of my own likes.

    Number one, based on how many times I read them, were the Horatio Hornblower books by CS Forester. MUST be read in order because Hornblower goes from a gawky, seasick, teen-aged midshipman to a freaking Admiral in the British Navy.

    Other great series I enjoy:

    Jack Reacher by Lee Child (order not that important)
    Richard Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell
    Philip Kent by John Jakes (the family saga that started with “The Bastard.” (In order helps a lot but not essential)
    Mickey Haller & Harry Bosch by Michael Connelly
    Oliver Stone (Camel Club) by David Baldacci
    Cork O’Connor by WK Krueger!
    Mitch Rapp by Vince Flynn
    Jason Bourne by Robert Ludlum

    Chris in Owatonna

    **BSP** I’ll be at Fair Trade Books in Red Wing this Saturday, March 30, from 11-2**

    Barb in Rivertown, are you ready for me?? 😉

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  5. Masie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.
    Inspector Gamache series (only read two so far but think I will like them very much)
    Daisy Dalyrumple mystery series (pure fluff but rather enjoyable)
    Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd
    44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (also the ones about Precious Ramwotse)
    The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (for kids, but they are oh so much fun)
    The Melenday Family by Elizabeth Enright (I read these as a kid and stil like them)

    Just started Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (thanks for the recommendation, BiR)
    Trying to work through the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series but when I got to #4 The Moor, I didn’t care for that and didn’t finish it, Now I’m on the next one, O Jerusalem, and am finding that one not very enjoyable either…I’m considering ditching that series.

    The advantage, for me, of reading book series is that I always have another book to look forward to reading. The disadvantage is having to wait for the next book to be available at the library, especially the Louise Penny books, which seem to be extremely popular.

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      1. Yes, BiR alerted me to them. Since I have so much time for reading now, I’m always eager to try out a new series.


  6. I enjoy the series where there is true character development – growth and change – so if you don’t read them in order, you really miss out. Or sometimes (Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich) you just miss out on the plot line…

    There are some I haven’t kept up with recently, but may again Some Day:
    – V. I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky
    – William Monk/Hester Latterly by Anne Perry
    a couple of “fluffy” ones:
    – Sneaky Pie Brown (and her human) mysteries by Rita Mae Brown
    – the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert
    and the aforementioned Maisie Dobbs, Kinsey Millhone, Amelia Peabody, and Precious Ramotswe mysteries. I am almost caught up with Inspector Gamache.

    I consider a trilogy a series, and I’ve made it through Kristen Lavransdatter, The Lord of the Rings (plus Hobbit), and Kent Haruf’s Plainsong trilogy.

    This is fun, VS et al. – I have lots of new ideas to try out.


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