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Top 25 Best Mystery Series

The Best Mystery Novels in a Series

There's nothing quite like a good ole whodunit infused with plenty of blood and guts as well as high drama to get that adrenaline pumping and the neurons in that blob of gray matter housed by your skull twitching away. And even better when you get to keep on reading a new story about the same set of things with the same characters doing those same set of things, just in a different setting.

Yes, why just read a stand alone mystery that just like ends when you can continue following the character/s through many, many adventures? Why indeed! Hence the popularity of mystery series that you could populate a large bookshelf with. While it may be sad that the classic standalone novel is arguably a dying format, there's still something to be said when you start reading a great mystery and well, don't want it to end. The challenge here (and for the author) is to convince you the reader that it's a story worth making into a series.

Enter the Mystery Series -- a literary invention designed just to prevent that fabled 'end of story' from ever occurring (while also enriching the author along the way). And while we may love a good stand alone, we fully admit eagerly grabbing the next book in a mystery series more times than Sherlock proves just how stupid the rest of the world really is. 

Naturally any list of anything that is the best is going to be subjective, but when it comes right down to brass tacks, does anyone else's opinion truly matter? Not to me it doesn't.

This list focuses on the best mystery series out there. Specifically, our curated and ranked picks for the Top 25 Best Mystery Series. 

Considering there are likely hundreds of series in the genre at least as of 2016, it was quite a heroic feat to sort through these hundreds, all to find the most compelling series -- these being a mix of well known popular series to underrated more obscure series that cover a variety of mystery subgenres.

So here's our standout picks for the best of the best mystery series ever written. 

There is no more recognizable figure in the mystery world than everyone's favorite inspector. That gentleman would be Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyles series commenced in 1887 and Mr. Holmes, who is the bees knees at just about everything, appeared in four novels and 56 short stories. All except four of the pieces are narrated by Dr. Watson, Holmes devoted follower and Conan Doyle claimed the character was modelled after a physician he worked for early in his medical career, but through his private letters it was determined that said physician always thought Holmes was an extension of the author himself. So what do I really need to say about Holmes and why this series is the best mystery series in the history of the universe? I dont think I really do.

While Marlowe definitely holds his own, he cant hold a candle to Holmes and no one fictional character has affected the public psyche quite like this man for more than a century. To this day, children know the phrase Elementary My Dear Watson and how many movies, books, television shows and plays have been spawned from the Holmes persona? There are just too many to count and I dont care how old it is, when something is a classic its just that way, so deal with it, Sherlock Holmes is the best mystery series of all time. Period. End of discussion.

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Most people dont really enjoy coming in second if they have that competitive edge, but Im pretty sure Raymond Chandler would be ecstatic with this spot and his persisting influence throughout the mystery/crime/detective genre more than seven decades after Phillip Marlowe first hit the scene.

Chandler, who is oft quoted as being THE driving influence behind many of the novelists who are this list, turned to writing during the Great Depression only after his career in the oil business went kaput. He got his start after scrutinizing Perry Mason and picking up apart pulp fiction magazines. He completed seven novels during his lifetime, of which nearly all are considered classics in hardboiled detective fiction. Chandler also nabbed some Academy Award nominations for his work on screenplays and even contributed to Alfred Hitchocks Strangers on a Train. The only novel of Chandlers that was NOT adapted to film or television was Playback.

Marlowe, a hard drinking, practical private eye, formed the basis for what many still consider to this day of the quintessential private investigator. This prejudice has endured for fifty years after Chandlers death and is not likely, no matter how ridiculous it is now that its 2013, to ebb away silently into the night. The name is probably the most recognizable as a fictional character in world history and no matter how much I might disagree with his unnerving persistence in the hearts and minds of popular culture, there is only one more figure that holds more sway.

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A tv aficionado-become-novelist, Crais started off completely backwards in the crime fiction biz as he travelled to Hollywood and cut his teeth on producing shows such as Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and Cagney & Lacey. Crais tired of this rat race in the mid-80s and was hell bent on pursuing his dream of becoming a real live novelist. After the death of his father in 1985, Crais received his inspiration, oddly enough, and created the character of Elvis Cole.

Cole is an ex-Ranger turned into private investigator that works with Joe Pike, who cut his teeth in the Marines. The series, composed of 15 books, covers the events that befall the duo and how they resolve them. Crais work possesses strong themes of loyalty, honesty and family, which yes I know doesnt sound like too much of the fun, but has made him an award winning author and pretty damn rich from sitting atop the NY Times Bestseller list repeatedly.

His 1987 novel The Monkeys Raincoat was an Anthony and Macavity Award winner and a Edgar and Shamus nominee. His 1996 book Sunset Express was a Shamus Award winner, his 1999 L.A. Requiem won the Dilys Award and 2007s The Watchmen was a Barry and Gumshoe victor. In 2006 Crais captured the coveted Ross Macdonald Memorial Award. Why is Elvis Cole at number three? Because people in over 40 countries love this guy and his sidekick. Also, Crais is an excellent writer. Dont get me wrong, I do find the thematic structure a bit on the icky heartrending side, but if you want a good read here you go.

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Dennis Lehane snatches the number four spot in our poll. He penned the Kenzie-Gennaro series of six novels that garnered him a Shamus Award in 1994 for his first book A Drink Before War. The fourth installment, Gone Baby Gone (2007) was adapted into a movie that same year and is quite the crime thriller. Lehane also was the scribe for Mystic River and Shutter Island, which are not part of the series, that were crafted into lauded films.

But Lehanes film/television connection doesnt terminate there. He created several episodes for the tv series The Wire, one episode of Castle and is the writer/creative consultant for the acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire. One of his latest projects is the film Animal Rescue, which is a crime drama he produced. It is in line to hit the public consciousness next year and has the distinction of being the last film James Gandolfini will appear in as he perished after the films completion.

Lehanes next literary effort, World Gone By, will be released next year as well and he joins Robert Frost, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Kronkite as an esteemed Joseph O Connor Memorial Award victor. Those are some lofty heights to attain!

What stands about Lehane is the way he is able to write his books to transfer so easily to movies and how well the Boston ghettos have worked for him; they are so realistically portrayed you havr to wonder if the guy's done a real stint or two living in a ghetto. He is a very detailed writer that is able to pick up nuances and portray them accurately to his audience. Unfortunately, there really isnt anything too negative to say about this guy unless you want to cast some stones at glass houses. He seems to have it all figured out and we are just sitting around watching him collect his fame and fortune.

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At number five is Naomi Hiraharas Mas Aras series. Consisting of five books, Hirahara, unfortunately, must be commended for interweaving Japanese-American culture into her work and Mas Aras, the elderly gardener turned sleuth is unlike any other lead in crime fiction. In fact, I wouldnt mind sitting down with him and grabbing a brew to pick his brain which at this point should be addled but is crystal clear.

Hirahara has won an Edgar Award for some her other work, as she is prolific in writing short stories and journalist pieces, but for this series Snakeskin Shamisin hauled in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe Award. Ive been extremely clear I prefer darker, more graphic works, but there is something about Hiraharas writing and the fact Im from the East Coast and far removed from events that occurred in Cali, that really have put a hook in my gut.

The novelists family actually survived the bombing of Hiroshima and her father provides the material for Aras as he was in the landscaping business. Im rather course by nature, but there is something special about these books that makes them so unique from other forms of crime fiction and maybe it is because they are so personal in nature. I know, I know. I might be growing some kind of heart in my old agebut I wouldnt count on it!

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Jim Butchers The Dresden Files is next on the list at number 6. Butchers books incorporate fantasy into his crimes, so its tossing a little bit of Buck Rogers or Doctor Who in there which I think will be the wave of the future and Butchers prestige will only grow as time passes.

Butchers leading man is Harry Dresden, who is a wizard and Chicago private investigator all rolled into one. Dresdens main task is solve crimes of an otherworldly nature if you get my drift and ensure the poor human population not blessed with magical gifts is insulated from the ravages of the enchanted folk.

Obviously, the theme is a stretch, but fits in with the modern love of vampires, werewolves and all that other fake jazz. But I enjoy Butchers presentation and had even had some really cool dreams after reading in the evenings. We all like to think we will be able to fly at some point, even if the reality of the situation is so not the case!

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I know some people are going to think Im off my rocker and thats fine, but Girl With The Dragon Tattoo comes in at seven for me. Like Butcher, he might not be as noteworthy or carry as much clout as some of our other authors listed previously, but this series has developed quite a following and even spawned a television show that lasted for roughly one year on the Science Fiction channel. Yes, its recent, its only a trilogy and has not really withstood the test of time, but when I read the first book, it was one of the few that had caught my attention in awhile and held it. I read the entire thing in one night and loved the movement of the plot.

Fantastic series. Published in 2005 posthumously, the Millenium Trilogy, by journalist Stieg Larsson covers the exploits of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander and was considered the bees knees in Sweden. It won the 2006 Glass Key Award in Sweden for best crime novel, the 2008 Boeke Prize, the 2009 Galaxy British Book Award, and of course, we cant forget the Anthony Award. Also Larsson, although it was too late for him to savor his triumph, was the International Author of the Year in 2009 for a crime thriller.

Oddly enough, when it was released here in the States the reviews were not nearly as complimentary as abroad, but the books have become quite successful here. A movie directed by David Fincher was released in 2010 and the novels still remain in the NY Times Bestseller List. This is a must read for anyone, especially if they have a yearning towards the dark sides of human nature being exposed.

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In the eighth spot we have good old Kay Scarpatta by Patricia Cornwell, her creator is far more exciting than the forensic doctor even though most people like her enough for Cornwell to write 23 books on her adventures. The main draw is the use of the forensic science technology to solve crimes which is rather intriguing. Especially with how it is portrayed, but you know Im a sucker for some drama and some gore.

Cornwells books have sold over 100 million copies and its not like this is a highly kept secret, but she is the only author to have ever dragged down an Edgar, Anthony, John Creasey, and Macavity Award within the same 365 day period. The lady who also wrecked her car in 1993 under the influence and has a tumultuous history with relationships, both male and female, owns the Prix du Roman dAdventures, a Gold Dagger, a Sherlock Award, the British Books Award Crime Thriller of The Year (the only writer born on US soil to have one) and the RBA International Thriller Prize.

Cornwell hasnt been one to stay out of the headlines. Earlier this year she raked in the big bucks when she won a case against her former financial directors Anchin, Block & Anchin for embezzling funds and a jury handed her $50.9 million. She also won a case in 2007 against author Leslie Sachs for defamation of character. I find Cornwell more exciting than Kay Scarpatta, enough so to have her in the top 10.

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Five years ago David Barney was acquitted of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now, Isabelle\'s ex-husband, Ken Voigtwho is suing Barney for her estateis claiming the jury made a fatal mistake...

Enter P.I. Kinsey Millhone, who takes the Barney case over from a former colleagueand comes up with more questions than answers. Why are Mr. Barney\'s witnesses denying ever having spoken to him? Why did Isabelle have so many enemiesincluding but not limited to her best friend, Voight\'s second wife, and her own twin sister?

But the most troubling question of all is: Why is it that everything David Barney has to say about his beloved Isabelle still checks out? Now it\'s up to Kinsey to figure out who\'s getting away with murder.before she courts her own.

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Coming in at 10 is an oldie but goodie in Rex Stouts Nero Wolfe collection. Stout, an American, is about as decorated as they come as he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1959, and posthumously honored by Boucheron 2000, the worlds largest mystery convention by having the Nero Wolfe series be lauded as the best all time. He was also tagged as the greatest mystery writer of this century, although most of his work is classified as detective fiction. The Wolfe series narrated by Archie Goodwin, Wolfes trusted right hand man, from recordings he produced over the years on the stupendous crimes Wolfe had single-handedly solved. Wolfe was popular enough that Stout penned a cookbook with all his favorite dishes way back in 1973.

Some might think these works are a bit dated, as Stout began writing about Wolfe way back during the Great Depression, but the quality and Stouts storytelling are incredible and Stout had such an impact on the field, Boston College has made his personal papers, old manuscripts, etc., the central part of their American mystery collection. Stout and his creation were outstanding enough to garner the attention of not just one, but two biographers! That should be more than enough reason to justify this series on any top ten list. Two biographers? Now that is pulling some weight!

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Just outside the Top 10, yep, thats always a tough spot, is Dana Stabenows Kate Shugak series. Comprised of 20 books, the collection chronicles the adventures of Kate Shugak in that romantic wilderness commonly known as Alaska. The first book A Cold Day For Murder was awarded the Edgar Award in 1993 and the 2011 novel Though Not Dead collected the 2012 Nero Award.

A native Alaskan, Stabenow is also known for her works of science fiction, but mystery seems to be her calling and all her work uses her surroundings as the backdrop. Shugak is an ex-DNA investigator who just happens to reside in a 160 acre plot on a generic National Park in the Land of the Midnight Sun with her yes, half-wolf, half-husky canine that answers to the ebullient name Mutt.

Usually I am not on the same page as everyone else, but I do think the Alaskan backdrop adds tremendously to the appeal of the novels. Alaska always comes to mind as a land of violence, both by its inhabitants and its natural beauty, so any mystery would be just that much better in that environment. Thats the boost of this series, but it simply doesnt possess enough firepower to break into the lauded Top 10.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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Weighing in at the 12th spot is J.A. Konraths Jack Daniels series. Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn, was elected as one of the top eBook authors to watch two years ago by MediaBistro. He concentrates on mysteries, thrillers and horror and this series consists of eight books. They tend to border on the thriller side, but each book is a bit different, which adds to the intrigue of the entire collection.

Jaqueline Jack Daniels is the lead character. She is a middle-aged lieutenant in the Windy Citys Homicide Division that is quite colourful and Konraths writing style is flat out the bomb. You never know where he will be coming from and you will shuddering one moment then feeling guilty for how entertaining the next chapter is.

Konraths persona, however, can be quite off-putting as he is very much into self-promotion, which is why this series is his best work as it appears to be the least garishly presented. Daniels is also represented through a set of short stories, but to cut to the chase, the novels are a much better product. The Jack Daniels series is a much more modern type of detective series and many people may be very turned off by the nature of the crimes as well as how Konrath loves to involve a twisted sense of humor, but sorry about their luck. Ill take Konrath over other writers that prefer to not cross the line any day of the week. In coming years, he will probably move much higher up this list once more people can relate to his writing style.

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At number 24 we have the Inspector Shan Tao Yun series by Eliott Pattison. An international law attorney who obviously travels abroad quite extensively, Pattison published The Skull Mantra, the first book in this collection of seven, in 1999 and promptly picked up the Edgar Allan Poe Award the following year. This accolade is determined by the Mystery Writers of America for what they consider to be the best mystery content.

The Inspector lived quite the high life in Beijing prior to pissing off some nebulous figure in the Chinese government. He was sent off to a work camp and is now hiding in the remote nether regions of the Tibetan mountains free as a bird and loving life, except for that part where he has to hide form the government and he keeps encountering grisly crime scenes that needs be solved.

The books, of which several others were finalists for the Edgars and the first (The Skull Mantra) book winning the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, are very detailed accounts of Tibet, the culture, and of the Buddhist faith. Although mystery is involved, this series should be classified as crime fiction and my opinion focus much more on the history of Chinas occupation of Tibet as well as how their lives have been altered politically over the ensuing decades. And like most politically correct views (that is, unless you are in China), looks the Chinese occupation of Tibet in a negative light.

It's a wonderfully written series that's set in the wind-scoured high mountainscape of Tibet. If you want an Oriental mystery meets crime-fiction series set in the Himalayas with an entertaining lead, you wont' go wrong with this one. If you've never been to the orient before, this is your best free ride along! Let Shan Tao Yun be your guide! And dammit hey, I now want to go to Tibet after reading these novels. The word-to-visuals of the backdrops are gorgerous.

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Coming in at 25 is Jasper Ffordes Thursday Next Series. After 76 rejections, the British authors first novel and the lead off book of the series, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001.

If a series can win an award for "protaganist with a compelling yet strange name" well, Thursday Next would win that.

The series chronicles the path of, well, the titular hero Thursday Next, who is a literary sleuth in an England that is far removed with the one we are familiar with. Thursday Next actually has two series. The first one consists of The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots and Something Rotten. To date, the second set of tomes is comprised of First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursdays is Missing and The Woman Who Died A Lot. Although the books can be considered under the mystery genre, they are truly much better suited to the fantasy and comic niches. In fact, Fforde won the Wodehouse Prize in 2004 for The Well of Lost Plots and that esteemed accolade is the only award in the UK for comic literature.

This one is a compelling cross between the science fiction, fantasy, and the mystery genre. Think of it as a mangled mix of 1984, Harry Potter, Twilight, with a bit of James Bond tossed in for good measure. Wacky and Zany come to mind when reading this series.

The novels are entertaining and the backdrops are richly cast with super cool futuristic content. Think the Jetsons but a whole hell of a lot better.

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