This is a new feature I developed where each month we will look at our favorite – the best – series in a genre or topic.
The topic here, by my definition, is a series with main characters who are Homicide Detectives in the US. These are the ones which came to mind. I enjoyed some more than others. The team had to help me find some of these.
Since I haven’t read everything, it’s a subset of the possibilities. I’m sure I am forgetting some great authors. There are also plenty of authors I have yet to read. Please share your favorites with me in the comments, also.
My favorite US Homicide Detectives series are (in no particular order):
In Death Jimmy Vega Mystery Detective Alyssa Wyatt
by JD Robb by Suzanne Chazin by Charly Cox
Fatal Tracy Crosswhite Harry Bosch
by Marie Force by Robert Dugoni by Michael Connelly
What are your favorite series?
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I have definitely loved the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I haven’t read them all yet though. I think I’ve read 8 or 9 so far.
That’s a series where I am totally up to date.
I’ve read a few of the early In Death series many years ago and loved them. I haven’t read any of the other series.
I LOVE the In Death book. I binged through them at least 10 years ago and have kept up since then. The only other one of the 6 series which is more romance oriented is the Fatal series by Marie Force. The woman is in the homicide dept in DC and her eventual husband is in politics. It’s a different sort of romance series with the same couple throughout the whole series.
Wow, I haven’t read 5 of the 6 series mentioned though I love Bosch on Amazon Prime. The In Death series is one of my favorites though. I discovered The Three Pines series by Louise Penny Christmas 2019 and binged all of the ones Louise Penny had written to that point over the holidays. Another, older series, I liked are the Mallory books by Carol O’Connell where the detective is a sociopath, but lives by her adoptive father’s code. Maybe Jeff Lindsay (author of the Dexter books) was influenced by O’Connell’s books.
Well then you have some new options. Thanks for sharing your series reads also.
Nice list, I used to read JD Robb. My fav is the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, the first two books are awesome.
yes I considered Alex Cross. I’ve read about 20 of those but it’s been more than 10 years. I liked The Women’s Murder Club better and might even go back and read some more of those that came out after I initially read the ones available.
I feel like I read a lot of detective books but I am blanking on most of them. I am enjoying the In Death series. I read several of Michael Connelly’s and hope to get back to them soon. I did enjoy the first Jimmy Vega book and could see myself reading more at some point.
yes I love those Jimmy Vega books. I have one left to read. It’s the only one not on audio.
Great subject! I’m so glad I got to choose three as you included three of my four most favorite. The other is DI Kim Stone by Angela Marsons.
I knew you would recognize some. Since this is US based detectives DI Kim Stone wouldn’t fit but don’t worry that will show up later in one for her region.
I haven’t read any of those series. It’s not really my genre. But I did watch the first two episodes of Will Trent on Hulu this weekend.
I love the genre because there are mysteries and they get solved. There is a conclusion, an answer which is also why I enjoy math. It’s not ambiguous like much of life.
Love Charly Cox. Which ever you choose, this is an excellent genre.
They are definitely a bunch of my very favorite reads. I had no idea when I started this meme how much fun it would be to come up with different things every month.
I love the idea of this feature, but I can’t think of even one series I read where the main character is both a homicide detective and in the US. I read some cozy and historical series set in the US, and a few homicide detective series set in the UK, but not the combination. But I look forward to future installments of this feature, in hopes I’ll be more familiar with the genre!
Well not every genre is for everyone. But of these I’m surprised you haven’t read any of the In Death series by JD Robb. If I were to recommend for you though, the Suzanne Chazin series is a thoughtful one with diversity.
I started the first In Death book about 5 years ago, maybe more, because I (mostly) love Nora Roberts. But some of her romantic suspense books can be a bit much for me, and I could tell the In Death series was going to ride that line even more, so I set it aside. Maybe someday.
Thanks for the suggestion on the Suzanne Chazin series. I can barely keep up with the series I’m already following(!), but I’ll take a look when I get a chance.
This is really just not my type of a read. So I don’t have anything to suggest and I won’t vote either. 🙂 But thanks for sharing your choices!
I’m pretty sure you’d love the In Death by JD Robb and also the Fatal series by Marie Force. They both have strong romance equal to the mystery plots. The women in both just happen to be homicide detectives.