Mystery Series

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Mystery Series

Library Associate Melissa Norr Suggests Some Mystery Series for Adults

As a child, I read the Boxcar Children’s mystery series and then graduated to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Like many readers, I never grew out of reading a good mystery series and some of my favorites are available at the library. If you are looking for a good mystery series, might I suggest:

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Mary Russell mysteries
by Laurie King

Fans of the original Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will enjoy this series featuring Mary Russell as the great detective’s apprentice.

In The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first book in the series, a teenage Mary matches wits with Sherlock Homes and he takes her under his tutelage.
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Tea Shop mysteries
by Laura Childs

With a vivid setting in Charleston, S.C., Childs provides a fun and entertaining series of murder mysteries with amateur sleuth Theodosia Browning.

Book five in the series, The Jasmine Moon Murder, finds Theodosia solving a murder that's a little more personal than most - the victim is her boyfriend's uncle.
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Booktown mysteries
by Lorna Barrett

Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles turns mystery solver in this series for book lovers, set in small-town New England.

Bookstores line the streets of Stoneham, N.H. and Haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles must solve the murder of the cookbook store owner Doris to clear her name in Murder is Binding, the kickoff to the Booktown mystery series.
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Elizabeth I mysteries
by Karen Harper

Set just before and in the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign, the Elizabeth I mystery series by Karen Harper features the young monarch and a trusted group of advisors and friends solving mysteries that come to close to the throne.

In the inaugural book, The Poyson Garden, Elizabeth is still banished. But is Queen Mary trying to wipe out the Boleyns, including her sister and heir? Elizabeth and those loyal to her must find out and stop a master poisoner.
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Aurora Teagarden mysteries
by Charlaine Harris

While Harris is much better known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, she has written several other book series as well.

One of my favorites is the Aurora Teagarden series, featuring a small-town Southern librarian solving murders both new and old. In Real Murders, the first book of the series, Aurora must stop a killer who is copying famous murders from the past and he might be getting the murders straight form Aurora's book club!

I hope you'll check out some of these mystery series and let me know what you think!