Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Mystery/Suspense Series

Posted October 25, 2016 by meezcarrie in mystery/suspense, Top Ten Tuesday / 58 Comments


It’s Halloween Freebie week on Top Ten Tuesday! I’m not into vampires or werewolves (except Remus Lupin of course). I do like ghost stories but they have to be done right. I’ve only read two horror-type novels in my life – and liked them both – but they were really closer to thriller than horror. (Strands of Bronze and Gold and Stalking Jack the Ripper in case you were wondering) SO I’m talking about my favorite mystery/suspense series!

(It goes without saying that the O’Malley Family series by Dee Henderson belongs on this list … and because you’ve heard me talk about it more than once twice ten times I didn’t include it this time around)

And… I’ve been sick … so please forgive the bare minimum of graphics, etc. I’m also doing what I hate – just putting the covers up without describing the books. But y’all. The lack of energy is real lol. Bloggers gonna blog but sometimes they just can’t do it all lol.

Also, for several of these series, the first book is free for Kindle or at least KindleUnlimited in case you want to give it a try!

Deadly Reunions by Lynette Eason

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Private Justice by Irene Hannon

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock

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Chesapeake Valor by Dani Pettrey

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First Responders by Susan Sleeman

…plus 3 more!

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Gwen Marcey by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Sunset Cove by Colleen Coble

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The Secrets of Crittenden County by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Logan Point by Patricia Bradley

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Herringford & Watts Mysteries by Rachel McMillan

…plus 3 novellas!

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Amish Village Mysteries by Vannetta Chapman

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Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon

…plus 4 more!

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What about you? What makes the perfect mystery series for you?

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58 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Mystery/Suspense Series

  1. Rebecca Maney

    I am a huge suspense reader, reading “Tangled Webs” by Irene Hannon right now.I definitely need to put Shelley Gray’s series on my “list”, if you think it’s that good, I love her other books. Diann Mills is the only author that I might add. I have enjoyed all her books.

    Feel better soon!

    • Carrie

      I love Irene Hannon – she is definitely one of my favorite favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ And that series by Shelley is so unique – it was the first one I read by her and yet it’s still my favorite. I’m uber-excited that her next series is also an Amish mystery set in Kentucky. YES! Diann Mills is another fantastic author!

  2. Hope you are feeling better! Lots of good books here, some I’ve read, some to add to my list. It’s a two-book series, but I really like Therese Heckenkamp’s Frozen Footprints and After the Thaw. The Private Justice series you mention is one of my favorites. I really like her new series as well, the Men of Valor series.

    • Carrie

      yes, the Men of Valor series is another of my faves! I limited myself to one per author, which in theory sounds good but in practice was sometimes quite agonizing lol! I will have to definitely check out Heckenkamp’s series! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Andrea Stephens

    I don’t read a lot of mystery/suspense (they tend to get into my dreams) but I have read a few that you have listed. I may possibly be adding more to my kindle wishlist.

    I hope you start feeling better soon Carrie. I don’t know how you do all you do.

    • Carrie

      it’s a good idea to be protective of your mind/dreams if mystery/suspense novels do affect you that way <3

  4. Michelle Connell

    Some new to me authors I will have to check out! Oh, goodness.

    I hope you feel better soon, Carrie!

  5. I love how you went mystery/suspense with this one! I didn’t see my favorite on here — the In Death series by J.D. Robb — but all of these look interesting!
    My TTT.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    You done good, my BFFF! I’ve read some of these books and authors, but I really need to get caught up on them. There are so many of them on my TBR list. I really think my TBR list is starting to get some cobwebs. I simply must read faster. Can you give me a speedreading lesson?

      • Winnie Thomas

        I actually can usually read quite fast, but those 350-400 pagers slow me down a bit. You really do have Superpower, though, because you can actually remember the book/characters, etc. along with your speedreading. I have to make sure I write the review right after I read the book, or I’m wracking my brain trying to remember the characters and plot. I guess that comes with age and reading so many books.

    • Carrie

      I. KNOW. I didn’t realize it either until I put them side by side like that – I gasped out loud LOL!

  7. I read Vanished by Irene Hannon not long ago, and would like to read the next books in the series. And I’ve been hearing good things about The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder and would like to give it a try. Just this past week, I read my first Jack Reacher book by Lee Child (The Enemy) and was enthralled — best mystery/suspense/thriller I’ve read in years! I really love The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum — have you read that? Some of your others here intrigue me, so I’ll be looking into them.

    The perfect mystery series for me has to have characters I care about who grow and change over time, but are still recognizably the same. Some of my favorites are the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries by A. Conan Doyle and Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes pastiches, the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout, and all of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe books. I really like the Irene Kelly mysteries by Jan Burke too, though I have only read 4 or 5 of them.

    • Carrie

      oooo you’ve given me lots to add to my own TBR list!! I have read The Bourne Identity a loooong time ago and enjoyed it! One of these days I am determined to read the jack Reacher books

  8. carylkane

    OH.MY. This is my FAVORITE genre! I’m looking forward to reading Herringford & Watts Mysteries by Rachel McMillan.

    SPECTACULAR list, Carrie!

  9. I was cheering “yes!!” to several of these….Carrie Stuart Parks and Colleen Coble’s books for example. Then pinning like crazy for the others I haven’t read yet.

  10. Lisa

    LOVE THESE! Most of these are on my FAVORITE AUTHOR LIST. However, you’ve given me some new names to add to my TBR LIST. Now all I need is to go in a Kindle Shopping Spree & settle in with some really, good books. I live in MS where we’re still running the AC so no cozying up to the FIRE yet. I still love my coffee/tea and a good book!

    • Carrie

      we have just now had to turn on the heat here in KY … but we’ll likely be breaking out the AC again before too long ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Amanda J.

    Hi Carrie… Wednesday comment for a Tuesday post…I’m really glad you shared this post because I tend to shy away from this genre. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden was amazing and as close to suspense as I got. I did discover A Fool and His Monet….that was a great, light-hearted mystery IMHO. ๐Ÿ™‚ You may force me yet to venture out. Hope you’re well…is tomorrow your birthday!!?? ?

  12. I really like the look of the Herringford & Watts Mysteries. I already have so many books on my TBR but it looks like I’m adding some more!

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