First Book In Mystery Series

First Book In Mystery Series

Many patrons want to begin reading series books from the very beginning. Here is a handy list of authors, first books, and the lead character or series.

All titles listed are the first book in a series of mystery novels. This is not considered a complete listing of all series mysteries.

  • Nevada Barr Track of the Cat - Anna Pigeon
  • M.C. Beaton Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - Agatha Raisin
  • Lilian Jackson Braun The Cat Who Could Read Backwards - Jim Qwilleran and Koko
  • Edna Buchanan Contents Under Pressure - Britt Montero
  • Diane Mott Davidson Catering to Nobody - Goldy Schulz
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet - Sherlock Holmes
  • Brendan DuBois Dead Sand - Lewis Cole
  • Janet Evanovich One for the Money - Stephanie Plum
  • Linda Fairstein Final Jeopardy - Alex Cooper
  • Anne George Murder on a Girls' Night Out - Southern Sisters
  • Elizabeth George A Great Deliverance - Inspector Thomas Lynley
  • Sue Grafton A is for Alibi - Kinsey Millhone
  • Tony Hillerman The Blessing Way - Lt. Joe Leaphorn
  • P.D. James Cover Her Face - Adam Dalgeish
  • J. A. Jance Desert Heat - Joanna Brady
  • Faye KellermanThe Ritual Bath - Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus
  • Harry Kemelman Friday the Rabbi Slept Late - Rabbi David Small
  • Laurie R. King The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • Dennis Lehane A Drink Before the War - Angela Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie
  • Peter Lovesey The Last Detective - Peter Diamond
  • Sharon McCrumb If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O - Spencer Arrowood
  • Miriam Grace Monfredo Seneca Falls Inheritance - Glynis Tryon
  • Perri O'Shaughnessy Motion to Suppress - Nina Reilly
  • Katherine Hall Page The Body in the Belfry - Faith Fairchild
  • James Patterson Along Came A Spider - Alex Cross
  • Ian Rankin Knots and Crosses - Inspector John Rebus
  • Kathy Reichs Deja Dead - Dr. Temperance Brennan
  • J. D. Robb (pseudonym for Nora Roberts) Naked in Death - Lt. Eve Dallas
  • Gillian Roberts Caught Dead in Philadelphia - Amanda Pepper
  • Elliott Roosevelt Murder and the First Lady - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Lawrence Sanders McNally's Secret - Archie McNally
  • John Sandford Rules of Prey - Lucas Davenport
  • Dorothy L. Sayers Whose Body? - Lord Peter Wimsey
  • Troy Soos Murder at Fenway Park - Mickey Rawlings
  • Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance - Nero Wolfe
  • Robert K. Tanenbaum No Lesser Plea - Butch Karp
  • Margaret Truman Murder at the Kennedy Center - Mackenzie Smith and Annabel Reed (First in Capital Crimes series is Murder in the the White House)
  • Kate Wilheim Death Qualified - Barbara Holloway
  • Stuart Woods New York Dead - Stone Barrington

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