Dexter Books In Order

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Reading the Dexter books in order written by Jeff Lindsay is a must if you are intrigued by a cute serial killer who has an honor code: he only kills bad guys – and Dexter Morgan knows to do it in style!

Dexter is something else, he’s not your usual serial killer. Sure he is a psychopath, but he knows exactly what’s he’s doing and he tries his darnest to not harm any innocent person. He checks, rechecks and triple-checks that his next victim is indeed a psychopath himself.

I first got familiar with the Dexter books back in the day when we had a book lovers’s group where we used to trade books among each other and organize book swaps. It was a fun time and during those days I got to learn about lots of great mysteries, thrillers and adventure novels – all books after my own heart.

I got the first book in a swap through that book and as unlikely as it seemed just from the book blurb (afteral, aren’t we conditioned to hate serial killers and love those who bring them to justice?) I got totally taken by Dexter. In fact I ended up rooting for him to NOT get caught by the police in his less than kosher activities. Now how weird is that?

I got to love this series so much, that not only I ended up reading all Dexter books in order, but also started watching the TV series that was made based on the books. Now it’s true that the first season of the TV series is based on the first novel, but the rest is really departing from the books. Some people don’t like that departure much, but I personally do, because I feel like I’m watching (and reading) two different things – so twice the fun for me!

If you haven’t yet read the Dexter series written by Jeff Lindsay and you want to start from the beginning, here is the right order to tackle them. There are 8 books in the Dexter series, with the publication (and chronological) order below.


Dexter Series

1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, 2004

2. Dearly Devoted Dexter, 2005

3. Dexter In The Dark, 2007

4. Dexter By Design, 2009

5. Dexter is Delicious, 2010

6. Double Dexter, 2011

7. Dexter’s Final Cut, 2013

8. Dexter Is Dead, 2015 (last book in the series)


Should we read the Dexter books in order?

This is the big question, isn’t it? And my answer is: please do so! Dexter is growing, developing (his character, not only his killing skills) and he is becoming more ‘human’ so to speak with every book. Initially he has no emotions, has to fake them. He has learned to adapt quite well learning from his surroundings and his peers how to behave in certain situations But over time he does bring out his humanity bit by bit.

It is is amazing to see his transformation from book to book. So yes, reading the Dexter books in proper sequence is highly recommended.

Dexter poster

I love this Dexter poster

Also another question I got asked is whether it’s worth reading the Dexter books if you’re already watching the TV series. Well, as I mentioned above, for me it seems like they’re two different things, the books and the TV show.

So I really get double out of both watching and reading it. I even met some people who had no idea that Dexter is also in book form, they’ve only known about the TV series. Yes indeed, Dexter the TV show has been made based on Jeff Lindsay’s same named novels.

Note: when you buy the Dexter books, it’s cheaper if you go for the Kindle version as literally for each book I checked the Kindle edition was a few dollars cheaper than the paperback (and don’t even mention the hardcover). Usually the paperback is cheapest, but in this case Kindle beat them all. Go figure.

Here’s one of the funniest moments in Dexter (first season). Oh and that’s another thing I love about the books and the TV series. Amidst all that dark gore and blood, you find yourself either chuckling or laughing out loud at something that Dexter did or said (or thought).

Well worth watching.

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  1. MrsVMom says:

    I hated the show. I found that I was having a hard time relating to Dexter from the TV but I love Dexter books. Really good!

  2. Teresa Petrie says:

    Sorry on the 5th book Dexter is Delicious. Read all is sequence. Cant wait to read all then I will watch the series

  3. Teresa Petrie says:

    On the 4th book never seen the series will read all the books before I do.
    The books are brilliant absolutely love Dexter

  4. Billye Baarda says:

    I LOVE THE BOOKS!!! Found them before I knew there was a TV Series. Books & TV are different, but still good in their own right. When books go to film, they always exercise artistic license. Some, more than others. The author of the books said he left a small opening for more Dexter books, if there is fan interest. I hope he changes that to a HUGE OPENING & starts writing! After reading other comments, I know I’m not the only fan that would be thrilled!!! PLEASE DO IT LINDSAY!???

  5. Sarah says:

    Loving the books on the third one now. LOVE the TV series.

  6. Sophie williams says:

    Hey I was just looking on Amazon and there’s another Dexter book that’s not on this listing it’s called Dexter is dead it was out on 30th July 2015 .

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      You are absolutely right. Book #7 should have been the last one, but the author decided to add one more, which is good news to me as well since now I have one more Dexter book to enjoy. Thanks for the heads-up, page is updated accordingly!

  7. Lora says:

    I have watched the whole series and read all of the books and they are very different – absolutely amazing though I couldn’t say which I enjoyed the most – so gutted they are over now 🙁 favourite character ever!!!!!!!

  8. John says:

    On the third book. Great, so different than other series. Debra character is a bit of a turn off though. Just to over the top nasty.

  9. Sophie-louise says:

    I’ve read all but the last two just about to order double Dexter , there brilliant I’m going to miss reading them once I’ve finished the last two

  10. Jason says:

    Well worth reading in order and they aren’t even difficult reads, a few hours per book. They are a wickedly dark comedy with some great humour in. I did see the first couple of seasons on TV (I heard it goes downhill after season 6) and enjoyed it. Like most book to TV conversions the TV one is different and covers different ground and you can enjoy both the TV show and books.

  11. Nick says:

    I have watched the entire series and read all of the books except for final cut. They are both great and I can’t recommend them enough even if I was a bit disappointed with the last couple seasons of the show. I just wanted to mention that final cut is actually not the last book in the series. Dexter is Dead will be the last book and it releases 7.7.2015. Jeff Lindsay has also said that he has left a small opening to write more Dex books if the fan demand is there.

  12. Vanessa K says:

    I loved the tv series and was given 6 of the 7 book. Ican`t wait to start reading them. I have always had a fascination with serial killers/psychopaths. To kill without remorse is an extremely difficult idea to understand. However, I’m not a psychopath so why would I. This series allows a person to go into this world and root for a killer, without out guilt

  13. Brian T says:

    Currently reading book #3 in the series. Watching television series on Nuvo. I’m hooked!

  14. ellen stewart says:

    I have read all the books and watched the entire show. It doesn’t matter if u do the books first or show first but do it in order or u will get lost. Both are awesome. I read the books and watch the show over and over again. Wish there were more books though

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      I loved the books and TV series as well. Sadly there are no more books in the series. Btw have you checked out the Jasper Dent series? There are 3 main books and 2, 3 smaller novellas included. Especially the first book strongly reminded me of Dexter – as a younger version of him. I reviews the books on this site, just search for ‘Jasper Dent’ and you can see them. I really recommend this series to any Dexter fan.

    • Barbara says:

      Yep, both awesome, but definitely to be enjoyed in order.
      Michael C. Hall makes a perfect Dexter, I was worried about that when I heard about the show!

  15. Cleo says:

    I love the show but haven’t read any of the books, will consider it now. Thanks another lot of books to add to my tower!

  16. Cathie B says:

    Have never read the Dexter books but I think you’ve just given me a brand new author to enjoy.

  17. I hadn’t heard of the television program here in the UK and haven’t read the books. But I know it’s best to read blooks in order. The same with books I’ve written in a series. The characters grow and change.

  18. Nathalie says:

    Never read any of the Dexter but I’m sure I’d enjoy them. Love the show

    • Adam says:

      Let me just say Astor and Cody might have a hint of Dark Passenger in the books unlike the TV series, highly reccoment the short 5-8 hour reads per book.

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