Iris Johansen Books in Order – Eve Duncan Series In Order

Last Updated on June 14, 2022  Iris Johansen is an American novelist who writes romance novels, suspense novels and crime fiction, the author of the popular Eve Duncan series involving the tormented forensic sculptor who is still grieving the loss of her child, Bonnie, who was kidnapped and mercilessly killed. She also wrote the newer spin-off series called Catherine Ling, a shadowy CIA Operative raised in Hong Kong and the Kendra Michaels series. She has also written the Wind Dancer series and the Hannah Bryson, which includes only two books.

Here is the list of Iris Johansen books for the Eve Duncan series in order as well as the reading order of rest of the series she wrote, starting from The Face of Deception, where we are first introduced to Eve. If you haven’t read this series, you have quite a few great books ahead of you to read and enjoy.

In fact, all the Iris Johansen books are well worth reading, because this author definitely knows how to write her suspense stories. The only books I do not include here are her historical romance series, which are beyond the scope of the site.


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A Face to Die For (Eve Duncan #28), 2022


Iris Johansen Books – Eve Duncan Series in Order

  1. The Face of Deception(Eve Duncan #1) 1998
  2. The Killing Game (Eve Duncan #2) 1999
  3. The Search (Eve Duncan #3) 2000
  4. Body of Lies Eve Duncan #4) 2002
  5. Dead Aim (Eve Duncan #4.5) 2002
  6. Blind Alley (Eve Duncan #5) 2004
  7. Countdown (Eve Duncan #6) 2005
  8. Stalemate (Eve Duncan #7) 2006
  9. Quicksand (Eve Duncan #8) 2008
  10. Blood Game (Eve Duncan #9) 2009
  11. Eight Days to Live (Eve Duncan #10) 2010
  12. Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan #11, Catherine Ling #1), 2010
  13. Eve (Eve, Quinn and Bonnie #1,  Eve Duncan #12) 2011
  14. Quinn (Eve, Quinn and Bonnie #2, Eve Duncan #13) 20111
  15. Bonnie (Eve, Quinn and Bonnie #3, Eve Duncan #14) 2011
  16. Sleep No More (Eve Duncan #15), 2012
  17. Taking Eve (2013 Trilogy #1, Eve Duncan #16) 2013
  18. Hunting Eve (2013 Trilogy #2, Eve Duncan #17) 2013
  19. Silencing Eve (2013 Trilogy #3, Eve Duncan #18) 2013
  20. Shadow Play (Eve Duncan #19), 2015
  21. Hide Away (Eve Duncan #20), 2016
  22. Night and Day (Eve Duncan #21), 2016
  23. Mind Game (Eve Duncan #22), 2017
  24. Shattered Mirror (Eve Duncan #23), 2018
  25. Dark Tribute (Eve Duncan #24), 2019
  26. Smokescreen (Eve Duncan #25), 2019
  27. The Persuasion (Eve Duncan #26), 2020
  28. The Bullet (Eve Duncan #27), 2021
  29. A Face to Die For (Eve Duncan #28), 2022

Catherine Ling Books in Order of Reading

  1. Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan #11, Catherine Ling #1), 2010
  2. What Doesn’t Kill You (Catherine Ling #2), 2012
  3. Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling #3), 2014
  4. Your Next Breath (Catherine Ling #4), 2015
  5. Vendetta (Catherine Ling #5), 2018

Kendra Michaels Books in Order of Reading

  1. Close Your Eyes (Kendra Michaels #1), 2011
  2. With Open Eyes (Kendra Michaels #1.5), 2012
  3. Sight Unseen (Kendra Michaels #2), 2014
  4. The Naked Eye (Kendra Michaels #3), 2015
  5. Night Watch (Kendra Michaels #4), 2016
  6. Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels #5), 2017
  7. Double Blind (Kendra Michaels #6), 2018
  8. Hindsight (Kendra Michaels #7), 2020
  9. Blink of an Eye (Kendra Michaels #8), 2021

Hannah Bryson Books in Order of Reading

  1. Silent Thunder (Hannah Bryson #1), 2008
  2. Shadow Zone (Hannah Bryson #2), 2010

Wind Dancer Books in Order of Reading

  1. The Wind Dancer (Wind Dancer #1), 1991
  2. Storm Winds (Wind Dancer #2), 1991
  3. Reap the Wind (Wind Dancer #3), 1997
  4. Final Target (Wind Dancer #4), 2001

Alisa Flynn Books in Order of Reading

  1. Chaos (Alisa Flynn #1), 2020

Iris Johansen Standalone Novels


Iris Johansen Biography

The author Iris Johansen was born in 1938 in St Louis Missouri. She moved to Georgia where she currently lives with her family.

Iris Johansen

She only started to write books after her children went to college. The first genre she wrote her initial books in were romance fiction in the 1980s.

The crime fiction author started writing contemporary romance novels, however, she soon change to the new mystery genre because (in the author’s own words):

I loved writing romance because I am a great fan of the happy ending. I started writing suspense because of the challenge of all the twists and in depth character studies that it offered me. I still try to incorporate a love story in all my books. It’s the best of both worlds for me!

A decade later, in the early 1990s, Iris Johansen switched to writing to historical suspense romances, however, in 1996 she once again changed the genre she crafted her books in and started to write romantic suspense thriller novels.

The Kendra Michael series is co-authored with her son Roy Johansen, and it currently includes 6 main books and a novella.

While the main Iris Johansen books for the Eve Duncan series includes all 23 novels, some of them have been also classified into other mini-series (like the ‘new’ Eve Duncan 2013 trilogy with Taking EveHunting Eve and Silencing Eve, as well as the Eve, Quinn and Bonnie trilogy published in 2011). However, overall they are all part of what is considered the Eve Duncan series, all the novels having her as a central character.

The series is classified as a romantic suspense thriller, which is one of my favorite mystery genres.

The first of the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan books was published back in 1998 with the title The Face of Deception, and it was a major hit right away. From the very start, we get to know Eve who, due to her own major loss in life, is trying to help other parents who have lost their children to crimes, by reconstructing children’s faces from skulls.

At the same time, throughout the entire book series, we see Eve’s main goal in life: to find the bones of her missing daughter, Bonnie, and bring her home, so she can bury her.

I love this series and I can never get enough of Eve and her stories. The author’s latest book is called Mind Game, and it is published October 2017. A new book, Shattered Mirror, will be published in 2018.

Mind Game focuses on Jane MacGuire who is back to Scotland to search for Cira’s treasure (more about Scotland is written in Hide Away). While she still dreams of Cira, her family, and the treasure she supposedly buried in Scotland, she is now also plagued by dreams of another young woman, this time the woman being Jane’s contemporary and probably still live. But not for long, unless Jane and Seth Caleb (Jane’s big love) can find her in time.

In the romantic thriller genre, Iris Johansen has written several additional series, the Catherine Ling series, the Kendra Michaels series (the second co-authored with her son Roy Johansen), the Hannah Bryson series, as well as the newer Alisa Flynn series, so reading the Iris Johansen books involves picking up the author’s other major works as well. And while you’re at it, why not also reading the Iris Johansen standalone novels as well? They are just as gripping and suspenseful as the author’s series.


Should We Read the Iris Johansen Books for the Eve Duncan Series in Order?

Reading the Iris Johansen books in order for her Eve Duncan series is kind of a must because the stories in the suspense novels interconnect, and more importantly, we get to see the development of the main character, Eve Duncan. In addition, the related series featuring Catherine Ling and Kendra Michaels should be also read in order since the main characters also appear more than once in the Eve Duncan books.

Having read all Iris Johansen books in order that have been published until today (including her Loveswept romance novels), I recommend you pick up all the books in the series starting with The Face of Deception and start reading.

There are so many threads in this popular series with the main characters involved that you won’t want to skip even a single book. Besides, the books are highly addictive. Just check out all the comments on this post to see just how much people enjoy reading it. Sure, there are 24 books (including the novella) so far, but it is a very easy series to read and it reads extremely fast. There were days when I’ve read an Eve Duncan book in one afternoon.

So yes, I fully recommend that you give the Even Duncan books and overall the Iris Johansen books – all gritty suspense novels – a serious look and don’t skip even one book because the threads are complicated and older ones pick up every couple of books once again.

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  1. Kim says:

    Iris Johansen is marvelous. I’m in the middle of her Eve Duncan series and read about 3 a week if I have time. The books are wonderfully written. I will finish this series and start on the others.

  2. Cheryl says:

    You’re missing Kendra Michaels book Sleep No More also listed as Eve Duncan 15.

  3. Ashley says:

    Iris Johansen is my favorite author!! I’ve read pretty much all of her books except the romance ones. I love the wind dancer series as well as eve duncan, Hannah Bryson, Kendra michaels, Catherine Ling, Alisa Flynn, and all the standalone books! I have all of them up until the 2 new ones that are due to come out this year!!

  4. Ladie says:

    Mrs. Johansen needs to get a better editor. I love the Eve Duncan Series but I hate inconsistencies in the books. I’m currently reading Taking Eve and there was a mention about how Bonnie was lost a decade ago. Try over 2 decades. A few books ago, it was mentioned that Joe was in his 30’s. Try again editor. Joe and Eve are both in their mid to late 40’s.

  5. Pamela says:

    I believe Iris Johansen has lost her ability to write. You have not heard about Jane and the guy that wants to be her boyfriend, her other adopted daughter along with Eve`s son. Since the son has been born she no longer gets visits from Bonnie.. It is like she has killed the series or has severe writers block. She only puts out one or two books a year. She has fallen off of the regular authors I have stored because she does not write enough books any more.. Iris last two books have been about Kendra Michael’s. This year 2021 was Chaos not updated on this website.4

  6. Jennifer Baron says:

    I just finished no easy target and was wondering if there will be a sequel. I would love it there was. I have seen a devoted fan and loved each and everyone of her books..

  7. Linda Woodard says:

    Where does An Unexpected Song come in? I don’t see it listed but it’s the first I have read from this author and I am loving it.

  8. Gloria Mooney says:

    Love your Eve Ducan Series but was wondering if you are going to continue with the Catherine Ling Series.

  9. Pamela says:

    Have you quit writing? It is like some of your series have totally stopped. The waiting I’d hard took two years for Kenfra Michael and you have not wrote about Jane and Caleb for years. The other daughter a pianist Eve’ s other daughter and then the son that can feel and see things. What about the lost treasure in Scotland?

  10. Nucci54 says:

    I picked up Eight Days to Live off a book sale and really enjoyed it. I’d like to read what happens next with Jane and Caleb. Is there a book that gives you that?

  11. Cheryl says:

    I absolutely love Iris Johansen !! (Eve Duncan series). I got two of my neighbors hooked on her also, so when I’m done with the first one they read it and then the second one and so on. I feel like I can’t read them fast enough.

  12. Carol says:

    To Jackie Holloway says:
    September 4, 2019 at
    The book with Galen & Elena is titled No one to trust

  13. Gloria Mooney says:

    Love all of the Eve Ducan series, but was wondering if there will be a series of just Catherine Ling.

  14. deborah baker says:

    Does Eve ever find her daughters killer & bones. If so what book? I have read the first 10 in the Eve series & am getting tired of waiting to find out. Please advise

  15. Kathy Monahan says:

    Hi I am hooked on the Eve Duncan series. I have a problem now since I finished the last book. Will there be more to the Duncan series? I hope so because I feel kind of left hanging and there is so much more that can happen especially as Michael grows up.

    Please keep Eve going.

  16. Jackie Holloway says:

    I’ve just started reading the Eve Duncan series. I’m trying to do them in order. I started with Face of Deception, then the Killing Game, then the Search, then Body of Lies. When I got to Dead Aim, it seemed like I was missing a book. But I am following the list precisely. In Dead Aim, Galen is now married. when did that happen??? Also his new wife, Elena, seems to have some beef with Judd Morgan. Again, when did that happen?? I’m missing something here. what is it?

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