James Patterson Alex Cross Books In Order

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Written by the well-known mystery author James Patterson, the Alex Cross books are among the most popular mystery series written to date, many of which have been made into acclaimed movies, including Kiss The Girls with Morgan Freeman (playing Alex Cross) and Ashley Judd. Currently, there are 25 main books in the series, with the latest one, The People vs. Alex Cross, published in 2017.

I’ve read every single novel, which I always looked forward to getting after reading the first book in the Alex Cross series, Along Came A Spider, first published back in 1992. I remember loving everything about the first book: the writing style, the main character, the action, everything.

Here is the chronological order of the James Patterson Alex Cross books with the publication date of each book at the end of the book.


Alex Cross Books in Order


1. Along Came A Spider (Alex Cross #1), 1992

2. Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2), 1995

3. Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3), 1996

4. Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross #4), 1997

5. Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5), 1999

6. Roses are Red (Alex Cross #6), 2000

7. Violets are Blue (Alex Cross #7), 2001

8. Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross #8), 2002

9. The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross #9), 2003

10. London Bridges (Alex Cross #10), 2004

11. Mary, Mary (Alex Cross #11), 2005

12. Cross (Alex Cross #12), 2006

13. Double Cross (Alex Cross #13), 2007

14. Cross Country (Alex Cross #14), 2008

15. Alex Cross’s Trial (Alex Cross #15), 2009

16. I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #16), 2009

17. Cross Fire (Alex Cross #17), 2009

18. Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross #18), 2011

19. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #19), 2012

20. Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20), 2011

21. Cross My Heart (Alex Cross #21), 2013

22. Hope to Die (Alex Cross #22), 2014

23. Cross Justice (Alex Cross #23), 2015

24. Cross Kill (Alex Cross #23.5), 2016

25. Cross the Line (Alex Cross #24), 2016

26. Detective Cross (Alex Cross #24.5), 2017

27. The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross #25), 2017


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Alex Cross, better-called dr. Alex Cross, is a forensic psychology specialist and a psychologist who started out working as a detective at the Washington DC police department, eventually transitioning after to the FBI as a senior agent.

Initially, he was working as a psychologist, but after his wife got murdered, his life changed full direction with him focusing, from then on, on tracking killers and bringing them to justice.

I remember reading the first few books and loving the titles, which were used from lines from popular kids nursery rhymes. At some point, however, he started giving this book titles names based on the main character of the series, Alex Cross. After Mary, Mary, the next book, Cross, is the first that adopts the new title style. From then on every single new novel has his name somewhere within the title.

What really drew me in from the very first book are the writing style, and the short chapters which can satisfy even those with the shortest attention span ever. By the time you start reading, the chapter is already over. And even more so, none of the chapters are boring. You find yourself flipping the pages and zipping through the story just to see what comes next.

The Alex Cross books are really one of my most favorite mystery series ever. Each book follows Alex Cross battling with an evil psychopath and serial killer, and throughout you’ll find yourself at the edge of your seat more times than you can count, at least that’s how I felt reading all his books. Some people say that at some point his novels got repetitive, but personally, I did feel a uniqueness in each book.

Sure, the main plot is about the same: Killer does his abducting and killing deeds, Alex Cross gets on the job of tracking down said serial killer, Alex Cross and killer finally meet and eventually one party (you can guess which) wins, often with serious battle scars.


Should we read the James Patterson Alex Cross books in order?

This is one mystery series that I can say, without even thinking about it, that yes, you should read them in order, despite the fact that pretty much all novels start and end with a separate story from other books in the series.

One reason for it is that you’ll get to know Alex Cross in a much deeper way than otherwise. You’ll learn about his transitioning careers over the years, and you’ll learn his quirks and way of thinking that is so popular among mystery readers.

There are many different events that occur in his personal life, and reading the books out of order might prove to be confusing at times. Most books reference previous novels and without having read those earlier books first, it might feel a bit strange, as when peeking in through the curtains to a house that you don’t belong to.

You’ll see the main characters develop over time in front of your eyes, and honestly, whenever you talk to a James Patterson fan who loves the Alex Cross series, you’ll notice that they’re (including me) almost OCD at times about reading the series in order. So do yourself a favor and start the Alex Cross series in the right reading order, from the very first book. You will not be disappointed.

In the latest Alex Cross book, The People vs. Alex Cross, we’ll find the table turned on Alex. He is on trial for killing two people and severly injuring a third one. Despite him claiming that he’s innocent, that he was framed, and that the people had guns pointing at him, the prosecution wants to make an example of him and put him away for good. Of course, you’ll need to read the new Alex Cross book to see if and how get can regain his freedom and his good name.

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  1. Linda D says:

    I have read or listened to ALL of Patterson’s books that are available and I’m on the waiting list for the new ones. I have not read any of the Book Shots because I had a feeling I wouldn’t like them and from the above comments, I was right. I want to get really involved with the characters which I doubt can happen in shorts. When I’m on a trip and listening to a book, I can really feel like I am ‘there’ with the characters so much so that I have missed an exit on numerous occasions. Love his work and most of what is written in association with him.

  2. Paula Wyatt says:

    I have always read the older books about ALEX Cross even though the books had many pages it kept me totally enthralled. The book shots do not allow the reader to remain engaged in the great story because of being left hanging I Do not find reading a full book with beginning middle the end as wanting instant gratification I guess at my age want to enjoy full book and not have to keep spending money to what you think may give a cohesive ending

  3. Fred says:

    Do we ever find out what happens after the abrupt ending to Cross Kill? The Bookshot was really a rip off with no indication how it ultimately ends. Is there a conclusion or should we figure he just got out of it by magic? That was my first and last Bookshot and unless it was an anomaly I see no reason to buy anymore. I will always feel I’m going to be left hanging.

  4. Denise A Patrizio says:

    I just finished the Bookshot…”Cross Kill”….and I am speechless. I love all his books…but this one left me hanging and I don’t see the next book “Cross the Line” picking up where this one left off.

  5. Jerry L. White says:

    I totally agree with Debbie Skelly, above. It’s really not fair to the reader to be left hanging. This is my first ever comment to any web site.

  6. debbie skelly says:

    I don’t like these bookshots…just when you get into the book it ends and leaves you hanging

  7. Debby Southworth says:

    I am a long time fan of The Mystery Master. I own everything he’s ever released for public consumption in hardback. In fact he has his own bookcase in my office. I read Cross My Heart in the space of two intense days. Can’t wait for the sequels to be delivered to me. THANKS AMAZON!

  8. Kathy Barberi says:

    I read every single one and I love all of them!!!! My favorite series by far. After reading Cross Kill it left me hanging. When will there be another book for Alex cross? I need to know what happens????

  9. JOHN STACEY says:

    I am hooked cannot put the books down. My late father was a cop.

  10. Eve says:

    I love reading the Alex Cross series’s. Just read Hope to Die. When is the next book coming out??

    • Debby Southworth says:

      More to the point, which studio is going to make these two books into a heart-stopping movie?

  11. Janice Rush says:

    Just finished reading Cross my Heart and would like the title of the book that follows as this one has left me in suspense and just have to get the follow up.

  12. Denise Jonhson says:

    I like all of you just love James Patterson. Giirls Murder Club is awesome like Alex Cross. I too have read so many of his books, and they all just make you keep turning the page! Only one book I just cannot get into….tried it several times… The Thomas Barrymore Number. It was his first book. I am sure its just me, as all the others like I said are page turners. What do you think?

    • Debby Southworth says:

      First efforts are always a challenge. Give him your attention and you’ll enjoy it as much as any of his subsequent efforts.

  13. Myra Dillman says:

    I have read almost every book that James Patterson has ever written especially the Alex Cross series.He is a great writer.

  14. Laetitia says:

    Man can’t wait for more and more of Alex Cross, so gooood!!!!!

  15. Darcy Hemmings says:

    I love all Alex Cross books and read them all.22 of them and hoping there will be more

  16. Carol Underwood says:

    Just read Cross my heart. Not impressed. We love the Cross series you did not have to leave the ending like that. We truley would have brought your next book without blackmail.

    • Kathleen Batt says:

      I couldn’t agree moire with you. I just finished listening to “Cross my Heart” as I was driving home from vacation. I was so shocked that there was no ending I was screaming at the author! Passers by must have though I was a crazy women at the wheel! This was an attempt at blackmail. For that I refuse to buy the next in the series.

      • Debby Southworth says:

        Are you two serious? Come on-being a writer myself and being at the whims of publishing houses I can almost bet you that the two novels were one long manuscript and it was cut in two because of the length. Give it a rest. You should know that Patterson NEVER lets his readers down.

  17. Brenda says:

    I have every book James Patterson has written, but must say I love the Alex Cross books the most. It’s been one year now since I read “Cross My Heart”, and have been waiting with bated breath for the continuation, I’m so glad “Hope To Die” is out next week, I will be in Costco that day where I buy his books.

  18. maeve joyce says:

    hi iread hope to die I assumed there would be a follow up cant find it there was no ending it left you hanging

  19. M. Clark says:

    Alex Cross….Cross my Heart with no ending was ridiculous….I got quite angry…disappointed…. confused…worthless….what the hey? It’s NOT cool to treat your fans this way. Boo on you! MY HONEST OPINION.

    • Debby Southworth says:

      Why is it so tough to take with a series of novels but nobody has this issue with a television series cliff hanger? People in this century have issues with instant gratification. It’s very likely that (as I mentioned to one of the other fans who are going off the rails) this was one long manuscript that had to be cut in two because of length. So give it a rest OK?

  20. jeannetauscher says:

    just finished reading Cross My Heart, please , I can hardly wait for “Hope To Die”. Can’t we get it sooner????? I too am an avid fan of James Patterson’s work. Keep them coming Mr.Patterson!

  21. Judy Seidel says:

    James Patterson is the greatest author of all time!! I’ve read mostly all of his books. Alex Cross is the greatest!! I’ve read all of those books in order, & I feel like The Cross family is my family too. I can’t wait until “Hope to Die” comes out. Thank you Mr. Patterson for all of the great books!!!!

  22. Eleanor F Ross says:

    I just finished CROSS MY HEART and I am looking for the sequel. Is it HOPE TO DIE? and when will it be available.
    James Patterson id one of my favorite writers but he threw us a curve with this one. How long do we have to wait to see if Nana Mamma and the rest of the family are safe and sound?
    I am crushed that the story ended lie it did – left us all up n the air, especially if the sequel Is not ready to come out!

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      Yes, it is Hope to Die and it should be available sometimes November this year. Yeah I know…a long time to wait, huh 🙂

  23. nora sillitto says:

    When is the next book to be publised? Will it follow cross my heart?

  24. My mom LOVES James Patterson. I had no idea he had written so many. I’ll have to see which she hasn’t read yet.

  25. Casey says:

    My father-in-law is obsessed with James Patterson, so now I feel very informed to comment on his reading choices. 😉 I know he has read the Alex Cross books and really loved them. I will have to add them to my GoodReads list!

  26. vinma says:

    I love Alex Cross! James Patterson is a genius! I have his complete collection in my Kobo. The recent one I have read is Kill Alex Cross.. Loved it!

  27. Michele says:

    I have read every one of the above minus the last two which eventually I will be reading–I absolutely love the Alex Cross Mysteries!! I did read them in order by the way-but don’t think it would hurt to read out of order. What I truly love about James Patterson himself is his dedication to get children to read. I read a couple of his “youth books” and they were totally entertaining as well.

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