At a Glance
The Kay Hooper books in order include all the books in the Bishop Special Crimes Unit paranormal mystery series, as well as the books in the author’s Bishop Files and the Quinn/Thief series. While Kay Hooper also wrote several standalone novels, those can be read in any order you choose.
So here are all the Kay Hooper books in chronological and reading order based on the year of publication for all her series and standalone romantic suspense novels. I will only list here Kay Hooper’s mystery (series in and standalone) novels, as her romance novels are beyond the scope of this site.
When listing the books, I will add next to each book in brackets the trilogy it is belonging to, however, do bear in mind that all books in these mini trilogies are part of the Bishop series. The team (fully or partially) is present to solve the cases in each book.
The Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series in Order
- Stealing Shadows (Bishop SCU #1, Shadows Trilogy #1), published 2000
- Hiding in the Shadows (Bishop SCU #2, Shadows Trilogy #2), published 2000
- Out of the Shadows (Bishop SCU #3, Shadows Trilogy #3), published 2000
- Touching Evil (Bischop SCU #4, Evil Trilogy #1), published 2001
- Whisper of Evil (Bischop SCU #5, Evil Trilogy #2), published 2002
- Sense of Evil (Bischop SCU #6, Evil Trilogy #3), published 2003
- Hunting Fear (Bischop SCU #7, Fear Trilogy #1), published 2004
- Chill of Fear (Bischop SCU #8, Fear Trilogy #2), published 2005
- Sleeping with Fear (Bischop SCU #9, Fear Trilogy #3), published 2006
- Blood Dreams (Bischop SCU #10, Blood Trilogy #1), published 2007
- Blood Sins (Bischop SCU #11, Blood Trilogy #2), published 2008
- Blood Ties (Bischop SCU #12, Blood Trilogy #3), published 2010
- Haven (Bischop SCU #13, Haven Trilogy #1), published 2012
- Hostage (Bischop SCU #14, Haven Trilogy #2), published 2013
- Haunted (Bischop SCU #15, Haven Trilogy #3), published 2014
- Fear the Dark (Bishop SCU #16), published 2015
- Wait for Dark (Bishop SCU #17), published 2017
- Hold Back the Dark (Bishop SCU, #18), published 2018
The Bishop Files series in Order
(Spin-off from the Bishop series)
- The First Prophet (Bishop Files #1), published 2012
- A Deadly Web (Bishop Files #2), published 2014
- Final Shadows (Bishop Files #3), published 2018
The Quinn/Thief Series in Order
Kay Hooper was born in 1958 in California. Her father was stationed at an air force base, so Kay was born in the air force base hospital. Soon after, the family moved back to North Carolina, which is where she grew up and went to school.
Kay is the oldest of three children. After graduating from East Rutherford High School, she enrolled at the Isothermal Community College for business classes. Soon she realized that business was not for her, so she switched her major to history and literature. Along the way, she also started writing, something that Kay was interested in for a very long time.
She was always a voracious reader, long way before the started writing, so putting words on paper seemed natural to her. She started writing romance novels, and over the years, she transitioned to mystery, suspense and even thriller novels.
Kay Hooper wrote her debut novel, Lady Thief, on a typewriter. The book sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. Over the years, the author Kay Hooper has written over 60 novels, most of them in the romantic suspense genre.
Currently, Kay is living in a small town in North Carolina, not far away from her siblings and her father.
Ever since I’ve read the first book in the series, Stealing Shadows, I was hooked. Granted, I read this book at a time in my life where paranormal mysteries held a very special place in my heart. Ever since then, however, I grabbed the next book written by her as soon as it came out.
In an interview, Kay Hooper mentioned that part of the reason why she started writing a mystery series involving paranormal investigators is that she herself is interested in the paranormal. She believes that psychic investigators are real and that there is a scientific basis for their extrasensory abilities.
Kay Hooper has also written another mystery series called Quinn/Thief, consisting of 2 books, which I’ve read as well. In fact, I can safely say I’ve read every mystery novel by this author, with the exception of her earlier romance novels, which are, anyway, not in the scope of this site.
Some people might say that author Kay Hooper has written several series in fact, such as the Evil trilogy, the Shadows trilogy, the Fear trilogy, the Blood trilogy, etc, however, these are subplots of the main Bishop series and I consider them part of it.
Kay Hooper’s latest novel Wait For Dark, part of the Bishop SCU series, is available from March 2017. In this book, the SCU team has to go to a small town called Clarity in North Carolina to investigate some strange accidents. When they get there and start looking into this, it appears that the accidents might not be accidents at all.
Standalone Romantic Suspense Kay Hooper Books
- Crime of Passion, published 1991
- House Of Cards, published 1991
- Amanda, published 1996
- After Caroline, published 1997
- Finding Laura, published 1998
- Haunting Racher, published 1999
Should we read the Kay Hooper books in order?
Having read all the mystery novels by Kay Hooper, I am strongly leaning towards saying ‘yes’, we should read the Kay Hooper books in proper chronological order. All the Bishop novels include various characters from the team and each book – or at least each mini trilogy focuses on a person or a set of characters, expanding them, letting us know them really well.
So even if you don’t read every single book in order, I suggest at least reading the various books in the mini-trilogies in order. So, for example, if you happen to pick up a book from the Blood trilogy, try to read the first Blood book, with the title Blood Dreams, first. Or if you get hold of a book in the Haven trilogy, make sure you first read Haven, then Hostage, and then Haunted. You’ll thank me for it.
Do note that for the Bishop series, except the first Shadows trilogy, which is only available in the various paperback and hardcover editions, all other books in the series are available for the Kindle (at the time of writing this post).
The Quinn/Thief series includes only 2 books, so it won’t be difficult to grab them in order.