At a Glance
Lisa Gardner (website) is an American author well known for her many crime thriller novels, many included in series, while others written as standalone books.
Born in 1956 in Oregon, Lisa Gardner graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. In college, she was always writing short stories instead of paying attention to her classes. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations.
In the 1990s, she worked as a research analyst in Boston for a consulting firm called Mercer Management. Lisa Gardner started her career in the food industry, however soon she turned her talents to writing, much to the delight of her loyal fans. Before writing thriller novels, she wrote several romantic suspense novels under the pseudonym Alicia Scott for the Silhouette Intimate Moment publisher. She worked for three years on her debut novel, which she finally published at the age of 20.
In 2014 she moved with her family and two dogs to New England, where she is busy working on her next novel.
Her first novel under her own name (and incidentally also the first books I’ve read by this author) is The Perfect Husband, written in 1997, which was also the first book in the 6 part Quincy FBI Profiler series.
While this is, in fact, my favorite set of books by Lisa Gardner, she has also written two other series, Detective D.D. Warren, with several books published (latest book, #7.5, published early 2016 is a short story with the title 3 Truths And A Lie), and Tessa Leoni, with 3 books written in the series (book #3 with the title Crash & Burn was published in 2015).
In addition, Lisa Gardner has also written several standalone thriller novels, and under the alias Alicia Scott, she has published 13 romance novels.
I have listed below the Lisa Gardner books in order for her series and the standalone novels. I won’t be listing the Alicia Scott books, as they are romance novels, and beyond the scope of Mystery Sequels.
Quincy FBI Profile Series
1. The Perfect Husband (FBI Profiler #1), 1997
2. The Third Victim (FBI Profiler #2), 2001
3. The Next Accident (FBI Profiler #3), 2001
4. The Killing Hour (FBI Profiler #4), 2003
5. Gone (FBI Profiler #5), 2006
6. Say Goodbye (FBI Profiler #6), 2008
7. The 4th Man (FBI Profiler #6.5), 2017
8. Right Behind You (FBI Profiler #7), 2017
Detective D.D. Warren Series
1. Alone (Detective D.D. Warren #1), 2005
2. Hide (Detective D.D. Warren #2), 2007
3. The Neighbour (Detective D.D. Warren #3), 2009
4. Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4), 2010
5. Love You More (Detective D.D. Warren #5), 2011
6. The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5), 2012
7. Catch Me (Detective D.D. Warren #6), 2012
8. Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7), 2014
9. FaceOff (compilation of 23 authors, including a short story called The Laughing Buddha (Detective D.D. Warren with Malachai Samuels by M.J. Rose)
10. 3 Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5), 2016
11. Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8), 2016
12. Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9), 2018
Tessa Leoni Series
1. Love You More (Tessa Leoni #1), 2011 (also book #5 in the Detective D.D. Warren series)
2. Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni #2), 2013
3. Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni #3), 2015
Standalone Novels by Lisa Gardner
The Other Daughter, 1999
The Survivor’s Club, 2003
Touch & Go, 2013
Should We Read The Lisa Gardner Books In Order?
I have read all 3 series by the author Lisa Gardner, and if you want to start with any of the series, I do suggest you read the books in order. Luckily it’s easy as the publication date and the chronological order of these books are the same, so if you follow the list above, reading them in the right order shouldn’t be a problem.
Having said that, I feel I should mention one exception. When reading the first Detective D.D. Warren books, I felt I could have read them pretty much in any order. D.D. hardly appears in the first books, and even the third book she is not much there. However, as the series progresses, we see more of her, and we see her character develop nicely – I felt I actually started to really like her by books 6.
However for the sake of continuity, if you pick up the earliest D.D. Warren books and read them before continuing with the newest ones, I think you will be best served.