List of Lisa Gardner Books In Order

 Lisa Gardner is an American author well known for her many crime thriller novels, many included in series, while others written as standalone books.

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.

New Lisa Gardner Books

One Step Too Far
One Step Too Far (Frankie Elkin #2), 2022

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, Tessa Leoni #1), 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. 3 Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5), 2016
  10. Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8), 2016
  11. Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9), 2018
  12. The Guy Who Died Twice (Detective D.D. Warren #9.5), 2019
  13. Never Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #10), 2019
  14. When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren #11), 2020

Frankie Elkin Series

  1. Before She Disappeared (Frankie Elkin #1), 2021
  2. One Step Too Far (Frankie Elkin #2), 2022

Tessa Leoni Series

  1. Love You More (Tessa Leoni #1, Detective D.D. Warren #5 ), 2011
  2. Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni #2), 2013
  3. Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni #3), 2015

FBI Profiler 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

Standalone Lisa Gardner Books

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.

About Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner

Born in 1956 in Oregon under the name Alicia Scott, 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.

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.

In 2014 she moved with her family and two dogs to New England, where she is busy working on her next novel.

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).

Lisa Gardner Hide
My copy of Hide in hardcover edition

In addition, Lisa Gardner has also written several standalone thriller novels, and under the alias Alicia Scott, she has published 13 romance novels.

The first thriller she wrote, The Perfect Husband, took the author 3 years of writing and editing until it got ready to be published. Soon after publication, it climbed the New York Times bestseller list, getting to position 17.

Most of the Lisa Gardner books are based on real-life stories, cased that actually happened. For example, Look For Me was inspired by a headline the author read in the newspaper. True crime is something Lisa Gardner is interested in, and her tales can weave lots of different possibilities, whereby the author asks herself, ” how would you approach this in real life?”

For example, Find Her is inspired by a particular article Lisa read on a new FBI unit that deals with assisting victims of crime. From this unit she learned that a victim’s journey is far from over once the perpetrator is caught. She also keeps asking for a new novel, “What does it mean to be a survivor?”

Also, for her research, the author keeps tabs on the latest technological advancements that the police are using in solving their cases, such as Alexa, or the Echo from Amazon. She also interviews experts in their fields, and she always learns more forensic techniques that she can implement in her books. She also visits institutions that help her set the scene better. Over the years, she went to mental wards, maximum security prisons, morgues, and FBI academies. In addition, she is known to interview family members of kidnap victims, who know first-hand what it is to live with the torment in their lives.

Initially, when writing Alone, Lisa Gardner envisioned D.D. Warren to have only a few chapters in the book, and she didn’t imagine the detective would become the main hero of a long-standing series.

The latest Lisa Gardner book, Look For Me, also brings back Flora Dane, who first appeared in Find Her, initially as a victim and then as a vigilante.

Having been a thriller writer for 25 years, currently, Lisa Gardner has over 22 million books in print across more than 30 countries.

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  1. Absolutely my favorite author. I have read all of her books except the last two twice and some of them 3x’s. Currently reading the latest book. I do hope she plans more D. D. Warren/ Flora Dane books, adding Kimberly Quincy into the mix is ok too.

  2. I have read all of Lisa Garner’s books. I love all of the characters. I love the FBI profiler series but all of her series are amazing. I can’t wait for her next.

  3. I just finished my first Lisa Gardner book, “The Killing Hour”. I promptly dashed to the library and picked up 3 more of her books. Wow! The Killing Hour is crazy-good! Literally hooked me at the prolonged and I couldn’t put it down. Days after reading I’m still thinking about one of the characters & wondering how she’s doing ?. Next! Can’t wait.

  4. Just finished Before She Disappeared. Great book! Would like her to write a sequel to this book. I am from the Boston area and lived in Mattapan . I will definitely read some of her books.

  5. Just finished listening over the past couple of months to Michael Connellys Bosch series and was looking for something similar to Connelly crime series and only by share chance found Lisa Gardner and I am currently listening to Love you more, wow, I am hooked. First time listening to two narrators awesome. I tried so many other authors but Lisa Gardner has my attention.

  6. Has anyone read Maggie’s Man, A family Secret novel 1, MacNamera ‘s Women Family secrets #2. and Brandon’s Bride Family Secrets #3.

  7. I am a fan. I was quite set in my ways book-wise and a friend passed along some books for a charity event. I was ill and unable to go to the library so decided to read some of those books. Love You More blew me away and I have now read some from each series. Keep them coming Lisa!

  8. although you have the survivor’s club listed as a standalone novel it does connect to catch me #7 in d d warren series

    1. You are right, it does connect to it, although it’s not a direct in the series. Will edit that.

  9. I have very much enjoyed the writing of Lisa Gardner. Insomuch that I have only five left to read. When will Lisa’s next novel be available. I have noticed as well that Lee Child has been reading her novels and made comments. Read all his and waiting for November for his next.

  10. Just read my first book by Lisa Gardner “Catch Me” and couldn’t put it down …went to ‘puter to get list of other books and now ready to start another one. Fast paced with action, thought process working thru the situations…enjoyed very much.

  11. I want more of D.D. Warren pleeeeeaaassse. She’s a great character. Never want story to end.

  12. I have read all of Lisa Gardner books & now I need new ones from her to read!! Please

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