At a Glance
Last Updated -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
Detective D.D. Warren Series
- Alone (Detective D.D. Warren #1), 2005
- Hide (Detective D.D. Warren #2), 2007
- The Neighbour (Detective D.D. Warren #3), 2009
- Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4), 2010
- Love You More (Detective D.D. Warren #5, Tessa Leoni #1), 2011
- The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5), 2012
- Catch Me (Detective D.D. Warren #6), 2012
- Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7), 2014
- 3 Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5), 2016
- Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8), 2016
- Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9), 2018
- The Guy Who Died Twice (Detective D.D. Warren #9.5), 2019
- Never Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #10), 2019
- When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren #11), 2020
Tessa Leoni Series
- Love You More (Tessa Leoni #1, Detective D.D. Warren #5 ), 2011
- Touch & Go (Tessa Leoni #2), 2013
- Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni #3), 2015
FBI Profiler Series
- The Perfect Husband (FBI Profiler #1), 1997
- The Third Victim (FBI Profiler #2), 2001
- The Next Accident (FBI Profiler #3), 2001
- The Killing Hour (FBI Profiler #4), 2003
- Gone (FBI Profiler #5), 2006
- Say Goodbye (FBI Profiler #6), 2008
- The 4th Man (FBI Profiler #6.5), 2017
- 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
Born in 1956 in Oregon under the name Alicia Scott, Lisa Gardner (website) 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).
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.