Mark Billingham Books In Order – Complete List

Mark Billingham is the British crime and mystery author of the popular Tom Thorne series and his newer Detective Miller series. He has also written several standalone novels and his works have been included in various short story collections and anthologies. Under the alias Will Peterson, he published a short young adult fantasy series, Triskellion, with Peter Cocks.

New Mark Billingham Books

The Wrong Hands
The Wrong Hands (Detective Miller #2) 2024

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DI Tom Thorne Books In Publication Order

  1. Sleepyhead, published 2001
  2. Scaredy Cat, 2002
  3. Lazybones, 2003
  4. The Burning Girl, 2004
  5. Lifeless, 2005
  6. Buried, 2006
  7. Death Message, 2007
  8. Bloodline, 2009
  9. From the Dead, 2010
  10. Thorne at Christmas (#10.5), 2013
  11. Good as Dead, 2012
  12. The Dying Hours, 2013
  13. The Bones Beneath, 2014
  14. Time of Death, 2015
  15. Love Like Blood, 2017
  16. The Killing Habit, 2018
  17. Their Little Secret, 2019
  18. Cry Baby, 2020
  19. The Murder Book, 2022

DI Tom Thorne Books In Chronological Order

  1. Cry Baby, 2020 (prequel)
  2. Sleepyhead, published 2001
  3. Scaredy Cat, 2002
  4. Lazybones, 2003
  5. The Burning Girl, 2004
  6. Lifeless, 2005
  7. Buried, 2006
  8. Death Message, 2007
  9. Bloodline, 2009
  10. From the Dead, 2010
  11. Thorne at Christmas (#10.5), 2013
  12. Good as Dead, 2012
  13. The Dying Hours, 2013
  14. The Bones Beneath, 2014
  15. Time of Death, 2015
  16. Love Like Blood, 2017
  17. The Killing Habit, 2018
  18. Their Little Secret, 2019
  19. The Murder Book, 2022

Detective Miller Books in Publication Order

Standalone Novels in Publication Order

Novellas and Short Stories in Publication Order

Anthologies and Short Story Collections in Publication Order

Triskelion Books In Publication Order

written as Will Peterson along with Peter Cocks

  1. Triskellion, 2008
  2. The Burning, 2009
  3. The Gathering, 2010

Mark Billingham Biography

Born in 1961 in Solihull, Warwickshire, Mark Philip David Billingham grew up in Birmingham. As a child, he went to the King Edward VI camp high school, a boy’s grammar school.

Mark Billingham

At the university, he graduated in drama, after which he co-founded a theater called Bread and Circuses.

In the 1980s he moved to London where he currently lives with his family. In 1987 he decided to follow a career in comedy before becoming a full-time writer. Folks in the UK might know the author as an actor, a stand-up comedian, as well as a TV writer.

In addition to his Tom Thorne series, Mark Billingham has also written other books, including his new Detective Miller series, and several standalone thrillers, two of which are being adapted for television by the BBC.

He has also written another series, this time a thriller series for young adults called Triskellion trilogy, under the pseudonym Will Peterson (co-written with Peter Cocks).

I first got introduced to the works of Mark Billingham when I received the very first book in the Tom Throne series, Sleepyhead, as a birthday gift from my mom.

She knows how much I love reading, and knew that I would enjoy reading a new crime mystery series, especially when starting with the first book. As you know by now, I’m a stickler for reading the books in order rather than randomly as I get my hands on them.

His first book in the Tom Thorne series left a strong impact on me, and I think this is where I really developed a strong love for British crime novels.

So should you read the Mark Billingham books in order for his Tom Thorne series? Well, I do believe so.

Each book in the series revolves around a case that is solved by the end of the book. However, if you get to like the rather flawed (damaged as some call him) character of Tom Thorne, you will want to follow his progress and learn more about him, without skipping a book here and there.

Not a big deal if you do, but for the sake of continuity, you might want to read the Mark Billingham books in chronological order. Overall, Reading the Mark Billingham books in order is easy because the novels in the series follow the order of publication with the exception of Cry Baby, which takes us back to the summer of 1996, when at the time Tom Thorne was a Detective Sergeant who had to solve the disappearance of two little boys and the murder of one of them who didn’t return. The story is a prequel to Sleepyhead.

In 2023, Mark Billingham started a new series titled Detective Miller, focusing on an unconventional middle-aged detective with little regard for authority, who is also a dancer. In the first case in the book, The Last Dance, this unorthodox detective DS Declan Miller has just returned from leave due to a personal tragedy, when he has to team up to solve a double murder in a seaside hotel.

Along with being suspenseful, the series gears up to be humorous as well, since Miller has a sharp wit and has often funny jokes and comments that create laugh-out-loud moments. In addition, there seems to be an element of the supernatural as well, which I will not spoil here.

Besides being an author, Mark Billingham is also an actor, television screenwriter and comedian.

Mark Billingham Book Adaptations

  • The Thorne book series has been adapted into a TV series titled Thorne, by Sky1. It started broadcasting in 2010 and it included 6 episodes, with the first three an adaptation of Sleepyhead, and the last episodes of Scaredy Cat.
  • The novel In The Dark was adapted into a miniseries by BBC in 2017.
  • Rush of Blood is currently being adapted.

Mark Billingham Awards and Nominations

Over the years, for his books, Mark Billingham has received several awards and was nominated for many as well. Here are some of his recognitions.

  • Scaredy Cat was nominated for CWA Gold Dagger Award in 2002
  • Lazybones received the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2005
  • Lifeless was nominated for BCA Crime Thriller of the Year in 2006
  • Buried was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2008
  • Death Message received the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2009
  • In the Dark was nominated for CWA Gold Dagger Award in 2009
  • In the Dark was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010
  • Rush of Blood was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2013
  • The Dying Hours was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2014
  • Time of Death was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016
  • Die of Shame was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2017
  • Cry Baby was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2021
  • Rabbit Hole was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2022
  • The Murder Book was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2023
  • The Last Dance was nominated for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2024

In addition, the author also received awards for other aspects of his career.

  • What’s the Noise, which he wrote and presented, won the 1995 Royal Television Society award for Best Entertainment Programme.
  • Knight School was nominated for the RTS’s Best Children’s Drama award.

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  1. I got introduced to Mark Billingham by a very special person to me Bridie.My first read was Buried which blew me away.
    Brilliant storyline and characters who from the first chapter grabbed my attention and didn’t let go til the last word.
    I’ve now read 8 books each being totally enthralling,
    I’ve purchased 20 books of is collection with only the Christmas short story and cut off which both are proving too be extremely difficult to acquire to complete my collection.
    He his my favourite author he his beyond compare.

  2. I’ve now read 12 of Marks Books in order. Im totally obsessed with Tom Thorne and dont know how I can live without him when I’ve finished reading the last book!! He is part of my life!

    1. Hi Donna,i too am obsessed with him and he is part of my life too.
      Ive purchased special crates from IKEA which i use as book cases which are home to my collection.
      Do you have a favourite book you’ve read?

  3. Just finished Bloodline last night,discovered this site while trying to put books in their order,will print,keep and continue to try and read MArk’s books in order ,awesome novels.

  4. Not read last 3 books but from reading sleepy head, he has been 1 of my favourite authors, keeps you asking questions all the time and keeps you in suspense until end of books

  5. Mark Billingham is one of my favorite authors. Love all his books. Looking forward to many more.

  6. I also love enjoy reading books, and reading them in order. When I was recently given a promotional code for a free e-book, I chose ‘Sleepyhead’, because it’s the first in the series. Now I have learnt from this website that there are actually 11 others! Let’s hope that the first will motivate me to read the others. Lol

  7. My husband devours series books and he too is a stickler for reading them in order. He likes thrillers and I bet that he would enjoy this one!

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