Meg Gardiner is the author of the popular Jo Beckett forensic psychiatrist thriller series, the Evan Delaney freelance journalist series, and the new Caitlin Hendrix / UNSUB detective series.
Meg Gardiner (website) was born in 1957 in Oklahoma, but her family soon moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she grew up. She attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, where she wrote for the school newspaper. She graduated from high school in 1975.
From then on she went to Stanford University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. During this time she wrote several short stories in her spare time.
Next, she attended and graduated from the Stanford Law School.
After finishing her studies Meg Gardiner practiced law in Los Angeles for a while, before moving back to Santa Barbara, where she began teaching legal research and writing at the Santa Barbara University of California.
In the early 1990s due to her husband’s job, she moved with him and their three young kids to the UK.
Having time on her hands since she was out of a day job and was not interested in getting qualified to work as a barrister in the UK, Meg began writing thriller novels. She finished her debut novel, China Lake, which was published in 2002 UK and several years later in the US.
During her stay in the UK, Meg Gardiner lived in Surrey near London until 2013 when she moved back to the US to Austin, Texas, where she is still living with her husband.
An interesting trivia about the author: She is not only an accomplished writer but also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.
Reading the author’s books in order for each series is recommended, not the least because there is a slight overlap between the Jo Beckett and Evan Delaney series.
My first contact with Meg Gardiner’s books was when I bought China Lake at a thrift store over 10 years ago. It turned out that it was the first Evan Delaney novel, so I hurried to buy the second one as well, Mission Canyon since it was already out.
The author’s latest book is UNSUB, published in 2017, which will be made into a TV series by CBS, focusing on a female detective’s chase of an infamous serial killer which might be the not-yet-caught Zodiac killer.
Here are the Meg Gardiner books in order of reading and publication order. The list will be updated with any new novels published in the future.
Evan Delaney Series
1. China Lake (Evan Delaney #1), 2002
2. Mission Canyon (Evan Delaney #2), 2003
3. Jericho Point (Evan Delaney #3), 2004
4. Crosscut (Evan Delaney #4), 2005
5. Kill Chain (Evan Delaney #5), 2006
Jo Beckett Series
1. The Dirty Secrets Club (Jo Beckett #1), 2008
2. The Memory Collector (Jo Beckett #2), 2009
3. The Liar’s Lullaby (Jo Beckett #3), 2010
4. The Nightmare Thief (Jo Beckett #4), 2011
Caitlin Hendrix/UNSUB Series
1. UNSUB (UNSUB #1), 2017
2. Into the Black Nowhere (UNSUB #2), 2018
Other Books by Meg Gardiner
Ransom River, 2012
The Shadow Tracer, 2013
Phantom Instinct, 2014