Mystery Authors

Mystery Authors

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If you are looking to start a new mystery series or want to catch up with the rest of a series you’ve started, check out the mystery authors and their series in order below. Click on an author’s name to see the author’s bio page and their books in order of publication and chronological timeline, along with a link to reviews for books in the series.

Most mystery authors have written more than one series, so if you are looking for a particular series in order, rather than all the books written by the author, here you will find each mystery and thriller series listed separately under the author’s name.

This page is constantly updated with new authors included. While I can’t possibly add every crime, mystery and thriller author who has written a book to date, if you have a favorite and you don’t see it on the list, let me know in the comments section and I will add it here.

The mystery authors page is useful if you know the name of a series (e.g. Jack Reacher), but it has momentarily failed you who the author is, or you’re simply interested in learning about new authors you want to start catching up to.

In addition, you can also check out the authors/books listed in the mystery genres below:

Legal thriller authors

Medical thriller authors

Romantic suspense authors

Techno-thriller authors


Ben Aaronovitch

  • Peter Grant series

Edward S. Aarons

  • Sam Durell series

Alex Abella

  • Charlie Morell series

Jeff Abbott

  • Sam Capra series
  • Whit Mosley series
  • Jordan Poteet Mystery series

Mark Abernethy

  • Alan McQueen series

Keith Ablow

  • Frank Clevenger series

J.L. Abramo

  • Jake Diamond PI series

Mario Acevedo

  • Felix Gomez series

Rick Acker

  • Dead Man’s Rule series

Hal Ackerman

  • Harry Stein series

Gilbert Adair

  • Evadne Mount Trilogy

Suzanne Adair

  • Mystery of the American Revolution series
  • Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller series

Alina Adams

  • A Figure Skating Mystery series

Elizabeth Adler

  • Mac Reilly series

Catherine Aird

  • Inspector Sloan series

Mark Alpert

  • Final Theory series

Steve Alten

  • MEG series
  • Domain series
  • Loch series
  • Grim Reaper series

Carmen Amato

  • Emilia Cruz mystery series

Richard Van Anderson

  • David McBride trilogy

Glen Apseloff

  • standalone medical thrillers

Gretchen Archer

  • Davis Way cozy mystery series

M.J. Arlidge

  • Helen Grace series

Ace Atkins

  • Nick Travers series
  • Quinn Colson series
  • Spenser series


Kathleen Bacus

  • Calamity Jayne Mystery series

Joseph Badal

  • Bob Danforth series
  • Lassiter/Martinez Case Files

David Baldacci

  • Sean King & Michelle Maxwell series
  • Camel Club series
  • Shaw series
  • Will Robie series
  • John Puller series
  • Amos Decker series

Frankie Y. Bailey

  • Lizzie Stuart Mystery series

Robert Bailey

  • McMurtrie and Drake legal thriller series

Shannon Baker

  • A Nora Abbot Mystery series

Mignon Franklin Ballard

  • Miss Dimple Kilpatrick series
  • Augusta Goodnight series

Linwood Barclay

  • Zack Walker series
  • No Time For Goodbye series

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  • The Naturals series
  • The Fixer series
  • Tattoo series
  • The Squad series

Nevada Barr

  • Anna Pigeon series

Fiona Barton

  • Kate Waters series

Jefferson Bass

  • The Body Farm series

Sydney Bauer

  • David Cavanaugh series

Carolyn Baugh

  • Nora Khalil series

James Becker

  • Chris Bronson series
  • The Lost Treasure of the Templars series

James Scott Bell

  • Ty Buchanan series
  • Mike Romeo series
  • Irish Jimmy Gallagher series
  • Force of Habit series
  • Shanon Saga
  • Trials Of Kit Shannon series

Steve Berry

  • Cotton Malone series

Mark Billingham

  • Tom Thorne series

Lisa Black

  • Theresa MacLean series
  • Gardiner and Renner series

Sharon Bolton (aka S.J. Bolton)

  • Lacey Flint series

Stephen Booth

  • Ben Cooper & Diane Fry series

C. J. Box

  • Joe Picket series
  • Cody Hoyt series
  • Cassie Dewell series

Jill Brock

  • Maggie and Odessa Mysteries series

Allison Brennan

  • Predator trilogy
  • No Evil trilogy
  • Prison Break trilogy
  • 7 Deadly Sins series
  • FBI trilogy
  • Lucy Kincaid series
  • River City series
  • Max Revere series
  • Moreno & Heart Mysteries
  • Quinn & Costa Thrillers
  • Regan Merrit series

Dan Brown

  • Robert Langdon series

Sandra Brown

  • standalone romantic suspense novels

Jack Du Brul

  • Philip Mercer series
  • The Oregon Files

Robert Bryndza

  • DCI Erika Foster series
  • Kate Marshall series

D.W. Buffa

  • Joseph Antonelli series

James Lee Burke

  • Dave Robicheaux series
  • Billy Bob Holland series
  • Hackberry Holland series
  • Weldon Holland series

Mary Burton

  • Texas Ranger series
  • Senseless series
  • Morgans of Nashville series
  • The Forgotten Files series


Laura Caldwell

  • Izzy McNeil series

Linda Castillo

  • Kate Burkholder series

Lee Child

  • Jack Reacher series

Lincoln Child

Tom Clancy

  • Jack Ryan series
  • John Clark series
  • Jack Ryan Jr. series

Anne Cleeland

  • Doyle and Acton series

Peter Clement

  • Dr. Earl Garnet series
  • Dr. Richard Steele series

Mary Higgins Clark

  • Alvirah & Willy series
  • Under Suspicion series

Harlan Coben

  • Myron Bolitar series
  • Mickey Bolitar series
  • Windsor Horne Lockwood III series

Daniel Cole

  • Fawkes and Baxter

John A. Connell

  • Mason Collins series

Michael Connelly

  • Harry Bosch series
  • Mickey Haller series
  • Terry McCaleb series
  • Jack McEvoy series
  • Renée Ballard series

John Connolly

  • Charlie Parker series
  • Samuel Johnson series
  • The Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy

Beverly Connor

Robin Cook

  • Jack Stapleton
  • Laurie Montgomery series

Patricia Cornwell

  • Kay Scarpetta series
  • Andy Brazil series
  • Vin Garano series

Catherine Coulter

  • FBI Thriller series
  • A Brit In The FBI series

Robert Crais

  • Elvis Cole series
  • Joe Pike series

Deborah Crombie

  • Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series

Blake Crouch

  • Wayward Pines series
  • Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series
  • Letty Dobesh series

Chris Culver

  • Ash Rashid series
  • Gabe Ward series

Clive Cussler

  • Dirk Pitt series
  • NUMA Files
  • Oregon Files
  • Isaac Bell Adventures
  • Fargo Adventures


Mark Dawson

  • John Milton series
  • Beatrix Rose series
  • Isabella Rose series
  • Soho Noir series

Jeffery Deaver

  • Lincoln Rhyme series
  • Kathryn Dance series
  • John Pellam series

Nelson deMille

  • John Sutter series
  • Paul Brenner series
  • John Corey series
  • Joe Ryker series

Phillip DePoy

  • Flip Tucker series
  • Fever Develin series
  • Foggy Moskowitch series
  • Phillip Marlowe series

Robert Dugoni

  • Tracy Crosswhite series
  • David Sloane series

John Dunning

  • Cliff Janeway series


Mark Edwards

  • Kate Maddox series
  • Patrick Lennon series

Barry Eisler

  • John Rain series
  • Ben Treven series

Allen Eskens

  • Max Rupert series

Janet Evanovich

  • Stephanie Plum series
  • Fox And O’Hare series
  • Full series
  • Lizzy & Diesel series
  • Knight And Moon series


Linda Fairstein

  • Alexandra Cooper series
  • Devlin Quick series

Joseph Finder

  • Nick Heller series

Vince Flynn

Gillian Flynn

  • standalone novels

G.M. Ford

  • Leo Waterman series
  • Frank Corso series

Brian Freeman

  • Jonathan Strides series
  • Cab Bolton series

Barbara Freethy

  • Deception series
  • Sanders Brothers series
  • Lightning Strikes trilogy
  • Off the Grid: FBI trilogy

Tana French

  • Dublin Murder Squad series


Lisa Gardner

  • FBI Profiler series
  • Detective D.D. Warren series
  • Tessa Leoni series

Meg Gardiner

  • Evan Delaney series
  • Jo Beckett series
  • UNSUB series

Julie Garwood

  • Buchanan-Renard-MacKenna series

Elizabeth George

  • Inspector Lynley series
  • Whidbey Island Saga/Saratoga Woods series

Tess Gerritsen

  • Rizzoli & Isles series
  • Martini Club series

E. E. Giorgi

  • Track Presius series
  • Skyler Donohue series
  • Mayake Chronicles

Joel Goldman

  • Lou Mason series
  • Jack Davis series
  • Alex Stone series

Chris Grabenstein

  • John Ceepak series
  • several children series

Sue Grafton

  • Kinsey Millhone series

Heather Graham

  • Bone Island series
  • Flynn Brothers series
  • Harrison Investigation series
  • Krewe of Hunters series
  • Suspense series
  • Soap series

Andrew Grant

  • David Trevellyan series
  • Cooper Devereaux series

Mark Greaney

  • The Gray Man/Court Gentry series
  • co-author for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series

Elly Griffiths

  • Ruth Galloway series
  • DI Stephens & Max Mephisto series

Martha Grimes

  • Richard Jury series
  • Emma Graham series
  • Andi Olivier series

James Grippando

  • Jack Swyteck series

John Grisham

  • Theodore Boone series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Andrew Gross

  • Ty Hauck series


Steve Hamilton

  • Alex McKnight series

Jane Harper

  • Aaron Falk series

C.S. Harris

  • Sebastian St. Cyr series
  • Jax Alexander series (written as C.S. Graham)

John Hart

  • Johnny Merrimon series

Steven F. Havill

  • Bill Bastner series
  • Posadas Country series
  • Dr. Thomas Parks series

Sam Hawken

  • Camaro Espinoza series

Mo Hayder

  • Jack Caffery series

Mark E. Henshaw

  • Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke series

David Hewson

  • Nic Costa series
  • The Killing series
  • Pieter Vos series

Tony Hillerman

  • Leaphorn & Chee series

Tami Hoag

  • Kovac & Liska series
  • Oak Knoll series
  • Elena Estes series
  • Deer Lake series
  • Broussard and Fourcade series

Kay Hooper

  • Bishop/SCU series
  • Quinn/Thief series

Victoria Houston

  • Loon Lake Fishing series

Linda Howard

  • Rescues series
  • Mackenzie Family Saga
  • CIA Spies series
  • Blair Mallory series

Stephen Hunter

  • Bob Lee Swagger series
  • Earl Swagger series
  • Ray Cruz series

Graham Hurley

  • Joe Faraday
  • Jimmy Suttle

Gregg Hurwitz

  • Orphan X series
  • Tim Rackley series
  • Rains series


Greg Iles

  • Penn Cage series
  • Nanchez Burning series

Polly Iyer

  • Diana Racine series


Lisa Jackson

  • San Francisco series
  • To Die/Montana series
  • Northwest series
  • New Orleans series
  • Savannah series
  • Colony series

Peter James

  • Roy Grace series

Steven James

  • Patrick Bowers Files
  • The Bowers Files: The New York Years
  • Travis Brock series
  • The Jevin Banks Experience series
  • Blur Trilogy

J.A. Jance

  • J.P. Beaumont series
  • Ali Reynolds series
  • Joanna Brady series
  • Walker Family series

Iris Johansen

  • Eve Duncan series
  • Catherine Ling series
  • Kendra Michaels series
  • Wind Dancer series


Alex Kava

  • Maggie O’Dell series
  • Ryder Creed series

Jonathan Kellerman

Jerry Kennealy

  • Nick Polo series
  • Carroll Quint series

David S. Khara

  • The Consortium Trilogy

Raymond Khouri

  • Templar series

Stephen King

  • Shining series
  • Dark Tower series
  • Mr. Mercedes trilogy
  • Talisman series

Susan Kraus

  • Grace McDonald series

William Kent Krueger

  • Cork O’Connor series

Pol Koutsakis

  • Stratos Gazis series


Jon Land

  • Caitlin Strong series
  • The Tyrant series
  • Ben Kamal & Danielle Barnea series
  • Blaine McCracken series
  • Jared Kimberlain series
  • Murder She Wrote series

Victoria Laurie

  • Psychic Eye Mystery series
  • Ghost Hunter Mystery series

Joyce and Jim Lavene

  • numerous cozy mystery series

Stephen Leather

  • Dan “Spider” Shepherd series
  • Jack Nightingale series
  • Inspector Zhang and Mike Cramer series

Patrick Lee

  • Travis Chase trilogy
  • Sam Dryder series

Dennis Lehane

  • Kenzie & Gennaro series
  • Coughlin series

John Lescroart

  • Auguste Lupa series
  • Dismas Hardy series
  • Abe Glitsky series
  • Wyatt Hunt series

Paul Levine

  • Jake Lassiter series
  • Solomon vs. Lord series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Katia Lief

  • Karin Schaeffer series
  • The Searchers series

Jeff Lindsay

Judith Lucci

  • Alex Destephano series
  • Michaela McPherson series

Robert Ludlum

  • Jason Bourne series
  • Covert-One series
  • Paul Janson series

Eric Van Lustbader

  • Nicholas Linnear series
  • China Maroc series
  • Jason Bourne continuation series
  • Jack McClure series
  • Bravo Shaw series


Jonathan Maberry

  • Joe Ledger series
  • Rogue Team International series
  • Rot & Ruin series
  • Pine Deep trilogy
  • Dead Of Night series
  • Dylan Quinn series
  • The Nightsiders series

Stuart MacBride

  • Loan McRae series
  • Ash Henderson series

Henning Mankell

  • Kurt Wallander series

Angela Marsons

  • DI Kim Stone series

Michael Marshall Smith

  • The Straw Men series
  • The Intruders

Monique Martin

  • Out of Time series
  • Saving Time series

Robert Masello

  • Carter Cox series

Kristine Mason

  • CORE Shadow trilogy
  • Ultimate CORE trilogy
  • Psychic CORE series
  • CORE Above The Law series
  • Reality TV series

Archer Mayor

  • Joe Gunther series

Ed McMbain

  • 87th Precinct series
  • Matthew Hope series

Val McDermid

  • Tony Hill series
  • Lindsay Gordon series
  • Kate Brannigan series
  • Karen Pirie series

Brad Meltzer

  • Culper Ring series

Rick Mofina

  • Tom Reed & Walt Sydowski series
  • Jason Wade series
  • Jack Gannon series
  • Kate Page series

Shaun Morey

  • Atitcus Fish series


Carla Neggers

  • Carriage House series
  • Cold Ridge/U.S. Marshals series
  • Sharpe & Donovan series
  • Swift River Valley series
  • Black Falls series

Jo Nesbo

  • Harry Hole series
  • Blood on Snow series

Brenda Novak

  • Fairham Island Series
  • Evelyn Talbot Chronicles
  • Bulletproof trilogy
  • Dept 6 Hired Guns series
  • Last Stand series
  • Stillwater Trilogy


Meg O’Brien

  • Jessica “Jesse” James series

Carol O’Connell

  • Kathleen Mallory series


P.J. Parrish

  • Louis Kincaid series

James Patterson

  • Alex Cross series
  • Women’s Murder Club series
  • Private series
  • Michael Bennett series
  • NYPD Red series
  • Maximum Ride series
  • The Black Box series

Louise Penny

  • Armand Gamache series

Anne Perry

  • Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series
  • William Monk series
  • Christmas Stories series
  • World War I series
  • Timepiece series
  • Tathea series

Thomas Perry

  • Butcher’s Boy series
  • Jane Whitefield series
  • Jack Till series

Elizabeth Peters

Linda La Plante

  • Legacy series
  • Prime Suspect series
  • Lorraine Page series
  • Trial and Retribution series
  • Anna Travis series

Scott Pratt

  • Joe Dillard series

Douglas Preston


Sheila Quigley

  • Lorraine Hunt series, Mike Yorke trilogy

Anthony J. Quinn

  • Celsius Daly series


Ian Rankin

  • Inspector Rebus
  • Malcolm Fox series

Kathy Reichs

  • Temperance Brennan series
  • Virals – Tory Brennan series

Karen Robards

  • Dr. Charlotte Stone series
  • Jessica Ford series
  • The Guardian

J.D. Robb

  • In Death/Eve Dallas series

Peter Robinson

  • DCI Banks series

James Rollins

  • Sigma Force Series
  • standalone adventure novels

Karen Rose

  • Romantic Suspense series

Garry Ryan

  • Detective Lane series
  • Blackbirds series


John Sandford

  • Lucas Davenport/Prey series
  • Virgil Flowers series
  • Kidd series
  • The Singular Menace series

Jonathan Santlofer

  • Kate McKinnon series
  • Nate Rodriguez series

Lisa Scottoline

  • Rosato & Associates series
  • Rosato & DiNuncio series

Maggie Shayne

  • Mordercai Young series
  • Secrets Of Shadow Falls series
  • Brown & De Luca series
  • Shattered Sisters series
  • Wings In The Night series
  • Fairies Of Shara series
  • Immortal Witches series
  • Portal series
  • Texas Brand series
  • Oklahoma All-Girl Brand series
  • The McIntyre Men series

Jeffrey Siger

  • Andreas Kaldis series

Daniel Silva

  • Gabriel Allon series
  • Michael Osbourne series

Karin Slaughter

  • Grant County series
  • Will Trent series

Walter Sorrells

  • Hunted series
  • Flight 29 Down series
  • Pendragon: Before the war series
  • Cold Case Thriller series
  • Sunny Childs series

Steven Spruill

  • Elias Kane series
  • Rulers Of Darkness series

Roger Stelljes

  • McRyan Mystery series

Daniel Suarez

  • Demon series

James Swain

  • Tony Valentine series
  • Jack Carpenter series
  • Peter Warlock series
  • Billy Cunningham series


Jon Talton

  • David Mapstone series
  • Will Borders series

Robert K. Tanenbaum

  • Butch Karp series

Brad Taylor

  • Pike Logan series
  • Task Force series

James Thompson

  • Inspector Kari Vaara series

Charles Todd

  • Inspector Ian Rutledge series
  • Bess Crawford series

Brad Thor

  • Scot Harvath series
  • Athena series

Mary Torjussen

  • standalone psychological thrillers

Simon Toyne

  • Sanctus trilogy
  • Solomon Creed series

P.J. Tracy

  • Monkeewrench series

Scott Turow

  • Kindle County series


Lisa Unger

  • Lydia Strong series
  • Ridley Jones series
  • Jones Cooper series
  • Whispers trilogy


Jack Vance

  • Dying Earth series
  • Demon Princes Cadwall Chronicles
  • Lyonnese series


M.D. Waters

  • Archetype series

Chuck Wendig

  • Zeroes series
  • Miriam Black series
  • Mookie Pearl series

F. Paul Wilson

  • Adversary Cycles series
  • Repairman Jack series

Jacqueline Winspear

  • Maisey Dobbs series

Ben H. Winters

  • Last Policeman trilogy

Leslie Wolfe

  • Alex Hoffman series
  • Tess Winnett series
  • Baxter and Holt series

Tom Wood

  • Victor The Assassin series

Stuart Woods

  • Stone Barrington series
  • Holly Barker series
  • Will Lee series
  • Ed Eagle series
  • Rick Barron series

Qiu Xiaolong

  • Inspector Chen series


Rick Yancey

  • The Highly Effective Detective series

Joyce Yarrow

  • Jo Epstein series

Tom Young

  • Michael Parson & Sofia Gold series


Joakim Zander

  • Klara Walldéen series


  1. Hello,

    Iona wishaw has written a great historical fiction mystery series (9 books I think) set in Nelson BC Canada

  2. Hello,
    I hope you are well. I’m author J.T. Kelly. My website is which displays my seven mystery/thriller novels. How do you determine the books to review and/or list on your site?

  3. Love this reference! Would love to see David Rosenfelt added to your list of authors.

  4. Hello,

    Would love to see Eriq La Salle’s thriller series added to your list!

  5. PG Lengsfelder’s BEAUTIFUL TO THE BONE (The Eunis Trilogy – BookOne). I hear the next in the series will be out early this fall.

  6. Great list! Absolutely agree with all entries. What about Shari Lapena and Ruth Ware?

  7. Please consider Margaret Coel’s series on the Wind River Reservation in Central Wyoming…Arapahos…featuring Father O’Malley and Attorney Vickie Holden, herself an Arapaho.

  8. I have read the series from L.Penny, A.Kava, K.Slaughter, T.Gerritsen, L.Gardner, R.Bryndza, A.Marsons, M.J.Arldige.

    In your list I miss Caroline Mitchell (DI Amy Winter, DS Ruby Preston), Carol Wyer (DI Robyn Carter, DI Natalie Ward) and especially Jane Casey (DC Jane Kerrigan, DS from book 7). I don’t read the Jennifer Knight series from Caroline Mitchell as it is a bit supernatural which is less my cup of tea.
    Maybe you could add these three authors.

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