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I've been trying different crime series over the last few years and it's been fun.  Most of them were recommended to me in this forum, so thanks again to all who gave me their opinions. I hope to get to them all eventually! 

So far my faves have been the Spenser series by Robert Parker and the Kenzie-Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane.  I always read the books in chronological order, but I jump around from series to series, and haven't read a whole series yet.  I am just finishing my second Prey series book, but don't think I'll read another, although that is yet to be determined.

What are some of your favorites and why?
 

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What about 87th Precinct? I haven't read any of them so I don't know if they're a good suggestion or not. I definitely give a +1 to the Spenser series. If you're not opposed to an old series take a look at the Philo Vance books, a Kindle version of 12 books available for $9.99.
 

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My favorite crime series is J.D. Robb's "In Death" series. I am working my way thru the series and each one seems to get better than the last. They are crime books but you also find yourself caring about the characters and feel like you really know them, not to mention the humor in them as well. Of course, swooning over Roarke is fun too! ;D

I also enjoy James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series. I haven't read thru all of those yet either as I jumped into in the middle somewhere, not realizing years ago that the book I chose was part of a series. I've read several since and always enjoy his books. They are good suspense books.

I also really liked Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer series. Read that series straight thru. Some courtroom drama, but also action outside of the courtroom. Good books!
 

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KindleGirl, I forgot to mention that Michael Connolly is one of my favorites too.  I've read almost every Bosch and every Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer).

I also read 6 or 7 of the In Death series, but ultimately had trouble sustaining belief.
 

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My favorite by an active writer is the Elvis Cole Series by Robert Crais. My all time favorite is The Deadly Sin Series by Lawrence Sanders. The two are very different in style. Elvis Cole is a PI who uses humor in between action scenes to relieve tension. The Deadly Sin Series features a retired police captain, Edward X. Delaney, and is written in more of a police procedural sub-genre with little or no humor. My sister tells me that Delaney reminds her of our homicide detective father.
 

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I have many series I enjoy - right now I would have to pick the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.  While different from the TV series,  the plots are complex, not easy to solve,  and the author does a wonderful job developing the characters and their relationship.    Some others I enjoy are Baldacci's Camel Club series (again due to the complexity of the plots) and Lee Child's Jack Reacher series (unique character ...)
 

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John Sandford's "Prey" series with Lucas Davenport and its spinoff with. Virgil Flowers. Don't be put off by the f-word however.
 

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I can highly recommend the Matt Scudder series written by Lawrence Block.  I've read a lot of mysteries and crime novels and there is a run in this series that stands out from almost all the other mysteries I've read.  I usually recommend starting at the beginning of this series, but I'd have to say that the first few novels in the series aren't as strong as the middle of the series.  If

I had to recommend a starting place, I'd say start with "Eight Million Ways to Die."  The next book, "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes," is a book that I feel transcends the mystery genre.  I don't mean to slight the next book, but you could skip it and move on to the next three books, "A Ticket to the Boneyard," "A Dance at the Slaughterhouse," and "A Walk Among the Tombstones."  These are three fantastic books. 

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The two I've enjoyed most are Margery Allingham's Albert Campion series and The Lord Darcy books by Randall Garrett.  The latter is a fantasy-mystery cross, and Lord Darcy is his take on Sherlock Holmes.  The Allingham books do fall off in in quality in the later volumes, though.  As for Garrett, he produced just a few Lord Darcy stories before he died, and I wish he'd been able to continue.  Other authors have borrowed his characters and put out more volumes in the series. 
 

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Another vote for J.D. Robb's In Death series. I'm also very fond of Julia Spencer Fleming's Reverend Clare Ferguson series and C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series.
 

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Karen Slaughter has a couple of different series and they are awesome!  I always speed through her books, can never seem to put them down.
 

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Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series is a masterclass in tightly written and engaging plots with great characters - also very funny in parts.

Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series set in Venice is sublime and makes me homesick for a city I've only visited once.

Not strictly series writers but I'm a huge fan of Elmore Leonard and Jim Thompson.
 

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John Sandford's "Prey" series with Lucas Davenport and its spinoff with. Virgil Flowers. Don't be put off by the f-word however.
Okay, I just finished the second one, Shadow Prey, and I liked it better than I expected. I will consider reading another one after all. Davenport is not a great guy (read: perfect hero) like Spenser, Bosch, Kenzie, et al, but he is more "real" and there's something to be said for that.
 

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My favorite by an active writer is the Elvis Cole Series by Robert Crais. My all time favorite is The Deadly Sin Series by Lawrence Sanders. The two are very different in style. Elvis Cole is a PI who uses humor in between action scenes to relieve tension. The Deadly Sin Series features a retired police captain, Edward X. Delaney, and is written in more of a police procedural sub-genre with little or no humor. My sister tells me that Delaney reminds her of our homicide detective father.
Much appreciated! I am adding Lawrence Sanders to my list.
 

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Not sure it counts as an official series, but my favorite recurring character is Dashiell Hammett's detective with no name, otherwise known as the Continental Op. He appears in short stories and a novel or two.
 
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