Stand Alone Novels

While waiting for their next best-seller, try stand-alone novels from authors who are best known for series fiction.

If you enjoy…

M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, try The Skeleton in the Closet.
ThumbnailAfter spending his life supporting his bitter mother, a man discovers a fortune among her possessions and begins to wonder about a decades-old train robbery connected to his father.



James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, try The Jester.
Discovering his wife has been abducted by a tyrannical lord, a common man returning from the Crusades poses as a court jester in order to infiltrate the castle where his wife is imprisoned.

Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe series, try Agincourt.
A fugitive English forester saves a young novitiate and finds himself caught up in the Agincourt campaign as an archer in King Henry V’s army.

Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series, try The Man from Beijing.
ThumbnailWhen most of the residents of a Swedish village are murdered, a judge develops a theory that connects the tragedy to a 19th century gang leader and abuse of Chinese slave workers in the U.S.


Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole series, try The Two Minute Rule.
Devastated by the murder of his estranged son on the day of his own release from prison, a former bank robber begins his own investigation and discovers the chief suspect is being wrongly targeted by the LAPD.

Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series, try The Water’s Lovely.
A decade after the death of her stepfather, a young woman is haunted by the possibility that her soon-to-be married sister was complicit in his death.

Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe series, try The Woodcutter.
ThumbnailImprisoned for crimes he did not commit, an influential and wealthy businessman works for his release and plans his revenge.




William Lashner’s Victor Carl series, try Blood and Bone.
Enjoying life with little responsibility after wasting a promising athletic career, a man is wrongfully implicated in the murder of his father’s former law partner and finds himself questioned about his father’s own death twelve years earlier.

Thomas Perry’s Jane Whitefield series, try Fidelity.
After the death of her private investigator husband, a woman is determined to uncover her husband’s secrets when the killer is instructed to get rid of her as well.

David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series, try Heart of a Killer.
ThumbnailA wrongly imprisoned woman hires an underachieving lawyer to help win her freedom so she can commit suicide and donate her heart to save the life of her dying daughter.


Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, try Love in a Nutshell.
Fired from her position as a magazine editor and in need of cash to start a new business, a woman agrees to spy on employees at a brewery to uncover the culprit behind a series of sabotage attempts.

T. Jefferson Parker’s Charlie Hood series, try Storm Runners.
Hitting bottom after losing his family and ability to work due to an explosion that was intended to kill him, a former police officer takes a job as a bodyguard for a television personality.

Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott series, try Last Lessons of Summer.
ThumbnailAs she sorts through her deceased grandmother’s belongings, a New York City heiress begins to suspect that her mother’s long-ago suicide was actually murder.




Previously published on January 4, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express