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.
After 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.
When 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.
Imprisoned 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.
A 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.
As 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