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Summer Reading

Best Selling Authors' Stand-Alone Titles

Have you read A-Z in the series of your favorite author? Here are some stand-alone titles from authors who are known for their series. Try these while you anxiously await their next book.

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The Search by Nora Roberts

Fiona, a dog trainer who performs canine search-and-rescue missions, is devastated when her fiance is murdered, but her emotions are rekindled when newcomer Simon brings his puppy to her for obedience training.

Series known for: Many series

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Jester by James Patterson

Returning home from the Crusades, Hugh discovers that his wife has been abducted by relic-seeking knights, prompting him to pose as a court jester in order to infiltrate the castle where his wife is imprisoned.

Series known for: Alex Cross

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Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

English archer Nicholas Hook rescues Melisande in the aftermath of battle before getting caught up in the Agincourt campaign.

Series known for: Richard Sharpe; Saxon stories

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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell

In the aftermath of a village massacre, a Swedish judge (and relative of two of the victims) discovers the 19th century diary of a gang leader that connects the case to the abuse of Chinese slave workers in the US.

Series known for: Kurt Wallander

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The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais

Devastated by the murder of his estranged police officer son on the day of his own release from prison, a former bank robber launches his own investigation when it seems the LAPD is deliberately pursuing the wrong suspect.

Series known for: Elvis Cole/Joe Pike

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The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell

A decade after the death of her stepfather, Ismay is still haunted by the possibility that her sister was somehow complicit in his death.

Series known for: Inspector Wexford

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Before the Poison by Peter Robinson

Returning to Yorkshire after 25 years in Los Angeles, film music composer Chris Lowndes discovers that the house he has just purchased was the scene of a murder 50 years before, and he becomes obsessed with investigating the case.

Series known for: Alan Banks

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The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

Imprisoned for crimes he did not commit, Wolf Hadda works on getting released from prison and, once paroled, methodically exacts his revenge.

Series known for: Andy Dalziel/Peter Pascoe; Joe Sixsmith

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Doors Open by Ian Rankin

Three art-loving friends decide to 'liberate' some paintings from the National Gallery, and all goes well until they get around to dividing the spoils and having to contend with a dedicated detective.

Series known for: John Rebus

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The Murder Stone by Charles Todd

Still mourning the loss of her grandfather and the battlefield deaths of her 5 cousins in WWI France, Francesca must deal with newly revealed family secrets and determine the meaning of the so-called Murder Stone on the grounds of her home.

Series known for: Ian Rutledge; Bess Crawford

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The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins

When intelligence operative Jordan travels to Europe with his wife, he learns of a planned terrorist attack, and finds himself at risk when he discovers that someone inside the NSA is involved.

Series known for: Left Behind series; others

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Blood and Bone by William Lashner

Drifting through life, Kyle becomes a suspect in the murder of his long-dead father's former partner, and uncomfortable questions about his own father's death are raised.

Series known for: Victor Carl

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At First Sight by Stephen J. Cannell

During a trip to Maui with his trophy wife, disaffected millionaire Chick becomes obsessed with a young married woman, leading him to murder and the loss of everything he cares about.

Series known for: Shane Scully

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Picking up six years after the end of "Pride and Prejudice", Pemberley is thrown into chaos when Elizabeth's estranged sister Lydia arrives on the eve of the autumn ball, claiming her husband Wickham has been murdered.

Series known for: Adam Dalgliesh

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Fidelity by Thomas Perry

When her PI husband in murdered, Emily is shocked to find herself penniless, and when the killer is then instructed to get rid of her as well, both he and Emily are determined to uncover the reasons…

Series known for: Jane Whitefield

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Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

Lawyer Jamie faces some wrenching decisions when his client Sheryl, wrongly convicted of murdering her husband, seeks his help in winning her freedom so she can commit suicide and donate her heart to save the life of her ailing daughter.

Series known for: Andy Carpenter

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Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich

Needing money to convert her former home into a bed and breakfast, former magazine editor Kate takes a questionable undercover job to find out who has been sabotaging a local brewery.

Series known for: Stephanie Plum

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Storm Runners by T. Jefferson Parker

His life in ruins after surviving an attempt on his life, former San Diego cop Matt Stromsoe is hired to protect a local TV weathercaster whose research into rainmaking has made her a target.

Series known for: Charlie Hood; Merci Rayborn