Not long ago Jen Robinson posted about her top 12 Favorite Mystery Series. The list included the mystery series she keeps going back to, picking up each new installment, and enjoying the arc of the series as a whole. In her words,
These are series that haven't petered out for me--I'm just as interested to read the 10th book in hardcover (if available) as I was to read the second. They are automatic selections for me.
I loved this post as it gave me a few new recommendations I'd never heard of before (Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series for starters) as well as made me think about which series would make my list. As I suspected, Jen and I share a couple favorites. I've been a mystery reader since my Nancy Drew days and I've been thinking about my list and I think I've whittled it down to the cream of the crop for me. There are so many series that are classic or already completed, but I kept this list to ones that are still in progress.
My top 7 favorite mystery series (in no particular order):
These are all auto-buys for me. I own most of them in a hodgepodge mixture of paper and hardbacks as I generally have discovered them mid-series. They're up, they're down, they're laugh-out-loud funny, they're can't-fall-asleep-at-night scary. And I love them. I re-read them often. I can always count on a good time within their pages.
What are your favorite mystery series? And which ones am I missing out on?