This week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and Bookish asks us to share anything we want related to Mother’s Day. When I learned that today was a freebie I knew what I wanted to write about. My mom loves mystery series but is turned off by serial killers. She hunts down anything to her taste and tries them all. I asked her to make me a list of the top detectives that could convert anyone to murder…
What are the best murder series for a mystery fan who doesn’t like serial killers or thrillers?
#10 – Madeira Cutler
The Vintage Magic Mystery series by Annette Blair has 6 books, about a fashion designer who falls into the psychic sleuth game after opening a vintage clothing store. She is her #10 detective because her out of body experiences take you back to another era plus there is a resident ghost. There is a slight love triangle and can be a bit slapstick!
#9 – Lily Ivory
A Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell has 8 books, about a woman who can sense vibrations from vintage clothes and jewelry. She is her #9 detective because of her great character arc, her gargoyle sidekick, Oscar, disguised as a potbelly pig and her growing psychometric gift.
#8 – Darcy Merriweather
A Wishcraft Mysteries series by Heather Blake has 7 books and counting, about two sisters in Salem Massachusetts where she grants wishes. She is her #8 detective because there is a sense of family and a lot of gifts in the people around her. It is a fascinating take of magic mixing in the regular world.
#7 – Charlie Moon
The Charlie Moon series by James D. Doss has 13 books, about a Tribal Police investigator on a Southern Ute reservation. He is her #7 detective because it is a more supernatural take on Hillerman. It is such a great contrast!
#6 – Peter Grant
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch has 6 books and counting, set in an paranormal modern London. He is her #6 detective because of the paranormal abilities he uses for a special unit where he meets the river gods and goddesses in an urban fantasy world. Witty and smart with a strong narrative voice…
#5 – Mrs. Pollifax
The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman has 14 books, and is a unique cross of travelogue, espionage and thriller. She is her #5 detective because this woman has so much courage and heart, plus she never gives up. You just want to be her, she is the thriller exception!
#4 – Hero Hattori
The Shinobi Mysteries series by Susan Spann has 5 books, set in historical Japan about an undercover ninja (incidentally this is a Chinese word… the proper term is shinobi!) He is her #4 detective because you really feel how it would be to live in historical Japan and what it’s like to be Japanese.
#3 – DS Duncan Kincaid & DI Gemma James
The Kincaid James novel series by Deborah Crombie has 17 books and counting, centered on Scotland Yard in modern London. They are her #3 detective team due to the slow burn romance and the way their work influences their developing relationship before and after marriage.
#2 – Charles Lenox
The Charles Lenox Mysteries series by Charles Finch has 10 books and counting, set in the Victorian era of history. He’s her #2 detective, despite what other readers may say, because she loves how this gentleman tries to find a balance between duty and justice, while he tries to solve the most complex cases.
#1 – Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny has 13 books and counting, set in Quebec, Canada, his team is very good at murder. He’s her #1 detective because of the way he handles his damaged team and how he focuses on human nature.
Do you enjoy mystery series? My mom is awesome and so passionate about murder mysteries! If you are interested these are vetted detective series. Please leave the link to your post and I’ll check it out! Thanks for reading!