Why not transfer the joys of binge viewing to reading? There are many long-standing series that offer readers more than one opportunity to spend time with their favorite characters. For an end-of-the-summer immersion, here are five (addictive) suggestions for series reading with additions just released or forthcoming.
- Light of the World by James Lee Burke (S. & S. Jul.). This is the 20th title in the “Dave Robicheaux” crime series, which began with The Neon Rain. Readers new to Burke have a long list of wonderful reading in front of them as they journey with the Cajun detective from one complex and layered story to another.
- Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte. Sept.). Jack Reacher, the loner ex-MP hero extraordinaire makes his 18th appearance this fall. Start with Killing Floor, and from there enjoy a series of fast-paced rides as Reacher saves the day and doles out justice.
- W Is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood: Putnam. Sept.). Only a few letters remain in Grafton’s prolific alphabet series starring PI Kinsey Millhone. Jump in now with the first entry, A Is for Alibi, and read forward in the company of the sharp and strong Millhone.
- The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone: S. & S. Jul.). Treated to well-drawn characters and a lovely blend of history and fiction, readers can follow the Plantagenet dynasty and the Wars of the Roses in Gregory’s rich and vividly set “Cousins’ War” series. There are five titles to date, starting with The White Queen.
- How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug.). Lyrical, wonderfully descriptive, and at once clever, kind, and harrowing, Penny’s nine-title strong “Chief Inspector Gamache” series traces the investigations of a highly skilled team coming apart at the seams. The series begins with Still Life.