5 Mystery Book Series to Read If You Love Sherlock Holmes
There are few detectives as iconic as Sherlock Holmes. And while his tales have been told and retold over the years, there’s nothing quite like reading the original stories themselves. I’ve read them all several times and really enjoyed the Stephen Fry audiobook.
If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, be sure to check out these 11 mystery book series! These books are packed with suspense and will keep you entertained for hours on end.
Hercule Poirot Series by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. She has written dozens of novels, all of which are packed with suspense and intrigue. If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, be sure to check out her Hercule Poirot series — you won’t be disappointed!
Agatha Christie’s world-famous mysteries featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot come in many forms. There are short stories, which were collected in two volumes (The Labors of Hercules and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) and can be read in any order.
There are novels, some of which stand alone (Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile) and some of which are part of a series (The ABC Murders, Cards on the Table). Then there are the “locked room” puzzles, in which Poirot must solve a crime that seems impossible given the circumstances (The Hollow, The Murder of the Orient Express, Death in the Clouds).
And finally, there are truly confounding cases that have stumped even Poirot himself (The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim, The Double Clue).
While the books in the series can be read as stand-alone novels, Goodreads offers some tips on reading order to avoid spoilers.
1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Death in the Clouds should be read before Dumb Witness.
2. Lord Edgware Dies should be read before After the Funeral.
3. Murder in Mesopotamia should be read before Murder on the Orient Express (Mesopotamia story took place before Orient Express).
4. Three Act Tragedy should be read before Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.