15 Popular Detective Series Books


In the world of literature, detective series books have always proved to be exceedingly popular and addictive. This article comprises of the popular detective fiction which are in the form of a series of books or a collection of short stories. Let there be some fireworks in your brain!


Whenever we talk about detectives, how can we ever forget Sherlock! This genius work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has inspired the well-known movies and TV series. Sherlock Holmes, along with his partner James Watson, solves numerous complicated cases and fascinates everyone with his extraordinary wit. The book comprises of 12 short stories which are undoubtedly a treat to the brain cells!

A Study in Scarlet

This is the first Sherlock book. This novel is clearly the dawn of a completely new era of detective fiction. It is divided into two parts, first being a narrative by Dr. Watson and the later, a story in flashback at the Salt Lake Valley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote fifty-six Sherlock short stories and 4 Sherlock novels in total. All of them read widely because of humongous fandom and his unparalleled intellect.

The Innocence of Father Brown

This is clearly the most unorthodox detective fiction. Father Brown is a priest who has great insights into the human evil and he solves amazing mysteries with his intuition! His intuitive style makes him completely different from Sherlock, the detective superstar. Sherlock's style is deductive. Must read for someone wanting a change of style but not of the genre.


The detective, Nero Wolfe needs a replacement for bootleg beer and he gets the samples of all the legally available brands. He discovers that all of them are unpalatable. Adding to the chaos, Carlo disappears and his disappearance is connected to a murder of a college president! Seems like our detective has lots of work to do.

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Hunted Down

Hunted Down is a detective fiction by Charles Dickens. It is based on the life of a notorious criminal. Reading a detective story written by such a great writer is indeed a privilege. The most noticeable fact is that Dickens was paid a huge amount of money for this work (by the New York Ledger)!

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None, another Agatha Christie masterpiece, is a very different detective fiction work. After the entire tragic happenings, two Scotland Yard detectives discuss the case in an epilogue. Initially, it was published under a different name in the Great Britain- 'Ten Little Niggers' and under the present name in the U.S.

Murder on the Orient Express

It is one of the finest Agatha Christie novels. Detective Hercule Poirot is instructed to come back to London from Istanbul. He boards the Orient Express and meets Mr. Ratchett who might be murdered in near future! It is a thrilling story of revenge and brilliant investigation by Detective Poirot.

It is a humorous detective novel. The author himself has described it as a unique mixture of genres. It is the story of a great detective. A detective who specializes in missing cats and messy divorces! Okay, I made a bit of exaggeration, he isn't great but he's funny. Really funny!!

The Black Echo

This is the debut novel of Michael Connelly and won Edgar Award, Anthony Award and Dilys Award. The Protagonist, Harry Bosch is demoted as he killed the main suspect of a case. Then, his friend is killed and he starts investigating his murder. He is astounded to discover that the murderer was a very close acquaintance!

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

This not-so-famous detective book is a gem for readers who appreciate reality more than anything. Hewitt (The Protagonist), a lawyer turned detective has been considered a good rival to sherlock by detective fiction geeks. The TV series 'Rivals of Sherlock Holmes' consists of the character.

The Maltese Falcon

Spade and Archer are two private detectives and they take up a case in which a lady’s sister has run off with a man. The inspiration for taking up the case was solely good money as Spade was suspicious of the lady. To his surprise, Spade gets a call soon after taking up the case and he is given the tragic news of the death of Archer! Spade continues to work alone and solve interesting cases.

The Moonstone

The Moonstone from India is taken back by Colonel and later, he gives it to his niece. This nice present turns out to be dangerous for Rachel (the niece) as the Stone’s Guardians would do what it takes to claim the stone back.  And the best part is, this book is considered to be the first English detective novel!

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Two bodies found in an inaccessible room locked from inside and the only available clue is 'non-human hair'. The investigation of the double murder is about to unravel an unbelievable truth and all the sane possibilities and speculations are likely to fail! This book by Edgar Allan Poe is a complete thriller.

The Detective

Joe Leland, the Detective, investigates a homicide which eventually unravels the truth regarding an important event related to the deceased’s past. There are many other strong characters apart from the protagonist making it a must read. Its sequel, Nothing Lasts Forever has been appreciated across the globe as the inspiration for the film, ‘Die Hard’.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

After giving to the world, a celebrated wizard-Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling is back with a different genre. The Cuckoo's Calling is a story of an investigation of a young professional model's suicide. The detective, who lost a leg in the Afghan war is accompanied by his secretary and they strive to uncover the reality.

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