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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

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Alright, I'm looking for a series recommendation. I want something I can really get invested in! 

 

I'm a little bit picky, so here are some guidelines:

-Preferrably no romance that is center to the plot. Some action on the side is fine haha

-No sci-fi

-I'm a little wary of dystopian, didn't like Divergent or the Pretties and some other popular ones. I did like the Hunger Games though

-Very compelling character development is a must

 

I'm excited to hear some of your recommendations! Thank you!  :D

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Well I think most of the things that are on TV now adays are well established and you would have to watch them, on catch up or buy the box sets.

 

I don't know if you follow any of these series but they are the ones I like and have been watching for years.

 

Castle

Closer after a few series it became Major Crimes

Bones

Blue Blood

Criminal Minds

Rizzoli and Isles

 

Let me know what you think.  I haven't put a synopsis with them as it is easier to look up on line.

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Well I think most of the things that are on TV now adays are well established and you would have to watch them, on catch up or buy the box sets.

 

I don't know if you follow any of these series but they are the ones I like and have been watching for years.

 

Castle

Closer after a few series it became Major Crimes

Bones

Blue Blood

Criminal Minds

Rizzoli and Isles

 

Let me know what you think.  I haven't put a synopsis with them as it is easier to look up on line.

 

I was actually looking for a book series recommendation! Haha thank you, though. I actually do like Criminal Minds. It's funny, I didn't even think there might be a confusion because in the U.S. we very rarely refer to TV shows as series. What an oversight on my part!

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Sorry Sara misunderstood, so funny how I instantly thought you meant shows.

 

Hope someone can help you.

 

I read James Patterson books he has a few book series on the go.

 

The Womens Murder Club

Michael Bennett

Private

Alex Cross

 

Although I am getting bored with Alex Cross (how dare I say that out loud)

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If you want thrillers / crime novels, I would recommend Karin Slaughter's Grant County -series, Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme -series, and Jeff Lindsay's Dexter-series. 

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If you're interested in crime books, maybe give the Rizzoli And Isles books by Tess Geritsen a go. It's what the tv series is based on and they are fantastic.

 

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There are actually two series of books tied to the TV series of Castle - the Nikki Heat books and the Derick Storm books. Both are excellent and all the books are written by... Richard Castle! Seriously, they have an "author pic" that shows Nathan Fillion and a bio that fits his TV show character! The books are very well written and a lot of fun to read. The Nikki Heat books in particular have lots of little things that you will recognise from the show, but also little nods to Fillion's popular but cancelled too early show, Firefly (blue gloves, characters that hag around in a pair who are called Malcolm and Reynolds, etc).

 

Nikki Heat
1. Heat Wave (2009)
2. Naked Heat (2010)
3. Heat Rises (2011)
4. Frozen Heat (2012)
5. Deadly Heat (2013)
6. Raging Heat (2014)
7. Driving Heat (2015)

 

Derrick Storm
1. A Brewing Storm (2012)
2. A Raging Storm (2012)
3. A Bloody Storm (2012)
4. Storm Front (2013)
5. Wild Storm (2014)

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If you're into historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is the biz:

 

Tudor Court (not technically a series, but they all tie in together)
1. The Constant Princess (2005)
2. The Other Boleyn Girl (2001)
3. The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)
4. The Taming of the Queen (2015)
5. The Queen's Fool (2003)
6. The Virgin's Lover (2004)
7. The Other Queen (2008)

 

 

Cousins' War
1. The White Queen (2009)
2. The Red Queen (2010)
3. The Lady of the Rivers (2011)
4. The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012)
5. The White Princess (2013)
6. The King's Curse (2014)

 

If you like strong, feisty female leads, then you should enjoy Kelly Armstrong. She has several series, but the ones I most highly recommend are:

 

Women of the Otherworld (werewolves, vampires, witches, demons - but in a very normal and down to earth setting - these are regular people just trying to get by!)
1. Bitten (2001)
2. Stolen (2002)
3. Dime Store Magic (2004)
4. Industrial Magic (2004)
5. Haunted (2005)
6. Broken (2006)
7. No Humans Involved (2007)
8. Personal Demon (2008)
9. Living with the Dead (2008)
10. Frost Bitten (2009)
11. Waking the Witch (2010)
12. Spellbound (2011)
13. Thirteen (2012)

 

Nadia Stafford (She's a hit woman!)
1. Exit Strategy (2007)
2. Made to Be Broken (2008)
3. Wild Justice (2013)

 

If you like gritty crime fiction with a Scottish flavour, you will LOVE Stuart Macbride:

Logan McRae
1. Cold Granite (2005)
2. Dying Light (2006)
3. Broken Skin (2007)
     aka Bloodshot
4. Flesh House (2008)
5. Blind Eye (2009)
6. Dark Blood (2010)
7. Shatter the Bones (2011)
8. Close to the Bone (2013)
9. The Missing and the Dead (2015)
10. In the Cold Dark Ground (2016)

 

Ash Henderson
1. Birthdays for the Dead (2012)
2. A Song for the Dying (2014)

 

If you like satire and your humour is pitch-black, my go-to guy is Christopher Brookmyre (also with a Scottish flavour).

Jack Parlabane
1. Quite Ugly One Morning (1996)
2. Country of the Blind (1997)
3. Boiling A Frog (2000)
4. Be My Enemy (2003)
5. Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks (2007)
6. Dead Girl Walking (2015)
7. Black Widow (2016)
8. The Last Day of Christmas (2014)

 

Angelique De Xavier
1. A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away (2001)
2. The Sacred Art of Stealing (2002)
3. A Snowball in Hell (2008)

 

Jasmine Sharp
1. Where the Bodies are Buried (2011)
2. When the Devil Drives (2012)
3. Flesh Wounds (2013)

 

His stand-alone novels are also excellent!
Not the End of the World (1998)
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night (1999)
All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye (2004)
A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil (2006)
Pandaemonium (2009)
Bedlam (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

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If you're into historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is the biz:

 

Tudor Court (not technically a series, but they all tie in together)

1. The Constant Princess (2005)

2. The Other Boleyn Girl (2001)

3. The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)

4. The Taming of the Queen (2015)

5. The Queen's Fool (2003)

6. The Virgin's Lover (2004)

7. The Other Queen (2008)

 

 

Cousins' War

1. The White Queen (2009)

2. The Red Queen (2010)

3. The Lady of the Rivers (2011)

4. The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012)

5. The White Princess (2013)

6. The King's Curse (2014)

 

If you like strong, feisty female leads, then you should enjoy Kelly Armstrong. She has several series, but the ones I most highly recommend are:

 

Women of the Otherworld (werewolves, vampires, witches, demons - but in a very normal and down to earth setting - these are regular people just trying to get by!)

1. Bitten (2001)

2. Stolen (2002)

3. Dime Store Magic (2004)

4. Industrial Magic (2004)

5. Haunted (2005)

6. Broken (2006)

7. No Humans Involved (2007)

8. Personal Demon (2008)

9. Living with the Dead (2008)

10. Frost Bitten (2009)

11. Waking the Witch (2010)

12. Spellbound (2011)

13. Thirteen (2012)

 

Nadia Stafford (She's a hit woman!)

1. Exit Strategy (2007)

2. Made to Be Broken (2008)

3. Wild Justice (2013)

 

If you like gritty crime fiction with a Scottish flavour, you will LOVE Stuart Macbride:

Logan McRae

1. Cold Granite (2005)

2. Dying Light (2006)

3. Broken Skin (2007)

     aka Bloodshot

4. Flesh House (2008)

5. Blind Eye (2009)

6. Dark Blood (2010)

7. Shatter the Bones (2011)

8. Close to the Bone (2013)

9. The Missing and the Dead (2015)

10. In the Cold Dark Ground (2016)

 

Ash Henderson

1. Birthdays for the Dead (2012)

2. A Song for the Dying (2014)

 

If you like satire and your humour is pitch-black, my go-to guy is Christopher Brookmyre (also with a Scottish flavour).

Jack Parlabane

1. Quite Ugly One Morning (1996)

2. Country of the Blind (1997)

3. Boiling A Frog (2000)

4. Be My Enemy (2003)

5. Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks (2007)

6. Dead Girl Walking (2015)

7. Black Widow (2016)

8. The Last Day of Christmas (2014)

 

Angelique De Xavier

1. A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away (2001)

2. The Sacred Art of Stealing (2002)

3. A Snowball in Hell (2008)

 

Jasmine Sharp

1. Where the Bodies are Buried (2011)

2. When the Devil Drives (2012)

3. Flesh Wounds (2013)

 

His stand-alone novels are also excellent!

Not the End of the World (1998)

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night (1999)

All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye (2004)

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil (2006)

Pandaemonium (2009)

Bedlam (2013)

 

 

This is great, thank you so much! I think I'm definitely going to check out Kelly Armstrong.

 

Thank you for your recommendations everybody! 

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Lee Child's Jack Reacher series (20 books) are great and stand alone.  I also second Kell's recommendation for Philippa Gregory's The Cousins War series (6 books). 

Happy reading, there is a lot to choose from in here :smile:  :readingtwo:

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