My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 (part one)

What an incredible year for books 2018 has been! I remember back in January already thinking compiling these end-of-year lists would be an impossible task. So just like last year, I’ve split things up. My favourite stand-alones will follow at a later date but in this post, I’m focusing on my favourite series. At least it will give me the opportunity to highlight more books.

Some of these may not have been published this year but since I read them this year, I mention them anyway alongside their most recent additions.

Because the list is so long (I had no idea I read so many series!), I’m splitting this post up into two parts.

So, in random order, My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 – Part One!

| Sarah Hilary – DI Marnie Rome |

I said it last year and I’ll say it again : Sarah Hilary’s writing just keeps getting better and better and this series is one of the strongest out there! [my review]

| Helen Fields – DI Luc Callanach |

Again, a corker of a series! I’ve loved this series from the very beginning and any crime fiction fan, of the not faint-hearted variety, should most definitely be reading this! [my reviews here and here]

| David Jackson – DS Nathan Cody |

An absolutely brilliant addition to an already outstanding series that I feel more people should be talking about! [my review]

| Angela Marsons – DI Kim Stone |

Was there ever any doubt these would be on the list? Still going utterly strong after nine books and still a series I’ll happily drop everything for when a new book publishes. [my review here and here]

| J.D. Barker – 4MK |

I’ve found that I’m leaning more towards books set in England lately but I gladly make an exception for the 4MK Thriller series because it just blows my mind! I’m incredibly excited to see how J.D. Barker wraps things up in the final instalment. [my review for The Fifth to Die]

| Johanna Gustawsson – Roy and Castells |

Modern crimes combined with historical fiction? Don’t mind if I do! If you’re looking for addictive page-turners, this is it! [my review]

| Cara Hunter – DI Adam Fawley |

One of those series that just hooked me from the first page. I thought Close To Home was amazing but In The Dark was even better! I can’t wait for book three! [my review for Close to Home]

| Sarah Ward – DC Connie Childs |

I’ve been reading this series from the beginning but have never reviewed it. These books tend to be published right before I leave on holiday in September and they are the first book I pick up when I’m settling down by the pool in Tuscany. I can never find the words to them justice and so don’t review them but consider them my very own special treat. So good!

| Alison Weir – The Six Tudor Queens |

Few people do Tudor fiction the way Alison Weir does and The Six Tudor Queens brings that era to life in the most fascinating way. [my review]

| Daniel Cole – Detective William Fawkes |

Slightly misleading to call it the second book in the Detective William Fawkes series since he’s not actually in it. Personally I didn’t really miss him all that much because of another character but I know other people did. Still, another gripping and exciting book that makes you anxiously await the next instalment. [my review]

So there we have it. Part one of my favourite series of the year. Anything here you’ve read as well? Enjoyed? Didn’t like at all? I’d ask you to mention which books you’d add to the list but since there’s more to come, we’ll leave that for now. Be sure to come back tomorrow for part two! 

  41 comments for “My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 (part one)

  1. December 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I need to check some of these, Eva. I’ve started Adam Fawley & Kim Stone and enjoyed them both. Great post!

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  2. December 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I really need to get to The Fifth to Die as I loved The Fourth Monkey. Lol, I was the same! Wolf is awesome but I didn’t miss him at all in Hangman.👍

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  3. December 13, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Oh God, I still want to read so many of these. I think I have two books by Sarah Hilary in my library (one paperback, one ecopy) and they’re still not read. I have also only read the first novel by Angela Marsons but I remember quite well that I really liked it.. maybe something for my bucket list next year :-). At least I’m up to date with the 4MK series and Roy and Castells. They’re both amazing and they really deserve to be on this list!

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    • December 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      And all of those will have new books coming in the new year! I’m so excited I may just scream 😄

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  4. Rae Reads
    December 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Fab post Eva! I bought Ragdoll, just need to get around to reading it! Will have to buy Hangman too Xx

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    • December 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      You should. On the other hand, it’s a trilogy so if you wait long enough, you can read all three in one go 😂

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  5. December 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I’m loving the DI Marnie Rome and Luc Callanach series (although I’m playing catch up with both)

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  6. December 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I haven’t read any of these and look forward to seeing what you come up with tomorrow.😀

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  7. December 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    You’ve reminded me I need to get to The Fifth to Die…loved 4MK. Great post Eva x

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    • December 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      The Fifth to Die is so good! I can’t wait for the last one and see everything come together. I have no idea how J.D. Barker is keeping track of everything.

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      • December 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm

        I’m defo going to get it when pb out later in month. My hub enjoyed first also so it’s great we both get to enjoy this series

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        • December 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

          I’m so jealous! I told hubby to pick this one up (and the Chalkman as well) as I’m sure he’d enjoy them but he doesn’t read. Ever. So the answer I got was “I’ll wait for the movies”. 🙄😂

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  8. December 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Great list! I love Cara Hunter’s series and am hoping to read DI Callanach quite soon.

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    • December 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Excellent! New Cara Hunter coming soon so something to look forward to. And I really hope you enjoy the DI Callanach series when you get around to it!

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  9. December 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Great post, Eva. Sarah Hilary’s Marine Rome series has always been one of my top favourites as well.

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    • December 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

      I’m not at all surprised to hear that, Jacob! You have brilliant taste in crime fiction!


  10. December 13, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Some fabulous reads, I love Helen Fields and Johana Gustawssons books. I am desperate to read Angela Marsons and Cara Hunters as well, hopefully next year I can get these read. I also want to read Ann Cleaves Vera series x

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    • December 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

      You’ll fly through the Angela Marsons in no time. There’s only ten of them 😉😂

      I don’t know the Ann Cleaves Vera series. I shall go and investigate!


  11. December 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    These series all look fab! Many, if not all are on my TBR. In particular, starting in January I’ll be reading the Angela Marsons series in order – one a month for ten months.
    Thanks for this post and I’ll look forward to part 2.

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    • December 14, 2018 at 10:43 am

      I do so hope you enjoy the Angela Marsons books! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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  12. December 13, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Sadly I have not read any of these BUT, many are on my TBR list and hopefully I will be reading some of them next year!

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  13. December 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I still need to do my list! What a corker of a list this is!! Apart from Alison weir I’ve not heard of many of the other, but if you say they are good I will have to check them out

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    • December 14, 2018 at 10:44 am

      You haven’t heard of many of them? Do you even read my blog? 😜😂

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      • December 15, 2018 at 11:48 am

        Lol I missed most of the year of your blog newbie don’t forget ha ha


  14. Yvo
    December 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Great list! A lot of these are on my TBR and the 4MK books are on my list of favorites as well.


  15. December 26, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    What a good idea to do them in parts, especially when you’ve read so many books, I haven’t read any of these but a lot of them are on my TBR ☺️

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