The 7 best crime-series novels of fall 2020


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It’s been a killer season for stand-alone crime fiction. (See our roundup for more.) But for readers keen to revisit old friends, the following are solid additions to long-running series:

Four autumn stunners selected by Paula Woods — from Lisa Unger, Rose Carlyle, Anne Perry and Alyssa Cole.

Oct. 13, 2020

All the Devils Are Here

Louise Penny
(16th in the Gamache series)
Minotaur: 439 pages, $29

The Darkest Evening

Ann Cleeves
(9th in the Vera Stanhope series)
Minotaur: 373 pages, $28


Next to Last Stand

Craig Johnson
(15th in the Longmire series)
Viking: 336 pages, $28

Still Life

Val McDermid
(6th in the Karen Pirie series)
Atlantic Monthly: 436 pages, $26

The Law of Innocence

Michael Connelly
(6th Mickey Haller book; Nov. 11)
Little, Brown: 432 pages, $29

Eddie’s Boy

Thomas Perry
(4th in the Butcher’s Boy series; Dec. 1)
Mysterious Press: 274 pages, $26

The Art of Violence

S.J. Rozan
(13th in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series; Dec. 1)
Pegasus Crime: 352 pages, $16

A stranger comes to town — or rather, a retired Chicago cop comes to a tight-lipped Irish village — in ‘The Searcher,’ a departure for Tana French.

Oct. 13, 2020

Woods is a book critic, editor of anthologies and author of the Detective Charlotte Justice procedurals.