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The 7 best crime-series novels of fall 2020

Book covers of some of the best crime-series novels of fall 2020
(The Mysterious Press/Minotaur Books/Pegasus Crime/Little, Brown/Atlantic Monthly/Minotaur)

Fall Cime Roundup


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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.

All the Devils Are Here


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

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Book jacket for "All the Devils Are Here" by Louise Penny.
(Minotaur)

The Darkest Evening


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

Book jacket for "The Darkest Evening: A Vera Stanhope Novel" by Ann Cleeves.
(Minotaur Books)

Next to Last Stand


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

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Book jacket for “Next to Last Stand” by Craig Johnson.
(Viking)

Still Life


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

Bok jacket for "Still Life" by Val Mc Dermid.
(Atlantic Monthly)

The Law of Innocence


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

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"The Law of Innocence" by Michael Connelly.
(Little, Brown and Company)

Eddie’s Boy


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

Book jacket for "Eddie's Boy" by Thomas Perry.
(Mysterious Press)

The Art of Violence


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

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Book jacket for "The Art of Violence" by S.J. Rozan
(Pegasus Crime)

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.

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


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