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Where to Start With Tana French


If you’ve yet to discover Tana French’s fantastic mystery novels, you are in for a real reading treat. Ranging from procedurals that can be on the thriller end of the genre all the way to character-driven suspense crime novels, all of French’s books feature excellent writing and take a dive into human behavior. Depending on your reading mood and crime tastes, you can choose from two standalone suspense novels and a procedural series, the Dublin Murder Squad: Following a group of detectives in Dublin, Ireland solving tough murder cases. But since the series (currently with 6 books) actually changes the focal character with every book–think of it like a daisy chain where a side character later becomes the lead–they can easily be read as standalones. This gives you the option, if you want, to start wherever! With that in mind, the titles below are listed in order of their Goodreads ratings.


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.