Ann Granger Books in Order

The Ann Granger books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Ann Granger books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Mitchell and Markby Books

Say It with Poison

Granger, Ann 1991
The murder of a bride's ex-lover on the eve of her wedding puts her diplomat aunt, Meredith Mitchell, and acerbic Chief Inspector Alan Markby on the trail of a killer who may be the bride herself, her movie-star mother, or one of many other suspects Read More

A Season for Murder

Granger, Ann 1991
After several years abroad with the British Foreign Service, Meredith Mitchell settles in Pook's Common and soon finds herself solving the riddle of her neighbor's death. Reprint. Read More

Cold in the Earth

Granger, Ann 1992
When a bulldozer breaking ground of a new mall uncovers the corpse of a mystery man buried alive, Bamford Chief Inspector Alan Markby teams up with friend Meredith Mitchell to solve the mystery. Reprint. Read More

Murder Among Us

Granger, Ann 1992
The fourth entry in the popular British mystery series featuring Meredith Mitchell and Chief Inspector Alan Markby finds the team investigating murder and blackmail when Springwood Hall in the quaint village of Bamford is turned into an elegant hotel. Reprint. Read More

Where Old Bones Lie

Granger, Ann 1993
Joining her archaeologist friend, Ursula, on the site of a Saxon burial ground, Meredith Mitchell is astonished when they dig up the remains of Ursula's lover's wife, revealing a murder that brings Inspector Markby to the scene. Reprint. Read More

A Fine Place for Death

Granger, Ann 1994
Investigating the murder of a teenage girl in Bamford, Chief Inspector Alan Markby seeks out the unknown companion who became the last person to see the victim alive and enlists the help of Meredith Mitchell, who works with another troubled teen. Reprint. Read More

Flowers for His Funeral

Granger, Ann 1994

When Meredith Mitchell bumps into her old schoolfriend Rachel Hunter at the Chelsea Flower Show it doesn't take Meredith long to realise that she and the effortlessly self-confident blonde have even less in common now than they had as teenagers. Apart from one thing - Meredith's companion, Chief Inspector Markby.

For to the embarrassment of all concerned, except of course the self-possessed Rachel, Meredith's old schoolfriend turns out to have been Markby's former wife, from whom he was divorced years before in less than friendly circumstances. The meeting with Rachel is not the only surprise the Flower Show has in store for Markby - before the afternoon is out he has a death on his hands.

All too quickly he and Meredith find themselves drawn into the plush, apparently well-run world Rachel and her second husband created for themselves in their Cotswold home, Malefis Abbey, a world which Markby becomes increasingly convinced harbours a highly skilled murderer .


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Candle for a Corpse

Granger, Ann 1995

On an unseasonably chilly summer's day a macabre discovery is made in Bamford's ancient churchyard. A body, dead some twelve years, is unearthed in the Gresham family plot, too shallowly buried to be a legitimate interment, too recent to be the last Gresham officially laid to rest.

Superintendent Alan Markby cannot resist the challenge to solve this twelve-year-old crime and suddenly his long-planned canal-barge holiday with Meredith Mitchell is in serious jeopardy. When the remains are identified as those of a local teenager, Kimberley Oates, reported missing at the time of the mysterious burial, his mind is made up.

Her holiday postponed, to her secret relief, Meredith finds herself with more time than usual for village chat - and for a dinner party with the local MP that reveals more than either he or his formidable mother would like about his connection with the dead girl .


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A Touch of Mortality

Granger, Ann 1996

When Sally Caswell persuaded her scientist husband Liam to move from London to the quiet of rural Oxfordshire it was in the hope of a more peaceful existence. But so far the move has led to nothing but discord. Liam's sabbatical book project is not going well so, frustrated and isolated, he quarrels incessantly both with Sally and with their next-door neighbour, the crotchety pensioner Bodicote whose unruly goats are a constant source of contention.

But then a mysterious package arrives that gives the couple real cause for anxiety. It appears that Liam is being targeted by animal rights activists, though Superintendent Markby, in charge of the investigation, is not entirely convinced. Liam has many enemies, Bodicote amongs them, and it seems to Markby that Liam's cantankerous old neighbour is hiding something.

The more Markby investigates, the more his unease grows - as does that of Meredith Mitchell, Markby's girlfriend and an old friend of Sally Caswell, for Meredith suspects Sally is far from well. Then a body is found ...

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A Word After Dying

Granger, Ann 1996

Inspector Alan Markby and his long-time friend Meredith Mitchell have taken a cottage in the country for a much needed holiday. But so sooner are they relaxing with a neighbor over a glass of blackberry wine, when Markby is being badgered for an "off the record" opinion about a somewhat suspicious accidental death.

Retired journalist Wynne Carter has been satisfying her professional curiosity by investigating a former villager: Olivia Smeaton, a reserved old lady with a racy past whose life -- and recent fatal fall -- leave a lot of questions unanswered. Determinedly off duty, Markby grumbles that the woman's death was probably caused by a loose slipper sole.

Still, Meredith's interest is piqued by suggestive acts of vandalism that have been striking the village, including the malicious poisoning of the victim's much-loved pony. And, when another body is found, even Markby must admit that there is foul play afoot.

with the villagers becoming increasingly unfriendly, and the mysterious violence continuing, Meredith and Markby begin to fear that Olivia's death may have been just the first of many, unless the two of them can make sense of the scandalous secrets so carefully hidden by the inhabitants of the seemingly peaceful Cotswold village.

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Call the Dead Again

Granger, Ann 1998
Meredith Mitchell investigates the murder of local lawyer after giving a mysterious hitchhiker a ride to his house the night before he was murdered. Original. Read More

Beneath These Stones

Granger, Ann 1999

Twelve-year-old Tammy Franklin has learned too much about death, too quickly. Two years ago she lost her mother to a long, lingering illness and now the body of the woman her father married in an attempt to replace his wife has been found on a railway embankment close to the Franklin farm.

This time the death is murder. As Superintendent Markby, one of the first on the scene, well knows, Tammy now stands to have her father taken from her, for Hugh Franklin is suspect number one in the mind of the inspector to whom Markby has delegated the case.

But, despite his need to distance himself from the murder, Markby begins to realise that the truth is destined to be far more complex than he ever envisaged ...

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Shades of Murder

Granger, Ann 2000

In 1889 Cora Oakley died by inhaling a poisonous gas in her sleep, and her husband William was put on trial for her murder. Over a hundred years later, the only remaining members of the family are two elderly sisters who live in the ancestral home. Unable to maintain the mansion, the sisters decide to sell up and live off the proceeds.

Then a young Polish man named Jan appears, claiming to be William Oakley's great-grandson and threatening to ruin the sisters' plans. When he is found dead, it seems that the shadow of murder has returned to haunt the Oakley family again, and Superintendent Markby must look back at the events of a century ago to find the killer.


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A Restless Evil

Granger, Ann 2002

It sends a shiver down Detective Superintendent Alan Markby's spine when he hears that a rambler has stumbled on human bones in Stovey Woods in the heart of the Cotswolds. Twenty-two years ago, as a fresh-faced young inspector, he had a rare failure in the hunt for a brutal serial rapist preying on local women.

After the third rape, the attacker went to ground, never to be heard of again. Now, with a new investigation prompted by the grisly remains, the trail could be warm once more. But almost at once Markby is confronted with another body and a thoroughly up-to-date murder.

Could the two be connected? It seems that some of the village residents would be just as happy to let sleeping dogs lie and secrets - both old and new - stay hidden...

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That Way Murder Lies

Granger, Ann 2004

A chilling secret from the past leads to a violent murder in the present...Mitchell and Markby must put their wedding plans on hold when an old friend seeks their help inThat Way Murder Lies,the fifteenth English village murder mystery in Ann Granger's Mitchell & Markby series.

The perfect read for fans of Kathy Cranston, Agatha Christie and ITV'sMidsomer Murders.When Meredith Mitchell's old friend Toby Smythe turns up on leave, she is delighted to see him. But Toby has a problem - or rather his relative Alison Jenner has - and he wants to enlist the help of Meredith's fiance, Detective Superintendent Alan Markby.

Alison has been receiving anonymous hate mail which alludes to the murder of her aunt, Freda Kemp, of which Alison was acquitted when she was just twenty. Who is the writer, and how does he or she know about this secret in Alison's past?Markby is at first reluctant to become involved, especially as he and Meredith are busy planning their wedding, but enquiries into a poison pen campaign soon turn into a murder hunt.

With the help of Inspector Jessica Campbell, a new member of Markby's team, the investigation unravels a twenty-five-year-old mystery and its dreadful legacy of violence.What readers are saying aboutThat Way Murder Lies:'Enjoyable, clever,incrediblyentertainingandinterestingbook''Anyone who enjoys adelightful English cosythat is aclever blending of amateur sleuthandpolice proceduralwill enjoy this series!''Quite a mysteryright up to the very end'

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Publication Order of Fran Varady Books

Asking for Trouble

Granger, Ann 1997

The death of a squatter is not all it seems...Ann Granger introduces the unemployed and soon-to-be-homeless amateur sleuth Fran Varady in the first of this riveting crime series. The perfect read for fans of Edward Marston and LJ Ross.'It looks as if Ann Granger is on to another winner' -Birmingham PostFran Varady is insolvent, unemployed and, though for the moment she's got the leaky roof of the squat she shares in Jubilee Street over her head, she'll very soon be homeless thanks to the council eviction department.

Her dreams of becoming an actress, nurtured when her father and grandmother were still alive, seem a long way off. But Fran is a survivor ... which her former housemate, Terry, found hanging from the ceiling of her room, clearly is not.Terry, secretive and selfish, was far from popular with the rest of the household, but her death shakes the Jubilee Street Creative Artists' Commune, as the squat residents half-jokingly call themselves.

And, the more Fran discovers about the death of the young woman whose life briefly intersected with her own, the more she begins to see it was not all it first seemed.What readers are saying aboutAsking for Trouble:'Fran is too good to confine to one book.

What good news to learn that there is a series!''Anintriguing storyline, described withhumour and affection''Fran is adelightful characterand onewell worth following through the other parts of this series'

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Keeping Bad Company

Granger, Ann 1997

Alcoholic Albie may not be a reliable witness, but his claims might just be true...When Fran Varady meets a down-and-out who has witnessed a kidnapping, she is soon on the case inKeeping Bad Company,the second book in Ann Granger's Fran Varady series.

The perfect read for fans of Rebecca Tope and Val McDermid.'The reader can expect a treat. Fran Varady is as fresh and vital as ever... Lively, different and fun' -Yorkshire PostBuying a coffee for down-and-out 'Alkie' Albie at Marylebone Station is Fran Varady's good deed for the day.

But when the grateful Albie takes her into his confidence, Fran suddenly finds herself launched on her second investigation. For Albie, though obviously fond of a drink and none too familiar with soup and water, is absolutely clear about one thing - he claims to be the only witness to the violent abduction of a young girl.

Although the police scornfully dismiss Albie's story as alcoholic hallucinations, Fran is determined to follow it up. And her suspicions seem to be spot on when she is warned off by her old sparring partner, Sergeant Parry, and then approached by a boyhood friend of her late father's, distraught over the kidnapping of his daughter.

But this is only the beginning of Fran's investigation - days later, Alkie Albie is found dead...What readers are saying aboutKeeping Bad Company:'Thecharacterisations are great-people and places so alivethatyou feel like you're right there''Thedialogue weaves in and out of the main characters personalities, whom the author describes in anengaging and detailed fashion''Justexcellent'

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Running Scared

Granger, Ann 1998
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Risking It All

Granger, Ann 2001

When Fran Varady is approached by Private Investigator Clarence Duke, she mistrusts him on instinct. But she can't ignore what he has to tell her. Her mother, Eva, who walked out on Fran when she was only seven years old, has hired Clarence to find her daughter.

And for good reason. Eva is dying. Within days, Fran is reunited with the mother she hasn't seen for fifteen years, and is soon to lose again. But the biggest bombshell is still to come. Eva has another child - a daughter she gave up soon after her birth - and she wants Fran to find her.

Matters aren't helped by the fact that slippery Clarence Duke seems intent on discovering what she's up to. But it's when he's found dead in his car outside Fran's home that the trouble really begins ...

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Watching Out

Granger, Ann 2002

Fran Varady fell into private detective work by accident rather than design. Now she's got a 'real' job at a trendy pizzeria, she's back on track with her acting ambitions, and she's even found a nice flat to rent. But things aren't as straightforward as they seem.

The job, for a start: there's something rather sinister about the way the pizzeria is run. And the play rehearsals aren't going well. As if all this doesn't bring problems enough, Fran has rashly undertaken to help a young boy, illegally in the country, find an elusive people-trafficker called Max.

When the trail Fran is following is suddenly and tragically interrupted by a horrifying death, she finds herself up against dangerous men and a ruthless organisation.

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Mixing with Murder

Granger, AnnF 2005

Whilst pursuing one crime investigation, Fran Varady gets caught up in another... Amateur sleuth Fran Varady faces more questionable characters in her most complicated investigation yet. Mixing with Murder is the sixth sparky mystery in Ann Granger's Fran Varady series, not to be missed by fans of Carola Dunn and Val McDermid.

'Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent' - The Times Fran Varady isn't keen to help seedy club owner Mickey Allerton track down Lisa, a dancer who's done a bunk. But since Mickey's holding Fran's dog Bonnie hostage till the job's done, she doesn't have much choice.

She quickly locates Lisa and they arrange to meet - but when Fran gets there early, the first thing she sees is a body floating in the river. It's Ivo, one of Mickey's nastier bouncers. If Lisa wasn't terrified already, she is when she gets this news, and Fran finds herself torn between helping the frightened girl and doing Mickey's bidding.

And it's all about to get a lot more complicated...What readers are saying about Mixing with Murder:'The cast of characters lumbers into view with understated menace mixed with charm and humour. Even minor characters have distinctive personalities''Always a pleasure to read Ann Granger books''Even when you think you know the ending there's always a nice little twist in the plot'

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Publication Order of Lizzie Martin/Inspector Ben Ross Books

A Mortal Curiosity

Granger, Ann 2007

It’s 1864 and Lizzie Martin is leaving London for the south coast of England to be the companion of Lucy Craven, a teenager who lives in seclusion with her aunts and has recently lost an infant daughter to illness. En route, Lizzie meets Doctor Lefebre, a slightly off-putting gentleman headed for the same destination.

Lefebre, it turns out, is an alienist hired by Lucy’s family to determine whether the young woman is mad. And he discloses something shocking: Lucy Craven doesn’t believe her daughter is dead; she insists the baby was stolen from her. In Hampshire, complications mount.

Late at night, Lizzie hears furtive voices outside, there’s a gentleman farmer whose demeanor with Lucy seems unusually familiar, and, while Lucy proves a bit moody, she hardly seems deranged. The girl’s aunts are clearly withholding something.

. . . These tensions come to a head when a man is found dead in the garden, stabbed with a knife from the aunts’ home. Lizzie calls upon her beau, Inspector Benjamin Ross. Together, they find themselves entangled in a mystery as bewildering as any they’ve faced.

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A Better Quality of Murder

Granger, Ann 2010

Evil lurks on the streets of Victorian London in the third gripping crime novel to feature Scotland Yard Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie.As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night in late October 1867, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast.

By the time it has lifted next morning a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly. But what had she been doing in London that afternoon, and why had she been selling her brooch in the Burlington Arcade just hours before her death? As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie - with the help of their maid Bessie - looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead.


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The Dead Woman of Deptford

Granger, Ann 2016

THE DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD is the sixth Inspector Ben Ross mystery set in Victorian London from much-loved crime writer Ann Granger.On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found.

Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he's seen nothing. Meanwhile, Ben's wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector's house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question.

Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears...

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The Murderer's Apprentice

Granger, Ann 2019

Dense fog masks foul play in the streets of London, as Ann Granger brings us her seventh Victorian mystery featuring Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie.It is March 1870. London is in the grip of fog and ice. But Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross has more than the weather to worry about when the body of a young woman is found in a dustbin at the back of a Piccadilly restaurant.

Ben must establish who the victim is before he can find out how and why she came to be there. His enquiries lead him first to a bootmaker in Salisbury and then to a landowner in Yorkshire. Meanwhile, Ben's wife, Lizzie, aided by their eagle-eyed maid, Bessie, is investigating the mystery of a girl who is apparently being kept a prisoner in her own home.

As Ben pursues an increasingly complex case, Lizzie reveals a vital piece of evidence that brings him one step closer to solving the crime...Praise for Ann Granger's crime novels:'Characterisation, as ever with Granger, issharp and astringent'The Times'Her usualimpeccable plottingis fully in place'Good Book Guide'Aclever and livelybook' Margaret Yorke'Thisengrossing storylooks like the start of ahighly enjoyable series'Scotsman

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Publication Order of Campbell and Carter Mystery Books

Mud, Muck and Dead Things

Ann Granger 2009

The first Campbell and Carter mystery from one of the nation's best-loved crime writers Lucas Burton hates the countryside. To him it's nothing but mud, muck and dead things. And he's right. When he turns up at a deserted farm in the middle of nowhere hoping to conduct a business deal he stumbles across the body of a girl.

And that's just the start of his bad luck: Penny Gower from the local stables has spotted his silver Mercedes leaving the scene of the crime. Suddenly, for Lucas, things are looking very bleak indeed...Inspector Jess Campbell is on the case, but with few leads and a new superintendent, Ian Carter, breathing down her neck, she's beginning to feel the pressure.

Then another dead body is found...

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Rack, Ruin and Murder

Granger, Ann 2011

The discovery of a dead body shatters the tranquillity of a Cotswold village in Ann Granger's second Campbell and Carter mystery. When old Monty Bickerstaffe finds a dead body in his drawing room it comes as a nasty surprise - the first of many. Monty lives alone in a crumbling Cotswold manor house and the last thing he wants is the police sniffing around his property.

Not that he has anything to hide... The identity of the corpse and how and why it was left in Monty's home remain a mystery. The locals swear they've seen nothing unusual and Monty's relatives claim they've never set eyes on the stiff before. But Inspector Jess Campbell is convinced that someone's lying and, with the help of Superintendent Ian Carter, she must dig deep into Monty's family history to reveal the shocking truth.


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Bricks and Mortality

Ann Granger 2013
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Dead in the Water

Granger, Ann 2015

The fourth murky murder in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries.As Christmas approaches in the sleepy English village of Weston Saint Ambrose, the rains bring the wettest winter on record and the farmer’s fields are submerged. The water uncovers all manner of things, however, including a dead body, dredged up from its watery grave.

Snagging on the jetty of Isolde Evans, the reclusive writer is shocked to recognise the victim. And she’s not the only one. When Inspector Jess Campbell investigates, she recognises the body of Courtney Higson, a local barmaid with a doting, ex-con father, Terry.

He is set on finding his daughter’s killer, and Jess must get to the bottom of this quickly, before he takes the law into his own hands...Dead in the Water is a scintillating crime thriller, perfect for fans of T. E. Kinsey, Ann Cleeves and the Midsomer Murders.

Praise for Ann Granger'Set in the familiar mode of traditional country crime novels, there is nothing old-fashioned about the characters...Granger is bang up to date' Oxford Times'Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent' The Times'Entertaining and lifelike characters.

..a satisfying and unexpected twist' Mystery People'Lovely characterisation and a neat plot' Yorkshire Post

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Rooted in Evil


Rooted in Evil by Ann Granger is set in the Cotswold village of Weston Saint Ambrose and features Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter in their fifth murder mystery. When the body of a man, with his brains blown out, is found in a Cotswold wood it looks like suicide.

But looks can be deceptive and it doesn't take long for the police to identify that there's more to the case than meets the eye. People's stories don't add up and when Superintendent Ian Carter and Inspector Jess Campbell start probing it becomes clear that the dead man had ruffled more than a few feathers in this close-knit community.

His stepsister had been bailing him out of his financial troubles - much against her husband's wishes - but, with his money worries still mounting, the victim had become a desperate man... As Jess and Ian dig deeper and deeper into the case, a cover-up is exposed and bitter resentment rises to the surface to reveal a killer.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Unexpected American

Ann Hulme 1988
The Unexpected Ameri by Ann Hulme released on Jun 23, 1989 is available now for purchase. Read More

A Scandalous Bargain

Ann Hulme 1989
A Scandalous Bargain by Ann Hulme released on Oct 25, 1990 is available now for purchase. Read More

False Fortune

Ann Hulme 1989
False Fortune by Ann Hulme released on Mar 25, 1991 is available now for purchase. Read More

Publication Order of Anthologies

Joan Hess Presents Malice Domestic

Hess, Joan 2000
The ninth anthology celebrating the cozy mystery includes a tribute to Agatha Cristie, Christie's The Case of the Discontented Soldier, and contributions by such writers as Robert Barnard, Dorothy Cannell, Ann Granger, Teri Holbrook, and Susan Moody. Original. Read More

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