Detectives Daughter Books in Order

The Detectives Daughter 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 Detectives Daughter 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 The Detective's Daughter Books

The Detective's Daughter

Thomson, Lesley 2013

A woman follows in her father’s footsteps by taking on the murder case he never solved in lifeIt was the murder that shocked the nation. Thirty years ago Kate Rokesmith went walking by the river with her young son. She never came home. For three decades her case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic—until Stella Darnell, daughter of Detective Chief Superintendent Darnell, starts to clear out her father’s house after his death.

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Ghost Girl

Thomson, Lesley 2014

A year after her father's death, the detective's daughter inherits a strange new case involving a haunting stack of photographsIn a cold day in 1966, 10-year-old Mary Thornton is taking her little brother home from school in time for tea. But that afternoon will change Mary's life forever.

She is about to become the only witness to her brother's murder. Only a year after the death of her father, chief superintendent Terry Darnell, his daughter Stella is still reeling from the publicity storm around the case of Kate Rokesmith. But Stella has discovered a folder of unlabeled photographs of deserted streets amongst her father's possessions.

And the first photograph in this odd collection dates back to 1966. . .

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The Detective's Secret

Thomson, Lesley 2015
When a man dies beneath a London Underground train in mysterious circumstances, it's left to Stella Darnell to uncover the secrets of the case. Read More

The Runaway

Thomson, Lesley 2015

An exclusive short story from the bestselling author of The Detective's Daughter. Stella Darnell understands that her mum and dad don't want to live together anymore. But she wishes she didn't have to say goodbye to her bedroom, or pack her hateful pink suitcase that bangs against her legs.

Her mum says she'll have special weekends just to see her dad – but Stella knows that when her dad is solving crimes, there's no time for her. And so, aged seven and a half, the detective's daughter decides to run away...

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The House With No Rooms

Thomson, Lesley 2016

The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living memory. In the Botanical Gardens at Kew, a lost little girl stumbled upon a deserted gallery. Dizzied by the heat, she thought she saw a woman lying dead on the ground. But when she opened her eyes, the woman had gone.

Forty years later, Stella Darnell, the detective’s daughter, is investigating a chilling new case. What she uncovers will draw her into the obsessive world of botany, and towards an unsolved murder that has lain dormant for decades.

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The Dog Walker

Thomson, Lesley 2017

January, 1987: in the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage. Only her dog returns. Twenty-nine years later, her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her sidekick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago.

But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold.

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The Death Chamber

Thomson, Lesley 2018

Queen's Jubilee, 1977: Cassie Baker sees her boyfriend kissing another girl at the village disco. Upset, she heads home alone and is never seen again.Millennium Eve, 1999: DCI Paul Mercer finds Cassie's remains in a field. Now he must prove the man who led him there is guilty.

When Mercer's daughter asks Stella Darnell for help solving the murder, Stella see echoes of herself. Another detective's daughter.With her sidekick sleuth, Jack, Stella moves to Winchcombe, where DCI Mercer and his prime suspect have been playing cat and mouse for the past eighteen years.

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The Playground Murders

Thomson, Lesley 2019

'A class above' IAN RANKIN. Forty years ago, in the dark of the playground, two children's lives were changed for ever. The case of six-year-old Sarah Ferris, killed in an empty playground, haunted Hammersmith police for decades. Not just because the victim would never see her seventh birthday.

But because solving the case meant arresting another child on suspicion of Sarah's murder. Now, forty years later, cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell has unearthed new information about Sarah and her killer. As Stella pieces together the truth about what happened all those years ago, she is drawn into a story of jealousy, betrayal and the end of innocence.

A story that has not yet reached its end... 'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction' SUNDAY TIMES. 'Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique ... Gloriously well-written' WILLIAM SHAW.

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The Hollow House

Thomson, Lesley 2021

Cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell connects a murder in Tewkesbury Abbey to a decades-old mystery in wartime London. From the number 1 bestselling author of The Detective's Daughter. London, 1940A woman lies dead in a bombed-out house. It looks like she's another tragic casualty of the Blitz, until police pathologist Aleck Northcote proves she was strangled and placed at the scene.

But Northcote himself has something to hide. And when his past catches up with him, he too is murdered.Tewkesbury, 2020 Beneath the vast stone arches of Tewkesbury Abbey, a man has been fatally stabbed. He is Roddy March, an investigative journalist for a podcast series uncovering miscarriages of justice.

He was looking into the murder of police pathologist Dr Aleck Northcote – and was certain he had uncovered Northcote's real killer.Stella Darnell used to run a detective agency alongside her cleaning business. She's moved to Tewkesbury to escape from death, not to court it – but Roddy died in her arms and, Stella is someone impelled to root out evil when she finds it.

Now she is determined to hunt down Roddy's killer – but then she finds another body...

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