Last month I talked about some of the ridiculously long series I’ve started and may or may not finish. Today I’m going to talk about a few new series that are still at that only one or two published stage. I’ve read the first book in each of these and an eagerly anticipating the second books that are planned (or in a couple of cases already published but not yet available in the US). Whether or not these will actually become extended or lengthy series I have no idea.

If you’re looking for some new mystery series with interesting characters and settings but don’t want to tackle an already extensive backlist here are four good new series to think about while they’re still at the stage of only adding one or two books to your TBR list,

Here are four very good ‘first in a new series’ books that I’ve read recently and consider worthy of highlighting. (Clicking the titles of the first books link to my reviews)

The Quinn Colson Series by Ace Atkins.
The Ranger by Ace Atkins
The first book is The Ranger which I described as a blend of old fashioned western and contemporary mystery. Atkins is great at building atmosphere and tension. The hero is a likeable Army Ranger with Southern roots. If you like Jack Reacher you should check out this book because Quinn Colson reminded me a lot of Reacher but with roots to a hometown that Reacher doesn’t have. The second book is not out yet but expected release is next summer.

The Laurence Bartram Series by Elizabeth Speller.
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth SpellerI had no idea there was a second book when I read The Return of Captain John Emmett. It’s not one that blatantly sets up a continuation or follow up at the end, but I was very pleased to discover that there is already a second book available currently in the UK. I don’t know when it will be released in the US. This is not a fast paced story, but is one in which the elements are gradually revealed. I thought it was an excellent blend of mystery and historical fiction. The Post World War I time and setting in England grabbed my interest. Fans of the Maisie Dobbs series might like this one set a few years earlier.

The Captain Natalia Monte Series by Jan Merete Weiss
These Dark Things by Jan Merete WeissThese Dark Things was one I picked up because I wanted to read something in an altogether different setting than anything I’d read lately. Captain Natalia Monte is one of the few female members of the Carabinieri (Italy’s National Police) and stationed in her home town of Naples. This first book was relatively short but the author managed to pack in a lot of story without it crumbling into chaos. I don’t see a publication date for a second book, but it’s definitely being marketed as the beginning of a new series.

The Department Q Series by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-OlsenThe first book in this series was just released in the US with the title The Keeper of Lost Causes. There are already four books in the series that have been published in the author’s native Denmark. I was intrigued by both the setting and the premise of the series establishing how Department Q is established and the main characters. I’m eagerly anticipating the US release of the next in the series.

What about you? What first in a new series book have you read recently that you’ve been recommending to your friends? What second in a new series are you counting the days until you you can get your hands on it?