The very popular Jesse Stone Mystery Series, formerly written by the now-passed Robert B. Parker, has recently had a few new books released by author Michael Brandman. I haven’t had time yet to continue the series (it seems like my back log of mysteries grows every day) but I’ve heard that Brandman has managed to fully capture the “voice” of the characters I’ve come to know so well. Of course, this has gotten me thinking about some of the other popular mystery series that have seen multiple authors over the years.
Sometimes the new author is related by blood to the previous author, and often may have either directly or indirectly influenced the work. Relatively recently, the popular Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series was taken over by John Clement, following the passing of his mother, Blaize Clement. Lucky for us, he appears to be continuing the series indefinitely, though this isn’t always the case – Graham Landrum‘s son, Robert Graham Landrum, finished the fifth and final book in the Club Mystery Series, and hasn’t added to the series since.
Other times it seems that the publisher is responsible for the transition between authors, as in the case of the transition of Lawrence Sanders‘ Archy McNally Mystery Series to then-relatively unknown author Vincent Lardo. As far as I know Lardo and Sanders never even met, much less worked together – this was simply a case where the publisher thought that the series could be profitably continued with a new author whose style was similar to the original author’s technique.
Can you think of any other mystery series (other than the Nancy Drew series) that have been taken over by a second or even third author?
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Since you all have mentioned so many good examples, I’m going to go ahead and list them. Here are some other mystery authors who have taken on another mystery author’s series: