Detective D. D. Warren is a single-minded, tough-talking, first-rate detective, most comfortable when she’s owning the streets of Boston cracking homicide cases.
First imagined in 2005, and now with nine books and two short stories in the series, dastardly deeds waiting to be uncovered range from a father who methodically kills his whole family to the discovery of mummified remains.
A master at the suspense novel, Lisa Gardner is an international number one bestselling author and crime connoisseur who’ll have you hooked from the first page and guessing until the last.
Lisa Gardner’s Detective D D Warren books in order:
As he watches a potentially fatal hostage situation unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle, Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge knows that he may be all that stands between life and death. But from the moment Bobby pulls the trigger, killing an armed man holding his own wife and child hostage, it may be Bobby’s own life that is lost.
Detective D D Warren’s investigation into the shooting leads her to the impossibly beautiful young widow, Catherine Rose Gagnon, and the darkness in her past. Even as the truth behind the façade of this wealthy Boston family’s life is revealed, the body count rises. And with a sadistic, vengeful killer newly released from prison, everyone must be on their guard. For he strikes the solitary wanderer – and no one can stay protected forever…
Annabelle Granger was seven years old when it first happened. She arrived home to find the suitcases packed and her parents desperate to flee their home. Then followed years spent running, from what, or who, she doesn’t know, just an endless blur of new faces and new towns.
Now, aged 30, Annabelle has finally settled in Boston and is happy with her life. Until the bodies of six girls are found in the grounds of an abandoned mental institute and a newspaper declares her one of the victims.
Detectives D D Warren and Bobby Dodge are determined to unravel the decades-old riddle and they fear that the discovery signals the return of a notorious serial killer, Mr Bosu – Bobby’s worst nightmare. As they get closer to the truth they will all be forced to confront the uncomfortable truths in their pasts – because ultimately, there is no hiding place…
A house in suburban Boston, a perfect family; pretty, young mother Sandra Jones seemingly has it all. But when Sandra goes missing, leaving her four-year-old daughter as the only witness, it appears that all is not as idyllic as her neighbours would believe…
As Detective D D Warren delves deeper into the fabric of the Jones’ lives, she discovers the darkness therein. With Sandra’s husband Jason seemingly intent on destroying evidence and isolating his young daughter, D D must determine if he is struggling to protect his way of life or fighting to cover his tracks.
In one night of terrifying violence, four members of a family are brutally murdered, leaving the father – a possible suspect – clinging to life. When police detective D D Warren is called in, she’s all too aware that it’s a race against time. But there’s more to the case than meets the eye…
Twenty-five years ago, Nurse Danielle Burton’s life was rent asunder by a horrifying family tragedy. Now working on a paediatric psychiatry ward, she’s sure that the past is long-buried. Until D D’s questions bring it all flooding back.
Victoria Oliver is a devoted mother, determined to protect her son, no matter the cost. But, like Danielle and D D, she’s soon to discover that the most devastating crimes can be those closest to home.
A split-second decision and Brian Darby lies dead. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defence and for Boston detective D D Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
As D D’s homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, she must move quickly in order to learn all of Tessa’s secrets and understand what has happened to the little girl.
But for Tessa, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with no-one to trust and nowhere to turn, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training to do what has to be done. All that matters is her child and no one could love her more…
The 7th Month (digital short story)
D D should be taking it easy in the seventh month of her pregnancy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film, thinking that serving as a police expert and making a little extra money may make her feel more useful than she’s felt for a while. A simple task, until a crew member is found beaten to death.
Suddenly, D D’s date with Hollywood is serious. Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer and surrounded by a hundred and four murder suspects, D D must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D D realizes that like it or not, her priorities have changed – and her last desperate hope is that she can catch a killer before she and her unborn baby pay the ultimate price.
At 8pm on 21 January, twenty-eight-year-old Charlie Grant believes she is going to be murdered and she wants Boston’s top homicide detective, D D Warren, to handle her death investigation.
Confronting D D at her latest crime scene, Charlie lays her cards on the table. For each of the last two years, one of her childhood friends has been murdered leaving Charlie as the only one of the three friends to remain alive. But as D D delves deeper into the details of Charlie’s case, she begins to question the young woman’s story. Because Charlie can now outfight and outrun anyone she meets and D D’s instinct is that she’s hiding a secret. A secret so explosive that Charlie herself may turn out to be the biggest danger of all…
They say family means everything. But Dr Adeline Glen cannot accept that. When you’re bound by blood to a father who slaughtered prostitutes and a sister who followed in his sociopathic footsteps, how can you?
But now Boston Detective D D Warren needs Adeline’s professional help to recover from a brutal attack by a psychopath. A murderer who knows too much about Adeline’s dead father, and is someone her imprisoned sister claims she can help catch.
With the Rose Killer focused on D D, will Adeline be able to put aside her personal nightmares to help her? All she knows is if she is going to survive what’s to come, Adeline will have to…
3 Truths and a Lie (digital short story)
Detective D D Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D D takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases – a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution… and a severed leg.
472 days locked in a pine box, at the mercy of a madman. Flora Dane survived her hell with only one goal: develop all the deadly skills necessary to make sure she’s never caught again.
Detective D D Warren believes that Flora may be the key to finding missing college student, Staecy Summers – but she must follow rules that Flora has no interest in. For Flora no risk is too great, no cost too high, even if it means playing into a predator’s hands.
The 4th Man (digital short story)
A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, with only her shoes missing. With no physical evidence and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend, and two campus security guards. They all have secrets to hide, but none of them can be proven guilty.
Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner consult with D D Warren on the still-unsolved case. Will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?
A family home has become a crime scene. Four are dead, savagely murdered. One – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing. Did she have a lucky escape? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister?
Detective D D Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who could be victim or suspect. All they know is that the girl is silently pleading look for me…
A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found with the gun in her hands. Detective D D Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident. D D doesn’t believe in coincidences but this case isn’t as open and shut as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth.
Evie might be a victim. Or she might be about to get away with murder again.
There you have it – Lisa Gardner’s Detective D D Warren books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…