If you’ve never read Nora Roberts, here are a few starting points

Ms. Roberts is one of those authors who’s always been a go-to choice for me as her characters are fully-drawn and sympathetic, her plots well-structured, and the endings satisfying. For those who read a lot, I’d also point out that her books are well-written with excellent grammar and editing (something one can no longer take for granted).

I recommend, in particular, the murder mysteries/suspense novels set in a NYC that was about 60 years ahead when the series began. It’s now up to almost sixty books but the characters remain fresh, each murder (and murderer) is different, and it’s great fun to look at the development of the cast over the series.
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If You’ve Never Read Nora Roberts Start with One of These 7 Books

By Hannah Reynolds•October 6, 2022•3 min read

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The success of Nora Roberts is hard to overstate: She’s published over 220 books, which have sold more than 500 million copies. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, came out in 1981. Since then, she’s written fantasy novels, futuristic murder mysteries, thrillers, and of course, many, many romances.

If you haven’t read one of Nora’s books before, you might be too overwhelmed by choice to know which one to pick up. So to celebrate her birthday on October 10, we’ve made your life a little easier: Here are seven books that are great entrance points into Nora Roberts’s canon.

Book cover for The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always

Nora Roberts

Nora isn’t just a writer: She also owns an inn in Boonsboro (where you can stay in themed rooms)! She based this series upon it, starring the Montgomery brothers. Beckett Montgomery has loved Clare Brewster from afar since they were in high school. Now she’s returned home, a widowed mother of three young sons, and he still can’t stop thinking about her. As an architect, Beckett is busy with the …Show More ›

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Book cover for The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession

Nora Roberts

Along with sweet contemporary romances, Nora also writes searing romantic suspense. At age 12, Naomi Bowes caught one of the most infamous serial killers of the time: her own father. Years later, Naomi has tried to put her traumatic past behind her, changing her last name and becoming a photographer. She moves across the country and decides to fix up an old house, and slowly grows closer to local …Show More ›

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Naked in Death

J. D. Robb

Nora Roberts switches it up yet again by also writing under the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series as J. D. Robb. Meet detective Eve Dallas, who lives in a near-future New York City. A killer is running wild in the city, and Eve will need to use all her skills to stop them. Tangled up in her investigation is Irish billionaire Roarke — who’s also one of her suspects. While Naked in …Show More ›

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Vision In White: Book One in the Bride Quartet

Nora Roberts

In this delightful quartet, four childhood friends run a wedding planning business together, and each one meets the love of their life. Vision in White kicks off the series, following wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot. When Mac runs into the brother of a bride-to-be, she knows he’s not her type: He’s a nice, straitlaced English teacher at her old high school. Still, Mac thinks a casual …Show More ›

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The Awakening

Nora Roberts

If you love magic and fantasy worlds, try The Awakening. When Breen Kelly discovers her mother has been keeping a secret investment account in her name, Breen uses the money to travel from Philadelphia to Ireland. There, she has strange dreams and mysterious encounters, and discovers a magical portal in Galway to the realm of Talamh. In this magical land, the warrior Keegan has just been crowned …Show More ›

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A Will & A Way

Nora Roberts

This charming Nora Roberts title is one of her classics, originally published in 1986, and it features an enemies-to-lovers romance set at Christmas. Jolley McVie was an eccentric millionaire — and a matchmaker, to boot. When he dies, he leaves half his estate in the Catskills to his niece, Pandora, and the other half to Michael Donahue, with the stipulation that they have to live there …Show More ›

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Book cover for The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Witness

Nora Roberts

The Witness is another of Nora Roberts’s thrilling romantic suspense novels — and her 200th novel. For 12 years, Abigail Lowery has kept to herself on the edge of a small town in the Ozarks. She designs security systems for a living and doesn’t get too close to anyone — and she definitely doesn’t get involved in romances. But her strange behavior has caught the attention of police chief Brooks …Show More ›

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