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List of James Patterson Books in Chronological Order

List of James Patterson Books in Chronological Order

James Patterson is an American writer, and is popular for his novels on crime and science fiction. Refer to some of his most popular series and some stand-alone novels from the James Patterson book list provided by Penlighten in this write-up.
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Meet the Mastermind
In the James Patterson's novel 'Roses are Red (2000)', Alex Cross confronts one of his biggest arch-rival, a criminal who calls himself 'Mastermind'. At the end of the novel, Alex discovers that he is nobody but a former FBI agent, and his colleague Kyle Craig who eventually turned bad.
James Patterson mostly writes suspense-thrillers, non-fiction, and romance novels. Patterson holds a Guinness World Record for the most best-selling fiction titles by a single author, which is a total of 76 titles. He is very popular for his Alex Cross series, which stars the fictional protagonist Alex Cross, a psychologist and a former FBI agent. Apart from Cross, he has written many popular series, some of which are Maximum Ride,Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Witch and Wizard, Daniel X, etc., and also many stand-alone thrillers, romance-fiction novels, and a few non-fiction ones too.
His books are real page turners, especially the ones from the Alex Cross series. In the series, he usually plays between Alex's personal life, and his encounters as a detective and FBI agent. His other notable series; Maximum Ride, Women's Murder Club, and Michael Bennett, are quite popular too.
Bestselling Series
Alex Cross - (1993-2013)
Alex's unique style of exhuming into the fine details of a mystery, interrogating suspects, finding connections between two different cases, and finally catching the criminal red-handed is the reason of his popularity among criminals and the FBI. His family comprises his children,Damon, Janelle (from Maria, his first wife), and Ali (from Christine, his second wife), and Nana Mama (Alex's grandmother) whom Alex is strongly attached to. Alex isn't able to keep himself away from the crime world, but Nana Mama is very much worried due to the risks Alex takes while solving cases. He is mostly accompanied on cases by John Sampson, who has at times saved Alex's life. John works for the Washington PD, and is also Alex's best buddy. The most recent book,Hope to Die, is tragic, as this time the psychopath who Alex has to find has kidnapped all of his family, including Nana Mama, his children, and Bree Stone, his current wife. Will Alex fulfill the criminal's demands or does he have other things in mind? Can he take risks when his family is at stake? You'll need to read the upcoming book of Alex Cross and find out what happens.

Take a look at other best-sellers in the Alex Cross series, arranged chronologically with the older parts in the beginning.
  • Along Came a Spider
  • Kiss the Girls
  • Jack & Jill
  • Cat & Mouse
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Roses Are Red
  • Violets Are Blue
  • Four Blind Mice
  • The Big Bad Wolf
  • London Bridges
  • Mary, Mary
  • Alex Cross (Cross)
  • Double Cross
  • Cross Country
  • I, Alex Cross
  • Cross Fire
  • Kill Alex Cross
  • Alex Cross, Run
  • Cross My Heart
  • Hope to Die (Upcoming)
Other Titles (Not from the main series)
  • Alex Cross's Trial
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Women's Murder Club - (2001-2014)
As the title suggests, the Women's Murder Club is a series which involves a group of women from different professions solving murder cases and investigating crime. The main characters formerly included Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn, and Jill Bernhardt. In recent parts of the series, a new character, Yuki Castellano is introduced. Below is a list of the books in the series.
  • 1st to Die
  • 2nd Chance
  • 3rd Degree
  • 4th of July
  • The 5th Horseman
  • The 6th Target
  • 7th Heaven
  • The 8th Confession
  • The 9th Judgment
  • 10th Anniversary
  • 11th Hour
  • 12th of Never
  • Unlucky 13
Maximum Ride - (2005-2012)
The 'Maximum Ride' series is all about a group of young adults and their ability to fly, due to which they stand distinct from the human race. As the story proceeds, these youngsters are faced with numerous threats and are trapped in deadly situations. Patterson writes about their adventures to save the world, and the obstructions put ahead of them by corrupt government officials and mercenaries. The latest published novel of this series is Nevermore. But a new one is on its way, Maximum Ride Foreve.Do take a quick look at the books in this series.
  • The Angel Experiment
  • School's Out-Forever
  • Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The Final Warning
  • Max
  • Fang
  • Angel
  • Nevermore
  • Maximum Ride Forever (Upcoming)
Michael Bennett - (2007-2013)
Another series of crime-fiction and all detective stuff, Michael Bennett, though not as popular as the Cross series, is quite a treat to your mysterious mind. Do go through these popular titles from the series, which describe the detective Michael Bennett and his experiences in the world of criminals and psychopaths.
  • Step on a Crack
  • Run For Your Life
  • Worst Case
  • Tick Tock
  • I, Michael Bennett
  • Gone
  • Burn (Upcoming)
Other Popular Series
Private - (2010-2014)
  • Private L.A.
  • Private: #1 Suspect
  • Private

Other Titles (Not from the main series)
  • Private Games
  • Private London
  • Private Berlin
  • Private Down Under
NYPD Red - (2012-2014)
  • NYPD Red
  • NYPD Red 2
Daniel X - (2008-2012)
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
  • Watch the Skies
  • Demons and Druids
  • Game Over
  • Armageddon
Witch and Wizard - (2009-2014)
  • Witch and Wizard
  • The Gift
  • The Fire
  • The Kiss
  • The Lost
Middle School Series - (2011-2014)
Middle School
  • The Worst Years of My Life
  • Get Me Out of Here!
  • My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar
  • How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
  • Ultimate Showdown!
  • Save Rafe!
I Funny
  • I Funny
  • I Even Funnier
Treasure Hunters
  • Treasure Hunters
  • Danger Down the Nile
Confessions - (2012-2014)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders
  • Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
Young Adults (2014-20XX)
  • Homeroom Diaries
Stand-alone Titles
  • The Thomas Berryman Number - 1976
  • Season of the Machette - 1977
  • The Midnight Club - 1989
  • Hide & Seek - 1996
  • Miracle on the 17th Green - 1996
  • See How They Run - 1997
  • When the Wind Blows - 1998
  • Black Friday - 2000
  • Cradle & All - 2000
  • Beach House - 2002
  • The Jester - 2003
  • The Lake House - 2003
  • Honeymoon - 2005
  • Lifeguard - 2005
  • Beach Road - 2006
  • Judge & Jury - 2006
  • The Quickie - 2007
  • You've Been Warned - 2007
  • Sail - 2008
  • Swimsuit - 2009
  • The Postcard Killers - 2010
  • Don't Blink - 2010
  • Toys - 2011
  • Now You See Her - 2011
  • Kill Me If You Can - 2011
  • Guilty Wives - 2012
  • Zoo - 2012
  • Second Honeymoon - 2013
  • Mistress - 2013
  • Invisible - 2014
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas - 2001
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer - 2004
  • Sundays at Tiffany's - 2008
  • The Christmas Wedding - 2011
  • First Love - 2014
Non Fiction
  • The Murder of King Tut - 2009
  • Against Medical Advice - 2008
Picture Book
  • santaKid - 2004
You can order books authored by him at James Patterson.

Most of James Patterson's books have spent a considerable amount of time on the New York Times Bestseller list. If you are an avid reader and like crime-fiction, Alex Cross or Michael Bennett are the best series to start with. Some of his science-fiction novels are worth reading too. Likewise, you could get an idea of his unique writing style and addictive plots even by reading some of his stand-alone titles. When it's about crime, murder, detectives, FBI, corrupt cops, and bloody corpses, James Patterson tempts you to read till you finish it all.