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Kay Hooper Books In Order

Publication Order of Delaneys Books

Adelaide, the Enchantress (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Flames (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Velvet Lightning (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Delaney Christmas Carol (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hagan Books

The Fall of Lucas Kendrick (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Serena's Web (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rafferty's Wife (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raven on the Wing (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zach's Law (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain's Paradise (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outlaw Derek (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shades of Gray (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unmasking Kelsey (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aces High (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Takes a Thief (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Once Upon A Time... Books

The Glass Shoe (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Threads (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lady and the Lion (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star-Crossed Lovers (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Looking Glass (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Dreams May Come (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Matchmaker (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lane Montana/Trey Fortier Books

Crime of Passion (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
House of Cards (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Men Of Mysteries Past Books

The Touch of Max (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunting the Wolf (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trouble With Jared (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All for Quinn (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shadows Books

Stealing Shadows (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hiding in the Shadows (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of the Shadows (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Evil Books

Touching Evil (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whisper of Evil (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sense of Evil (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Quinn/Thief Books

Once a Thief (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always a Thief (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fear Books

Hunting Fear (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chill of Fear (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleeping with Fear (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Blood Books

Blood Dreams (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Sins (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Ties (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Haven Books

Haven (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hostage (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunted (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bishop Files Books

The First Prophet (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Deadly Web (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Lady Thief (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breathless Surrender (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mask of Passion (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elusive Dawn (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Wings of Magic (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taken By Storm (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kissed By Magic (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
C.J.'s Fate (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Different (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pepper's Way (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If There Be Dragons (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonlight Rhapsody (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Illegal Possession (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Beholder (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rebel Waltz (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time After Time (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Larger Than Life (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Belonging to Taylor (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Her Doorstep (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rafe, the Maverick (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer of the Unicorn (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemy Mine (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haviland Touch (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eye of the Beholder (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunting of Josie (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return Engagement (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amanda (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After Caroline (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding Laura (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunting Rachel (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


About Kay Hooper:

Kay Hooper (aka Kay Robbins) is a mystery writer currently residing in North Carolina. She was born in 1957 or 1958 (sources vary) in a California air force base hospital as her father was stationed there. Kay and her sister Linda own an independent bookstore, Fireside Books and Gifts. She made her literary debut with Lady Thief, which she sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. Since then she has penned well over 60 novels, including some novellas. Kay seems to favour a solitary lifestyle, living and writing in a small North Carolina town and sharing her life with a flock of cats and two friendly dogs. Little is known of her life other than what she chooses to reveal.

Kay Hooper is chiefly known for the Bishop / Special Crimes Unit (SCU), a series which centers around a Special Crimes Unit in the FBI. The unit consists of regularly trained agents with a “psychic edge” to them. Noah Bishop, the leader of SCU periodically spots people with paranormal abilities and asks them to work for the FBI. He can well be called the main character of the mystery series, and maintains an enigmatic presence – but is not the protagonist – in all of the books.

Prose style

Kay Hooper is a writer with a distinctive style, which has garnered a lot of praise from readers and has repeatedly catapulted her into the New York Times bestsellers list. Her plots are quite characteristic of the mystery genre, with readers sometimes being enthralled and sometimes appalled by the coldness of interpersonal relationships in her books. Her books include not only paranormal and crime-related but also sexual encounters that are written in daringly graphic prose.

Bishop / SCU — Enter Bishop and the SCU

Bishop / SCU is the title of a series that begun with the Shadows trilogy in 2000. The series, as we mentioned before, centers around a crime unit of the FBI that has agents endowed with psychic properties. There are currently four complete trilogies and a trilogy that will have its 3rd chapter, Hostage released on November 26th, 2013. We will here take a look at the initial trilogy, specifically, its 1st and 3rd books in order to gain a wider perspective of the series’ beginnings.

Humble Beginnings: Stealing Shadows

Stealing Shadows is the first book and admittedly the author follows her knack many a time, not knowing where her imagination will take her next. The book describes a psychic, Cassie Neill (notice the rather bland Greek myth parallel with Cassandra the prophetess) who acts as a psychic helper for the L.A. police, until a child dies because of her. She then flees – like Kay Hooper herself, pointedly, – to a North Carolina town, but obviously there’s no escaping her powers and she discovers that a murderer is indeed in close vicinity. Cassie herself quickly becomes a suspect as the local sheriff has no time for paranormal activities in his town, but does remember that Cassie predicted the victim being propped against a tree with her her tilted and lips parted as if she were crying. The killer is himself a psychic; this fact adds to the suspense of the novel as Cassie’s wanderings into his mind can cause her to be trapped there if he senses her presence.

The drama unfolds with the local judge Ben and Cassie slowly becoming involved in a love interest, with her being typically chilly as is the case with telepathic people. Hooper’s prose is for the most part consistent and her plots suspenseful and imaginative. The actual explanations of the psychic abilities of the characters sound very plausible, with Hooper obviously having done her part of research in the topic. Bishop himself appears about halfway in the novel and it’s soon revealed that he shares some psychic powers as well. He is an enigmatic figure who seems to know everything, but appearance seems to be all as the characters, including Bishop, are inherently ignorant if and when it suits the plot. The ending involves a twist, which can indeed be deduced and will be if you are an avid reader of mystery novels.

Knowing Bishop: Out of the Shadows

The finishing book in the trilogy in turn focuses on Noah Bishop, his character, past and his role in the SCU. Past subplots are embellished and readers who want to skip past the first books to read the more acclaimed new novels are highly encouraged to pick at least this book up as it’s a vital insight in the title character of the series.

The story starts with Miranda Knight, a sheriff in a small town. Being helpless in stopping a killer from attacking teenagers, she calls the FBI and this is how Noah Bishop comes into action. Their past is revealed in tantalizing bits, and this is arguably the best developed part of the book. Miranda doesn’t want to reconcile with Bishop, who seems to have let her trust down in the past, causing a major disaster in Miranda’s life. However, as the plot unravels it becomes indicative that they must work together to solve the mystery. Readers who love TV series like Criminal Minds will love Bishop’s profiling that adds greatly to the novel.

Some Further Words on Book 3 and Kay Hooper

Now, it is true that it is possible to guess the killer from the evidence that Kay Hooper gives the reader throughout the novel. However, the ending is the one thing the book could do without. To call something “unbelievable” might be a cliche, but in this case doing so only indicates the obvious. Kay Hooper herself would likely have to resort to something psychic to show how the ending fits. Such endings are characteristic of writers that have far less talent than Kay.

Even despite this, in books where Hooper abstains from resorting to such methods to untie the plot she is at her best. Even Out of the Shadows shines where it doesn’t have to be too logical, and her knowledge of paranormal has indeed raised questions if the author herself has some knowledge of the truly occult. Hooper is an imaginative writer, and her oeuvre, spanning over 60 books in 30 years (which would drain most writers out) doesn’t indicate a form of graphomania; on the contrary, here we see a writer who cannot help but share the workings of her intricate mind, ever bent on the unusual, the dark and the mysterious.

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