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Publication Order of Patience McKenna Books

Sweet, Savage Death (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wicked, Loving Murder (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death's Savage Passion (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rich, Radiant Slaughter (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once and Always Murder (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gregor Demarkian Books

Not a Creature Was Stirring (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious Blood (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Act of Darkness (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quoth the Raven (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Great Day for the Deadly (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Feast of Murder (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Stillness in Bethlehem (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Superior (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear Old Dead (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Festival of Deaths (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bleeding Hearts (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fountain of Death (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And One to Die On (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baptism in Blood (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Beloved (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skeleton Key (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
True Believers (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebody Else's Music (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conspiracy Theory (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Headmaster's Wife (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hardscrabble Road (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glass Houses (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cheating at Solitaire (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living Wtness (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wanting Sheila Dead (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flowering Judas (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood in the Water (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hearts of Sand (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fighting Chance (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Orania Papazoglou is an American mystery writer who is best known by her pen name of Jane Haddam. Haddam was born on 13 July 1951 in Bethel, Connecticut. She got married to one William L. Deandre, who later passed on in the year, 1996. They got a son, Matt who is also a writer. Haddam also worked as a college teacher and also as a magazine editor. Jane Haddam is best known for the book series, Gregor Demarkian, who used to work for the FBI. Haddam has also written several other murder mysteries using her real names, with the most noticeable one featuring the protagonist, Patience McKenna.

Haddam is the recipient of numerous literary award such as the critically acclaimed Edgar Award. Her other novel, Not a Creature also received an Edgar nomination for the Best Original Paperback. In the year 1991, the novel was also nominated for an Anthony Award.

Best Jane Haddam Books

Precious Blood is one of the best performing books by Jane Haddam. In this book, Jane Haddam introduces the readers to one Cheryl. While in High Chery was always considered to be an outcast. She was only tolerated because most of the boys considered her easy. One night as Cheryl was strolling the Black Rock Park, the kids who were popular at school were strangely kind. For the very first time in her life as a student, her future seemed to be bright. Twenty years down the line, Cheryl is struggling with cancer. Thus, she decides to return to the one place where she found true happiness. However, Cheryl is unaware that the popular kids that she met that night at the park had a secret that they would kill for.

Her classmates, who had pretended to be nice to her, many years ago, were more than determined to ensure that the secret remains buried. It does not take long before Cheryl is found dead due to poisoning. The case is awarded to one Gregor Demarkian, a former agent of the Bureau. To find out who murdered the terminally ill lady, Gregor must have to dig deeper into the mystery that involves the local Catholic church. Initially, the archbishop wanted the assistance of Gregor Demarkian in the elimination of a maddening priest, Father Andy Walsh. However, after the death of a former parishioner who had close ties to Fr. Walsh, the Archbishop now wants Gregor Demarkian to look into the death of the parishioner.

Upon looking into the case, the local police rule the parishioner’s death as a suicide. However, the archbishop believes that there was much more than what meets the eye. Before Gregor begins with his investigation Fr. Walsh is killed while conducting a mass. As luck would have it, Gregor was in attendance. The author, Jane Haddam introduces the readers to a modernized order of nuns known as Sisters of the Divine Grace. The Sisters of the Divine Grace play a key role in the plot. Furthermore, apart from the modernized order of nuns, we also get a humorous look at the Catholic Church, its chaotic and religious functioning and its human clergy. The plot is great and at many at times ingenious. Haddam has also done a great job of developing outstanding characters. Some of the most noticeable characters in Precious Blood include the domineering archbishop and Sister Scholastica, one of the nuns.

The main subplot has been written to perfection. It is full of humor as it looks at the not so delicate political practice art. The protagonist, Gregor Demarkian is not only refreshing but also highly believable. Another outstanding book by Jane Haddam is Act of Kindness. The Act of Kindness is the second book Gregor Demarkian mystery series. The book begins as Gregor Demarkian heads to Long Island with a friend one, Bennis Hannaford. Bennis and Gregor met in the first book in the Gregor Demarkian book series. The two are headed to Long Island to a fundraising seminar, which was going to be held at the house of one lady. The lady’s son-in-law is running for Senate, and the lady wants to ensure that he has all the funds necessary for his campaign. An old friend who still works at the FBI has invited the protagonist, Gregor. However, Gregor Demarkian still does not understand why he has been invited to the fundraising.

Many years ago, Stephen Whistler and Janet, his wife had a child. However, it did not take long before the child passed away. Stephen and his friend, Kevin Debrett were so affected by the death of the child, such that they swore to pass legislation, which was going to assist children who are suffering from down’s syndrome. Debrett on the other hand he promised that he was going to open a clinic that was going to deal with the various illness that children are likely to suffer from. Due to the fact that the legislation was about to be proposed, a group of union workers who take care of mentally retarded children was also present. The group was hoping to influence the legislation, which had been written partly by Kevin Debrett, favoring the private clinics.

Fighting Chance is another masterpiece from Jane Haddam. The author, Jane Haddam has addressed two key issues and controversies, which serve as the crucial plot elements in one of her best books; Mortgage Fraud and a corrupt scheme that involves the private prison facilities. Fighting Chance involves an exceedingly corrupt judge who is used to giving juvenile exceedingly long sentences while receiving pay-offs from some of the private companies that have been contracted to manage and run the prisons in Pennsylvania. The second storyline involved one of Gregor’s neighbor who has been threatened with a foreclosure despite the fact that he does not have a mortgage on his property. This development, in turn, allows the author, Jane Haddam to comment on some of the consequences of the mortgages that are sold and bought throughout the United States, without having any connection, to the property owners.

With that said, Fighting Chance is a great display of Jane Haddam’s talent of keeping an extremely long series fresh. Overall, Fighting Chance is a mirror through which the author, Jane Haddam uses to address some of the key issues affecting Americans today.

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