Into the Cullenverse (reading order)

Where do I start?

The tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) is:

  1. Senseless, and both the Carter and Fenchurch series can be read on their own.
  2. For Cullen, Hunter and Dodds, read in publication order, namely Cullen 1-7, Hunter 1-2, Cullen 8, Hunter 3, Dodds 1-2, Cullen & Bain 1-4, Dodds 3.

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https://geni.us/EJHAuthor

Here for the long answer? Okay, settle in.

At the time of writing (7th October 2020), I have published a lot of books. Eight Scott Cullen novels, six Simon Fenchurch, three Craig Hunter, two Vicky Dodds, and three Cullen and Bain short novels (with the fourth out in three weeks). And two Max Carter FBI thrillers (with a third coming in 2021). And Senseless. And that’s not even mentioning the two vampire books (which are currently unpublished).

That’s 25 novels, with at least another two out in the next three months (Fenchurch 7 might be coming too).

And it’s further complicated by the continuity between series, both hard and soft.

So let’s start with the easy stuff. The Max Carter books are out of continuity with the rest of my books. Easy.

Next, Senseless and the Fenchurch books share the easter egg of Charlie the Seahorse, but nothing else.

The Fenchurch books feature some loose continuity with the rest, mainly with some easter eggs e.g. Fenchurch 3 features a bottle of Dunpender whisky from Cullen 3. You can surmise that the gap in the criminal market created in Fenchurch 6 led to some antics in Hunter 3. (You could also link events in Fenchurch 6 to events in the Carter books, if you want. I haven’t, but if you want to, it’s totally cool.)

Now for the hard stuff, and Scott Cullen’s messy tales.

The first novel I published was Ghost in the Machine, back in April 2012, quickly followed by another three in just over a year (Devil in the Detail, Fire in the Blood and Stab in the Dark, originally published as Dyed in the Wool), then a fifth in 2015 (Cops & Robbers, originally published as Bottleneck), which I heavily edited recently (read: rewrote virtually from scratch) and added Craig Hunter to the book. Then I published a sixth in 2015 (Liars & Thieves, originally Windchill), followed by a seventh (Cowboys & Indians).

There was a three-year gap between the seventh and the eighth Cullen books, during which time I published two Craig Hunter books, Missing and Hunted, which feature Cullen in a somewhat adversarial role. Also, Craig Hunter features in the eighth Cullen, Heroes & Villains. And Cullen appeared in the third Hunter book, The Black Isle. Then Hunter appears in all four Cullen & Bain books (City of the Dead, World’s End, Hell’s Kitchen and Gore Glen).

Okay, so that sound complicated, right? But it’s actually straightforward. The optimal way to read them is in publication order, so:

  1. The first seven Cullens, then
  2. The first two Hunters, then
  3. The eighth Cullen, then
  4. The third Hunter, then
  5. The four Cullen and Bain books.

Note that Craig Hunter will be back in another solo outing before too long. And I’ve done an outline for a prequel to these books, starring Cullen, Bain and Hunter. Sign up to my mailing list to get a copy when I finish it, at least three months before it’ll be out on Amazon.

The next hard continuity is in the Vicky Dodds books. The first one, Tooth & Claw, came out in 2015, but I heavily edited it back in 2018, though didn’t introduce any continuity with other books. Vicky features in a brief cameo in Heroes & Villains, (yes that’s her on the training course). But there’s a lot more continuity with the Cullenverse in the second book, Flesh & Blood, finally published this year. And the third, Skin & Bone due out in May 2021, will feature a bit more continuity and will be set just after the second Cullen and Bain book, World’s End.

So, to summarise:

  • Senseless, and both the Carter and Fenchurch series can be read on their own
  • For Cullen, Hunter and Dodds, read in publication order, namely Cullen 1-7, Hunter 1-2, Cullen 8, Hunter 3, Dodds 1-2, Cullen & Bain 1-4, Dodds 3.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the books.

Final note is that I’m committing to make the first books in all of the main series I publish at the lowest price Amazon will let me, which is currently 79p/99c, and also all of the books I publish are available in Kindle Unlimited to read free.

Again, here’s that link to my Amazon page with all of my books:

https://geni.us/EJHAuthor 

Cheers,
Ed