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Shardlake series - do they have to be read in order?

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kikidee Thu 13-Dec-12 20:06:32

I've wanted to read one of the Shardlake books for a while and tonight the library had the fourth in the series so I got it but just want to check whether I'll be ruining the series by reading fourth first or whether they are fairly stand-- alone. Thank you.

highlandcoo Thu 13-Dec-12 22:40:12

I'd say fairly stand-alone from memory. Each story has a very different plot, and sometimes a different setting too. His relationships with other characters do develop as the series progresses, but that's not enough to spoil things if you decide to go back and start from Book One afterwards IMO


kikidee Fri 14-Dec-12 07:30:17

That does help, thank you very much. Can't wait to stop work and get stuck into my Christmas reading!

Clawdy Fri 14-Dec-12 22:52:55

Once you read one,you will want to read them all!Really unputdownable...

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 18-Dec-12 18:27:50

I think you should read them in order tbh. It won't ruin the series but you'll see relationship development and also history happened in order, so it makes sense to read historical novels in order.

SooticaTheWitchesCat Wed 02-Jan-13 11:04:14

Definitely best to read them in order but it wont spoil the stories if you don't. I have read all of them and loved them all!

PenelopeLane Fri 04-Jan-13 07:57:26

I second the recommendations to read them in order - you'll get more from them that way

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