Top Ten Paranormal Writers

Yesterday’s post began my lists of writers of paranormal (non-Urban Fantasy) with the “Top Ten Witchy Chicks.” Today’s post focuses on writers who write about other paranormal elements, such as psychics and ghosts.

Nancy Atherton
Nancy Atherton is the author of the cozy mystery series about the ghost of Aunt Dimity. It is set in England and is “cozy” in the Agatha Christy kind of “cozy”–except it has ghosts. Having said that, it is the only English cozy series I read regularly, and I read it because it is funny.

  • Aunt Dimity’s Death
  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke
  • Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed
  • Aunt Dimity Digs In
  • Aunt Dimity’s Christmas
  • Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil
  • Aunt Dimity: Detective
  • Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday
  • Aunt Dimity: Snowbound
  • Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin
  • Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Aunt Dimity Goes West
  • Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter
  • Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon
  • Aunt Dimity: Paranormal Detective
  • Aunt Dimity Down Under
  • Aunt Dimity & the Family Tree

Jim Butcher
My husband reads Butcher’s Dresden Files series regularly with Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I., and I pick them up when he’s finished. These might actually be considered Urban Fantasy but since my Urban Fantasy list is going to be all female (protagonists), I thought I’d include him here.

  • Storm Front
  • Fool Moon
  • Grave Peril
  • Summer Knight
  • Death Masks
  • Blood Rites
  • Dead Beat
  • Proven Guilty
  • White Night
  • Small Favor
  • Turn Coat
  • Changes
  • Ghost Story

Meg Cabot
I will try not to repeat myself too much, but Meg Cabot (from my YA list) deserves a shout out in this category for her 1-800 series: What if you got struck by lightning and woke up with the psychic ability to find missing people? High school sophomore Jess Mastriani knows what she doesn’t want to do: work for the US government. With the help of hunky Rob (can you really trust a guy you met in detention?), Jess is trying to help people in need.

  • When Lightening Strikes
  • Code Name Cassandra
  • Safe Hours
  • Sanctuary
  • Missing You

MaryJanice Davidson
This author has several series that would qualify as paranormal, though I have not read many of them. I am including her on this list for her paranormal romances in The Undead Series.

  • The Undead Series
  • The Mermaid Series
  • The Wyndham Werewolf Series

Carolyn Hart
Author of the 21 and counting death on Demand cozy mystery series, Hart has taken on paranormal elements in a newer cozy series featuring a ghost as a protagonist, Bailey Ruth, a Member of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions.

  • Ghost at Work
  • Merry, Merry Ghost
  • Ghost in Trouble

Kay Hooper
Hooper writes one of my favorite series of all time: the FBI / Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series. Bishop leads a unit of FBI agents who all have special talents (of the paranormal kind). Each book has both a mystery and a romance.

  • Blood Ties / January 2010
  • Blood Sins / December 2008
  • Blood Dreams / December 2007
  • Sleeping with Fear / July 2006
  • Chill of Fear / July 2005
  • Hunting Fear / August 2004
  • Sense of Evil / August 2003
  • Whisper of Evil / July 2002
  • Touching Evil / August 2001
  • Out of the Shadows / November 2000
  • Hiding in the Shadows / October 2000
  • Stealing Shadows / September 2000

Alice Kimberly
“Alice Kimberly” is a pseudonym for a husband and wife team, Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi, who write cozy mysteries together. I like the Haunted Bookshop Mystery Series.

  • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure  
  • The Ghost and the Dead Deb    
  • The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library   
  • The Ghost and the Femme Fatale   
  • The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion  

Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle) 
Krentz also ranks up there with my super-high favorites. She has this paranormal series (actually two series according to her website–the Arcane Society and Harmony) that transcends all three of these names, with contemporaries under one name, historicals another, and future ones another.

Arcane Society (list adapted from Wikipedia)

Historicals

  1. Second Sight, 2006 (as Amanda Quick)
  2. The Third Circle, 2008 (as Amanda Quick)
  3. The Perfect Poison, 2009 (as Amanda Quick)

Contemporaries

  1. White Lies, 2007
  2. Sizzle and Burn, 2008
  3. Running Hot, 2008 (ties-in with Eclipse Bay series)

In Dreamlight trilogy

  1. Fired Up (2009) (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Burning lamp (2010) (as Amanda Quick)
  3. Midnight Crystal (pub date 08/31/2010) (as Jayne Castle)

In Looking Glass trilogy

  1. In Too Deep (pub date 12/28/2010) (as Jayne Ann Krentz)
  2. Quicksilver (pub date 04/19/2011) (as Amanda Quick)

Harmony (again list adapted from Wikipedia)

  1. “Bridal Jitters” in Charmed (1999) and Harmony (2000)
  2. After Dark, 2000 and in Harmony (2000)
  3. After Glow, 2004
  4. Ghost Hunter, 2006
  5. Silver Master, 2007
  6. Dark Light, 2008
  7. Obsidian Prey, 2009

Nora Roberts
Yes, the queen of romance is one of my favorites in this category. She has a long list of series with paranormal elements (see below), but my absolute favorite is The Donovan Legacy (one of her earliest). Others include

  • Three Sisters Island Trilogy
  • Circle Trilogy
  • Irish Trilogy
  • Signs of Seven Trilogy
  • Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy

Wendy Roberts
Roberts writes the Ghost Dusting series, a cozy mystery series featuring an ex-teacher who runs the Scene-2-Clean cleaning service which specializes in cleaning death scenes and seeing the ghosts of the victims.

  • The Remains of the Dead
  • Devil May Ride
  • Dead and Kicking.

Again, some of these are better than others, and some start off well and then the series gets boring. But, nonetheless, they are all worth a try if you like this kind of stuff! Happy Reading.

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  1. Another great list that I’ll be keeping handy since I love these types of books.

    I read the first book in the series by Nancy Atherton and Jim Butcher and really liked them..but haven’t picked up the 2nd. I really need to though. The Kay Hooper series is one of my all time favorites too!

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