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Perri O'Shaughnessy Books in Order
Chronological Order of the Books by Perri O'Shaughnessy
Perri O'Shaughnessy is most famous for their Nina Reilly mystery series. Below I have listed all of the books written by Perri O'Shaughnessy in the order that they were released. They have written some that do not have Nina in them and I will state that beside the book.
I wanted to provide a list in chronological order because I actually read Obstruction of Justice (the 3rd book in the series) first. At the time I did not know there was a series. After reading it I was hooked. So I looked for more books by Perri O'Shaughnessy. That's when I found out about the series and started reading them from the beginning.
I love this series because the main character has her imperfections, but she sticks to her beliefs, and is incredibly smart. She is a lawyer and there are courtroom scenes, but at heart it is a mystery novel. It actually reminds me of the old TV series Perry Mason. He was a lawyer but the main show was about solving the crime. If you liked that series you'll like these books.
Image: by Whatsittoyou :Photo of the cover of the latest in the Nina Reilly series of books by Perri O'Shaughnessy
Release Date and Story Time Line are Different
Perri O'Shaughnessy has released the novel Show No Fear. This is a prequel to the Nina Reilly series it covers the time when she was a paralegal and going to law school at night. It was released 13 years after Motion to Suppress which was originally the first novel in the series.
The authors recommend that if you have not started to read the series that you should start with Show No Fear. Below the books are listed in the updated chronological order.
Nina Reilly Series in Order
Show No Fear
The series originally started with "Motion to Suppress". Then they wrote this book as a prequel to the series. We get to learn more about her background with her family. It covers the time when she was just a paralegal and going to law school at night. How she first met Paul van Wagoner. This is her first investigation into finding out the truth about a mysterious death and how it sets her on her career path.
Motion to Suppress
What do you do when your client keeps confessing to the crime? She remembers attacking her husband with a statue in self defense. When she awakes he is gone and so is the statue - did she kill him? You hear her story and believe she is innocent. When you start digging deeper you find other people had motive as well. Someone out there wants to kill your client and they will kill you too, if you are in the way.
This was originally the first book in the Nina Reilly series. It is a good introduction to the character and the people in her life. It has an interesting case/mystery to solve.
Invasion of Privacy
A film maker has made a documentary about the disappearance of a girl. The parents unhappy about how they are portrayed file an invasion of privacy suit to stop the release of the film. Left shaken by her last case, Nina takes on the film makers case as she believes a noncriminal case will be safer. When her client turns up dead and an old acquaintance is implicated she finds it may not be as safe as she thought.
Obstruction of Justice
There has been two deaths in tragic accidents. One a woman is struck by a hit and run driver. The other Nina is hiking and sees Ray deBeers, a wife abuser, die after being struck by lightning. His father wants to exhume the body to make sure it wasn't foul play. Rays wife and teenage twins hire Nina to stop the disinterment. When the body goes missing you know there is more to the story. One twin is indicted and there is evidence against the other that could get them convicted. How far will Nina go to protect her clients?
This was the first book I read, and that got me hooked on the series.
Breach of Promise
A couple, who have lived together for years, built a company together worth $200 million. When he leaves her for a younger woman he says he doesn't owe her anything as they never married. Nina takes the woman's case, as she know if she wins it could make her a fortune. With that much money involved, it could drive someone to commit murder.
Acts of Malice
A family owns a ski lodge. Two brothers ski down a hill, one dies- was is it murder? The cops seem to think so and charge the brother with murder. When the family turns on the surviving brother, Nina gets caught in the crossfire. Can she protect her client and herself?
Move to Strike
A riveting case her client is a 16 year old girl named Nikki and a friend of her son. Nina has to get to bottom of whether Nikki stole something from her Uncle and then proceed to kill him. Could a friend of your child be a murderer?
Writ of Execution
A young woman, who has been in hiding, hits the jackpot at a casino. To claim it she would have to give them her real name. Wanting to remain in hiding she asks a stranger for help. There is also the problem of the man who left the slot machine moments before. He is claiming he is entitled to the jackpot. The real question is why does this woman need to be in hiding? Could it have something to do with the mysterious death of her husband in Hawaii?
Unfit to Practice
Nina herself is on trial in this one. Her sensitive case files were in her truck when it got stolen. Now someone is revealing the secrets contained in those documents. This could cause her to be disbarred. Who is trying to ruin the lives of her clients and Nina herself?
Presumption of Death
Nina heads to Caramel Valley. Two fires have burned through the valley, people start to suspect it is arson. Wish Whitefeather is named as the suspect after the third fire claims a fatality. Nina works to clear his name. As she digs deeper more questions are raised and a fourth fire is set.
Unlucky in Law
Nina takes on the case of a two time felon who has been accused of robbing a grave. A third strike verdict would put him away for a long time. The case becomes more tricky when a woman's body is found in that grave and her clients DNA is was found at the woman's apartment. Is he a killer or a victim of circumstance?
Case of Lies
Nina returns to Lake Tahoe. She starts on a case where a woman was shot and killed in casino robbery. The police don't have any suspects, the robbery victims lied about there identity, and the witnesses have fled the country. Nina will have to sift through it all to get to the truth.
Dreams of the Dead
Nina helps on a case involving Philip Strong, the owner of the ski lodge, in Acts of Malice. He gets a note from his son, Jim Strong, demanding his share of the money from the sale of the ski lodge. Nina believed Paul had killed him years before. To help her client would be putting Paul in jail. Unless Jim isn't as dead as she believed.
Stand Alone Books by Perri O'Shaughnessy
This is not part of the Nina Reilly series. However the character of Nina Reilly appears in it. This is a collection of short stories, one is written by the sisters together. The rest are written separately.
Keeper of the Keys
Ray's wife disappears. There is nothing to tell him if she is dead or alive. Suspected by the police and a friend of his wife, he needs to figure it out. As everyone else seems to be pointing at him.
It has a similar concept as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, with a wife disappearing and the husband being suspected. However I think Gone Girl was a more compelling read.
Keeper of the Keys was alright but it didn't draw me in the way the Nina Reilly series does. Where you just don't want to put the book down.
About The Authors
Yes it is only one name on the books, but it is a pen name. There are actually two sisters, Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy, who write the books together. Mary was a multimedia writer. Pamela went to law school and then went onto practice law for sixteen years.
Meet Perri O'Shaughnessy
This video introduces you to the authors. They share the connections between themselves and the stories they write about Nina. They also talk a little about the book Show No Fear.
Perri O'Shaughnessy Books in Order of Release Date
This section will show you the order that the books were released/published in. All of the books are available here on Amazon. They will deliver them or any other books right to your front door.
Motion to Suppress was the first Nina Reilly book published in 1995
Invasion of Privacy the second Nina Reilly book published in 1996
Obstruction of Justice the third Nina Reilly book published in 1997
Breach of Promise the fourth Nina Reilly book published in 1998
Acts of Malice is the fifth Nina Reilly book published in 1999
Move to Strike is the sixth Nina Reilly book published in 2000
Writ of Execution is the seventh Nina Reilly book published in 2001
Unfit to Practice is the eighth Nina Reilly book published in 2002
Presumption of Death is the ninth Nina Reilly book published in 2003
Unlucky In Law is the tenth Nina Reilly book published in 2004
Case of Lies is the eleventh Nina Reilly book published in 2005
Sinister Shorts is a stand alone book. It is comprised of short stories. It was published in 2006
Keeper of the Keys is a stand alone book that was published in 2006
Show No Fear is the twelfth Nina Reilly book (but it is a prequel to the rest of the Nina Reilly series) published in 2008
Dreams of the Dead is the thirteenth Nina Reilly book published in 2011