I’m a big fan of companion series. There’s something special about reading a stellar standalone story and then getting to revisit that universe through the eyes of a new character, usually an exemplary sidekick.
When I’m reading companion novels, I play a little game I call Spot the Future MC—the sidekicks who are deserving of hero status—and try to predict which protagonist the author will go with in future books.
In my writing, I usually get so attached to my sidekicks that I want to create an entire story about them. I want them to get the spotlight and their very own happily ever after. Seriously, this has happened in every novel-length story I’ve written.
I finally gave in and am writing a companion sequel to my humorous cozy, Mondays Are Murder. It stars the best friend who was such a fun sidekick with her bad dates and quirky personality that I couldn’t wait to figure out the rest of her story. And, being a cozy, she of course stumbles upon a dead body along the way.
But here’s the thing: I usually see companion series in Romance, YA, or NA—think Julie James, Stephanie Perkins, or Marissa Meyer. The only companion mystery novels I’ve read are The Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French. (If you know of any companion mystery series, I’d love to hear about them!).
This begs the question, which mystery sidekicks would you love to see get their own story?