Today I am joining in on the meme on best new-to-me crime fiction authors 2012 at Mysteries in Paradise. The goal is to share authors that are new-to-us this year, especially the ones we liked.
This meme runs at the end of each quarter. Check out other posts for this quarter.
In the last quarter of 2012, I read five books by authors that I have never read before. Three were vintage mysteries.
- The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers
- The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
- A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
- The Cape Code Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
My top new author out of this group is Rebecca Cantrell. A Trace of Smoke is the first in a historical mystery series, set in the years between World War I and World War II, starring Hannah Vogel, a crime reporter in Berlin. If I had not had other reading commitments at the time, I would have started reading the second book in the series immediately.
While reading the first half of this book, I was not so sure. I wasn't comfortable with the author's style of telling the story. But at the halfway point, all of a sudden I was hooked by the story, by the character; the last few chapters were a roller coaster ride. The book did not end at all like I expected, and I liked the ending a lot.
The book I read was the first Charlie Chan mystery, The House Without a Key. I have seen many of the Charlie Chan films, and I have always enjoyed them, but I had not read any of the books. I was pleasantly surprised that I found this first book very enjoyable. The book has a complex plot that held my interest.
Both of these books were borrowed from my husband. He has copies of the entire series for both of those (lucky me).