Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New (to me) Authors, Second Quarter 2014



At the end of every quarter, Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise hosts a meme for the best new-to-me crime fiction authors. Check out other posts for this quarter.




This quarter I was going to just feature my favorites, but there were too many and I thought every one of these books was interesting and a very good read.

The Burning by Jane Casey
The Night the Gods Smiled by Eric Wright
Eleven Days by Donald Harstad
A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill
In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
Skeleton in Search of a Cupboard by Elizabeth Farrars
9tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach
Mr. Campion's Farewell by Mike Ripley
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
Slow Horses by Mick Herron
A Hearse on May-Day by Gladys Mitchell

My top pick from this group is...

Eleven Days by Donald Harstad is a police procedural set in Iowa. The first person narrative by Carl is a very matter-of-fact, no frills delivery. The subject is grim, but there are some funny moments. The characterization is very good.


13 comments:

  1. TracyK: You had an interesting reading quarter of the year. I am glad you ventured North for a couple of the books. I have not heard of Harstad. I am going to have look for him.

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    1. Bill, I enjoy reading Canadian books. I have plans for my future reads for the Canadian challenge. More Gail Bowen and Anthony Bidulka, and some authors I haven't tried yet.

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  2. Tracy, you have a decent list, some of which are waiting on my stacks. I forgot about doing this meme, which I'm sure I would have had some qualifiers for. Maybe next quarter?
    From memory I read and liked and kept the Harstad book from years ago - I'll find it and read it again hopefully.

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    1. Col, I was surprised that I read so many new authors this last quarter. I held on to the Harstad book because I think it is re-readable, although that probably won't happen. And bought the 2nd one, which I am eager to fit into my reading.

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  3. Tracy - You've got, as ever, such an interesting variety here! I'm glad you had such a good month.

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    1. It was a lot of variety, Margot, and all very enjoyable.

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  4. Good month Tracy. I too really liked the Harstad book. Ever since I have been meaning to read more by him.... One day.

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    1. Moira, I hope I get to the 2nd Harstad book soon. I don't want this author to be one of the many that I only read one book by.

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  5. Tracy, most of these books look good to read and every one of them is absolutely new to me.

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    1. Prashant, they are all good books, with some vintage mysteries and some very new books, but you would probably like the spy fiction best (I am Pilgrim and Slow Horses).

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    2. Thanks, Tracy, I'll bear those two titles in mind.

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  6. Ooh, a blurb from Michael Connelly on the cover is a very good sign, even without your rave review!

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    1. And he is right, Laurie, the novel is "gripping and unsettling" but not too unsettling to scare me away.

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