I had 5 new to me mystery authors in the first 3 months of 2012. The authors and the books I read from them are:
1.) Ernest Mallo author of Needle in aHaystack;
2.) Gary Disher author of The Dragon Man;
3.) Joseph T. Klempner author of FelonyMurder;
4.) Randy Wayne White author of Sanibel Flats; and,
5.) L.R. Wright author of The Suspect.
My top 3 of the quintet in the order I would rank them are:
1.) L. R. Wright;
2.) Ernest Mallo; and,
3.) Gary Disher.
There are a trio of ironies with my list.
First, each of the books is not set in the present day. Needle in a Haystack is in Argentina of the 1970’s. Felony Murder, Sanibel Flats and The Dragon Man are all in the 1990’s. Lastly, The Suspect takes place in 1984.
Second, none of the authors is new to publishing in 2011 or 2012. All are authors first published some years to a generation ago.
Third, I have not yet posted a review of The Suspect. I decided to have the list reflect when I read books rather than when I posted reviews. I will be posting my review of The Suspect on Good Friday. It is a wonderful Canadian mystery. I am alittle discouraged with myself that I had not read any of Wright’s books until this year. After reading The Suspect and looking at her website I discovered she had been born in Saskatchewan and spent part of her youth in Saskatoon.
Click over to Mysteries in Paradise. You will find interesting lists of “new to ------ authors”.