At the end of March I participated in Kerrie Smith’s meme, New to Me Authors, that she hosts at her Mysteries in
Paradise blog. I did not put up a post for mid-year but am back with a post for the 3rd quarter of the year.
For July, August and September my new to me authors were:
by Alix Bosco ( Slaughter Falls ) New Zealand
2.) Before the Poison by Peter Robinson (
3.) Blessed Are the Dead by Malla Nunn (
Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson ( ) England
5.) Writing on the Wall by Gunnar Staalesen (
6.) The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (
7.) The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton (
Where I read 5 new authors in the 1st quarter I read 7 new authors in the 3rd quarter.
I was interested to see that I read authors from 6 different countries with
being the only country from which I read 2 new authors. Being a blogger has definitely widened my mystery reading scope. Without the recommendations of fellow bloggers I would not have read Bosco, Nunn and Camilleri. Canada
Out of 7 good mysteries two stood above the rest for me. Blessed Are the Dead and The Water Rat of Wanchai are exceptional mysteries. They are very different books.
Blessed Are the Dead is set in the 1950’s
with a direct examination of the prejudices of the early apartheid era through Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper and Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala. South Africa
The Water Rat of Wanchai takes place in several world locations –
, Canada , Hong Kong, Thailand and the Guyana British Virgin Islands – in our current time period. Sleuth, Ava Lee, is a gay Chinese forensic accountant highly skilled in an ancient Chinese martial art, bek mei.
I liked them for different reasons.
In Blessed Are the Dead I was drawn in the land, a beautiful valley, and exploration of the history of the era through portraying the culture of that time.
Ava made The Water Rat of Wanchai a special book. She impacted me in the same way when I first read Lisbeth Salander. Ava is a unique personality that does not fit into contemporary society. Both Lisbeth and Ava also break female stereotypes. Each is very proficient in a field traditionally associated with men. Lisbeth is an excellent computer hacker. Ava is talented in finding out where money taken has been concealed.
Reading the above Magnificent Seven reminds me there are so many wonderful mystery authors to be found.