Most quarters I read 5-6 new authors. For January to March of 2016 I read 4 new authors though reading a trilogy by Philip Kerr was probably the difference in not reaching my usual new author pace.
The books and authors are:
1.) Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson;
2.) The Berlin Noir trio by Philip Kerr:
a.) March Violets;b.) The Pale Criminal; and,
c.) A German Requiem.
3.) The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar J. Mazzeo; and,
4.) Wail of the Wendigo by Steve Pitt
Within the group The Hotel on Place Vendome is a work of non-fiction. I have not published my review but it will be up this second quarter of 2016. The book is a portrait of the Ritz Hotel in Paris especially during the World War II occupation by the Nazis.
One of the group was a Canadian author. Wail of the Wendigo, is part of the Young Adult series of books on the adventures of young future Canadian Prime Ministers. It is about the young Pierre Trudeau in the Yukon.
My favourite new author this quarter was an easy choice. I loved the Berlin Noir trilogy. I wish I had started reading Bernie Gunther mysteries much sooner. He is a fascinating character living in a place (Germany) at a time (Third Reich mainly) that is of great interest to me.
I started reading March Violets with the idea I would read the opening book and decide if I would return later to finish the trilogy. Once started I swept through all three books.
It is harder to decide which of the three books would be my top choice.
After looking at my reviews I choose March Violets. As with most series I find I enjoy the first in a series best as it is the story that has drawn me into the sleuth’s life and times.