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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors New to Me

It’s funny that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is all about authors who are new to us. Well, all authors are, at some point, new to us, but new to me recently? Well, there have been a couple.

Last year I bumped into Barbara Nickless and her work, online, quite by accident I should say, and found a couple of new authors by way of recommendations from my fellow book bloggers. Some I have yet to read, and their books are on order, while one, who I started to read last week, turned out to not be my cup of tea. But hey, we won’t know until we try, right?

For the full run down on who has popped up on my radar, check out my Wish List. Meanwhile, here are ten who caught my eye:

  • KENDRA ELLIOTT — Mercy Kilpatrick series.
  • LEE GOLDBERG — Lost Hills / Bone Canyon.
  • CHERIE JONES — How the one-armed sister sweeps her house.
  • SARAH PEARSE — The Sanatorium.
  • SARA PENNER — The Lost Apothecary.
  • JESSE Q SANTOS — Dial A for Aunties.
  • INDIA HOLTON — The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.
  • ALEX MICHAELIDES — The Maidens.
  • NICHOLAS DIDOMIZIO — Burn it all Down.
  • S.J. BENNETT — The Windsor Knot.

All new authors to me, with books that I’m really excited to get my hands on and read. And you, what new authors have you recently discovered and begun reading?


WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …

What I’m currently reading.

I started TWO GIRLS DOWN by Louisa Luna last night, a new series and a new author to me. I read 130 pages but, to be honest, I’m not loving this one, but who knows, maybe it will surprise me.

“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”

What I recently finished.

If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll already have seen my review on Louise Penny’s latest Three Pines mystery, ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE—her sixteenth entry into this long running series. It also has to be my first entry on this year’s Best Of Reads and what will be one of my Top Ten best reads of all-time.

Yes, it was that good. Don’t believe me? Go read my review and if you’re not convinced, go read it yourself!

What will I read next?

Ah, that’s always one of the big questions as, each time I finish one book, I never know what I might read next. I can be something of a mood reader so like to keep several choices to hand. But, I’m leaning towards the next book in Barbara Nickless’s excellent Sydney Rose Parnell series, AMBUSH. The first two were both excellent reads and you can check my reviews to learn what I thought, in detail. But Nickless is now one of my Go-To authors.

“Railway cop and former Marine Sydney Parnell is on the hunt. So is a killer she knows only as the Alpha. They’re in a race to find Malik, an eleven-year-old Iraqi boy with secrets to guard. Sydney wants to help him. The Alpha wants him dead.

From the dark alleys of Mexico City to the mean streets of Denver, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, use their wits and determination to chase down the ruthless killer. But when their path collides with his, Sydney realizes just how far-reaching and sinister the Alpha’s past is. And how far he’s willing to go to save his secrets.”

And you, what are you reading and what are looking forward to reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Reads of 2020

As this hideous year winds down, and we look back at the books we’ve read this year—or, in my case, since I refocused my website towards crime fiction this past summer—we celebrate our favourite and the best of the year as this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Given I haven’t read that many books since the summer, and of those that I did read, a lot are from previous years, this list is strictly going to be less the best of and more what my favourites were.

So, in no particular order, here’s the books and series I’m raving about:

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS by Barbara Nickless

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Mystery : Thomas & Mercer, 2016

FALLOUT by Sara Paretsky

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.

Crime Fiction | Detective | Suspense : William Morrow, 2017


Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Noir Mystery : Pushkin Press, 2018


When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Murder-Mystery : Minotaur Books, 2018


The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low.

Crime Fiction | Murder-mystery : Mulholland Books, 2019