This list contains both new mystery writers and very established ones. You may not have heard of them before and I think you would enjoy reading them.
Laura DiSilverio – Meet Charlotte “Charlie” Swift and her unwanted, untrained and utterly wonderful partner, Gigi, in Swift Justice. This is a first novel and it’s going to be a great series, if this book is any indication. Charlie runs “Swift Investigations”. Gigi’s husband was Charlie’s silent partner but when he runs off to Costa Rica with another woman Gigi becomes a not-so-silent partner.
Chris Ewan – Charles Howard is a mystery writer. He is also a thief; in fact, he is an accomplished burglar. He tends to ignore that inner voice that says “You shouldn’t get mixed up in this”, so he has only himself to blame when the dead body turns up. You can’t help but like Charlie. The books are original. The plots are well done. There are three novels out in The Good Thief’s Guide series with the fourth due in August. Start with The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam.
Sara J. Henry –Henry’s first novel, Learning to Swim, is an excellent mystery/suspense novel. Troy Chance witnesses a small child falling off a ferry boat and into Lake Champlain. Without thinking, she dives in after the child and thus begins the mystery. The action moves from Lake Placid, to Ottawa and to Burlington. Ms. Henry will be coming to the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, Vermont, on Saturday, July 30th, at 7 pm so mark your calendars.
Anthony Berkeley – The Poisoned Chocolates Case was written in 1929 and was reissued in 2010. This book is one of the “classics” from “the Golden Age”. If you are an Agatha Christie fan you should enjoy it. Sir Eustace is a womanizing cad of the first order and probably deserved his fate, but, when the “Crime Circle” gets together to solve the case they each come up with a different culprit!
Edward Marston – In the 1850’s, Inspector Colbeck is known as “The Railway Detective”. I started with the third book, The Railway Viaduct, and it was so enjoyable I am reading the entire series. If you like train stories, historical mysteries or, simply, good whodunits with sound plots and great characters you should like these.
Giles Blunt – Henning Mankell’s fans will appreciate Giles Blunt. His novels feature Police Investigator John Cardinal and his partner, Lise Delorme, in Algonquin Bay, Ontario. The first book, Forty Words for Sorrow, is excellent. The second one, The Delicate Storm, is even better. Tony Hillerman said he wished he had written Forty Words for Sorrow. Like Mankell and Hillerman, Blunt writes an intelligent police procedural.
Elly Griffiths – The Crossing Places is a very good debut novel. Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist in the Saltmarsh area near Norfolk, England. DCI Harry Nelson asks for her assistance when bones are discovered. If you are looking for a new series, give Griffiths a try.
Phoebe Atwood Taylor – Her best known series features Asey Mayo, a handyman on Cape Cod. Asey was featured in 24 novels (the first is The Cape Cod Mystery.) It was one of the most popular series during the 1930s and 1940s. Taylor is also remembered for a book written under the name Freeman Dana, Murder at the New York World’s Fair. This was a non-series book, commissioned by Bennett Cerf, publisher of Random House, to coincide with the opening of the Fair. It was buried in a time capsule at the Fair.
Craig Johnson – I’ve saved the best for last! Mr. Johnson has written seven mysteries featuring Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. I had not read any of them and began with Junkyard Dogs (the sixth). Longmire is now my third, most favorite male character in the mystery world. He comes in behind Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. There is humour (the laugh out loud kind), great dialogue, fully developed unique characters and well crafted plots. Longmire is a great guy; he has a good staff and a really good dog. First in the series is The Cold Dish.