New (to me anyway) Best Authors January to March 2012

I’ve read sixteen crime fiction books during the first quarter of this year of which seven (43,75%) were ‘new to me anyway’ authors: Stuart Neville’s Collusion, Val McDermind’s A Place of Execution, Roger Smith’s Mixed Blood, CJ Box’s Open Season, RJ Ellory’s A Quiet Belief in Angels, Ross Macdonald’s The Moving Target and Raúl Argemí’s Family Portrait with Dead Woman

Ross Macdonald and Val McDermind are pretty well known, therefore I would like to highlight that I’m looking forward to reading other books too by Stuart Neville, Roger Smith, CJ Box and Raul Argemí. But here today I think it’s worth to note Roger Smith in particular. I’m sure I’ll be reading the rest of his books soon. Stay tuned.

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. Before turning to a life of crime writing, he was a screenwriter, producer and director. Roger Smith’s thrillers Mixed Blood (2009), Wake Up Dead (2010), and Dust Devils (2011) are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. His books have won the Deutscher Krimi Preis (German Crime Fiction Award) and been nominated for Spinetingler Magazine Best Novel awards. Ishmael Toffee a novella (2012) is available in Kindle and his fourth novel, Capture, will be out in mid-2012. Visit his website:






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New (to me anyway) is an attempt to share new-to-us authors who’ve excited us so far this year. The first edition of this meme will appear in Mysteries on Paradise on 4 April 2012 and it’s really easy to participate. There’ll be a Mr Linky at the bottom of MiP’s post that day. Just write a post about the best new-to-you crime fiction authors you’ve read so far this year (end of March), 2012, put a link to MiP in your post, and even use the logo if you like. The books don’t necessarily need to be newly published and you can list all the new-to-you crime fiction authors if you wish. The best format would be to link in your post to the particular posts where you reviewed those titles. After writing your summary post, then return to MiP and add your link to Mr Linky. Visit the links posted by other participants in the meme to discover even more books to read.

Now come on, let’s play, the game is afoot.

6 thoughts on “New (to me anyway) Best Authors January to March 2012”

  1. José Ignacio – I really like your choice. Smith is a terrific writer and I like the way he gives a sense of culture and location.

  2. That’s a great proportion of new-to-you authors: known-to-you authors, Jose Ignacio! I like your choice, as I read that book by Roger Smith last year and think it is excellent. Your post has reminded me that I want to read another one by him, possibly Dust Devils.

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