Best new-to-me crime fiction authors: a meme: July to September 2013

To encourage us to read new authors, Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise has launched this meme. It is easy to join in. All you need to do is write a post about the best crime fiction book by a new (to you anyway) author that you have read during this time frame. And do not forget to visit the links posted by other fellow participants to discover even more books to read.

In the third quarter I’ve read this year seventeen books of which seven were by new (to me anyway) authors.You can see my reviews by clicking on the book title:

  1. Alex (MacLehose Press/Quercus, 2013) Translated by Frank Wynne, by Pierre Lemaitre.****
  2. Laidlaw (Canongate Books, 2013) First published in Great Britain in 1977, by William McIlvanney. *****
  3. Random Violence (Soho Crime, 2010). First published 2008, by Jassy Mackenzie.***
  4. Safe House (Faber & Faber, 2012.), by Chris Ewan.****
  5. Cold Courage (Hesperus Press Ltd, 2013). Translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman, by Pekka Hiltunen.***
  6. Norwegian by Night (Faber & Faber, 2013), by Derek B Miller.*****
  7. Happy Birthday, Turk! (No Exit Press, 2013), Translated from the German by Anselm Hollo, by Jakob Arjouni.***

And I would highly recommend particularly, two books: Laidlaw and Norwegian by Night.

Norwegian by Night

My Review of Cold Hearts by Gunnar Staalesen at Petrona Remembered

ColdHeartsStaalesenYou can find today at Petrona Remembered, my review of Cold Hearts by Norwegian author Gunnar Staalesen (Arcadia, 2013. Kindle edition. Translated from the Norwegian original Kalde Hjerter (2008), by Don Bartlett, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9573304-7-4.)

The aim of this site is to honour both the memory of Maxine Clarke, who passed away after a long battle with illness in December 2012, and to keep alive the kind of community spirit she engendered. 

Please don’t forget to visit the contributions submitted by other fellow readers, writers, translators, bloggers or just fans of crime and mystery fiction HERE and feel free to submit your contribution. You do not need to be a writer or even a blogger. You do not even need to have known Maxine Clarke (Maxine was always welcoming new readers to the crime fiction community). As long as you can send an email and have a crime or mystery novel you love you are welcome to submit a contribution. 

Thank you very much, Bernadette, for this wonderful opportunity to commemorate Maxine Clarke.