My favorite new-to-me authors

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This week I’m talking about My favorite new-to-me authors. I’ve read almost all mysteries this year and all my favorite new-to-me authors are mystery writers. That’s kind of amazing. Most of these books are also police procedurals.

I’ve added two honorable mention authors and though one of those books is a science fiction dystopia it’s also a police procedural!


Favorite new-to-me authors

Carlene O’Connor

  • Ms. O’Connor wrote one of my favorite books of the year–Murder in an Irish Village. I especially liked the characters and setting in this book.
  • I’m happy that a new book–Murder at an Irish Wedding–is coming in February.


Vicky Delany

  • I’ve read five books in Ms. Delany’s Constable Molly Smith series so far and it’s become one of my favorite series now.
  • Molly works in a small Canadian police department in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia. She’s ambitious and wants to become a detective.
  • However, she’s not sure she can stay in her small town where her parents named her Moonlight. Her mother still calls her that as do many of the older, long-term residents of Trafalgar, British Columbia!
  • So there is humor as well as mystery and we learn more about the personal lives of the characters in each book.killing-trail



Margaret Mizushima

  • I read the first book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series early in the year. And I read the second book this fall. Both are very good books.
  • I really like the partnership between Officer Mattie Rush and her K-9 partner Robo. Ms. Mizushima’s husband is a veterinarian so I feel the information about animals in the books is correct.


Keith McCafferty

  • The Sean Stranahan series takes place in Montana and features Sean who is a private detective sometimes and also a fly fisherman and fishing guide. He often teams up with the local police department.
  • I’ve read two books in the series so far. One of the things which drew me to this series is that my dad was a fly fisherman so I really relate to these books. I also like the fact that Keith McCafferty lives in Montana and is a writer for outdoor magazines.





Aline Templeton

  • Ms. Templeton writes the DI Marjory Fleming series which takes place in Scotland.
  • I like the dichotomy of this series–Marjory is a Detective Inspector so she has risen quite far in the ranks of her department (especially as a woman), but she is also a farm wife.
  • Cold in the Earth (book one) presents terrible choices for Marjory when a devastating virus shows up among farm animals in England. I thought the book was especially good.


Naomi Hirahara

  • I’ve read the two books in the Officer Ellie Rush Mystery series. I hope Ms.Hirahara writes more in this series, but she does have other books and series I need to explore.
  • Ellie Rush is a young bicycle officer for the LA Police Department. I like the mysteries and Ellie’s complicated personal life.
  • The first book–Murder on Bamboo Lane–introduces Ellie. She’s a rookie and the book shows that she makes mistakes and is often laughed at by her college friends (a police officer on a bicycle!) By the second book we see that Ellie and her college friends are growing further apart. I like it when a book shows the growth and changes that happen to all of us.




Terry Shames

  • The Samuel Craddock Mystery series takes place in a small town in Texas. Samuel is such a great character to read about. I really enjoy his voice and character. The first book–A Killing at Cotton Hill–immediately drew me in and I knew I’d read more books in the series.
  • I’ve read two books so far and  they are very good. I’ve bought at least one more book in the series. And the sixth book comes out in January–An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock.

kingdom-come-audioJane Jensen

  • A police procedural set in an Amish community. That seems odd, but there’s at least one other police procedural series set in an Amish Community (Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series. I tried the first book in that series, but couldn’t finish it because of the descriptions of dead children.)
  • However, I do really like the Elizabeth Harris series written by Jane Jensen. I’ve read both books–Kingdom Come and In the Land of Milk and Honey–in the series and hope more are written soon.
  • The mysteries are good and I like Elizabeth and like the both the professional and personal parts of her life.


the-crossing-places-audioElly Griffiths

  • I’ve read the first three books of the Ruth Galloway series. Such a good series! Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and she lives in a remote area called the Saltmarsh near Norfolk. The first book–The Crossing Places–takes place on the Saltmarsh.
  • Ruth is often asked by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson to assist in cases when bones are found. I really like the archaeology settings and all the information about bones in these books!
  • And Ruth’s personal life is as interesting as her professional life!

blood-on-the-tracksBarbara Nickless

  • Blood in the Tracks is the first book in a new series published in October. It takes place in Denver and is about Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell who is a railroad investigator. She has a K-9 partner, Clyde, and this was such a good book.
  • I have no idea if there are railroad officers like Sydney with the railroad, but it certainly reads as though it is true. Sydney and Clyde both suffer from PTSD (they were in Iraq) and that felt like it was portrayed accurately, too.


Honorable Mentions

Shannon Baker

  • Another author published this last fall. Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker features Kate Fox. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I think the series has lots of promise.
  • The book takes place in the Nebraska Sandhills which I hadn’t heard of before, but it sounds like a fascinating area.

after-atlasEmma Newman

  • I’m reading After Atlas by Emma Newman and really enjoying it. I think this will also be one of my favorite new-to-me authors.
  • The book is set in the Planetfall world, but I haven’t read that book. I believe Planetfall is set in space and this book is set on Earth. After Atlas is science fiction dystopia set in the future–and it’s also a police procedural!


Who are your favorite new authors?



Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “My favorite new-to-me authors”

  1. Great list! I’ve already read and loved Vicki Delany, Jane Jensen(found her through you) and Elly Griffiths.I want to try Carlene O’Connor because I love books about Ireland and I’d like the Timber Creek series because I love dogs and am interested in rescue work. Thanks!


    1. Thanks, Rita! I think I heard about Elly Griffiths because of you. She’s a great find. I hope you get to try some of the rest of these!


  2. Elly Griffiths is on my list too! I’ve only read the first book but I’m looking forward to reading more of the series. I enjoyed Carlene O’Connor’s book and have loved what I’ve read of Vicki Delany’s books. I have a Christmas cozy of hers that I need to start reading. Thanks for reminding me!


  3. I love Elly Griffiths and Emma Newman – I’ve read and loved ‘Planetfall’ and haven’t yet had the pleasure of ‘After Atlas’… Thank you for sharing.


  4. I read a lot of mysteries too, but I tend to get stuck in reading ruts with authors, so this is a great list for me! Lots of new authors to explore. 🙂


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