A friend of mine just had an interesting entry about historical mysteries on her blog, Patti's Pen and Picks. Patti loves historical mysteries. My preference lately has been for police procedurals. Her blog entry made me think about my own reading, and the mystery discoveries I made this year.
I read some outstanding mysteries, and I'm sure I'll finish out the year with some intriguing ones. But, what mystery series did I discover for the first time? Out of all of the books I've read so far, I know I'll be returning to four series.
Leighton Gage introduced readers to Mario Silva in Blood of the Wicked. Silva is Chief Inspector of the Federal Police in Brazil, a position that allows him to travel throughout the country. This series is a little more brutal than many I read, but very realistic as to the political and social conditions in Brazil. I'm looking forward to the next one, due out in January, Buried Strangers.
Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries are certainly appropriate right now, with the Presidential election, and all eyes on Washington. This year, she introduced readers to Ollie Paras, who was an assistant chef in State of the Onion. In December, Ollie returns in Hail to the Chef, another mystery that takes us behind the scenes and inside the White House kitchen.
Set in Vancouver, Sandra Ruttan's What Burns Within was a police procedural that introduced three fascinating officers, with their own baggage. The constables are back in the sequel, The Frailty of Flesh. It's already available, burning a hole in my TBR pile.
And, what can I say about Steven F. Havill? I was lucky enough to discover his Posadas County mystery series this year because I was asked to review the latest book, The Fourth Time Is Murder for Mystery News. Fortunately, that is the fifteenth book in a series set in a New Mexico border county. This is a series with a terrific cast of characters, another police procedural. I've already gone back to read the first three, and I'm waiting for the fourth one now.
It's great to have discovered three new authors, along with a new to me author with a whole set of books. It's almost a gift to myself when I discover a new mystery series.
So, those are my new discoveries; Gage, Hyzy, Ruttan and Havill. Three police procedurals. Books set in Brazil, Washington, D.C., Vancouver, and New Mexico. If you're a mystery reader, have you discovered any new series this year? Pass them on!
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