Sunday 25 January 2015


2014 seems to have been the year for new authors for me and the last quarter has been no exception.

Quarterly total was 48 reads with 25 new to me authors.

October 16 reads - 11 new, November 14 reads - 5 new, December 18 reads - 9 new.

Plenty of highlights;

Brian Stoddart and his Indian detective in the last days of the Raj;

Charles Dodd White and a journey in backwoods America.

Craig Faustus Buck and a brief encounter with an ongoing protagonist up against the odds.

Jonathan Ames - bleak upon dark with a touch of black thrown in.

Antonin Varenne - an Algerian outing with its roots in French colonialism.

October - newbies

Heath Lowrance - Hawthorne: Tales of a Weirder West  (4)

Craig Faustus Buck - Dead End (5)

Hugh Gilmore - Redneck Noir Lit (4)

Brian Stoddart - A Madras Miasma (5)

D.S. Nelson - Hats off to Murder  (3)

Stephen Tyrell - The Test (4)

Charles Dodd White - A Shelter of Others (5)

Edgar Wallace - When the Gangs Came to London (3)

Joel Goldman - Fire in the Sky (4)

Victor Vascolenos - Surviving Manhood: Getting Hitched (4)

ed. Seth Porter/Dan Reilly - The Rag Issue 6 (4)

November - newbies

Mike Monson - Criminal Love and Other Stories (5)

Kyle Minor - The Truth and All its Ugly (4)

Lee Goldberg/ Janet Evanovitch - Pros and Cons (4)

Norbert Davis - Oh Murderer Mine (4)

Jonathan Ames - You Were Never Really Here (5)

December - newbies

Paul D. Brazill - 13 Shots of Noir (4)

Max Austin  - Duke City Split (4)

Christina James - Sausage Hall (4)

Charles Allen Gramlich - Killing Trail (4)

Lee Thompson - When We Join Jesus in Hell (4)

Earl Javorsky - Down Solo (4)

Nigel Bird - Smoke (4)

Antonin Varenne - Loser's Corner (5)

Mark Sennen - The Boat House (4)


I shall tot-up the overall figures of new-to-old in my 2014 round-up which I hope to post next week.

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise blog hosts the quarterly new author meme over at her blog. Click here to see what other crime fiction bloggers have been discovering in the last quarter of 2014.


  1. You have had lots of new-to-you reads this time, Col. And it's good to see that you've enjoyed them, too. A bit annoyed at myself that I still haven't gotten to A Madras Miasma yet, but it was good to be reminded of it. I'll hope to get to this year.

    1. Thanks Margot - I'll be interested in your take on Brian Stoddart's excellent book - but I don't think your alone in not being up to date on everything - we set ourselves impossible tasks as readers. I don't have to balance that with writing either!

  2. Col, 25 new authors out of 48 in one quarter is very impressive. I have Paul D. Brazill, Lee Goldberg, and Heath Lowrance on my list of authors to read this year.

    1. Prashant cheers - I hope you get to those three amigos soon. I'm interested in your reaction to them all.

  3. That's a lot of new authors! kudos, and look forward to the roundup.

    1. Cheers, Moira. I do like taking a chance on new things - to the detriment of the existing piles obviously!