Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise hosts a quarterly round-up of favourite new authors. I haven’t contributed there for a while, but here goes…
Putting aside the many new-to-me authors contained within the pages of Michael Sims’ The Dead Witness (although I’d like to bring the creator of Uncle Abner, Melville Davisson Post, to your attention), I see I have only encountered two this month:
Gladys Edson Locke, author of the amusing but honestly fairly inconsequential The House on the Downs.
Len Deighton, author of the spy trilogy Berlin Game, Mexico Set, and London Match. These are excellent spy novels, written with a sense of humour, a keen appreciation of office politics, and a magnificent mix of domestic troubles and espionage. Deighton would probably have remained unknown to me forever because I find the covers of his books uninspiring (see knives and apple, above), but I’d urge you to get past those and read these titles as soon as you can.