We’re getting to that time of year where we start compiling the “best of” lists, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the perfect example: the top 10 authors you’ve discovered in 2013. It was somewhat hard for me to compile my list, because I tend to go through long periods of catching up with authors I already like rather than discovering new ones. But here are 10 new-to-me-in-2013 authors that I’d like to read more of in the future (I’ve listed them alphabetically in the interest of fairness):
1. Anthony Berkeley — The Poisoned Chocolates Case was so clever, such a wonderful exploration of the philosophy of the mystery novel, that I really want to get my hands on the rest of his books!
2. Gemma Burgess — If you like British chick lit, you should definitely check out Burgess’ well-written, romantic, exuberant novels. I really liked both The Dating Detox and A Girl Like You.
3. Edmund Crispin — I recently read The Case of the Gilded Fly, the first of a vintage mystery series featuring Oxford professor Gervase Fen. I haven’t had time to review the book yet, but I did enjoy it and am curious to try another Gervase Fen book.
4. Michael Innes — Yet another classic mystery author! I didn’t wholeheartedly love Hamlet, Revenge! while I was reading it, but once the solution was revealed, I was very impressed with how the whole thing hung together. I’ve already acquired another Innes book and look forward to reading it next year!
5. Robin LaFevers — I discovered the His Fair Assassin series this year and got completely sucked into it! Medieval Brittany + romance + killer nuns = yes please! If the idea appeals to you, do yourself a favor and pick up Grave Mercy.
6. Ben Macintyre — Over the past few years, I’ve become very interested in World War II, so I finally decided to try the intriguingly titled Operation Mincemeat. It’s a very well-researched yet extremely readable account of a crucial intelligence operation in the midst of WWII, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the period or in espionage.
7. Cheryl Mahoney — Perhaps I’ve gushed a little too much about The Wanderers recently, but I can’t help it — I really liked the book! It’s good old-fashioned epic fantasy fun, and fans of the genre should definitely give it a try!
8. Matt Beynon Rees — I read The Collaborator of Bethlehem this year and was fascinated by its depiction of daily life in the West Bank. While it’s a work of fiction, Rees himself is a journalist and spent time in the region, which lends authenticity to the book. I’m planning to read book #2 of the series, A Grave in Gaza, next year.
9. Mary Doria Russell — Doc was so good (seriously, one of my top 10 books of the year, and I don’t even read Westerns) that I’m eager to get my hands on the rest of her work! Even though I wasn’t as thrilled with Dreamers of the Day, I’m optimistic about her oeuvre as a whole.
10. Patricia Wynn — She wrote a mystery series with Jacobites! And romance! Need I say more?