Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Whenever I recommend a favorite mystery
series to another reader, I always advise starting at the beginning.
While all good authors improve over time, that initial offering can be so
pivotal to a full understanding and appreciation of the development of
character and sense of place in later works. The 10 debut novels I’ve
chosen come from series that have given me great pleasure because the
authors are pretty good at doing three things that make a story sing for
me: grounding a reader in the natural beauty of a remarkable, usually
wild, area; creating characters who are richly drawn and wonderfully
complex; and, of course, spinning a fine, compelling mystery.