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This week’s Top Ten is: New to Me Authors I Read and Loved in 2020.

I am a day late with this post because it took me awhile to go through my 2020 books, select the new authors from books with 4 or 5 stars. Then I had to figure out which ones would I actively seek out their other books, and recommend to others. I read so many wonderful books, but many were not from new authors. I was not able to condense this to just ten. I categorized the authors by the genre.

Literary Fiction/Drama

This Tender Land

William Kent Krueger

The Heirloom Garden

Viola Shipman (Could also be considered Hist-Fic)


The Secret To Happiness Coming Home To Seashell Cottage Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms

Jessica Redland (I read 8 books this year)

The Magnolia Sisters The Last Man She Expected

Michelle Major

Dreaming of Verona Dreaming of Italy Under a Siena Sun (Escape to Tuscany Book 1)

T.A. Williams

Historical Fiction

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

Hazel Gaynor

Police Procedural/Crime

Some Choose Darkness (Rory Moore/Lane Phillips, #1)

Charlie Donlea (also writes thriller/suspense)

Who's Next?

Chris Merritt

The Darkness (Hidden Iceland, #1)

Ragnar Jónasson (Icelandic Noir)


The Night Away

Jess Ryder

Cozy Mystery

The Body in the Attic (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #1) The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #2) The Body in the Gravel (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #3) The Body in the Apartment (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #4)

Judi Lynn (Binged the first 4 Jazzi Zanders books)

Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #1) Dim Sum of All Fears (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #2) Murder Lo Mein (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #3)

Vivien Chien

Humour/Women’s Fiction/Mature Characters

The Old Girls' Network: A funny, feel-good read for summer 2020 Five French Hens Heading Over The Hill

Judy Leigh

YA Own Voices

Nic Stone

So, there you have it. Fourteen Authors that were new to me this year and that I loved. I recommend any and all of these. I had others on my list, but with more investigation, realized that I had read other books by them previous to 2020, which actually helped to condense this down to just fourteen.

So, what authors were on your list?