So, like I promised, I’m going to tell you about great books when I find them except this time it’s a great author! With a great body of work! Oh joy, oh bliss – I love it when this happens…
To be honest, sometimes I feel so stupid when I find a great new author who has written lots and lots (and LOTS) of books and won awards and all that jazz and I knew nothing about them. How did this happen? How dumb am I? But then I’m just happy because I have lots of long hours of happy reading ahead so I move past it.
Please allow me to introduce you to Giles Blunt (unless I’m the only person on earth who didn’t already know about him, in which case return to paragraph two). Giles Blunt is an award-winning mystery writer who is Canadian! And he writes about Ontario! North Bay, to be exact (thinly disguised as “Algonquin Bay”) and so we get details of French-Canadian / Anglo-Canadian friction and native / non-native friction and Toronto / the rest of the country friction. I’m confident Giles Blunt’s work would be great no matter where in the world you were reading him but it’s that much richer when you read him from here.
I was so excited when I found Crime Machine at the library and read it and read it and read it and couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it. Then the nightmares started. Because, let’s just say, it’s quite an intense story. And while I was in the middle of it, it didn’t seem that disturbing; it just seemed riveting but later on, when all was dark and I was trying to sleep, there were some pretty vivid images left flitting through my mind.
So, I got a little worried I wouldn’t be able to read the rest of his books (which I had already reserved, one by one, through the library hold system) But, good news, either I’m desensitized or the other books aren’t quite as twisted – likely a combination of the two – because I continue to read and am able to sleep afterwards as well.
If you like a mystery, and if you like Canadian books, and if you like realistically flawed characters, and if you like straightforward, sophisticated-but-not-fancy writing, then I would recommend you check out Giles Blunt (if you haven’t already done so!).
I have some more new authors waiting for me in my library basket so I’ll be sure to let you know if any of them turn out to have written Another Great Book.