I'm a big fan of Louise Penny, a Canadian author whose Three Pines books is about as lovely as a murder mystery series is going to get. In her most recent newsletter, Penny linked to a blog called Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, written by Sarah Weinman, an LA Times crime fiction reviewer. Weinman offered a great list of the best crime fiction of the decade, which includes Penny's Still Life as well as a number of other books I've been meaning to read, like the Stieg Larsson trilogy, Daniel Woodrell's Winter Bone (also recommended by The Oregonian's Steve Duin), Arnaldur Indridason's Jar City and Kate Atkinson's Case Histories, as well as a few books I've never heard of.
She also reviews some intriguing books in the sidebar, such as Through the Heart by Kate Morganroth who "tells the fairy-tale minded to take their fantasies and shove it" and Bad Penny Blues by Cathi Unsworth, who offers "one of the most definitive fictional accounts of London just as it was about to swing." I'm definitely looking forward to reading this blog further.