It's always hard to know if a new author will hit home with you. That's why it's so important that they have websites or blogs where you can, well, sort of test-drive them. One good example is over at the Detective Kubu site. Detective Kubu is a new series (one book published, one in the works) by Michael Stanley (the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. It's set in Botswana, but don't confuse it with Alexander McCall-Smith's Precious Ramotswe. This series seems quite different. For a preview, check out the short story on their site.
Over at Mystery Turtles, nine authors blog about their lives and about getting published. In the latest post, author Morgan Mandel wonders if the price of gas will affect the number of books being published since, for some people, buying books is a luxury.
For those with thoughts of becoming a writer, Radine Trees Nehring has written a multi-part blog entry on what it takes to get published. It's very comprehensive.
Murderous Musings is another website I'll have to bookmark. Here six authors talk about everything -- from the Dexter novels to their murder weapon of choice (for their characters, of course!).