The Business of Dying by Simon Kernick, 2002. Writer recommended to me by the owner of the mystery book store in Victoria, Chronicles of Crime. It was good and I want to read more by him. He's a bit brutal - lots of dead bodies. But good plot, good writing.
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom, 2009. Really perceptive writer. Just started this book but I like it a lot. Not a novel but groups of connected stories.