2013 MaCavity Award winners

Last night, at Bouchercon, the 2013 MaCavity Awards were handed out.

Best Mystery Novel:
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Other finalists:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
The Black House by Peter May (Silver Oak)
The Other Woman by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge)
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books)
The Twenty Year Death by Ariel S. Winter (Hard Case Crime)
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

Best First Mystery Novel:
DON’T EVER GET OLD by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur Books-Thomas Dunn)

Other finalists:
Low Country Boil by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press)
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Random House -Bantam)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (Crown)

Best Mystery Non-Fiction:
BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke (Simon & Schuster – Atria/Emily Bestler)

Other finalists:
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French (Penguin)
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero, edited by Otto Penzler (BenBella/Smart Pop)

Best Mystery Short Story:
“THE LORD IS MY SHAMUS” by Barb Goffman in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder (Wildside)

Other finalists:
“The Unremarkable Heart” by Karin Slaughter in Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance (Little, Brown – Mulholland Books)
“Thea’s First Husband” by B.K. Stevens in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2012
“When Duty Calls” by Art Taylor in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder (Wildside Press)
“Blind Justice” by Jim Fusilli in Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance (Little, Brown – Mulholland Books)
“The Sequel” (a novella) by Jeffrey Deaver in The Strand Magazine, November-February 2012-2013

Sue Feder Historical Memorial Award:
AN UNMARKED GRAVE by Charles Todd (HarperCollins)

Other finalists:
A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge)
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal (Random House-Bantam)
The Confession by Charles Todd (HarperCollins)
Elegy For Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (HarperCollins)

To be eligible, novels/stories much have been published, for the first time, in 2012. The Awards are nominated by and voted on by members and supporters of Mystery Readers International, as well as subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in September, in Albany this year. The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats).