2017 Anthony Award Nominees May17

2017 Anthony Award Nominees

About the Anthony Awards: The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.   ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS Best Novel You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott [Little, Brown] Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman [G.P. Putnam’s Sons] Red Right Hand – Chris Holm [Mulholland] Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman [William Morrow] A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny [Minotaur]   Best First Novel Dodgers – Bill Beverly [Crown] IQ – Joe Ide [Mulholland] Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann [Midnight Ink] Design for...

Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END Chuck Wendig Del Rey Released 2/21/17 I have made no bones about being a huge Star Wars nerd. From a young age, I have devoured anything and everything that I could find in the Star Wars universe, and this was back when there were just three movies. I read all the books and particularly loved the Timothy Zahn trilogy, which I still revisit from time to time today. When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all these books that I had loved became “legends,” essentially, that they were good stories, but no longer part of the true Star Wars timeline, so that they could go in their own direction. While I...

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 5

Has it been a month already?   When we launched our crime and mystery podcast in January, we toyed with the idea of doing bi-weekly episodes. Back then, booking enough guests to fill 2 episodes a month seemed like the biggest obstacle. We now realize that finding interesting guests is easy compared to the work that goes into scheduling and editing.   Then we got the bright idea to do a live event, sort of like a crime and mystery version of “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me or “Jeopardy.” We dubbed it “Crime Quiz LIVE!” and set a date for early May at one of our favorite East Los Angeles haunts, Book Show LA. We...

Review of SCOOBY APOCALYPSE

SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, Volume 1 DC Comics This new, updated version of the beloved team of mystery solvers is put together by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis with art by Howard Porter. The talent here shows they are taking it serious. And serious it is, the world could be ending! In this updated version, Daphne and Fred are pals from college. And while they are great friends, Daphne keeps reminding Fred that’s all it is. Daphne, a former big time TV reporter, now has her own show looking into mysteries that runs on The Knitting Channel with Fred as her cameraman. Velma and Shaggy work for a secret lab that has plans to change the world. Plans that...

Five Movies and Books that made me the writer I am...

The creative process requires a great deal of input, a constantly changing stew of ingredients. Trying to narrow down only five things that have influenced me as a writer is a difficult task, like trying to rope the wind. In no particular order, here are three books and two films which have had a big impact on my writing. A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR by Dennis Lehane. Arguably one of the finest detective novels of the modern era. Lehane’s debut takes all the old tropes—a troubled investigator, his attractive associate, a psychopathic sidekick—and makes them fresh and believable, giving the characters a depth and emotional resonance rarely seen in...