2015 Left Coast Crime Award Winners Mar15

2015 Left Coast Crime Award Winners

Last Night, in Portland, the 2015 Left Coast Crime awards were handed out. The Lefty for the best humorous mystery novel: Herbie’s Game, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime) Other nominees: he Good, the Bad, and the Emus, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur) January Thaw, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink) Dying for a Dude, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample) Suede to Rest, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime) The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960: A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur) Other nominees: Queen of Hearts, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime) From the...

Mystery Finalists for 27th annual LAMBDA Awards Mar09

Mystery Finalists for 27th annual LAMBDA Awards

Last week, the finalists were announced for the 27th annual LAMBDA Awards.. Awards are presented in 22 categories, but here are the finalists for the Mystery categories: GAY MYSTERY BLACKMAIL, MY LOVE: A Murder Mystery, Katie Gilmartin, Cleis Press BOYSTOWN 6: FROM THE ASHES by Marshall Thornton (MLR) CALVIN’S HEAD by David Swatling (Bold Strokes Books) DEADFALL by David Lennon (BlueSpike Publishing) FAIR GAME by Josh Lanyon (Carina Press) A GATHERING STORM by Jameson Currier (Chelsea Station Editions) MOON OVER TANGIER by Janice Law (Open Road Media) THE NEXT by Rafe Haze (Wilde City Press) LESBIAN MYSTERY  THE ACQUITTAL by Anne Laughlin...

2015 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists Mar06

2015 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

The L.A. Times announced the finalists for the 2015 L.A. Times Book Prizes. The award is presented in 10 categories, including Mystery/Thriller. Since we tend to obsess on all things crime, let us take a look at that particular category. Mystery/Thriller DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY by Tom Bouman (W. W. Norton & Company) THE PAINTER BY Peter Heller (Knopf) AFTER I’M GONE by Laura Lippman (William Morrow) SINS OF OUR FATHERS by Shawn Lawrence Otto (Milkweed Editions) THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART by Peter Swanson (William Morrow) The awards will be presented Saturday, April 18, in conjunction with the L.A. Times Festival of Books...

Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards Mar02

Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards

Occasional Crimespree contributor Gerald So and the folks at The Short Mystery Fiction Society have announced the finalists for our 2015 Derringer Awards: For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words) Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil’ Jimmie Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014) Rob Hart, “Foodies” (Shotgun Honey, May 2, 2014) Jed Power, “Sweet Smells” (Shotgun Honey, July 28, 2014) Eryk Pruitt, “Knockout” (Out of the Gutter Online, August 31, 2014) Travis Richardson, “Because” (Out of the Gutter Online, May 15, 2014)* Melissa Yuan-Innes, “Because” (Fiction River:...

Longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award Feb17

Longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award

Craig Sisterson has announced the nine books on the longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for best Crime Novel. Three debut novelists and two established authors dipping their creative pens in the crime and mystery well for the first time help bring a fresh look to the longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, revealed today. “It is fantastic to see more and more talented New Zealand writers bringing their unique voices, perspectives, and interests to one of the world’s most popular storytelling genres,” says Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “Crime fiction is a broad church nowadays, and this year’s excellent longlist...

2015 Lovey Award Winners Feb09

2015 Lovey Award Winners

This last weekend, at Love Is Murder, the LOVEY Awards were presented. BEST FIRST NOVEL The Black Hour / Lori Rader-Day Other nominees: Honor Above All / J. Bard-Collins Stinking Rich / Rob Brunet Death Stalks Door County / Patricia Skalka BEST TRADITIONAL / AMATEUR SLEUTH Dead Between the Lines / Denise Swanson Other nominees: Dangerous Threads / David Ciambrone Implications / Richard Davidson Tradition of Deceit / Kathleen Ernst Bean in Love / Annie Hansen Wolf Pack / Jeanne Meeks Sex Change / T’Gracie Reese and Joe Reese Fatal Reaction / Jennie Spallone BEST SUSPENSE Black Stiletto: Secrets and Lies / Raymond Benson Other nominees: Once...