Nominees announced for 2015 Agatha Awards Feb05

Nominees announced for 2015 Agatha Awards

The folks behind Malice Domestic have announced the nominees for the 2015 Agatha Awards. Best Contemporary Novel: BURNED BRIDGES, Annette Dashofy (Henery Press) LONG UPON THE LAND, Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing) THE CHILD GARDEN, Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink) NATURE OF THE BEAST, Louise Penny (Minotaur Books) WHAT YOU SEE, Hank Phillipi Ryan (Forge Books) Best Historical Novel: MALICE AT THE PALACE, Rhys Bowen (Berkley) THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER, Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books) DREAMING SPIES, Laurie R. King (Bantam) MRS. ROOSEVELT’S CONFIDANTE, Susan Elia Macneal (Banntam) MURDER ON AMSTERDAM AVENUE, Victoria Thompson (Berkley) Best First Novel: DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN, Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books) MACDEATH, Cindy Brown (Henery Press) PLANTATION SHUDDERS, Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books) JUST KILLING TIME, Julianne Holmes (Berkley) ON THE ROAD WITH DEL AND LOUISE, Art Taylor (Henery Press) Best Nonfiction: THE GREAT DETECTIVE: THE AMAZING RISE AND IMMORTAL LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, Zack Dundas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER: THE MYSTERY OF THE WRITERS WHO INVENTED THE MODERN DETECTIVE STORY, Martin Edwards (HarperCollins) A IS FOR ARSENIC: THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury USA) UNSOLVED MURDERS AND DISAPPEARANCES IN NORTHEAST OHIO, Jane Ann Turzillo (Arcadia Publishing) THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK: WICKEDLY GOOD MEALS AND DESSERTS TO DIE FOR, Kate White (Editor), Harlan Coben (Contributor) and Gillian Flynn (Contributor) (Quirk Books) Best Short Story: “A Year Without Santa Claus?” by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2015) “A Questionable Death” by Edith Maxwell, History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC) “A Killing at the Beausoleil” by Terrie Farley Moran (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2015) “Suffer the Poor” by Harriette Sackler, History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC) “A Joy Forever” by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March 2015) Best Children’s/Young Adult: PIECES AND PLAYERS, Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press) NEED, Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers) ANDI UNSTOPPABLE, Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz) WOOF, Spencer Quinn (Scholastic Press) FIGHTING CHANCE: A MARTIAL ARTS MYSTERY, B.K. Stevens (Poisoned Pen Press)vens (Poisoned Pen Press) A ballot listing each category’s nominees will be given to all attendees of Malice Domestic 28, which will be held April 29-May 1, 2016. Attendees will vote by secret ballot, the ballots will be tabulated and the winners will be announced at the 2015 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on Saturday, April 30,...

Genre Fiction Nominees For 28th annual Minnesota Book Awards Feb02

Genre Fiction Nominees For 28th annual Minnesota Book Awards...

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library announced the nominees for the 28th annual  Minnesota Book Awards. Below are the nominees for Genre fiction: Genre Fiction (sponsored by Macalester College) THE DEVEREAUX DECISION by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions) THE GRAVE SOUL by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books) HE’S EITHER DEAD OR IN ST. PAUL by D.B. Moon (Three Waters Publishing, LLC) SEASON OF FEAR by Brian Freeman (Quercus) The finalists for the Awards were selected by  24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community. The winners will be announced on Saturday, April 16, at St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street...

Peter James awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger Jan23

Peter James awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger

Crime Writers’ Association has announced that the Diamond Dagger will be bestowed upon Peter James. While James is best known for his DSI Roy Grace novels, he has published 31 novels overall (12 of which feature DSI Grace). The CWA Diamond Dagger is awarded each year to a writer who has a career marked by sustained excellence. Past winners have included literary giants such as Lee Child, Frederick Forsyth, P.D. James,  Val McDermid and Elmore Leonard. Part of the CWA Dagger Awards, the CWA Diamond Dagger is the most prestigious prize the Association can bestow. “I’ve always felt that the CWA Diamond Dagger stands head and shoulders above all the myriad awards in the world for crime and thriller writing,” says Peter James. “It is, without doubt, the most coveted of all, partly because of its history, partly because of who actually decides it, but more important than either of these, is the list of past winners – a veritable roll call of the giants of our genre. I remember attending the ceremonies in my earliest days as young, struggling writer, watching the annual presentations, listening to the acceptance speeches, and dreaming that one that this could be me – which I always dismissed as no more than fantasy. Now to find that I am actually to be this year’s recipient is, without doubt, one of the greatest moments of my career. And it is proof that sometimes, our dreams really can come...

Nominees for the 2016 LEFT Awards Jan17

Nominees for the 2016 LEFT Awards

The powers that be behind LEFT COAST CRIME have announced the nominees for the 2016 LEFTY awards. Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel: LORD OF THE WINGS, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur) PLANTATION SHUDDERS, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane) FEBRUARY FEVER, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink) DYING FOR A DONUT, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample) CRUSHED VELVET, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime) Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (formerly the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, given to the best mystery novel covering events before 1960): MALICE AT THE PALACE, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime) THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur) THE CHOCOLATE KISS-OFF, by Heather Haven (Wives of Bath Press) THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC, by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street) DREAMING SPIES, by Laurie R. King (Bantam) MRS. ROOSEVELT’S CONFIDANTE, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam) Lefty for Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel (set in this year’s LCC geographic region, meaning the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii): THE CROSSING, by Michael Connelly, (Little, Brown) NIGHT TREMORS, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) THE PROMISE, by Robert Crais, (Putnam) THE ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST, by Gigi Pandian (Midnight Ink) YOUNG AMERICANS, by Josh Stallings (Heist) Lefty for Best World Mystery Novel (set outside the LCC geographic region): THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, by Lou Berney (Morrow) DRAGON DAY, by Lisa Brackmann (Soho Crime) THE KILLING KIND, by Chris Holm (Mulholland) THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur) STONE COLD DEAD, by James W. Ziskin, (Seventh Street) The winners will be announced at a banquet, Phoenix,  on Saturday, February 27, at the Hyatt...

PETER PAN MUST DIE wins the 2015 NERO Award Dec07

PETER PAN MUST DIE wins the 2015 NERO Award

Saturday night, The Nero Wolf Literary Society presented the 2015 Nero Award at the Black Orchid Banquet. The award is presented to a novel, published in 2014) that is written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories. PETER PAN MUST DIE by John Verdon (Crown Publishing Group) Other finalists HERBIE’S GAME by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Press) THE DETECTIVE & THE PIPE GIRL by Michael Craven (HarperCollins) FIRST LIGHT by Al Lamanda (Five Star) THE DETECTIVE by James Patrick Hunt (Cengage...

The Washington Post Best Mysteries of 2015 Nov22

The Washington Post Best Mysteries of 2015

The Washington Post has announced their best of 2015. There are a number of categories, but our own interest is on one area, the Best Mystery Books and Thrillers. A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES, by Elizabeth George (Viking) BRUSH BACK, by Sara Paretsky (Putnam) DARK CORNERS, by Ruth Rendell (Scribner) ROGUE LAWYER, by John Grisham (Doubleday) THE WHITES, by Richard Price as Harry Brandt (Henry...