Cookbooks

Christmas Themed Fiction – 2018

 

Are you a fan of Christmas themed fiction? Then this list of thirty-two novels, novellas, and short stories is for you.  🙂

 

The books were recommended by avid cozy mystery readers, as well as NBR subscribers, and fans of Christmas inspirational works. Click on the titles to find out more about the books, then snuggle up with a great Christmas read.

 

Susan Wittig Albert: “The Darling Dahlias & the Poinsettia Puzzle

 

Gretchen Archer:  “Double Deck the Halls

 

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson + 15 other authors: “Sleigh Bells & Sleuthing

 

Donna Andrews: “Lark! The Herald Angels Sing”  

 

Mary Angela: “Very Merry Murder”

 

Joy Avon: “In Peppermint Peril”

 

Laurien Berenson: “Wagging through the Snow

 

Leslie Budewitz: “As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles”

 

Ellen Byron: “A Cajun Christmas Killing”

 

Lynn Cahoon: “Santa Puppy”

 

Vicki Delany “Hark the Herald Angels Slay”

 

Barbara Early: “Murder on the Toy Town Express”

 

Morris Fenris: “Miracle of Christmas Boxed Set

 

Beatrice Fishback: “Winter Writerland

 

Amanda Flower: “Premeditated Peppermint

 

Joanne Fluke: “Christmas Cake Murder

 

Jacqueline Frost: “Twelve Slays of Christmas

 

Daryl Wood Gerber “Wreath between the Lines

 

Patrice Greenwood: “As Red as Any Blood

 

Carolyn Haines: “Gift of Bones

 

Victoria Hamilton: “Breaking the Mould”

 

Julie Hennrikus: “A Christmas Peril”

 

CeeCee James: “The Frosty Taste of Scandal

 

Miranda James: “Six Cats a Slayin”

 

Laura Levine: “Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge”

 

Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross: “Yule Log Murder

 

Liz Mugavero:  “Purring around the Christmas Tree

 

Nancy Naigle: “Hope at Christmas”

 

Gail Oust: “The Twelve Dice of Christmas”

 

Summer Prescott: “Christmas Reunion Killer”

 

Julie Seedorf:  “The Discombobulated Decipherers”

 

Jane Willan:  “The Hour of Death”

 

Happy Choosing!  🙂

 

 

 

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Cookbooks by Famous Authors – 2017

 

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What great cook can resist a great new cookbook?

Even better, what foodie/avid reader can resist a cookbook created by his/her favorite author?

 

The following fifteen cookbooks have been recommended by the readers of Nightstand Book Reviews as part of their literary and/or cookbook collections. The cookbooks would definitely make a fun gift to a fan of any of the authors. There are some pretty famous writers in the mix and many of the cookbooks have been nominated for awards.   🙂   If you have tried any of the recipes, please let us know in the comments.

 

Click on the book title to learn more about the featured recipes and where to buy the books.

 

 

"Brunetti's Cookbook" – Roberta Pianaro, Donna Leon

 

 

Cooking with Jane Austen”   – Kirstin Olsen

 

 

"Food to Die For"  – Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown

 

 

"Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook"  – Diane Mott Davidson

 

 

"Have Faith In Your Kitchen" – Katherine Hall Page

 

 

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader” – Jan Karon

 


“KP Authors Cook Their Books” – 11 Kindle Press Authors

 

 

Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook” – Stuart Brown, forward by Alexander McCall Smith

 

 

"Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" – Kate White, editor; famous mystery writer contributors

 

 

The Cat Who Cookbook” – Lilian Jackson Braun

 

 

"The Cozy Cookbook"  – Laura Childs & other bestselling cozy writers

 

 

"The Hemingway Cookbook" – Craig Boreth

 

 

"The Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook" – Theresa Carle-Sanders

 

 

Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen – Jason Goodwin

 

 

"Winnie the Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook" – A.A. Milne

 

 

Happy holiday cooking with these cookbooks by famous authors!  🙂

 

 

                      

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Goodreads Choice Awards – 2017


 

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Most of the winners of major book awards are selected by members of the groups that give the award – much like the film industry’s Academy Awards are selected each year. Mystery writers vote on the major mystery awards; romance writers vote on the Rita Award, etc.

 

 

 


Goodreads, the popular readers/authors site, has a slightly different model for the Goodreads Choice Awards. During the year, readers chat about books they’re reading and make lists of their favorites for their friends and followers to see. They also rank books they’ve read with stars, indicating how much they liked (or disliked) the titles published that year. There are thousands of books listed on the site, with thousands of comments, giving anyone who’s interested a way to see how a book (published in the U.S. in English) is viewed by the Goodreads group. Amazon acquired Goodreads, so these reviews and stars probably have an impact on book sales.

 

 


During October each year, the Goodreads staff looks at the stats and does the math, then nominates 15 books for each of 20 categories that have an average rating of 3.5 stars or more.

 

 


The members of the Goodreads community vote in elimination rounds. They are allowed to vote in all twenty categories, giving a broader view of a book’s popularity. If you sign up to become a member of Goodreads, you can vote as well.

 

 


Opening round now closed  (voting on the selected 15 in each category, write-ins accepted) : Oct. 31st thru Nov. 5th

 

 

 

Semifinal Round now closed: Nov. 7th thru Nov. 12th  (voting on the original 15 along with the top 5 write-ins in each category – voters can change their minds about the original vote):

 

 

Final Round now closed: Nov. 14th thru Nov. 27th  (voting on final top 10 books in each category)

 

It's December 5th and the winners have been announced. Click on the links and see how close the voting in some categories was.

 

 

Here are the 2017 links for eight of the categories (once there, the other twelve categories are an easy click away):

Fiction

Mystery & Thriller

Historical Fiction

Fantasy

Romance

Science Fiction

Non-Fiction

YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards went to:

Fiction: Liane Moriarty “Truly Madly Guilty”

Mystery & Thriller: Stephen King  “End of Watch”

Historical Fiction: Colson Whitehead “The Underground Railroad”

Fantasy: J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Romance: Colleen Hoover  “It Ends With Us”

Science Fiction: Pierce Brown  “Morning Star”

Non-Fiction: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Carter “Hamilton: The Revolution”

YA Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sarah J. Maas  “Court of Mist and Fury”

 

 

Did you read any of the winning choices from 2016? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comment section.

 

 

The 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards went to:

Fiction: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”

Mystery & Thriller:  Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train”

Historical Fiction:  Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale”

Fantasy:  Neil Gaiman’s “Trigger Warning”

Romance:  Colleen Hoover’s “Confess”

Science Fiction: Pierce Brown’s “Golden Son”

 

 

 

The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards went to:

Fiction: Rainbow Rowell's "Landline"

Mystery & Thriller:  Stephen King's "Mr. Mercedes" 

Historical Fiction:  Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See"

History & Biography:  Helen Rappaport's The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra"

Romance:  Diana Gabaldon's "Written in My Own Heart's Blood"

Science Fiction:  Andy Weir's "The Martian"

 

 

The 12 additional categories include cookbooks, horror, non-fiction, children’s books and more.

 

 

It’s interesting to note that in 2013, 1,953,770 total votes were cast for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

The final tabulation for 2015 was 3,007,748 votes.

In 2016?  3,550,346 votes.    🙂

This year's final total was 3,887,698!

 

Happy reading! You're in for a treat.  🙂

 

 

 

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Literary Cookbooks

 

 

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What cook can resist a great new cookbook?

Even better, what foodie/avid reader can resist a cookbook created by his/her favorite author?

 

The following twelve cookbooks have been recommended by the readers of Nightstand Book Reviews as part of their literary and/or cookbook collections. The cookbooks would definitely make a fun gift to a fan of any of the authors. There are some pretty famous writers in the mix and many of the cookbooks have been nominated for awards.  🙂  If you have tried any of the recipes, please let us know in the comments.

 

Click on the book title to learn more about the featured recipes.

 

"Cooking with Jane Austen" – Kirstin Olsen

 

"Food to Die For" – Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown

 

"Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook" – Diane Mott Davidson


"Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader" – Jan Karon

 

"KP Authors Cook Their Books" – 11 Kindle Press authors

 

"Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" – Kate White, editor; famous mystery writer contributors

 

"The Cat Who Cookbook" – Lilian Jackson Braun

 

"The Cozy Cookbook" – Laura Childs & other bestselling cozy writers

 

"The Hemingway Cookbook" – Craig Boreth

 

"The Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook" – Theresa Carle-Sanders

 

"Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen" – Jason Goodwin

 

"Winnie the Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook" – A.A. Milne
 

 

Happy cooking!  🙂

 


 

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Anthony Awards 2016 – Bouchercon

 

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The World Mystery Convention, usually referred to as Bouchercon, is an annual conference named after Anthony Boucher, a mystery author and critic. This event honors various segments of the mystery and crime fiction community. The nominees for the 2016 Anthony Award were chosen by attendees at the 2015 convention, as well as early registrants for the 2016 event. The recognized works were published during 2015 and the winners were  announced in mid-September at the convention. You’ll notice some returning authors on the list of nominees as well as great new entries.

 

The winners are indicated in red.  

BEST NOVEL

“Night Tremors” – Matt Coyle 

“The Killing Kind” – Chris Holm 

“The Child Garden” – Catriona McPherson 

“The Nature of the Beast” – Louise Penny 

“What You See” – Hank Phillippi Ryan 

 

BEST FIRST NOVEL

“Concrete Angel” – Patricia Abbott 

“Past Crimes” – Glen Erik Hamilton 

“New Yorked” – Rob Hart

“Bull Mountain” – Brian Panowich 

“On the Road with Del & Louise” – Art Taylor 

 

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 

“The Long and Faraway Gone” – Lou Berney 

“Gun Street Girl” – Adrian McKinty 

“Little Pretty Things” – Lori Rader-Day 

“Young Americans” – Josh Stallings 

“Stone Cold Dead” – James W. Ziskin 

 

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION BOOK 

“The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story” – Martin Edwards 

“Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald” – Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan, editors 

“Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime” – Val McDermid 

“The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett” – Nathan Ward 

“The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For” – Kate White, editor

 

BEST SHORT STORY

"The Little Men: A Bibliomystery" – Megan Abbott 

"The Siege" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec 2015 – Hilary Davidson 

"Feliz Navidead" Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule – Brace Godfrey/Johnny Shaw 

"Old Hands" Dark City Lights – Erin Mitchell 

"Quack and Dwight" Jewish Noir – Travis Richardson

"Don’t Fear the Ripper" Protectors 2: Heroes – Holly West 

 

BEST ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION

“Safe Inside the Violence” – Christopher Irvin 

“Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT” – Thomas Pluck, editor

“Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule: Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List” – Todd Robinson, editor 

“Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015” – Art Taylor, editor 

“Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds” – Kenneth Wishnia, editor 

 

Additional categories and nominations can be seen at www.bouchercon.com  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

 

The 2015 winners were as follows:

Best Novel – “After I'm Gone” – Laura Lippman

Best First Novel – “The Black Hour” – Lori Rader-Day

Best Paperback Original – “The Day She Died” – Catriona McPherson

Best Short Story – "The Odds Are Against Us" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014 – Art Taylor

 

The 2014 winners were as follows:

BEST TV EPISODE – “The Blacklist” – Pilot

BEST CRITICAL / NON-FICTION – Daniel Stashower’s “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War”

BEST FIRST NOVEL – Matt Coyle’s “Yesterday's Echo”

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL – Catriona McPherson’s “As She Left It”

BEST NOVEL – William Kent Krueger’s “Ordinary Grace”

 


Happy Reading everyone!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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The Agatha Awards for 2015

 

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The winners for the 2015 Agatha Awards (named for Agatha Christie) have been  announced. The awards were given to mystery and crime writers at the annual Malice Domestic conference in April/May, 2016. The nominated books were first published in the United States by a living author between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

 

The Agatha Awards recognize the "traditional mystery," meaning that there is no graphic sex and no excessive violence in the writing. Thrillers or hard-boiled detectives need not apply, but instead, picture Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot at work.

 

The 2015 nominees are presented below, with the winners indicated in red:

Best Contemporary Novel

Annette Dashofy, “Bridges Burned”
Margaret Maron, “Long Upon the Land”
Catriona McPherson, “The Child Garden”
Louise Penny, “Nature of the Beast”
Hank Phillipi Ryan, “What You See”

 

Best Historical Novel

Rhys Bowen, “Malice at the Palace”
Susanna Calkins, “The Masque of a Murderer”
Laurie R. King, “Dreaming Spies”
Susan Elia Macneal, “Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante”
Victoria Thompson, “Murder on Amsterdam Avenue”

 

Best First Novel

Tessa Arlen, “Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman”
Cindy Brown, “Macdeath”
Ellen Byron, “Plantation Shudders”
Julianne Holmes, “Just Killing Time”

Art Taylor, “On the Road with Del and Louise”

 

Best Short Story

Barb Goffman, “A Year Without Santa Claus?”  (Alfred Hitchcock MM)
Edith Maxwell, “A Questionable Death” (History & Mystery, Oh My)
Terri Farley Moran, “A Killing at the Beausoleil”  (Ellery Queen MM)
Harriette Sackler, “Suffer the Poor” (History & Mystery, Oh My)
B.K. Stevens, “A Joy Forever” (Alfred Hitchcock MM)

 

Click on the link to see the nominees and winners for Best Non-Fiction and Best Children’s/YA. http://www.malicedomestic.org/agathaawards.html

 

As usual with the Agatha Awards, there were many strong writers in competition with each other, so choosing a winner was tough. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

 

Give yourself a treat and choose your next read(s) from the list! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Goodreads 2015 Choice Awards

 

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Most of the winners of major book awards are selected by members of the groups that give the award – much like the film industry’s Academy Awards are selected each year. Mystery writers vote on the major mystery awards; romance writers vote on the Rita Award, etc.
 

Goodreads, the popular readers/authors site, has a slightly different model for the Goodreads Choice Awards. During the year, readers chat about books they’re reading and make lists of their favorites for their friends and followers to see. They also rank books they’ve read with stars, indicating how much they liked (or disliked) the titles published that year. There are thousands of books listed on the site, with thousands of comments, giving anyone who’s interested a way to see how a book (published in the U.S. in English) is viewed by the Goodreads group. Amazon acquired Goodreads, so these reviews and stars probably have an impact on book sales.

 

During October each year, the Goodreads staff looks at the stats and does the math, then nominates 15 books for each of 20 categories that have an average rating of 3.5 stars or more.

 

The members of the Goodreads community vote in elimination rounds. They are allowed to vote in all twenty categories, giving a broader view of a book’s popularity. If you sign up to become a member of Goodreads, you can vote as well.

 

Opening round completed: Nov. 3rd thru Nov. 8th   (voting on the selected 15 in each category, write-ins accepted)

Semifinal Round completed: Nov. 10th thru Nov. 15th  (voting on the original 15 along with the top 5 write-ins in each category – voters could change their minds about the original vote)

Final Round Completed: Nov. 17th thru Nov. 23rd  (voting on final top 10 books in each category)

Here are the 2015 voting links for eight of the categories. Final results are now available.

Fiction

Mystery & Thriller

Historical Fiction

Fantasy

Romance

Science Fiction

Non-Fiction

YA Fantasy & Science Fiction

 

Curious about the winners in six of the twenty categories for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards season?

Fiction: Rainbow Rowell's "Landline"

Mystery & ThrillerStephen King's "Mr. Mercedes" 

Historical Fiction:  Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See"

History & BiographyHelen Rappaport's The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra"

RomanceDiana Gabaldon's "Written in My Own Heart's Blood"

Science Fiction:  Andy Weir's "The Martian"

The 14 additional categories included cookbooks, horror, non-fiction, children’s books and more.

Did you read any of the winning choices from 2014? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comment section.

 

The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards went to:

Fiction: Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed”

Mystery & Thriller:  Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

Historical Fiction:  Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life”

History & Biography:  Brian Jay Jones’ “Jim Henson”

Romance:  J.R. Ward’s “Lover at Last”

Science Fiction:  Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam”

 

It’s interesting to note that in 2013, 1,953,770 total votes were cast for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

At the end of voting in 2014, there were 3,317,504 votes.

At the end of voting this year, there were 3,007,748 votes cast.

 

Happy reading!  🙂

 

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