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The Agatha Awards for 2016 Books

 

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The winners for the Agatha Awards for 2016 (named for Agatha Christie) have been announced. The awards were bestowed upon mystery and crime writers at the annual Malice Domestic conference on April 29, 2017. The nominated books were first published in the United States by a living author between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

 

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 cannot be found here, but instead, picture Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot at work.

 

Click on the author’s name for more information about the book and the rest of the author’s work. The winners are indicated in red. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!  :-)

 

Best Contemporary Novel

“Body on the Bayou” by Ellen Byron
“Quiet Neighbors” by Catriona McPherson
“A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny
“Fogged Inn” by Barbara Ross
“Say No More” by Hank Phillippi Ryan

 

Best Historical Novel

“Whispers Beyond the Veil” by Jessica Estevao
“Get Me to the Grave on Time” by D.E. Ireland
“Delivering the Truth” by Edith Maxwell
“The Reek of Red Herrings” by Catriona McPherson
“Murder in Morningside Heights” by Victoria Thompson

 

Best First Novel

“Terror in Taffeta” by Marla Cooper
“Murder in G Major” by Alexia Gordon
“The Semester of Our Discontent” by Cynthia Kuhn
“Decanting a Murder” by Nadine Nettmann
“Design for Dying” by Renee Patrick

 

Best Short Story

"Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short Story" by Gretchen Archer

"The Best-Laid Plans" by Barb Goffman in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional

"The Mayor and the Midwife" by Edith Maxwell in Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016

"The Last Blue Glass" by B.K. Stevens in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

"Parallel Play" by Art Taylor in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning

 

Please visit www.malicedomestic.org for the nominations and winners in the Non-Fiction and Children/YA categories for the Agatha Awards for the 2016 books.

 

 

Time to get reading. Enjoy!  :-)

 

 

 

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The Edgar Awards – 2017

 

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Each year the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) awards the Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2016. The Edgar® Awards were presented at the annual banquet on April 27, 2017, in New York City. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!   :-)
 

The winners are noted in red. Click on the authors’ names for more information.


BEST NOVEL
“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
“Where It Hurts” by Reed Farrel Coleman
“Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye
“What Remains of Me” by Alison Gaylin
“Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley

 
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
“Under the Harrow” by Flynn Berry
“Dodgers” by Bill Beverly
“IQ” by Joe Ide
“The Drifter” by Nicholas Petrie
“Dancing with the Tiger” by Lili Wright
“The Lost Girls” by Heather Young

 
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
“Shot in Detroit” by Patricia Abbott
“Come Twilight” by Tyler Dilts
“The 7th Canon” by Robert Dugoni
“Rain Dogs” by Adrian McKinty
“A Brilliant Death” by Robin Yocum
“Heart of Stone” by James W. Ziskin


 
BEST FACT CRIME
“Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell

“The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan” by Laurence Leamer

“Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England” by Paul Thomas Murphy

“While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness” by Eli Sanders

“The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer” by Kate Summerscale

  
BEST SHORT STORY
“Oxford Girl” – Mississippi Noir by Megan Abbott
“A Paler Shade of Death” – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict
“Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block
“The Music Room” – In Sunlight or in Shadow  by Stephen King
“The Crawl Space” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Joyce Carol Oates

 

BEST YOUNG ADULT
“Three Truths and a Lie” by Brent Hartinger
“The Girl I Used to Be” by April Henry
“Girl in the Blue Coat” by Monica Hesse
“My Sister Rosa” by Justine Larbalestier
“Thieving Weasels” by Billy Taylor


RAVEN AWARD

Dru Ann Love
  

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
“The Other Sister” by Dianne Dixon
“Quiet Neighbors” by Catriona McPherson
“Say No More” by Hank Phillippi Ryan
“Blue Moon” by Wendy Corsi Staub
“The Shattered Tree” by Charles Todd

 
Please visit www.theedgars.com for the Edgar Awards-2017 nominations and winners in the Juvenile, Critical/Biographical, and TV Episode Teleplay categories.

 

*Photo credit: Mystery Writers of America

 

 

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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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The National Book Awards 2016

 

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“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” *

 

The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation. There are twenty judges for the competition, five in each of the categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. The judges are a mix of writers, librarians and booksellers. This year, American publishers submitted books published between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016, written by American authors. The winners were announced on November 16, 2016. Each Winner will receive a prize of $10,000 each. Each Finalist will receive a prize of $1,000 each. 

 

The winners are indicated in red. Click on the authors’ names to discover information about the books.

 

Fiction Finalists

 

Nonfiction Finalists:

 

Poetry Finalists:

 

Young People's Literature Finalists:

 

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!  :-)

 

*www.nationalbook.org

 

 

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Goodreads Choice Awards – 2016

 

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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 – 2016.

 

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, 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. (It's free)

 

Semifinal Round now closed: Nov. 8th thru Nov. 13th  (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 is closed: Nov. 15th thru Nov. 27th  (voting on final top 10 books in each category) Results were announced December 6th.  :-)

 

Here are the 2016 voting 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 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”

Fourteen other categories included horror, non-fiction, memoir, humor, and more.

 

Did you read any of the winning choices from 2015? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comment section.

 

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

 

The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards went to these 6 categories & more:

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.

The final tabulation for the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2015 was 3,007,748 votes.

Votes as of 7pm EST 12/6/16?  3,564,071  :-)

Happy reading & thanks for voting!  :-)

 

 

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Macavity Awards 2016

 

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There are three mystery awards given at Bouchercon, the international mystery fanfest held in New Orleans this year. The list of Anthony Award finalists can be read here. The Shamus Award finalists can be seen here. The other great award is the Macavity Award.

 

Members, friends, and supporters of Mystery Readers International, as subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, choose the Macavity Award nominees and winners. Mystery Readers International is the brainchild of the Fabulous Janet Rudolph.

This year’s finalists were published in 2015. The winners are indicated in red.

2016 Macavity Award Finalists


Best Mystery:
"Little Black Lies" by Sharon Bolton
"The Long and Faraway Gone" by Lou Berney  
"The Hot Countries" by Tim Hallinan
"The Child Garden" by Catriona McPherson
"Life or Death" by Michael Robotham
"The Cartel" by Don Winslow


Best First Mystery
"Concrete Angel" by Patricia Abbott
"Past Crimes" by Glen Erik Hamilton
"The Killing Kind" by Chris Holm
"Where All Light Tends to Go" by David Joy
"The Unquiet Dead"  by Ausma Zehanat Khan
"On the Road with Del and Louise" by Art Taylor

Best Critical/Biographical
"The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story" by Martin Edwards
"A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie" by Kathryn Harkup
"Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald," edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan
"Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime" by Val McDermid
"The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett" by Nathan Ward

 

Best Short Story
"The Little Men" by Megan Abbott (MysteriousPress.com)
"On Borrowed Time" by Mat Coward (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
"Sob Sister" by Loren D. Estleman (Detroit Is Our Beat: Tales of the Four Horsemen, Tyrus)
"A Year Without Santa Claus" by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2015)
"Quack and Dwight" by Travis Richardson (Jewish Noir, ed. Kenneth Wishnia, PM Press)
"A Joy Forever" by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2015)

 

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
"The Masque of a Murderer" by Susanna Calkins
"A Gilded Grave" by Shelley Freydont
"Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo)" by C. Joseph Greaves
"The Lady from Zagreb" by Philip Kerr
"Secret Life of Anna Blanc" by Jennifer Kincheloe
"Dreaming Spies" by Laurie R. King

 

2015 Macavity Award winners were:


Best Mystery Novel  The Killer Next Door, by Alex Marwood

Best First Mystery Novel  Invisible City, by Julia Dahl

Best Mystery Short Story  “Honeymoon Sweet” by Craig Faustus Buck 

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award  A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson

 

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!  :-)

 

 

 

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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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