The nominees for the Agatha Awards for 2016 (named for Agatha Christie) have been announced. The awards are bestowed upon mystery and crime writers at the annual Malice Domestic conference in late April, 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. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Best Contemporary Novel
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
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 in the Non-Fiction and Children/YA categories for the Agatha Awards-2016.
Time to get reading. Enjoy!
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 will be presented at the annual banquet on April 27, 2017, in New York City. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Click on the authors’ names for more information.
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
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 in the Juvenile, Critical/Biographical, and TV Episode Teleplay categories.
*Photo credit: Mystery Writers of America
Halloween will be here before you know it and if you’d like to pick up a fun read with a seasonal theme, here are forty-two titles in our updated 2016 Halloween Mystery List.
Some have been around for ages, but others have recently been published or re-published. There are dozens more books with a Halloween theme, so if your favorite is not on the list, please let us know the title and author in the comments.
Click on the bold titles to read more about the individual books.
Stacey Alabaster – The Pumpkin Killer
Susan Wittig Albert – Witches' Bane
Ritter Ames and 8 others – Midnight Mysteries: Nine Cozy Tales
Susan Bernhardt – The Ginseng Conspiracy
Susan Boles – Death of a Wolfman
Lilian Jackson Braun – Cat Who Talked to Ghosts
Rita Mae Brown – The Litter of the Law
Anna Celeste Burke – All Hallows’ Eve Heist
Jessica Burton – Death Goes Shopping
Nora Charles – Death with an Ocean View
Laura Childs – Frill Kill
Agatha Christie – The Hallowe'en Party
Susan Rogers Cooper – Not in My Backyard
E.J. Copperman – Night of the Living Deed
Carole Nelson Douglas – Cat with an Emerald Eye
Janet Evanovich – Plum Spooky
Connie Feddersen – Dead in the Pumpkin Patch
Vickie Fee – It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To
Honora Finkelstein – The Lawyer Who Died Trying
‘Jessica Fletcher’ & Donald Bain – Trick or Treachery
Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) – Stirring the Plot
Sarah Graves – Nail Biter
Carolyn Haines – Hallowed Bones
Ellen Hart – Sweet Poison
Lee Hollis – Death of a Pumpkin Carver
Carolyn Q. Hunter – Pumpkin Pie Waffle
Ellen Elizabeth Hunter – Murder on the Ghost Walk
Daniel Judson – The Violet Hour
Heather Justesen – Muffins & Murder
Andrew Klavan – The Animal Hour
Joyce & Jim Lavene – Ghastly Glass
James Lilley – Death Knocks Twice
Ed McBain – Tricks: an 87th Precinct Mystery
G.A. McKevett – Poisoned Tarts
Leslie Meier – Wicked Witch Murder
Liz Mugavero – A Biscuit, a Casket
Julie Mulhern – Send in the Clowns
Leigh Perry – The Skeleton Haunts a House
Rebecca Tope – Death in the Cotswolds
Diane Vallere – Masking for Trouble
If you've read any books in the Halloween Mystery List for 2016, please let us know what you thought.
Happy Spooky Reading!
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
"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
"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!
Bouchercon, the largest international mystery lovers convention, held in September this year, is a natural platform for several writing awards. In addition to the Anthony and Macavity Awards for excellence in mysteries, the PWA’s 2016 Shamus Awards were given for deserving Private Eye titles published in 2015.
The Private Eye Writers of America, focuses on Private Eye fiction alone. PWA’s definition of a Private Eye: a person paid to investigate crimes who is not employed by a government agency.
The winners are noted in red, with the other finalists immediately after:
BEST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL
“Brutality” by Ingrid Thofts
“The Promise” by Robert Crais
“Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance
“Gumshoe” by Robert Leininge
“Brush Back” by Sara Paretsky
BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL
“The Do-Right” by Lisa Sandlin
“The Red Storm” by Grant Bywaters
“Night Tremors” by Matt Coyle
“Trouble in Rooster Paradise” by T.W. Emory
“Depth” by Lev Ac Rosen
BEST ORIGINAL PRIVATE EYE PAPERBACK
“Circling the Runway” by J.L. Abramo
“The Long Cold” by O'Neil De Noux
“Split to Splinters” by Max Everhart
“The Man in the Window” by Dana King
“Red Desert” by Clive Rosengren
BEST PRIVATE EYE SHORT STORY
"The Dead Client" by Parnell Hall (Dark City Lights: New York Stories)
"The Runaway Girl from Portland, Oregon" by C.B. Forrest (October 2015, AHMM)
"The Sleep of Death" by David Edgerley Gate (December 2016, AHMM)
"The Dead Detective" by Robert S. Levinson (Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea)
"The Continental Opposite" by Evan Lewis(May 2015, AHMM)
(For Lifetime Achievement) S.J. Rozan
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
Every once in a while, it’s fun to focus on regional fiction. It’s a chance for readers to concentrate on stories that take place in their favorite part of the world or an area that has aroused their curiosity. Sometimes, fans like to search for books written by authors that live in that region.
The Texas list of 36 authors is a mix of:
- Authors who live there, but write books set elsewhere
- Authors that have written novels set in Texas, but live elsewhere.
- Authors who live in and write about Texas.
Click on the names to take you to the author sites.
Kathleen Rice Adams: “Prodigal Gun”
Susan Wittig Albert: “Blood Orange”
Linda Bingham: “Skyscraper Caper”
Parris Afton Bonds: “Blue Bayou” box set
James Lee Burke: “House of the Rising Sun”
Valerie P Chandler: ‘Rota Fortunae’ in “Murder on Wheels”
Caroline Clemmons: “Angeline”
Catherine Coulter: “Nemesis”
Bill Crider: “Between the Living and the Dead”
Stephanie Jaye Evans: "Safe from Harm"
Ann Everett: “Say You’ll Never Love Me”
Kay Finch: “The Black Cat Knocks on Wood”
Kinky Friedman – series about a Texan living in NYC
Kaye George: Imogene Duckworthy series, “Broke”
Linda Kozar: “Weighty Matters”
Billy Kring: “Tonton”
Liz Lipperman: “Chicken Caccia-Killer”
Nancy Martin: “Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything”
Larry McMurtry: “Lonesome Dove”
James Michener: “Texas”
Golden Keyes Parsons: “His Steadfast Love”
Mark Pryor: “Hollow Man”
James Reasoner: “The Last War Chief”
Catie Rhodes: “Rest Stop”
Rick Riordan: “Rebel Island”
Terry Shames: “The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake”
Leann Sweeney: Yellow Rose Mystery Series
Livia Washburn: “Peach of a Murder”
Nancy G. West: "Smart, but Dead"
George Wier: “Cold Rains”
Lori Wilde: “Love of the Game”
Manning Wolfe: "Dollar Signs"
Reavis Z. Wortham: “Dark Places”
Celia Yeary: “Annalisa”
Have fun choosing from this great list of Texas fiction.
Famous for its celebration of global fiction, this year's Man Booker International Prize competition is among the 13 titles in the longlist below. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. Previously, the prize had been given every other year to an author for an entire body of work. The new version of the Man Booker International Prize acknowledges the importance of the quality of a translation in a global publication and will now be given annually. The books must have been translated into English and published in the UK.
Click on the titles for more information about the individual books.
The winner is indicated in red.
Author Translator Title
Orhan Pamuk Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind
The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, a mix of distinguished international authors and academics.
The Man Booker International Prize longlist was narrowed to six in April, with the winner revealed on May 16th.
Congratulations to all the nominees! 😀