Awards

Greatest Love Stories of All Time

 

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It’s the time of year when bouquets of flowers fill the stores, the gift of a box of chocolates takes on new meaning, and love songs (and movies) fill the airwaves. Swoonworthy stuff, ya’ll.

 

Instead of creating a post about current titles that inspire hearts to flutter, I put out an open call for men and women to name their favorite Greatest Love Stories of All Time. Thanks to Mari Barnes*, Sarah Bewley, Leah Canzoneri, Kait Carson, Peggy Clayton, Joy Ross Davis, Missy Davis, Laura Di Silverio, Saword Broyles Ellis, Terri Gault, Courtney Carter Girton, Sherry Harris, Cynthia Kuhn, Joyce Laferrera, Marj Lilley, Alice Loweecy, Gary Miller, Sylvia Nickels, Debbie York Parker, Nanci Rathbun, Jeanie Smith, Ellis Vidler, and Lynn Chandler Willis for their wonderful suggestions.  *drawing winner  🙂

 

Books are listed in alphabetical order by title, and where available, links to the Greatest Love Stories are included.  Click on the titles and read more about them.               

 

At Home in Mitford” by Jan Karon

“Cinderella Story” by Wendy Logia

Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon

Dr. Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak

Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry

Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon

Persuasion” by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen

Shadow of the Moon” by MM Kaye

Somewhere in Time” by Richard Matheson

Soulless” by Gail Carriger

The Far Pavilions” by MM Kaye

The Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper 

The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks

The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy

The Second Coming” by Walker Percy

The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough

 

Are you thinking romantic, weak-at-the-knees thoughts?

Our work is done.  😉    

 

Photo credit:  Patti Phillips

 

 

Author Profile: Lynn Chandler Willis

 

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Lynn Chandler Willis began her adventure with the public side of writing as the owner/publisher/editor/reporter of the Pleasant Garden Post, circulated in the Pleasant Garden region of North Carolina. The first issue came out in 1996, and the last in 2009. She “did everything but print it.”

 

It was during that (sometimes intense) experience that she covered a local murder. She sat in court, interviewed the participants as well as the family of the victim and was led to write a true crime novel, “Unholy Covenant,” also titled “The Preacher’s Son.” This murder in the small North Carolina town became so famous that it was featured on the TV show, American Justice, in 2005.

 

Her next novel was a distinct departure from her true crime writing. Willis’ inspirational book, “The Rising,” became a 2013 Grace Award winner for Mystery/Romantic Suspense. It was followed by another shift in focus, “Wink of an Eye,” a Shamus Award winner for Best PI Book of the Year. Willis was the first female recipient of the Award in a decade. The “Wink” series, with hunky Gerard Butler oops Gypsy Moran as the Texas PI, will continue – great news for Gypsy fans.

 

But, there’s more. Lynn Chandler Willis has written the first of three books set in North Carolina, “Tell Me No Lies,” with Ava Logan, newspaper owner/publisher/editor/reporter, as the lead protagonist. Sound familiar? Willis’ personal background lends wonderful authenticity to the newspaper scenes both in and out of the office. “TMNL” deals with ginseng poaching, betrayal, a love lost and found, and of course, a murder. (Willis promises that the book is not autobiographical.)

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Willis’ fiction includes children as major characters, ranging in age from toddler to teenagers. One of the things that won me over to her as an author is the genuine voices those children have, no matter the age. While it could be said that she draws on her considerable experience as a grandmother (two children and nine grandchildren) what becomes clear is that in real life she really listens to them – their speech patterns, their levels of anxiety, the realistic interactions with their surroundings – making for a completely natural read. It could be your kid in the room with Ava or Gypsy. Not an easy thing to achieve.

 

Ms. Willis said, “As for portraying the teens realistically, I wanted to be honest about how teens really are. I didn't want the kids to be flawless. They make mistakes, they make bad decisions, and they learn from them.”

 

Devoted to her family, Ms. Willis happily lives within a few minutes of all of them. A rescue Border Collie named Finn, has recently become a large part of her life, and when you find Willis on Facebook, photos of Finn demonstrate how happy the two of them are together. That tail never stops wagging. Lol  Great dog!

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When asked how she decided upon the Appalachian setting for the Ava Logan series, Willis said, “I see the area as so pure in a complex, yet simplistic way. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are multi-layered, and traditions run deep. The people are probably some of the most self-sufficient people you'd ever meet.”

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Lynn Chandler Willis trivia:

 

Favorite foods: Fresh, summertime veggies on a Sunday afternoon – homegrown tomatoes, fried squash or okra, fresh creamed corn, fresh, overcooked green beans (the way we eat them in the south), and of course homemade biscuits. After that, probably pizza. Thin crust with pepperoni and mushroom.

 

Favorite Music: Country & Western, with George Strait or Garth Brooks twanging in the background while she writes.

 

“Small towns, big characters” is the theme that threads its way through all her books. Click on the links below to read my reviews.  

 

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Read my review of "The Rising" here.

 

 

 

Book Cover - Wink of an Eye                                Read my review of "Wink of an Eye" here.

 

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Review coming soon. Stay tuned.  🙂

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Periodically, Nightstand Book Reviews has a crossover post with www.kerriansnotebook.com. Ava Logan was a Visiting Detective in January, with “Crime in Appalachia.” Take a look here.

 

Please visit www.lynnchandlerwillis.com for details about Ms. Willis’ appearances and updates on the books.

 

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Visit Henery Press for additional information.

 

*Photo credits:

Lynn Chandler Willis & Blue Ridge Parkway – Patti Phillips

Bloody Footprint – Google

 

 

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, this year 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

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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

 

 

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!  🙂

 


 

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

 

 

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!  🙂

 

 

 

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!!  🙂