Awards

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!!  πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards – 2016

 

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Killer Nashville is one of the most popular conferences in the country for writers and readers and is held each year in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Established by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford in 2006, the conference assists authors in the craft of mystery, thriller, suspense and crime fiction writing. Stafford and American Blackguard, Inc. also work to further various literacy programs throughout the year.

 

As a part of both encouraging and rewarding writers in their varied fields, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards are given to authors and their outstanding books published in the previous year. This year, the awards were presented on August 20th at the Guest of Honor and Awards Banquet. Here is a partial list of 2016 finalists for their 2015 titles:
 

Winners are indicated in red.

Best Fiction Adult Book
Baron R. Birtcher, Hard Latitudes
Mylo Carbia, The Raping of Ava Desantis
Christine Carbo, The Wild Inside
Paul Cleave, Trust No One
Craig Faustus, Buck Go Down Hard
Jenny Milchman, As Night Falls
Ray Peden, One Tenth of the Law
D.M. Pulley, The Dead Key
Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene
Jan Thomas & Grant Jerkins, Done in One
Timothy Vincent, Prince of the Blue Castles

 

Best Fiction First Novel
Kris Calvin, One Murder More
Christine Carbo, The Wild Inside
Bevan Frank, The Mind of God
Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene

 

Best Nonfiction Adult Book
Unni Turrettini, The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer
Merlin Tuttle, The Secret Lives of Bats

 

Best Action Adventure
Baron R. Birtcher, Hard Latitudes
Jan Thomas & Grant Jerkins, Done in One
JD Wallace, Silent Cats: Deadly Dance

 

Best Mystery / Crime
R.G. Belsky, Shooting for the Stars
Kris Calvin, One Murder More
Kay Kendall, Rainy Day Women
BV Lawson, Dies Irae
Melinda Leigh, Minutes to Kill (A Scarlet Falls Novel)
D.M. Pulley, The Dead Key
Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene
Linda Sands, 3 Women Walk into a Bar
K.C. Tansley, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
Jan Thomas & Grant Jerkins, Done in One

 

Best Romance / Romantic Suspense
Melinda Leigh, Minutes to Kill (A Scarlet Falls Novel)
Glenna Mason, In the Rafters

 

Best Science Fiction
Chuck Grossart, The Gemini Effect
Sally Ann Melia, Hunted by Aliens

 

Best Thriller
R.G. Belsky, Shooting for the Stars
Baron R. Birtcher, Hard Latitudes (tie)
Thomas Davidson, Past is Present
Bevan Frank, The Mind of God
Debra K. Gaskill, Call Fitz
Jerry Hatchett, Unallocated Space
Melinda Leigh, Minutes to Kill (A Scarlet Falls Novel) (tie)
Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene
M.A. Richards, Choice of Enemies
Jan Thomas & Grant Jerkins, Done in One
John Vance, Death by Mournful Numbers

 

Best Comedy
Traci Andrighetti and Elizabeth Ashby, Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai
Thomas Davidson, Past is Present
John Hegenberger, Spyfall

 

Best Fiction Short Story Anthology
Ramona DeFelice Long, Fish or Cut Bait
Kaye George, Murder on Wheels
Joe McKinney, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine
Josh Pachter, The Tree of Life

 

For additional categories and winners, please visit www.killernashville.com

Congratulations to all the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards-2016 nominees and winners!  πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

The Hammett Prize – 2016

 

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The International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch) awarded the HAMMETT PRIZE for a 2015 work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author, on October 29, 2016. The winner received the famous ‘Thin Man’ bronze trophy, and bragging rights.  πŸ™‚

The winner is indicated in red.

Congratulations to Ms. Sandlin and all the nominees:

The Stranger, by Harlan Coben
Sorrow Lake: A March and Walker Crime Novel, by Michael J. McCann
The Whites: A Novel, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt
The Do-Right, by Lisa Sandlin
The Organ Broker: A Novel, by Stu Strumwasser

 

Past winners include:

2014: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

 

2013: Angel Baby by Richard Lange


2012: Oregon Hill by Howard Owen

 

2011: The Killer is Dying by James Sallis

 

2010: The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
 

2009: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
 

2008: The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

 

2007: The Outlander by Gil Adamson

 

2006: The Prisoner of Guantánamo by Dan Fesperman

 

2005: Alibi by Joseph Kanon

 

Have you read any of the 2015 nominated books? Or the Hammett Prize winners from previous years? Now’s your chance.  πŸ™‚

 


 

CrimeFest 2016

 

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CRIMEFEST had its beginnings in 2008 as a convention for fans of crime novels and  has become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe. Its reputation is such that  top crime novelists, publishers and reviewers now attend from around the world.

 

This year the CRIMEFEST awards dinner was held on May 21st in Bristol, England. Take a look at all the great nominees. The winners are indicated in red.
 


The eDunnit Award is for the best ebook published in both hardcopy and ebook.

Eligible titles submitted by publishers, then British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.


Linwood Barclay: “Broken Promise”
Michael Connelly: “The Crossing”

Judith Flanders: “A Bed of Scorpions”
Suzette A. Hill: “A Southwold Mystery”
Laurie R. King: “Dreaming Spies”
Jax Miller: “Freedom’s Child”
Denise Mina: “Blood, Salt, Water”  

Andrew Taylor: “The Silent Boy”

 

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2015. Eligible titles were submitted by the publishers, then voted on by British crime fiction reviewers.


Sascha Arango: “The Truth and Other Lies”
Alan Bradley: “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust”
Simon Brett: “Mrs Pargeter’s Principle”

Christopher Fowler: “Bryant & May and the Burning Man”
Elly Griffiths: “Smoke and Mirrors”
Malcolm Pryce: “The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste”
Mike Ripley: “Mr Campion’s Fox”
Jason Starr: “Savage Lane”

 

 

Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best audio book.


Rachel Abbott: “Sleep Tight,” read by Melody Grove & Andrew Wincott

Lee Child: “Make Me,” read by Jeff Harding
Harlan Coben: “The Stranger,” read by Eric Meyers
Robert Galbraith: “Career of Evil,” read by Robert Glenister
Paula Hawkins: “The Girl on the Train,” read by Clare Corbett, India Fisher & Louise Brealey
Stephen King: “Finders Keepers,” read by Will Patton
David Lagercrantz: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” translated by George Goulding, read by Saul Reichlin
Clare Mackintosh: “I Let You Go,” read by David Thorpe & Julia Barrie

Ian Rankin: “Even Dogs in the Wild,” read by James Macpherson
 


The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biography or critical book in crime fiction.


David Stuart Davies & Barry Forshaw: “The Sherlock Holmes Book”

Martin Edwards: “The Golden Age of Murder”
Fergus Fleming: “The Man With the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters”
Barry Forshaw: “Crime Uncovered: Detective”
Julius Green: “Curtains Up: Agatha Christie A Life in Theatre”
Maysam Hasam Jaber: “Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction”
Fiona Peters & Rebecca Stewart: “Crime Uncovered: Anti-hero”
Adam Sisman: “John le Carré: The Biography”

 


The Petrona Award celebrates the best in Scandinavian fiction.


Karin Fossum: “The Drowned Boy” translated by Kari Dickson
Kati Hiekkapelto: “The Defenceless” translated by David Hackston
Jørn Lier Horst: “The Caveman” translated by Anne Bruce
David Lagercrantz: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” translated by George Goulding
Hans Olav Lahlum: “Satellite People” translated by Kari Dickson

Antti Tuomainen: “Dark As My Heart” translated by Lola Rogers

 

Congratulations to all! πŸ™‚

 

For more information about CrimeFest, please visit www.crimefest.com

 

 

 

 

“Simon Said” by Sarah R. Shaber

 

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“Simon Said,” the first in Sarah Shaber’s Professor Simon Shaw Mystery series, is set in 1996 Raleigh, North Carolina. Simon Shaw is a history professor at an area college, and needing a distraction from his personal life, takes on a cold case investigation. The body of a woman, possibly someone who has been missing for 70 years, is discovered during an archeological dig on the campus. And, it is a body with a bullet hole in her skull.

 

Shaw is called in to help the police with possible clues as to her identity, but because of his previous study of the famous local family, he knows immediately who she is. Heiress Anne Bloodworth was thought to have run away in 1926, but Shaw isn’t so sure that the old rumors fit the facts. His determined search for the truth behind the Bloodworth girl’s death uncovers details about the disappearance that were kept hidden at the time by those who knew her. Those revelations have far-reaching consequences affecting the present in startling ways.

 

Shaber has written Shaw as a flawed, but tenderhearted and gifted man, stunned by his wife’s departure from his life, and unconcerned about rivalry within his own department. Shaw’s position at the college, his continuous presence in the limelight, his academic success (a Pulitzer Prize) have all combined to make him a target of gossip and threats. He dismisses the internal college politics with alarming results and we wonder if he will stay alive long enough to solve the absorbing Bloodworth mystery.

 

There are fascinating characters in “Simon Said,” engaging dialogue, a possible new love interest, a good friend who has Simon’s back, and outstanding research into the 1926 era in Raleigh and the historic neighborhood surrounding Cameron Village. Against this wonderful backdrop, the beautifully developed, multi-layered plot is a treat.

 

In 1996, Sarah Shaber won a Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Press Award for “Simon Said” (in manuscript form) as the Best First Traditional Mystery. It’s been in print ever since and this year is its 20th anniversary. There are five titles in the series.

 

For more information about Sarah Shaber and her other series, please visit her Amazon author page.

 

 

The Man Booker International Prize 2016

 

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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

José Eduardo Agualusa  Daniel Hahn, A General Theory of Oblivion 

Elena Ferrante  Ann Goldstein, The Story of the Lost Child 

Han Kang  Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian 

Maylis de Kerangal  Jessica Moore, Mend the Living 

Eka Kurniawan  Labodalih Sembiring, Man Tiger 

Yan Lianke Carlos Rojas, The Four Books 

Fiston Mwanza Mujila  Roland Glasser, Tram 83 

Raduan Nassar  Stefan Tobler, A Cup of Rage 

Marie NDiaye  Jordan Stump, Ladivine 

Kenzaburō Ōe  Deborah Boliver Boehm, Death by Water 

Aki Ollikainen  Emily Jeremiah & Fleur Jeremiah, White Hunger 

Orhan Pamuk  Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind 

Robert Seethaler  Charlotte Collins, A Whole Life 

 

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!  πŸ˜€

 

 

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! πŸ™‚