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Top Eleven Reviews – 2017

 

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Tons of great books, soooo many talented authors, and oodles of dedicated booklovers, all combined to make 2017 a great year of reading entertainment. Whether discovering a new author, or returning to a tried and true favorite, the NBR community interest was over 30% greater than the previous most popular year.

 

Although not included in the 'Top Eleven Reviews – 2017' book list, the 2017 author profiles (Edith Maxwell, Liz Mugavero, Barbara Ross, Lynn C. Willis) were extremely popular and we’ll have more during 2018. Click on their names – links to books included.

 

Why Top Eleven? There is a debut magazine in the list, very well received by the NBR audience.  🙂

 

Listed in alphabetical order by author (except for the magazine and the ‘Killer Thrillers’), click on the links to read the reviews for the first time, or to enjoy them again.

 

“Black Cat Mystery Magazine” debut issue short mystery fiction   https://bit.ly/2yrYX5F

 

“Killer Thrillers for the Beach”  (seven thriller authors, ten titles)     https://bit.ly/2hNTJJX

 

“Cat About Town” by Cate Conte    https://bit.ly/2ilMj0K

 

“Grilled for Murder” by Maddie Day   https://bit.ly/2oKW36H

 

“The 7th Canon” by Robert Dugoni    https://bit.ly/2hCYpT0

 

“I like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around” by Ann Garvin   https://bit.ly/2uhL8V5

 

“A Good Day to Buy” by Sherry Harris   https://bit.ly/2gNFTYb

 

“Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson    https://bit.ly/2kVtKgu

 

“What She Knew” by Gilly Macmillan    https://bit.ly/2jcgbvS

 

“Custom Baked Murder” by Liz Mugavero    https://bit.ly/2lqSf8C

 

“Relic” by Fiona Quinn   https://bit.ly/2q7m1yH

 

Many thanks everyone! May 2018 bring you lots of love and laughter, along with some thumpin’ great new reads.  🙂

 

“Black Cat Mystery Magazine”

 

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Rarely do we have an opportunity to witness the birth of a magazine, let alone one launched in the deliciously nefarious arena of murder, mayhem, and mystery. It turns out that two entries in the formidable competition in the mystery/crime mag field are shifting gears, and will print fewer issues of their own magazines in the future. Even the format of those issues will change, creating a vacuum which “Black Cat Mystery Magazine” will fill. The timing couldn’t be better for short story writers, since the new publication will focus on short fiction, both new and old, across the broad spectrum of thriller, cozy, noire, private eye, suspense, etc. under the all-encompassing umbrella of ‘Mystery.’

 

The début issue is remarkable, with entries from (listed in the order they appear) Alan Orloff, Art Taylor, Josh Pachter, Barb Goffman, Meg Opperman, Dan Andriacco, John Floyd, Jack Halliday, Michael Bracken, Kaye George, James Holding, and Fletcher Floyd. This impressive group of writers has individually won or been nominated for Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, Macavity, and Silver Falchion Awards – in some cases, multiple times. Several of the authors are also well known in the very different world of novel writing.

 

In a literature form where every single word counts, Barb Goffman’s “Crazy Cat Lady” will have you guessing until the end – you might change your mind about ever leaving your cat alone again. Art Taylor offers a modern re-telling of fairy tales in “Fairy Tales,” and delivers a chilling view of differing generational perspectives. Meg Opperman’s “Pie to Die For,” is completely unexpected and I’ll giggle every time I shop for pumpkin pie ingredients. Hide the nutmeg!  😉

 

Happily, the rest of the dozen stories are thoroughly entertaining as well, and range in subject matter from fraud to murder to Alzheimer’s and everything in between. There are chills, a bit of horror, and some O. Henry endings. If you enjoy a good mystery and like the short form as I do, you will appreciate the contributions of this wickedly talented group.

 

“Black Cat Mystery Magazine” is published by Wildside Press, LLC, (John Betancourt, Publisher) and is edited by Betancourt and Carla Coupe.

 

Click on the link and check out the inaugural issue of "Black Cat Mystery Magazine."

 

http://wildsidepress.com/magazines/BCMM/

 

Happy reading!  🙂

 

 

 

Macavity Awards – 2017

 

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The Macavity Awards are nominated by members of Mystery Readers International (and friends) as well as subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal. The winners were announced at Bouchercon, the international mystery fans convention, this year held in October in Toronto. Mystery Readers International, Mystery Readers Journal, and the Macavity Awards, were created by the Fabulous Janet Rudolph.

 

Presenting the nominees & winners (indicated in red) for the Macavity Awards – 2017:

Best Novel 
You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott

Dark Fissures, by Matt Coyle
Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley
Real Tigers, by Mick Herron
Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman
A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny


Best First Novel 
The Widow, by Fiona Barton
Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry
Dodgers, by Bill Beverly
IQ, by Joe Ide
Design for Dying, by Renee Patrick


Best Short Story 
• “Autumn at the Automat,” by Lawrence Block
• “Blank Shot,” by Craig Faustus Buck
• “Survivor’s Guilt,” by Greg Herren
• “Ghosts of Bunker Hill,” by Paul D. Marks
• “The Crawl Space,” by Joyce Carol Oates
• “Parallel Play,” by Art Taylor


Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Novel 
A Death Along the River Fleet, by Susanna Calkins
Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye

Delivering The Truth, by Edith Maxwell
The Reek of Red Herrings, by Catriona McPherson
What Gold Buys, by Ann Parker
Heart of Stone, by James W. Ziskin


Best Nonfiction 
Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories that Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats, by Jane K. Cleland
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin
Sara Paretsky: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction, Margaret Kinsman
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula, by David J. Skal
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer, by Kate Summerscale

 

Congratulations!  🙂
 

The 2016 Macavity Award winners were:

Best Mystery Novel  The Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou Berney
Best First Mystery Novel  Past Crimes, by Glen Erik Hamilton

Best Critical/Biographical  The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story, by Martin Edwards
Best Short Story  “The Little Men,”  by Megan Abbott
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award  The Masque of a Murderer, by Susanna Calkins

 

The 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

 

Great titles!  Happy reading!  🙂