Thursday, January 21, 2016

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

Yes, Award season is upon us! Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. If you're looking for something good to read, you can't go wrong checking out one of these.

The Edgar Award honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at the 70th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Penguin Random House – A Marian Wood Book)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Night Life by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)


Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Penguin Random House – Viking)


The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)


Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide by Eric Bogosian (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T.J. English (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic byJohn Temple (Rowman & Littlefield – Lyons Press)


The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins)
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan (Arcade Publishing)
Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker (Pegasus Books)
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury Publishing – Bloomsbury USA)


“The Little Men” – Mysterious Bookshop by Megan Abbott (Mysterious Bookshop)
“On Borrowed Time” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Mat Coward (Dell Magazines)
“The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” – Providence Noir by Peter Farrelly (Akashic Books)
“Family Treasures” – Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson (Random House)
“Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
“Every Seven Years” – Mysterious Bookshop by Denise Mina (Mysterious Bookshop)


Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
If You Find This by Matthew Baker (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)


Endangered by Lamar Giles (HarperCollins Children’s Books – HarperTeen)
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins Publishers – Katherine Tegen Books)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Clarion Books)


“Episode 7,” – Broadchurch, Teleplay by Chris Chibnall (BBC America)
“Gently with the Women” – George Gently, Teleplay by Peter Flannery (Acorn TV)
“Elise – The Final Mystery” – Foyle’s War, Teleplay by Anthony Horowitz (Acorn TV)
“Terra Incognita” – Person of Interest, Teleplay by Erik Mountain & Melissa Scrivner Love (CBS/Warner Brothers)
“The Beating of her Wings” – Ripper Street, Teleplay by Richard Warlow (BBC America)


“Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Russell W. Johnson (Dell Magazines)


Walter Mosley


Margaret Kinsman
Sisters in Crime

Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International


A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody (Minotaur Books – A Thomas Dunne Book)
The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Left Coast Crime is Coming!

A new year and a new opportunity to meet some of your favorite mystery writers at local conventions. I've already got my tickets to Left Coast Crime, February 25-28. The Great Cactus Caper (Left Coast Crime 2016) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona and will welcome Gregg Hurwitz and Ann Cleeves as guests of honor.

The list of nominees for the convention's Lefty Awards was just released. How many have you read?

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (given since 1996). This year’s nominees are:
• Donna Andrews, Lord of the Wings (Minotaur Books)
• Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
• Jess Lourey, February Fever (Midnight Ink)
• Cindy Sample, Dying for a Donut (Cindy Sample Books)
• Diane Vallere, Crushed Velvet (Berkley Prime Crime)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial, first given in 2004) for books covering events before 1960. This year’s nominees are:
• Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley Prime Crime)
• Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)
• Heather Haven, The Chocolate Kiss-Off (Wives of Bath Press)
• Jennifer Kincheloe, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (Seventh Street Books)
• Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam Books)
• Susan Elia MacNeal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Bantam Books)

Lefty for Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel, set in the LCC Geographic Region (Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii). The nominees are:
• Michael Connelly, The Crossing (Little, Brown and Company)
• Matt Coyle, Night Tremors (Oceanview Publishing)
• Robert Crais, The Promise (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
• Gigi Pandian, The Accidental Alchemist (Midnight Ink)
• Josh Stallings, Young Americans (Heist Publishing)

Lefty for Best World Mystery Novel (set outside LCC Geographic Region). The nominees are:
• Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone (William Morrow)
• Lisa Brackmann, Dragon Day (Soho Crime)
• Chris Holm, The Killing Kind (Mulholland Books)
• Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)
• James W. Ziskin, Stone Cold Dead (Seventh Street Books)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Books for the New Year

I don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's already 2016! Here's an easy resolution to make -- read more mysteries! Or maybe read an author you've never picked up before. I had a friend who read EVERY mystery published. But when you have limited reading time available, sometimes we tend to stick to favorite authors. So try this in 2016: pick out an author or genre outside your comfort zone and expand your horizons.

Read on!

  • The First Order [Sam Capra] by Jeff Abbott
  • The Case of The Missing Madonna [Patrick de Courvoisier] by Lin Anderson 
  • Jane and the Waterloo Map [Jane Austen] by Stephanie Barron
  • Even the Dead [Quirke] by Benjamin Black 
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid [Brothers Grimm] by P.J. Brackston
  • The Good Good-Bye by Carla Buckley
  • The Ex by Alafair Burke
  • No Gun Intended [Annabelle Starkey] by Zoe Burke
  • After the Crash  by Michel Bussi 
  • Kick Back [Kick Lannigan] by Chelsea Cain
  • Lights, Camera, Murder! [Pet Chef] by Marie Celine
  • Knocked [Regan Reilly] by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Where It Hurts [Gus Murphy] by Reed Farrel Coleman
  • The Root of All Evil [Michele Balistreri] by Roberto Costantini 
  • A Prisoner in Malta [Christopher Marlowe] by Phillip DePoy
  • The Herald of Hell [Brother Athelstan] by Paul Doherty
  • Coconut Cowboy [Serge Storms] by Tim Dorsey
  • A Tangled Thread by Anthea Fraser
  • River Road by Carol Goodman
  • False Positive by Andrew Grant
  • The Girls She Left Behind [Lizzie Snow] by Sarah Graves
  • Presumed Puzzled [Puzzle Lady] by Parnell Hall
  • Real Tigers [Slough House] by Mick Herron
  • The Bitter Season [Sam Kovac & Nikki Liska] by Tami Hoag
  • Orphan X [Nowhere Man] by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Crooked House by Christobel Kent 
  • South of Nowhere [Julia Kalas] by Minerva Koenig 
  • Passenger 19 [Jammer Davis  by Ward Larsen
  • The Plague of Thieves Affair [Sabina Carpenter & John Quincannon] by Marcia Muller& Bill Pronzini
  • The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
  • I Am Your Judge [Oliver von Bodenstein & Pia Kirchhoff] by Nele Neuhaus
  • Angels Burning by Tawni O’Dell
  • NYPD Red 4 [NYPD Red] by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
  • Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
  • Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  • Even Dogs in the Wild [John Rebus] by Ian Rankin 
  • The Guardian Stones by Eric Reed
  • Blackout by David Rosenfelt
  • Fatal Catch [Andy Horton] by Pauline Rowson
  • Vagabond by Gerald Seymour 
  • Louise’s Chance [Louise Pearlie] by Sarah R. Shaber 
  • A Song for the Brokenhearted [Breen & Tozer] by William Shaw 
  • Scandalous Behavior [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • Orchard Grove by Vincent Zandri