Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:11

The Anthony Awards, given during Bouchercon,  the Shamus Awards, from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Macavity Awards from the Mystery Readers International are among the mystery genre’s highest awards.

Here are the winners who were honored during Bouchercon 2014 at Long Beach, Calif. The Shamus winners were announced during the PWA banquet held the weekend of Bouchercon.

We congratulate the winners and the nominees.  This link has a full list of the novels nominated for an Anthony Award.

Winners are in bold with an underline.

(Winners are in bold)

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Best Novel

William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace

Best First Novel
Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo

Best Paperback Original Novel
Catriona McPherson, As She Left It

Best Short Story
John Connolly, “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository”

Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel
Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing

Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013
Jon Bokenkamp, The Blacklist, Pilot

Best Audio Book
 Robert Glenister, reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith



(Winners are in bold)

(Here's a full list of the novels nominated for the Shamus Award)

The Good Cop by Brad Parks

Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith

Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish


So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane in The Strand Magazine

Don’t Dare a Dame by M. Ruth Myers

2014 Macavity Award
(Given by the Mystery Readers International)

Best Mystery Novel
William Kent Krueger: Ordinary Grace (Atria Books)

Best First Mystery
Terry Shames: A Killing at Cotton Hill (Seventh Street Books)

Best Mystery Short Story
Art Taylor: "The Care and Feeding of Houseplants" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013)

Best Nonfiction
Daniel Stashower: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War (Minotaur Books)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
David Morrell: Murder as a Fine Art (Little, Brown)








Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:11

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At each Bouchercon, several authors are picked to be the guests of honor. During Bouchercon 2014, which begins Nov. 13, the American Guest of Honor is J.A. Jance, who has written more than 50 novels during the past 30 years.

I’ll be conducting the interview with J.A. beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

J.A. has been a real force in the mystery genre since 1985 when her first J.P. Beaumont novel Until Proven Guilty was published.
One reason that her novels are so accessible is that she writes about real people—men and women who each of us can relate to. There are other female sheriffs in the mystery genre, but J.A. was the first to give her Joanna Brady a full and complicated live. In that, J.A. recognized that none of us are just one thing. Our careers, families, hopes, dramas and joys all serve to make us who we are.

J.A. also knows that using one’s life experiences can make for richer novels. So her first husband’s alcoholism helped shaped J. P. Beaumont. Her experiences as a single parent have gone into the background for Joanna Brady.

The years that she taught on the Tohono O’Odham reservation west of Tucson, Arizona, are reflected in Hour of the Hunter and Kiss of the Bees.

In Second Watch, she paid tribute to a former classmate who was killed in Vietnam.

We’ll be talking about her characters and her life as a writer during our interview at Bouchercon. And if  you can’t make it to Long Beach, bring J.A. Jance to you by reading her novels.

Sunday, 09 November 2014 10:11

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Liam Neeson battles two chilling criminals and their odd relationship in A Walk Among the Tombstones. The movie, based on Lawrence Block’s novel, gives us a good view of who these two horrible people are and it wisely doesn’t have them dominate the screen.

Sometimes villains are the worst criminals one can imagine. Other times, they slide into your lives under the guise of friendship and love.

So here are the novels this year that gave us memorable villains.

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta: Two killers, with their odd speaking patterns and creepy stares, leave a trail of violence in their wake as they pursue a 13-year-old boy who witnessed them murdering a man.

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood: A killer lurks in a rundown apartment house in London. But who?

Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly: Eve Dalladay, who has a habit of seducing married men, siphoning off their money, and disappearing, may be one of the most fully shaped villains of the year.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash: Deadbeat father Wade Chesterfield, who kidnaps the children he abandoned, and who had signed over his parental rights years before, isn’t really the bad guy here. That title goes to the brutal Robert Pruitt, who is fueled by a years-old vendetta against Wade, and a gym bag full of money.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon: The fears that creep into one’s subconscious and stay there ramp up the terror in this tale that blends the past and the present, the supernatural and the real.

Black Horizon by James Grippando: Corporate greed—the ultimate villain—and politics play a part as Miami defense attorney Jack Swyteck represents the widow of a Cuban national killed in an oil rig explosion.

Peter Pan Must Die by John Verdon: Retired NYPD homicide detective Dave Gurney investigates a murder that, on the surface, was marwoodalex killernextdoor
impossible to perform and in which the details were fabricated.

Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller: Two brutal murders, seemingly unrelated, rock the small town of Acker's Gap, West Virginia, where people can hide in plain sight their propensity for violence.

After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman: Shady businessman Felix Brewer isn’t your typical villain, but this thoughtless and selfish man who is facing a 15-year prison sentence disappears before he can go to prison, forever leaving in shambles those he supposedly loved.