One of the honors presented last month during Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards was the Charles Todd Service Award.
We neglected to write about it and want to correct that oversight now.
First, a bit of history—the Charles Todd Service Award is decided on and given by MWA board of directors for outstanding service to the organization. It is not given annually—no one received the honor in 2018—only when the board decides an individual deserves it for going above and beyond.
The first recipient of the award was none other than Charles Todd, the son in the mother/son writing team.
The 2019 honoree—and yes, I know I kind of buried the lead here—is Frankie Bailey, left.
In my opinion, a most deserved honoree.
MWA Executive Vice President Donna Andrews presented the award to Bailey during the Edgar banquet.
“[Bailey] has served as MWA’s EVP [executive vice president] during a difficult time,” said Andrews. “She has been incredibly active in getting our diversity effort moving. She also is a goddess—a former Sisters in Crime president who has done a lot to help with the new partnership and amity between the two organizations.”
Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice University at Albany (SUNY). She studies crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture and material culture. She is the author of five mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Lizzie Stuart and two police procedurals novels featuring Albany police detective Hannah McCabe.
The annual Arthur Ellis Awards by Crime Writers of Canada recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors. The winners of the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards were presented at the annual Arthur Ellis Awards Gala held at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners!
BEST CRIME NOVEL
Though the Heavens Fall, by Anne Emery (ECW Press)
BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL (Sponsored by Rakuten Kobo)
Cobra Clutch, by A.J. Devlin (NeWest Press)
BEST CRIME NOVELLA – The Lou Allin Memorial Award
Murder Among the Pines, by John Lawrence Reynolds (Orca Book Publishers)
BEST CRIME SHORT STORY (Sponsored by Mystery Weekly Magazine)
"Terminal City," by Linda L. Richards (Vancouver Noir, Akashic Books)
BEST CRIME BOOK IN FRENCH
Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, by Hervé Gagnon (Libre Expression)
BEST JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT CRIME BOOK
Escape, by Linwood Barclay (Puffin Canada)
BEST NONFICTION CRIME BOOK
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, by Sarah Weinman (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT – aka The Unhanged Arthur (Sponsored by Dundurn Press)
The Scarlet Cross, by Liv McFarlane