Saturday, 25 May 2019 19:02

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.

Frankie Bailey and the Charles Todd Service Award
Oline H Cogdill
Thursday, 23 May 2019 16:43

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!

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)

Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, by Hervé Gagnon (Libre Expression)

Escape, by Linwood Barclay (Puffin Canada)

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

Winners of the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing Announced
Mystery Scene
Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:58

Many bookstores have cats who call the stores home.

And it’s not just bookstores. My sister-in-law owns a music store in Durham. North Carolina, and the instruments are well protected each day by the resident cat.

Full disclosure—I am a dog person. Always wanted a cat but am allergic.

Not sure if James Patterson is a dog person or a cat person, but he is taking care of some literary cats.

Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association to give bonuses to independent bookstore cats.

Patterson has pledged $50,000 as part of his Bookstore Cat Bonus Program

The grant application asks one question: "Why does this bookstore cat deserve a bonus?"

I would think the answer would be because it is an adorable cat! Can’t think of a better reason.

Patterson will select the winners, who will receive bonuses ranging from $250 to $500.

The 2019 campaign is open to all U.S. independent bookstore cats through May 30.

In a press release, Patterson stated . “Over the years, I've heard from so many booksellers who've received holiday bonuses, and the question that's come up so many times has been: 'What about my cat?' These bonuses will allow bookstore cats to be treated to better food, blankets, medical assistance and toys--especially those little stuffed birds with dangling feathers.

“However, the owners use the money, I'm humbled to know that I can make a difference in bookstore cats' lives. And I'm grateful to be able to acknowledge the important work they do."

Through the years, Patterson has generously donated money to school libraries, independent bookstores and to literacy


Doesn’t anyone have a bookstore dog?

Cat photos courtesy of several of my friends. I am not identifying them but they know who they are….I am assuming the cats know who they are, too.

Oline H Cogdill