Tuesday, 05 June 2018 12:09

I love audiobooks and always have one going in my car—which is the only place I listen to a book on tape.

(OK, I still call them books on tape even though they are not on tape anymore.)

Listening to a book is a different experience, and a good reader enhances the experience. A bad one, well, that will have you looking for a different book.

And audiobooks are growing in popularity.

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the winners of the 2018 Audie Awards.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, read by Simon Vance (Random House Audio), has won top honors in the Mystery category.

The Fourth Monkey, by J.D. Barker, read by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton (Recorded Books), has won for the best Thriller/Suspense audiobook.

The 23rd Annual Audies Gala was held on May 31 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

Often referred to as the “Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” the evening marks a gathering of authors, narrators, and publishers excited to hear who will win the most prestigious awards in the United States honoring audiobooks.

Linda Lee, president of the Audio Publishers Association, said during the evening: “The Audie Awards Gala gives us a time to recognize all the hard work that so many talented people put into thousands of productions each year. Each of the nominees and winners are to be commended for the tremendous contributions they have made to our flourishing industry and this special event is the perfect venue for us to show appreciation to each and every one of them.”

For more information on the Audie winners as well as audio clips, visit www.theaudies.com.

Listen Up to Audiobooks
Oline H. Cogdill
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:10

We enjoy learning about other mystery fiction enthusiasts. The genre brings us closer to each other and further establishes our community.

So we are glad to hear about the newest Dove Award winner.

Each year, the Mystery Area of the Popular Culture Association recognizes a person who has made major contributions to the study of mystery, detective, and crime fiction.

This year, Dr. Stephen Knight, an Honorary Research Professor in literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia, has been selected to receive the 2018 Dove Award.

The Dove Award is named in honor of George N. Dove, one of the Australia’s early members, a past president of the Popular Culture Association, and author of outstanding presentations, articles, and books on detective fiction, especially the police procedural.

The 2018 award recognizes Knight’s many contributions through the years to the study of crime fiction.

In addition to being a world-renowned scholar on Robin Hood and medieval English literature, he is the author of several books on crime and mystery fiction, among them Australian Crime Fiction: A 200-Year History (2018); Towards Sherlock Holmes: A Thematic History of Crime Fiction in the 19th Century World (2017); Secrets of Crime Fiction Classics: Detecting the Delights of 21 Enduring Stories (2015); The Mysteries of the Cities: Urban Crime Fiction in the Nineteenth Century (2012); Crime Fiction, 1800-2000: Detection, Death, Diversity (2005).

Knight’s Continent of Mystery: A Thematic History of Australian Crime Fiction (1997), was recognized with the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award. He also wrote Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction (1980), and was editor of Dead Witness: Best Australian Mystery Stories (1991) and other anthologies.

He was a member of the Clues editorial board from 2004 to 2017 and has published many articles and book reviews, in Clues and elsewhere, focusing on the work of Australian writers.

The 2018 Dove Award was announced at the Mystery and Detective Fiction Area meeting during the Popular Culture Association annual conference in Indianapolis.

Congratulations, Dr. Knight.

2018 Dove Award Winner
By Oline H. Cogdill
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:13

The Ngaio Marsh Awards have celebrated the best New Zealand crime, mystery, thriller, and suspense writing since 2010, and are judged by a panel of crime-, thriller-, and suspense-writing experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

The finalists will be announced in July, along with the finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. The finalists will be celebrated, and the winners announced as part of a special event at the WORD Christchurch Festival, held from August 29 to September 2, 2018.

“We shattered our record for entries in the Ngaio Marsh Awards this year, with 69 different books entered across our two fiction categories,” says founder and Mystery Scene contributor Craig Sisterson. “Along with a surge in first-time Kiwi authors choosing to write tales of crime, mystery, and suspense—more than 50 new voices in the past three years—it’s been great to see more experienced local authors veering to the darker side as well as past crime writers returning to the fold.”

2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel Long List

Marlborough Man, by Alan Carter (Fremantle Press)
Baby, by Annaleese Jochems (VUP)
See You in September, by Charity Norman (Allen & Unwin)
The Lost Taonga, by Edmund Bohan (Lucano)
The Easter Make Believers, by Finn Bell
The Only Secret Left to Keep, by Katherine Hayton
Tess, by Kirsten McDougall (VUP)
The Sound of Her Voice, by Nathan Blackwell (Mary Egan Publishing)
A Killer Harvest, by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press)
The Hidden Room, by Stella Duffy (Virago)

Congratulations to all the worthy contenders! And stay tuned for the finalists announcement in July.

Ngaio Marsh Award Long List Announced