Oline Cogdill


The winners of the 2014 Agatha Awards were announced this weekend at the Malice Domestic 26 conference (May 2-4, 2014) at the Hyatt, Bethesda, Maryland.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Agatha winners and nominees. Good books all.

The winners below are in bold:

The Wrong Girl, Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Through the Evil Days, Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
Pagan Spring, G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Clammed Up, Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)

budewitz_deathaldenteBEST FIRST NOVEL
Death Al Dente, Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime)
You Cannoli Die Once, Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)
Board Stiff, Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)
Kneading to Die, Liz Mugavero (Kensington)
Front Page Fatality, LynDee Walker (Henery Press)

todd_aquestionofhonorBEST HISTORICAL NOVEL
A Question of Honor, Charles Todd (William Morrow)

Heirs and Graces, Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Death in the Time of Ice, Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
A Friendly Game of Murder, JJ Murphy (Signet)
Murder in Chelsea, Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)

grabenstein_escapefrommrlemoncellosBEST CHILDREN'S/ YA
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)

The Testing, Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery, Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
Andi Unexpected, Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure, Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)

stashower_thehourofperilBEST NONFICTION
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
Georgette Heyer, Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years, Verena Rose and Rita Owen, editors (Wildside Press)

"The Care and Feeding of House Plants" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Art Taylor

"Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even, Barb Goffman (Wildside Press) "Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even, Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
"The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets, Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
"Bread Baby" in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)

Oline Cogdill

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2013.

The Edgar Awards were presented to the winners at the 68th banquet last night, May 1, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

The winners are in bold below. We congratulate all the winners as well as the nominees.

(pictured left: Grand Master honoree Carolyn Hart)

krueger_ordinarygraceBEST NOVEL

Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
Sandrine’s Case, by Thomas H. Cook (Grove Atlantic/The Mysterious Press)
The Humans, by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave, by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group)
Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy (Dutton Books)


Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews (Scribner)

The Resurrectionist, by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton)
Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman (Minotaur Books)
Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins)

marwood_thewickedgirlsBEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood (Penguin Books)

The Guilty One, by Lisa Ballantyne (William Morrow)
Almost Criminal, by E. R. Brown (Dundurn)
Joe Victim, by Paul Cleave (Atria Books)
Joyland, by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas and Mercer)

stashower_thehourofperilBEST FACT CRIME

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery, by Paul Collins (Crown)
Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, by Michael D’Antonio (Thomas Dunne Books)
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, by Charles Graeber (Grand Central/Twelve)
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry (Little, Brown and Company)

dussere_americaiselsewhereBEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)
Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories, by Bill Alder (McFarland & Company)
Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing, by Justin Gifford (Temple University Press)
Ian Fleming, by Andrew Lycett (St. Martin’s Press)
Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction, by Melissa Schaub (Palgrave Macmillan)

connolly_caxtonprivatelendingBEST SHORT STORY

"The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” – Bibliomysteries, by John Connolly (Mysterious)
"The Terminal" – Kwik Krimes, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Thomas & Mercer)
"So Long, Chief" – The Strand Magazine, by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (The Strand)
"There Are Roads In the Water" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Trina Corey (Dell Magazines)
"Where That Morning Sun Goes Down" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Tim L. Williams (Dell Magazines)

timberlake_onecamehomeBEST JUVENILE

Strike Three, You’re Dead, by Josh Berk (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, by Erin Dionne (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial)
P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, by Caroline Lawrence (Penguin Young Readers Group – Putnam Juvenile)
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney-Hyperion)
One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)

pitcher_ketchupcloudsBEST YOUNG ADULT

All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking Juvenile)
Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Criminal, by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
How to Lead a Life of Crime, by Kirsten Miller (Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill)
Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


“Episode 3” – Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC)
“Episode 1” – The Fall, teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
“Legitimate Rape” – Law & Order: SVU, teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner (NBC)
“Variations Under Domestication” – Orphan Black, teleplay by Will Pascoe (BBC)
“Pilot” – The Following, teleplay by Kevin Williamson (Fox/Warner Bros. Television)

"That Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element’s Malfeasance Occasional, by Jeff Soloway (St. Martin’s Press)

crais_robertGRAND MASTER

Robert Crais
Carolyn Hart

(Pictured right: Grand Master honoree Robert Crais)


Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan


(Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
Winner is in bold:

Cover of Snow, by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine Books)
There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron (William Morrow)
Fear of Beauty, by Susan Froetschel (Seventh Street Books)
The Money Kill, by Katia Lief (Harper)
The Sixth Station, by Linda Stasi (Forge Books)

Oline Cogdill

This year Berkley Prime Crime is turning 20 years, and that is cause for celebration.

Now other publishing imprints have been around just as long if not longer. But I especially want to praise Berkley Prime Crime for not just publishing cozy mysteries but for allowing this category of the genre to thrive.

When it started in 1994, the imprint released 40 mass market paperbacks. In 2013, Berkley Prime Crime published 150 novels, which were a combination of mass market originals, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers.

The imprint has shown readers that there is room in the genre for all kinds of voices, even those on the softer side.

What I admire about Berkley Prime Crime’s editors is that they know the traditional mystery—a term I have increasingly preferred to cozy—can open windows into new worlds for readers.

The Miss Marples of yesterday have morphed into the wonderful Carolyn Hart with her many series, including the novels about ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn and bookstore owner Annie Darling. Hart's latest novel is Dead, White, and Blue.

We have Maggie Sefton and her knitter Kelly Flynn; Monica Ferris and her Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop; Laura Childs who writes about a tea shop owner, a scrapbooker and the restaurateurs who have an egg-themed café in three separate series.

slan_deathofaschoolgirlJulie Hyzy adds a soupcon of politics into her lovely series about White House chef Olivia Paras.

Stephanie Jaye Evans shows the challenges of being a man of faith in a secular world.

For historicals, there are Victoria Thompson’s tales about 19th-century New York, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy; Carol K. Carr’s espionage novels set in Victorian London where India Black makes spying an art.

Joanna Campbell Slan's Jane Eyre Chronicles pick up where Bronte left off.

And it is possible to do a traditional mystery with a harder edge such as Naomi Hirahara’s LAPD bike cop Ellie Rush or M.L Rowland’s search and rescue series about expert Grace Kinkaid.

Berkley Prime Crime had a couple of celebrations last month. But the real celebration of the traditional mystery comes every year at the Malice Domestic conference. This year it will be May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD.

Not surprising that many Berkley Prime Crime authors will be there including Earlene Fowler, who is the toastmaster at Malice.

And Carolyn Hart will be honored during the Edgar Award banquet on May 1 as one of the Grand Masters selected by the Mystery Writers of America.

Once again, it’s a good year for the traditional mystery.

Oline Cogdill

I’d like to get a bit personal today.

This time last year, I was high on a cloud because I had been selected to receive the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America during the Edgar banquet.

I shared the Raven honor with the lovely people from The Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, which has been owned by Terry Gillman, Maryelizabeth Hart and Jeff Mariotte since in 1993.

It was a glorious night for The Mysterious Galaxy and myself. I also was so happy for the authors who took home Edgars that night.

The Raven remains a career highlight for me. I felt—and said so in my acceptance speech—that receiving the Raven meant my work was respected by the board and by the mystery writers.

So enough about me.

It is now time to pass the baton, or in the case, the Raven.
Figuratively, that is.

I have the Raven in a place of honor and you are not getting it back.auntagatha_agnews2

So I offer an extra heartfelt congratulations to Robin and James Agnew, at right, whose store Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will take home this year’s Raven. I know how you’ll feel taking that little bird home with you.

The Raven as well as the Edgar Awards will be presented by the Mystery Writers of America May 1 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Here’s a list of all the Edgar nominees.

Aunt Agatha’s is celebrating its 22nd year in business this year, no small feat in this day of online orders. A couple of years ago I did a story on the store’s celebrating its 20th anniversary, which is linked here.

The store has stayed in business because, like other independent bookstores, its staff knows its clientele. They can intelligently recommend books that they know their customers will like. And that personal kind of service never goes out of style.

The Agnews have no plans for an anniversary party this year. They are going to wait until “the big 25,” Robin Agnew told me in an email. ye are

“Otherwise things are chugging along as they always have though weirdly when it's busy, it's REALLY busy, and when it's slow, it's REALLY slow,” said Robin Agnew in the email last week.

“All the things we've been doing - book clubs, author visits, etc. we plan to continue. I'm looking forward to what's next, what great writers are coming up, and what kind of work writers I already love will continue to create,” she said.

Authors who have been coming to Aunt Agatha’s for years speak highly of the store.

“There’s no one more important to an author than the bookseller. Who else will make sure that your beloved novel gets placed personally into a reader’s hand?” said William Kent Krueger, whose Ordinary Grace is up for an Edgar in the best novel category.

“Among all the fine booksellers out there, Robin and Jamie Agnew are at the top of the list. Their store, Aunt Agatha’s, is such a splendid place, particularly in spirit. When a crowd gathers for a book event there, it’s like a little festival. I love the store, and I dearly love those two folks who own it,” Krueger added.

Needless to say, the Agnews are delighted about the Raven.

“We are unbelievably pleased to be honored by the writers whose work we love to sell and share with customers and friends,” Robin Agnew said in the email.

“Mysteries have been a touchstone for me all of my life starting with Nancy Drew and they continue to be. The friends we've made and the authors whose careers we've seen grow from specks to big success has really been a delight as well,” she added.

Congratulations to all.

Oline Cogdill

This year, the Crime Writers of Canada adds a new aspect to its annual Arthur Ellis Awards—a Grand Master.

This is the inaugural year of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Grand Master Award, intended to recognize Canadian crime writers who have a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.

Howard Engel, left, the author of the award winning Benny Cooperman detective series, has the honor of being the group’s first Grand Master. In its announcement, the Crime Writers of Canada stated “A mainstay of the Canadian crime writing scene for many years, Mr. Engel helped put Canadian crime writing on the map at a time when few mysteries were set in this country.”

The Crime Writers of Canada was established by Derrick Murdoch, a prolific Canadian crime fiction reviewer, in 1982, and has sponsored the Arthur Ellis Awards for Crime and Mystery Writing for 30 years. Engel is among the group’s seven founding members.

And in case you are wondering where the name Arthur Ellis came from, here’s a bit of history. “Arthur Ellis” was the pseudonym for the man who became Canada’s hangman in 1912. Among the various categories, the organization annually awards the Unhanged Arthur Award, which recognized and promotes the careers of emerging crime writers.

All awards will be announced during the group’s annual banquet, scheduled to be June 5, 2014.

The 2014 Arthur Ellis Shortlists for Excellence in Crime Writing

Best Novel
John Brooke, Walls of a Mind, Signature Editions

Seán Haldane, The Devil’s Making, Stone Flower Press

Lee Lamothe, Presto Variations, Dundurn

Howard Shrier, Miss Montreal, Vintage Canada

Simone St. James, An Inquiry into Love and Death, Penguin Books

Best First Novel
E.R. Brown, Almost Criminal, Dundurn

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife, Penguin Books Canada

Axel Howerton, Hot Sinatra, Evolved Publishing

J. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin Canada

S.G. Wong, Die on Your Feet, Carina Press

Best Novella
Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, Orca Books

Brenda Chapman, My Sister’s Keeper, Grassroots Press

James Heneghan, A Woman Scorned, Orca Books

Best Short Story
Donna Carrick, Watermelon Weekend, Thirteen, Carrick Publishing

Jas. R. Petrin, Under Cap Ste. Claire, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 2013, Dell Magazines

Twist Phelan, Footprints in Water, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 2013, Dell Magazines

Sylvia Maultash Warsh, The Emerald Skull, Thirteen, Carrick Publishing

Sam Wiebe, The Third Echo, Girl Trouble: Malfeasance Occasional, MacMillan/St Martin’s Press

Best Book in French
Chrystine Brouillet, Saccages, La courte échelle

Jacques Côté, Et à l'heure de votre mort, éditions Alire

Maureen Martineau, L’enfant promis, La courte échelle

Jacques Savoie, Le fils emprunté, Éditions Libre Expression

Best Juvenile/YA
Karen Autio, Sabotage, Sono Nis Press

Gail Gallant, Apparition, Doubleday Canada

Elizabeth MacLeod, Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries, Annick Press

Ted Staunton, Who I’m Not, Orca Books

Unhanged Arthur
L.J. Gordon, Death at the Iron House Lodge

Rachel Greenaway, Cold Girl

Charlotte Morganti, The Snow Job

Kristina Stanley, Descent

Kevin Thornton, Coiled