Saturday, 17 September 2016 10:09


The winners of the 2016 Anthony Awards were announced Friday, September 16, at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans during Bouchercon 2016.

The awards are for work published during 2015.

Congratulations to all of the authors, editors, and narrators.

Winners are listed first in bold face with an **

**The Killing Kind - Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Night Tremors - Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
The Child Garden - Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny (Minotaur/Sphere)
What You See - Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

**Past Crimes - Glen Erik Hamilton (William Morrow)
Concrete Angel - Patricia Abbott (Polis)
New Yorked - Rob Hart (Polis)
Bull Mountain - Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam's Sons/Head of Zeus)
On the Road With Del & Louise - Art Taylor (Henery)

**The Long and Faraway Gone - Lou Berney (William Morrow)
Gun Street Girl - Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street/Serpent's Tail)
Little Pretty Things - Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street)
Young Americans - Josh Stallings (Heist)
Stone Cold Dead - James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

**Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid (Grove)
 The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story - Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
 Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald - Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan, editors (Arcade)
 The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett - Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury USA)
 The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For - Kate White, editor (Quirk)

 **"The Little Men: A Bibliomystery" - Megan Abbott (Mysterious Road)
 "The Siege" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec 2015 - Hilary Davidson (Dell)
 "Feliz Navidead" Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule - Brace Godfrey/Johnny Shaw (CreateSpace)
 "Old Hands" Dark City Lights - Erin Mitchell (Three Rooms)
 "Quack and Dwight" Jewish Noir - Travis Richardson (PM)
 "Don’t Fear the Ripper" Protectors 2: Heroes - Holly West (Goombah Gumbo)

**Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015 - Art Taylor, editor (Down & Out)
Safe Inside the Violence - Christopher Irvin (280 Steps)
Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT - Thomas Pluck, editor (Goombah Gumbo)
Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule: Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List - Todd Robinson, editor (CreateSpace)
Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds - Kenneth Wishnia, editor (PM)

**Need - Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
How to Win at High School - Owen Matthews (HarperTeen)
A Madness So Discreet - Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegen)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter - Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic)
Fighting Chance - B.K. Stevens (The Poisoned Pencil)
Ask the Dark - Henry Turner (Clarion)

**The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny - Robert Bathurst, narrator (Macmillan Audio)
Dark Waters - Chris Goff - Assaf Cohen, narrator (Blackstone Audio)
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey & India Fisher, narrators (Penguin Audio/Random House Audiobooks)
Causing Chaos - Deborah J. Ledford - Christina Cox, narrator (IOF Productions)
Young Americans - Josh Stallings - Em Eldridge, narrator (Josh Stallings)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:09


christie agathaAgatha Christie, pictured at right, never goes out of style—either in books or on film.

So it’s always good news to learn of new film adaptations of Christie’s novels. These reboots bring a fresh view of her masterpieces, showing how Christie’s work is always timeless.

And, we hope, the new films bring in new fans just now discovering Christie’s mysteries.

See the film, read the books.

The high ratings of the star-packed And Then There Were None last December have spurred the BBC to commission new adaptations of seven Christie novels.

Agatha Christie Productions, the production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd., will deliver the seven new shows—to be aired on BBC One—over the next four years.

And if it is on BBC One, it won’t be long before these are on BBC America or available on Acorn Online.

The new films confirmed so far are:

Ordeal by Innocence: A psychological thriller that Christie said several times was one of her personal favorites, and one of her darkest. Written during the 1950s, Ordeal by Innocence is a story of guilt, innocence, and family bonds, favorite Christie themes. Jacko Argyle dies in prison, convicted of killing his adoptive mother. There seems to be no doubt about his guilt until two years later an alibi witness shows up. Could one of Jacko’s family be the real killer? Ordeal by Innocence was filmed in 1985, starring Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, and Sarah Miles. The new version will be adapted by Sarah Phelps who also adapted And Then There Were None.

Death Comes as the End: Set in ancient Egypt, this is the only Christie novel that doesn’t take place in the 20th century. The setting may be centuries ago, but the theme is still relevant. An Egyptian family’s quiet lives are upturned when the father returns with his new concubine, who begins to sow discontent among them. See, a theme that never gets old. Death Comes as the End also is one of four Christie titles that, until now, has never been filmed.

The ABC Murders: Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is pitted against an alphabetically-minded serial killer who strikes across Britain.

In addition, viewers will have be able to see two adaptations of Witness for the Prosecution. Filming has begun on a two-part Witness for the Prosecution, adapted by Phelps and starring Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, and Kim Cattrall.

Another version of Witness for the Prosecution is being produced by 20th Century Fox, with Ben Affleck expected to direct.

Witness for the Prosecution has been filmed several times, including the 1957 Oscar-nominated movie starring Marlene Dietrich and directed by Billy Wilder and in 1982 as a TV special starring Diana Rigg.

Saturday, 10 September 2016 09:09

It seems inconceivable—as nearly everyone has been mentioning this week—that the horrible events of September 11, 2001, were 15 years ago.

Each of us remembers where we were when we first heard or saw this news. I know I shall never forget—and I hope none of us ever forget.

Of the many symbols that came out of that day was a photograph that represented resilience, pride in our country, and surviving. The photograph is of three firefighters raising an American flag amid the ruins of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

It wasn’t long after that photograph was taken that the flag disappeared. Despite officials’ many attempts, the flag could not be found.

Until now.

And author Brad Meltzer has a connection to this historical artifact.

It happened just days after a segment on the flag was featured on the first episode of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which was broadcast in 2014 on H2, a spinoff of the History Channel.

A grainy video showing the flag was broadcast on Meltzer’s program on October 31, 2014. Four days later, a man carrying a plastic bag walked into a fire station in Everett, Washington. The man, who called himself “Brian” and said he was a former Marine, had seen the show and believed he had the flag.

The man did not take the $10,000 reward that Meltzer had offered for the flag’s return.

After much research and testing, it was determined the flag was authentic.

Last Wednesday, September 7, 2015, Meltzer was at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City as the flag was unveiled. It will be permanently displayed there.

Meltzer gives full credit to finding the flag to the help from law enforcement, forensic experts, eyewitnesses, and the former Marine.

As an author, Meltzer uses history in his thrillers, the latest of which is The House of Secrets, and also in his children’s books, the latest of which are I Am George Washington and I Am Jane Goodall. Now Meltzer is participating in history.

Meltzer will host a one-hour History Channel special, America's 9/11 Flag: Rise from the Ashes, at 10:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 11.

For more information, visit

And today, remember how this terrorist attack changed America. Give thanks to our first responders.

And never forget.