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Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 Edgar Awards

On Thursday, 19 January 2017, Mystery Writers of America  announced the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. 
The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at the 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
Following is a list of the books and short stories nominated.


BEST NOVEL 

The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers - Harper) 
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow) 
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)


BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR 

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books) 
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown Publishing Group) 
IQ by Joe Ide (Little, Brown & Company – Mulholland Books) 
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (Penguin Random House – Marian Wood       Book/Putnam) 
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)


BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 

Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (Polis Books) Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer) 
The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer) 
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books) 
A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books) 
Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)


BEST FACT CRIME

Morgue: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press) 
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow) 
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus Books) 
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (Penguin Random House – Viking Books) 
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)



BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL 

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Random House – Nan A. Talese) Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967 by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (McFarland & Company) 
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton - Liveright) Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula by David J. Skal (W.W. Norton - Liveright) 



BEST SHORT STORY 

"Oxford Girl" – Mississippi Noir by Megan Abbott (Akashic Books) 
"A Paler Shade of Death" – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books) 
"Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books) "The Music Room" – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Stephen King (Pegasus Books) 
"The Crawl Space” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)


BEST JUVENILE 

Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR) 
OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books) 
The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR) 
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR) Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin) 
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books) 


BEST YOUNG ADULT 

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse) 
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Henry Holt BFYR)
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR) 
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Soho Press – Soho Teen) 
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (Penguin Random House – Penguin Young Readers – Dial Books) 


THE SIMON & SCHUSTER - MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD 

The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark) 
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink) 
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tor/Forge Books – Forge Books) 
Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow) 
The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Lefty Award Nominees

The Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention. Nominations for awards to be presented at each annual convention are made by people registered for that convention and as well as the previous year's convention. A ballot listing the official nominees is given to each registrant when they check in at the convention, and final voting takes place at the convention. 

Four Lefty Awards will be presented at Left Coast Crime 2017, “Honolulu Havoc,”  the 27th annual LCC convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. They Lefty awards will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.


Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel

• Donna Andrews, Die Like an Eagle (Minotaur Books)
• Ellen Byron, Body on the Bayou (Crooked Lane Books)
• Timothy Hallinan, Fields Where They Lay (Soho Crime)
• Heather Haven, The CEO Came DOA (Wives of Bath Press)
• Johnny Shaw, Floodgate (Thomas & Mercer)
• Diane Vallere, A Disguise To Die For (Berkley Prime Crime)


Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
for books covering events before 1960

• Rhys Bowen, Crowned and Dangerous (Berkley Prime Crime)
• Susanna Calkins, A Death Along the River Fleet (Minotaur Books)
• Laurie R. King, The Murder of Mary Russell (Bantam Books)
• Catriona McPherson, The Reek of Red Herrings (Minotaur Books)
• Ann Parker, What Gold Buys (Poisoned Pen Press)


Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel

• Sarah M. Chen, Cleaning Up Finn (All Due Respect Books)
• Marla Cooper, Terror in Taffeta (Minotaur Books)
• Alexia Gordon, Murder in G Major (Henery Press)
• Nadine Nettmann, Decanting a Murder (Midnight Ink)
• Renee Patrick, Design for Dying (Forge)


Lefty for Best Mystery Novel

• Matt Coyle, Dark Fissures (Oceanview Publishing)
• Gigi Pandian, Michelangelo’s Ghost (Henery Press)
• Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning (Minotaur Books)
• Terry Shames, The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake (Seventh Street Books)
• James W. Ziskin, Heart of Stone (Seventh Street Books)


To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during 2016, in book or ebook format. (If published in other countries before 2016, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.)

Information about registration for Honolulu Havoc is available here.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Funny Friday

      Incidental Comics      by Grant Snider

                                                                                                       9/30/2016





Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Visit From St. Nicholas

This got such a good response last Christmas Eve that I'm posting it again.  Enjoy.





(Click to play audio.)


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 
 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.















The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; 
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap, 
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
















When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,  
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. 
Away to the window I flew like a flash, 
 Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. 
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.














When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, 
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, 
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. 

 More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, 
 And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; 
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! 
 On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! 
 To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! 
 Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” 

 As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, 
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; 
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, 
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too. 

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof 
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. 
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. 

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, 
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; 
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack. 















His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! 
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! 
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow 
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. 

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 
 And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; 
 He had a broad face and a little round belly, 
 That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly. 

 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, 
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; 
 A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, 
 Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose, 
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle, 
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”



Friday, December 9, 2016

Funny Friday

                                             Bizarro by Dan Piraro                       December 8, 2016