Thursday, February 09, 2012

Love Has Its Rewards

Since The Rap Sheet has recently brought you rundowns of the crime-fiction nominees for the Minnesota Book Awards, the contenders for four different commendations to be dispensed during next month’s Left Coast Crime convention, the five finalists for the 2012 Dilys Awards, and the rivals for this year’s Hammett Prize, it seems only right to mention the winners of the 2012 Lovey Awards.

The Loveys were given out during last weekend’s Love Is Murder conference in Chicago, but only this morning did Omnimystery News post a list of the recipients, as follows:

• Best First Novel:
Basic Black, by Scott Doornbosch (CreateSpace)

• Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth:
Murder, She Wrote: The Fine Art of Murder, by Donald Bain (NAL)

• Best P.I./Police Procedural:
The Towman’s Daughters, by David J. Walker (Severn House)

• Best Thriller: Northwest Angle, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)

• Best Historical:
Terror at the Fair, by Robert Goldsborough (Echelon Press)

• Best Romantic Suspense:
A Lot Like Love, by Julie James (Berkley)

• Best Suspense:
ToxiCity, by Libby Fischer Hellmann (Red Herrings)

• Best Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Horror:
Homefront: The Voice of Freedom, by John Milius and Raymond
Benson (Del Rey)

• Best Series:
“The White House Chef,” by Julie Hyzy

• Best Short Story:
“Diamonds Aren’t Forever,” by Mary Welk (from Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, edited by Patty G. Anderson; CreateSpace)

1 comment:

John said...

Interesting that the Best Short Story and Best First Novel came from self-published books. Very few award committees are willing to allow those books. Or is it all changing with so many eBooks out there? I'm still ambivalent about the ever increasing market of self-published writers. Will they ever find readers outside of their circle of friends and family? It all reminds me of the days when I was an actor in little start-up theaters and the houses night and after night were less than half full and always made up of friends and relatives of the cast and crew. After years of doing that I thought what's the point?