The Canadian crime-fiction convention Bloody Words has announced its nominees for a new annual commendation, the Light Mystery Award. According to a press release, this prize “celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries ... The award--aka the Bony Blithe--is for a ‘book that makes us smile,’ which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore.” And the nominees are ...
• Dire Threads, by Janet Bolin (Berkley Prime Crime)
• A Red Herring without Mustard, by Alan Bradley (Doubleday Canada)
• Cheat the Hangman, by Gloria Ferris (Imajin Books)
• The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder, by Mary Jane Maffini
(Berkley Prime Crime)
• Champagne for Buzzards, by Phyllis Smallman (McArthur & Company)
This year’s Bony Blithe will be handed out during the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, on June 2. More information about that convention is available here.