Thursday, April 19, 2012

Straight from the Heart

It seems I missed this news as well. Editor-blogger Janet Rudolph reports that the winners of the 2012 RT (Romantic Times) Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards were announced last weekend in several crime-fiction-related categories.

Contemporary Mystery: V Is for Vengeance, by Sue Grafton (Putnam)

Also nominated: Stagestruck, by Peter Lovesey (Soho); Ringer, by Brian M. Wiprud (Minotaur); Killed at the Whim of a Hat, by Colin Cotterill (Minotaur); The Woodcutter, by Reginald Hill (Harper); and In Search of the Rose Notes, by Emily Arsenault (Morrow)

Historical Mystery: A Lonely Death, by Charles Todd (Morrow)

Also nominated: The Beloved Dead, by Tony Hays (Tor); The Illusion of Murder, by Carol McCleary (Forge); Bye Bye, Baby, by Max Allan Collins (Forge); City of Secrets, by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur); and Troubled Bones, by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)

First Mystery: Purgatory Chasm, by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur)

Also nominated: The Breath of God, by Jeffrey Small (West Hills); Cookie Dough or Die, by Virginia Lowell (Berkley Prime Crime); Thou Shalt Kill, by Daniel Blake (Gallery); and Death on Tour, by Janice Hamrick (Minotaur)

Amateur Sleuth: The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder, by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley Prime Crime)

Also nominated: To Have and to Kill, by Mary Jane Clark (Morrow); Killing Kate, by Julie Kramer (Atria); Tempest in the Tea Leaves, by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley Prime Crime); and Naughty in Nice, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)

Suspense/Thriller: Love You More, by Lisa Gardner (Bantam)

Also nominated: In Desperation, by Rick Mofina (Mira); Among the Missing, by Morag Joss (Delacorte); The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, by Andrea Kane (Mira); Now You See Me, by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur); You’re Next, by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin’s); Death in High Places, by Jo Bannister (Minotaur); New York to Dallas, by J.D. Robb (Putnam); and Ghost Hero, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

In addition, there was a subcategory of “Inspirational” novels called “Inspirational Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.” The winner there was Blood Covenant, by Lisa Harris (Zondervan).

The full breakdown of winners and runners-up is here.

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