Michigan lawyer-turned-author Ronald Farrington Sharp (aka R.F. Sharp) has won Poisoned Pen Press’ inaugural Discover Mystery Award with his original manuscript, Human Pest Control. According to a press release, Sharp will receive $1,000, and Poisoned Pen will publish his novel--retitled No Regrets, No Remorse--in November.
The four other finalists vying for this commendation were Bill Butler (Slone’s Last Dance), Dawn Marie Fichera (In the Market for Murder), Susan Lumenello (Who Killed Julian Emery?), and Bruce Rolfe (Mortgaged to Death).
As Janet Rudolph explained in Mystery Fanfare earlier this year, the Discover Mystery contest is the first “specifically for unpublished writers trying to break into the mystery genre ...”