Following closely on the heels of Thursday’s announcement about which books and authors won this year’s Arthur Ellis Awards, comes news involving yet another Canadian crime-fiction prize. As the blog Mystery Fanfare reports today, The Marsh Madness, by Victoria Abbott (Berkley Prime Crime), has captured the 2016 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award), “an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries.”
Explains Fanfare’s Janet Rudolph: “Victoria Abbott is the nom de plume for the mother-daughter writing team of Mary Jane Maffini and Victoria Maffini. Both mother and daughter live in Ottawa, Ontario.” The declaration of their victory came last night during an event held at the High Park Club in Toronto.
Also nominated for the 2016 Bony Blithe were: Untimely Death, by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Crooked Lane); Booked for Trouble, by Eva Gates (NAL); White Colander Crime, by Victoria Hamilton (Berkley Prime Crime); and Encore, by Alexis Koetting (Five Star).
Congratulations to the winners and nominees alike!