Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Setting Up Rivalries for St. Pete

Organizers of the 2018 Bouchercon, to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, from September 9 to 12, have announced the nominees for eight Anthony Awards. These contestants are chosen by convention participants, rather than by a jury of critics and authors.

Best Novel:
The Late Show, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Force, by Don Winslow (Morrow)

Best First Novel:
Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
She Rides Shotgun, by Jordan Harper (Ecco)
The Dry, by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
Ragged; or, The Loveliest Lies of All, by Christopher Irvin
(Cutlass Press)
The Last Place You Look, by Kristen Lepionka (Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original:
Uncorking a Lie, by Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)
Bad Boy Boogie, by Thomas Pluck (Down & Out)
What We Reckon, by Eryk Pruitt (Polis)
The Day I Died, by Lori Rader-Day (Morrow)
Cast the First Stone, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series:
Give Up the Dead (Jay Porter #3), by Joe Clifford (Oceanview)
Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch #20), by Michael Connelly
(Little, Brown)
Y Is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25), by Sue Grafton
(Marian Wood/Putnam)
Glass Houses (Armand Gamache #13), by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Dangerous Ends (Pete Fernandez #3), by Alex Segura (Polis)

Best Anthology:
Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, edited by Joe Clifford (Gutter)
Killing Malmon, edited by Dan and Kate Malmon (Down & Out)
Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks (Down & Out)
Passport to Murder, Bouchercon Anthology 2017, edited by John McFetridge (Down & Out)
The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, edited by Gary Phillips (Three Rooms Press)

Best Short Story:
“The Trial of Madame Pelletier,” by Susanna Calkins (from Malice Domestic 12: Mystery Most Historical, edited by Verena Rose, Rita Owen, and Shawn Reilly Simmons; Wildside Press)
“God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” by Jen Conley (from Just to
Watch Them Die
“My Side of the Matter,” by Hilary Davidson (from Killing Malmon)
“Whose Wine Is It Anyway?” by Barb Goffman (from 50 Shades of Cabernet; Koehler)
“The Night They Burned Miss Dixie’s Place,” by Debra Goldstein (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May/June 2017)
“A Necessary Ingredient,” by Art Taylor (from Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea)

Best Critical/Non-Fiction Book:
From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon, by Mattias Boström (Mysterious Press)
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, by Martin Edwards
(Poisoned Pen Press)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (Doubleday)
Chester B. Himes: A Biography, by Lawrence P. Jackson (Norton)
Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction, by Jessica Lourey (Conari Press)

Best Online Content:
Writer Types Podcast
Do Some Damage
Jungle Red Writers
Dru’s Book Musings
BOLO Books

According to the present Bouchercon St. Petersburg schedule, the winners of this year’s Anthony Awards will be declared on Saturday, September 8. Congratulations to all of the contenders!

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