Saturday, June 11, 2016

And Now for the Macavitys

Today we have the announcement of books and authors nominated for the 2016 Macavity Awards. As Janet Rudolph explains in her blog, “The Macavity Awards are nominated by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal and friends of MRI.” The winners are to be announced during the opening ceremonies at Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana (September 15-18).

Best Mystery:
Little Black Lies, by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
The Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou Berney  (Morrow)
The Hot Countries, by Tim Hallinan (Soho Crime)
The Child Garden, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Life or Death, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
The Cartel, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Mystery:
Concrete Angel, by Patricia Abbott (Polis)
Past Crimes, by Glen Erik Hamilton (Morrow)
The Killing Kind, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Where All Light Tends to Go, by David Joy (Putnam)
The Unquiet Dead,  by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
On the Road with Del & Louise, by Art Taylor (Henery Press)

Best Critical/Biographical:
The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story, by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury Sigma)
Meanwhile, There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, edited by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan (Arcade)
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime, by Val McDermid (Grove)
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett, by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury)

Best Short Story:
“The Little Men,” by Megan Abbott (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
“On Borrowed Time,” by Mat Coward (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
“Sob Sister,” by Loren D. Estleman (from Detroit Is Our Beat: Tales of the Four Horsemen, by Loren D. Estleman; Tyrus)
“A Year Without Santa Claus,” by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine [AHMM], January/February 2015)
“Quack and Dwight,” by Travis Richardson (from Jewish Noir, edited by Kenneth Wishnia; PM Press)
“A Joy Forever,” by B.K. Stevens (AHMM, March 2015)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award:
The Masque of a Murderer, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
A Gilded Grave, by Shelley Freydont (Berkley Prime Crime)
Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo), by C. Joseph Greaves (Bloomsbury)
The Lady from Zagreb, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
Secret Life of Anna Blanc, by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street)
Dreaming Spies, by Laurie R. King (Bantam)

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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