Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Field of Honors

Once upon a time only a meager handful of annual awards were available to authors of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction. But as you know if you’ve been reading The Rap Sheet during the last several months, there are now myriad (perhaps too many?) such accolades up for grabs. This week brings a couple more.

First in line: the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, “sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans and honoring Diana Pinckley, longtime crime-fiction columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.” It has been announced that novelist Sara Paretsky, creator of the V.I. Warshawski private-eye series (Brush Back, etc.), will receive this year’s Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work. Meanwhile, Christine Carbo’s The Wild Inside (Atria), has been chosen to receive the 2016 Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel.

Second, we have the winners of the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”), which honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) books published during 2015. There were more than two dozen categories of nominees, but the pair of greatest interest to this blog’s readers are probably these:
Lesbian Mystery:
(Tie) Ordinary Mayhem, by Victoria Brownworth (Bold Strokes); and Tarnished Gold, by Ann Aptaker (Bold Strokes)

Also nominated: The Grave Soul, by Ellen Hart (Minotaur); Illicit Artifacts, by Stevie Mikayne (Bold Strokes); No Good Reason, by Cari Hunter (Bold Strokes); The Red Files, by Lee Winter (Ylva); Relatively Rainey, by R.E. Bradshaw (R.E. Bradshaw); and The Tattered Heiress, by Debra Hyde (Riverdale Avenue)

Gay Mystery:
Boystown 7: Bloodlines, by Marshall Thornton (Kenmore)

Also nominated: After the Horses, by Jeffrey Round (Dundurn); The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, by Tom Mendicino (Kensington); Cheap as Beasts, by Jon Wilson (Bold Strokes); Introducing Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen Detectives, by Wallace Godfrey (Strand Hill); Murder and Mayhem, by Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press); Orient, by Christopher Bollen (Harper); and The Swede, by Robert Karjel (Harper)
(Hat tip to Crimespree Magazine.)

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