Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Bony to Pick

Because of so many other things going on here recently, I missed noticing the announcement last Friday morning of the 2020 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award winner. As Mystery Fanfare notes, the prize goes to Liz Freeland for Murder in Midtown (Kensington Books), the sophomore installment in her Louise Faulk historical mystery series.

“The Bony Blithe is an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries …,” explains the Web site of its sponsor, the Bloody Words Mini-Con. “Now in its sixth year, the award is for a ‘mystery book that makes us smile’ and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore—in short, books that are fun to read.”

Montreal author Freeland should have received her prize last week, during the mini-con in Toronto. However, that event was cancelled as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Next year’s convention—the 10th such gathering—has been scheduled for Friday, May 28.

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