Tuesday, October 05, 2021

The Critics Have Spoken

During a Zoom-carried event last evening, The Strand Magazine announced the winners of its 2021 Critics Awards, in two categories.

Best Mystery Novel: Snow, by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)

Also nominated: You Again, by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco); Trouble Is What I Do, by Walter Mosley (Mulholland); The Missing American, by Kwei Quartey (Soho Crime); A Song for the Dark Times, by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown); Survivor Song, by Paul Tremblay (Morrow); and Confessions on the 7:45, by Lisa Unger (Park Row)

Best Debut Novel: When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole (Morrow)

Also nominated: Amnesty, by Aravind Adiga (Scribner); Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam (Ecco); Empire of Wild, by Cherie Dimaline (Morrow); A Burning, by Megha Majumdar (Knopf); A Certain Hunger, by Chelsea G. Summers (Unnamed Press); and Catherine House, by Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House)

In addition, The Strand gave out not one, but three Lifetime Achievement Awards this year, to Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alexander McCall Smith. And Josh Stanton of Blackstone Publishing was chosen to receive its 2021 Publisher of the Year Award.

(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)

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