Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Seeking Silver in Music City

Organizers of this year’s Killer Nashville convention, set to take place in the Tennessee state capital from August 18 to 21, have announced the finalists for their 2022 Silver Falchion Awards.

There are 21 categories of nominees, covering everything from adventure fiction and science fiction to historical yarns and juvenile tales. Below are the contenders in two classifications that should be of particular interest to Rap Sheet readers.

Best Mystery:
An Ambush of Widows, by Jeff Abbot (Grand Central)
Red Rabbit on the Run, by Jodi Bowersox (Independently published)
Bluff, by John DeDakis (Speaking Volumes)
A Killer’s Daughter, by Jenna Kernan (Bookouture)
When Silence Screams, by Mark Edward Langley
(Independently published)
The Dark Remains, by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin
(Europa Editions)
Spirit, by Elle Andrews Patt (Blue Beech Press)
The Archivist, by Rex Pickett (Blackstone)
The Scorpion’s Tail, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(Grand Central)
Grave Reservations, by Cherie Priest (Atria)
The Ruthless, by David Putnam (Oceanview)
Hunted in the Holler, by Drew Strickland (Independently published)
Death and Consequences, by Cheril Thomas (Tred Avon Press)
The First Day of Spring, by Nancy Tucker (Riverhead)
Bye, Buy Baby, by Becki Willis (Clear Creek)

Best Investigator:
All That Fall, by Kris Calvin (Crooked Lane)
The Blessed Bones, by Kathryn Casey (Bookouture)
Girl Missing, by Kate Gable (Byrd)
Be Mine Forever, by D.K. Hood (Bookouture)
In the Name Of, by Candace Irving (Blind Edge Press)
Now & Then, by Justin M. Kiska (Level Best)
The Lost Dragon Murder, by Michael Allan Mallory (Booklocker)
The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon, by Marcy McCreary (CamCat)
Striking Range, by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane)
Hide in Place, by Emilya Naymark (Crooked Lane)
At First Light, by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)
The Labyrinth, by Owen Parr (Independently published)
The Winter Girls, by Roger Stelljes (Bookouture)

You’ll find the full complement of rivals here. Winners are set to be declared at Killer Nashville on Saturday, August 20.

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