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The Crime Writers' Association has announced the shortlist for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger:

Ariana Franklin, The Death Maze, Bantam Press

Philip Kerr, A Quiet Flame, Quercus

Andrew Martin, Death on a Branch Line, Faber and Faber

CJ Sansom, Revelation, Macmillan

Andrew Taylor, Bleeding Heart Square, Michael Joseph

Laura Wilson, Stratton's War, Orion

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 27th. Congratulations to all the nominees who comprise a very strong shortlist.



  The 2008 Anthony Award Committee, led by John Purcell is pleased to present this year’s nominations for works published and done in the year 2007. The Bouchercon Membership of both 2007 and 2008 have determined this year’s nominees. All awards will be voted on and presented at Bouchercon 2008- Charmed to Death. Congratulations to the nominees and thank you to our membership.

The 2008 Anthony Award Nominees

Best Novel:
James Lee Burke-Tin Roof Blowdown- Simon and Schuster
Lee Child – Bad Luck and Trouble Delacorte Press
Robert Crais- The Watchman Simon and Schuster
William Kent Krueger-Thunder Bay Atria
Laura Lippman – What the Dead Know William Morrow
Best First Novel:
Sean Chercover- Big City, Bad Blood William Morrow
Tana French- In the Woods Viking Adult
Lisa Lutz-The Spellman Files Simon and Schuster
Craig MacDonald- Head Games Bleak House Books
Marcus Sakey- The Blade Itself St. Martin Minotaur
Best Paperback Original
Megan Abbott- Queenpin Simon and Schuster
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr – Slide Hard Case Crime
David Corbett- Blood of Paradise Ballantine Books
Robert Fate- Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues Capital Crime Press
P.J. Parrish- A Thousand Bones Pocket

Short Story
Rhys Bowen- Please Watch Your Step- (The Strand Magazine-Spring 07)
Steve Hockensmith-Dear Dr. Watson- (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Toni L. P. Kelner - How Stella Got her Grave Back - (Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner) for Ace Hardcover
Laura Lippman- Hardly Knew Her - (Dead Man’s Hand edited by Otto Penzler) for Harcourt
Daniel Woodrell -Uncle – (A Hell of A Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir edited by Megan Abbott) for Busted Flush Press

Critical Work
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley Penguin
The Essential Mystery Lists Compiled by Roger Sobin Poisoned Pen Press
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction – Patrick Anderson Random House
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction- Christiana Gregoriou Palgrave MacMillan

Special Services
Jon and Ruth Jordan- Crime Spree Magazine
Ali Karim- Shotz Magazine
Maddy Van Hertbruggen- 4MA
Sarah Weinman- Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Judy Bobalik- for being one of the best friends and supporters of mystery writers anywhere

Web Site
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind- Sarah Weinman
Rap sheet/January Magazine –J Kingston Pierce
Murderati – A Writer’s Blog
Stop You’re Killing Me- Stan Ulrich & Lucinda Surber 



Mystery Readers International (Mystery Readers Journal) announces the Macavity Award nominations for works published in 2007. The awards will be presented during opening ceremonies at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention (Baltimore, October 2008).


Best Mystery Novel
Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House)
The Unquiet by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton*/Atria)

Blood of Paradise by David Corbett (Ballantine Mortalis)

Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (HarperCollins)
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (Morrow)


Best First Mystery
In the Woods by Tana French (Hodder & Stoughton*/Viking)

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)

Stealing the Dragon by Tim Maleeny (Midnight Ink)

The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees (Soho)


Best Mystery Short Story

"A Rat's Tale" by Donna Andrews (EQMM, Sep-Oct 2007)

"Please Watch Your Step" by Rhys Bowen (The Strand Magazine, Spring 2007)
"The Missing Elevator Puzzle" by Jon L. Breen (EQMM, Feb 2007)
"Brimstone P.I." by Beverle
Graves Myers (AHMM, May 2007)
"The Old Wife's Tale" by Gillian Roberts (EQMM, Mar-Apr 2007)


Best Mystery Non-Fiction

Rough Guide to Crime Fiction by Barry Forshaw (Penguin Rough Guides)

Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O'Connell (McFarland & Company)
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley (HarperPress*/Penguin)
Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland (Howdunit Series, Writers Digest Books)

The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians, compiled and edited by Roger Sobin (Poisoned Pen Press)


Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (Penguin)

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (Putnam)

The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin (Faber & Faber*/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Consequences of Sin by Clare Langley-Hawthorne (Viking*/Penguin)
The Gravediggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperCollins Ecco)

*UK publisher (first edition)




--Award to be Presented at Edgar® Awards Banquet in New York City--


NEW YORK, NY 4/29/08 – St. Martin’s Minotaur and the Mystery Writers of America will introduce the winner of their First Crime Novel Competition at the 62nd annual Edgar® Awards Banquet on May 1st in New York City. The announcement was made this week by Andrew Martin, St. Martin’s Minotaur Publisher, and Harry Hunsicker, MWA Executive Vice President.


The competition winner is Stefanie Pintoff, an attorney who has completed extensive academic research in detective fiction and the history of criminology. Her winning novel, tentatively titled In the Shadow of Gotham, is set in turn-of-the-century New York City and will be published in 2009. The novel tells the story of a detective who teams up with one of the criminal profiler of the time; it makes full use of Pintoff’s knowledge of theories of crime over one hundred years ago.


Mr. Martin officially announced the start of the competition at the Edgar® Awards Banquet last year. The contest provides a previously unpublished writer an opportunity to launch his or her career with the St. Martin’s Minotaur imprint. The winner will receive a one-book, $10,000 contract.


St. Martin’s Minotaur and the Mystery Writers of America selected Pintoff’s manuscript after reviewing over 700 entries. Minotaur is currently accepting submissions for next year’s award. For more information, visit


The Edgar® Awards, or "Edgars," as they are commonly known, are named after Edgar Allan Poe and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in more than a dozen categories. The Edgar® Awards Banquet will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, with Today show host Al Roker as the Master of Ceremonies.


About Mystery Writers of America:

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. MWA is a nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


About St. Martin’s Minotaur:

St. Martin’s Minotaur is an imprint of St. Martin’s Press that launched in 1999, publishing 130 hardcover crime fiction titles annually. St. Martin’s Minotaur grew out of a fifty-year tradition of publishing quality crime fiction at St. Martin’s Press, and has published several award-winning and best-selling titles.


St. Martin’s Press is part of Macmillan, the U. S. publishing group owned by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GMBH of Stuttgart, Germany


Gumshoe Awards 2008


The 7th Annual Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink to recognize the best achievements in crime fiction. This year's nominees were chosen from books first published in the United States in 2007. The awards were given out on 22 April 2008.



Winner Best Mystery - James Lee Burke - (Simon & Schuster) The Tin Roof Blowdown


Other nominees:-

John Connolly - The Unquiet (Atria)
Ariana Franklin - Mistress of the Art of Death (Putnam)
Charlie Huston - The Shotgun Rule (Ballantine)
Laura Lippman - What the Dead Know (William Morrow)


Winner Best Thriller - Robert Crais - The Watchman (Simon & Schuster)


Other nominees:-

Joseph Finder - Power Play (St. Martin's Press)
Michael Gruber - The Book of Air and Shadows (William Morrow)
Richard K. Morgan - Thirteen (Del Rey)
Lee Child - Bad Luck and Trouble (Delacorte)


Best First Novel - Sean Chercover - Big City, Bad Blood (William Morrow)


Other nominees:-

Philip Hawley, Jr. - Stigma (Harper)
Lisa Lutz - The Spellman Files (Simon & Schuster)
Craig McDonald - Head Games (Bleak House Books)
Nick Stone - Mr. Clarinet (HarperCollins)


Lifetime Achievement – Donald Westlake


Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake is one of the most prolific authors in the crime genre, having written books of nearly every conceivable type, ranging from comic capers to thrillers to noir. He's written private eye novels, cop novels, historical novels, even erotic novels. More impressively, most of them are pretty damn good, and some of them are great. For maintaining a tradition of writing excellence for nearly 50 years, Westlake is a most deserving winner of the award for Lifetime Achievement.

Best Crime Fiction Website:

The Thrilling Detective Web Site

Edited by Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective Web Site has been a comprehensive resource on private eye fiction, and the crime genre more generally, for over a decade. A one-stop destination with a wealth of information, The Thrilling Detective includes author and book guides, reviews, news, information on film and TV, original fiction and more. It is an essential guide for fans of PI novels or anyone looking to learn more about detective fiction.

Agatha Awards 2008

The traditional mysteries fan organization Malice Domestic has announced the winners of its 2008 Agatha Awards as follows: Winners were announced on Saturday 26 April 2008 during an awards banquet at the Malice Domestic XX convention in Arlington, Virginia.

Best Novel: A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny (St. Martin’ Minotaur)


Other nominees:-

The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur);

Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen (Penguin);

Hard Row, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing);

Murder With Reservations, by Elaine Viets (NAL)



Best First Novel: Prime Time, by Hank Phillipi Ryan (Harlequin)

Other nominees:-

A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch (St. Martin’s Minotaur);

A Real Basket Case, by Beth Groundwater (Five Star);

Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn (Mira)


Best Non-fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, by Charles Foley, Jon Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower (Penguin)

Other nomination:

 The Official Nancy Drew Handbook, by Penny Warner (Quirck Productions)


Best Short Story: “A Rat’s Tale,” by Donna Andrews (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], September/October 2007)

Other nominees:-

“Please Watch Your Step,” by Rhys Bowen (The Strand Magazine, Spring 2007);

“Casino Gamble,” by Nan Higginson (Murder New York Style, edited by Randy Kendel; L&L Dreamspell);

“Popping Round to the Post,” by Peter Lovesey (EQMM, November 2007); “Death Will Clean Your Closet,” by Elizabeth Zelvin (Murder New York Style)

Best Children’s/Young Adult: A Light in the Cellar, by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl)

Other nominees:-

 Bravo Zulu, Samantha!, by Kathleen Benner Duble (Peachtree Publishers);

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl, by John Feinstein (Knopf); The

Falconer’s Knot, by Mary Hoffman (Bloomsbury USA);

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, by R.L. LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)


Lifetime Achievement Award

British novelist Peter Lovesey


The Poirot Awards (honoring “individuals other than writers who have made outstanding contributions to the Malice Domestic genre”)

Linda Landrigan, the editor of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Janet Hutchings, editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.


Edgar Awards 2008 (Nominees)


Best Novel Nominees

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt and Company)


Priest by Ken Bruen (St. Martin's Minotaur)


The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)


Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books)


Down River by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)



Best First Novel by an American Author

Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (HarperCollins - William Morrow)


In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group - Viking)


Snitch Jacket by Christopher Goffard (The Rookery Press)


Head Games by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books)


Pyres by Derek Nikitas (St. Martin's Minotaur)



Best Paperback Original

Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)


Blood of Paradise by David Corbett (Random House - Mortalis)


Cruel Poetry by Vicki Hendricks (Serpent's Tail)


Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill (Hard Case Crime)


Who is Conrad Hirst? by Kevin Wignall (Simon & Schuster)



Best Critical/Biographical

The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson (Random House)


A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational by Maurizio Ascari (Palgrave Macmillan)


Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction by Christiana Gregoriou (Palgrave Macmillan)


Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)


Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O'Connell (McFarland & Company)



Best Fact Fiction

The Birthday Party by Stanley Alpert (Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)


Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company


Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit by Kerry Max Cook (HarperCollins - William Morrow)


Relentless Pursuit: A True Story of Family, Murder, and the Prosecutor Who Wouldn't Quit by Kevin Flynn (Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons)


Sacco & Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders and the Judgment of Mankind by Bruce Watson (Penguin Group Viking)



Best Short Story

 "The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)


 "Blue Note" - Chicago Blues by Stuart M. Kaminsky (Bleak House Books)


"Hardly Knew Her" - Dead Man's Hand by Laura Lippman (Harcourt Trade Publishers)


 "The Golden Gopher" - Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight (Akashic Books


 "Uncle" - A Hell of a Woman by Daniel Woodrell (Busted Flush Press)



Best Young Adult

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin - Dial Books for Young Readers)


Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)

    Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Atheneum Books for Young Readers)


Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)


Fragments by Jeffry W. Johnston (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Simon Pulse)



Best Juvenile

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


Shadows on Society Hill by Evelyn Coleman (American Girl Publications)


Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion Books)


The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)


Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen (Random House Children's Books - Alfred A. Knopf)



Best Play

If/Then by David Foley (International Mystery Writers' Festival)


Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers' Festival)


Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky (International Mystery Writers' Festival)



Best Episode

"It's Alive" - Dexter, Teleplay by Daniel Cerone (Showtime)


"Yahrzeit" - Waking the Dead, Teleplay by Declan Croghan & Barbara Machin (BBC America)


"Pie-Lette" - Pushing Daisies, Teleplay by Bryan Fuller (ABC/Warner Bros Television


"Senseless" - Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Teleplay by Julie Martin & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)


 "Pilot" - Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)



Best Motion Picture Screen Play

Eastern Promises, Screenplay by Steven Knight (Focus Features)


The Lookout, Screenplay by Scott Frank (Miramax)


Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)


No Country for Old Men, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy (Miramax)


Zodiac, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith (Warner Bros. Pictures)



Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

"The Catch" - Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)



The Simon & Schuster -

Mary Higgins Clark Award

In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews (St. Martin's Minotaur)


Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault (Penguin Group - Berkley Prime Crime)


Inferno by Karen Harper (Harlequin - MIRA Books)


The First Stone by Judith Kelman (Penguin Group - Berkley Prime Crime)


Deadman's Switch by Barbara Seranella (St. Martin's Minotaur)



Grand Master - Bill Pronzini

Raven Awards

Center for the Book in the Library of Congress


Kate's Mystery Books (Kate Mattes, owner)



The 62nd Annual Edgar® Awards banquet will be held on Thursday May 1, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City where the winners will be announced.


Left Coast Crime – Denver 2008 (Nominees)



Dilys Awards


The award for the mystery independent booksellers most enjoyed selling has announced its nominees:


Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)


Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger (Atria)


The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (S&S)


Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Mira)


The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey (St. Martin's Minotaur)




The Lefty (for the most humorous mystery published in 2007)


The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur)


Stuff to Die For, by Don Bruns (Oceanview Publishing)


Some Like It Hot-Buttered, by Jeff Cohen (Berkley)


Knee High by the Fourth of July, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)


Murder with Reservations, by Elaine Viets (NAL)




The Rocky (for best mystery set in the Left Coast Crime geographical region in 2007)


Free Fire, by C.J. Box (Putnam)


Lost Dog, by Bill Cameron (Midnight Ink)


The Girl with Braided Hair, by Margaret Coel (Berkley)


Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny (Midnight Ink)


False Fortune, by Twist Phelan (Poisoned Pen Press)




The Arty (For Best Cover Art On A Mystery Novel Published In 2007)


Queenpin, By Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)


Isabella Moon, by Laura Benedict (Ballantine)


Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)


Silent Counsel, by Ken Issacson (Windermere Press)


Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny (Midnight Ink)



The winners will be announced at Left Coast Crime, held from March 6-9 in Denver. Once again, congratulations to all the nominees.

2007 Quill Awards


This year’s picks were published between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, with the winners in 19 categories to be selected by a popular votes of a voting board comprised of over 6,000 invited booksellers and librarians.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 22 during a gala ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Nominations for the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller award

The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees
Soho Press

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
William Morrow

Body of Lies by David Ignatius
W.W. Norton

The Overlook by Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company

A Welcome Grave by Michael Koryta
St. Martin’s Press/ Minotaur


Ned Kelly Awards 2007


The Crime Writers' Association of Australia (CWAA) in conjunction with The Age and The Age Melbourne Writers Festival will announce the winners of the 2007 Ned Kelly Awards during the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival.

Best Crime Fiction

The UndertowCorris, Peter
Spider TrapMaitland, Barry
Without ConsentFox, Kathryn
UndertowBauer, Sydney
A Knife EdgeRollins, David A
The Murderer's ClubMartin, P D
The Unknown Terrorist Flanagan, Richard
The Tesla Legacy Barrett, Robert G.
Hit - Moss, Tara
Chain of EvidenceDisher, Garry
And Hope to DieCalder, J M
Inspector Anders and the Blood VendettaBrowne, Marshall
The MotherMcBain, Brett
The Lady SplashBrooks, Kirsty
The Night FerryRobotham, Michael
Vale Byron BayGrogan, Wayne
The CleanerCleave, Paul


Best First Crime Novel


The Betrayal of Bindi MackenzieMoriaty, Jaclyn
Behind The Night Bazaar Savage, Angela
Diamond DoveHyland, Adrian
EquinoxWhite, Michael
UpshotTrigger, John
Blood on a Blue LineCaple, Steve
The CleanerCleave, Paul
PrismaticGrey, Edwina
CarniesLivings, Martin
Better Dead than NeverBoulanger, Laurent
The Curer of SoulsSimpson, Lindsay


Best True Crime

After Port ArthurAltman, Carol
Sick to DeathThomas, Hedley
Things a Killer Would KnowDoneman, Paula
My Brother's KeeperMiranda, Charles & Kamper, Angela
Australian OutlawPedley, Derek
Girls Like YouSheehan, Paul
The DodgerMcNab, Duncan
IntractableMatthews, Bernie
Inside MadnessSweet, Melissa
Written On The SkinPorter, Liz
The Maria Corp CaseCrawford, Carly
Done Like A DinnerHarvey, Sandra & Cooke, Jennifer
Overboard The Stories Cruise Ships Don’t Want Told Topham, Gwyn
Killing for Pleasure The Definitive Story of the Snowtown Murders
      - Marshall, Debi
Silent DeathKissane, Karen
Cold Blooded MurderBrown, Malcolm
Justice For The DeadDodd, Malcolm & Knight, Beverly
The Australian Crime File 2 - Kidd, Paul B
The Beat - Fenn, I J




The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson (Random House)

Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara (Bantam Dell Publishing – Delta Books)

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
(HarperCollins – William Morrow)

The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear
by E.J. Wagner (John Wiley & Sons)

"The Home Front" – Death Do Us Part by Charles Ardai
(Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)

Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready (Penguin YR – Dutton Children's Books)

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz (Arizona Theatre Company)

Life on Mars – Episode 1, Teleplay by Matthew Graham (BBC America)


The Wire, Season 4, Teleplays by Ed Burns, Kia Corthron, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, Eric Overmyer, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon & William F. Zorzi (Home Box Office)

The Departed, Screenplay by William Monahan (Warner Bros. Pictures)




Mystery Ink announces its Gumshoe Award winners for 2007:

Best Mystery: Julia Spencer-Fleming - All Mortal Flesh
Best Thriller: Robert Ferrigno - Prayers for the Assassin
Best European Crime Novel: Karin Fossum - When the Devil Holds the Candle
Best First Novel: John Hart - The King of Lies
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert B. Parker
Best Crime Fiction Website: Demolition Magazine:

Congratulations to all the winners.




The Crime Writers of Canada has selected its shortlists of nominees for the 2007 Arthur Ellis Awards:

Best Novel
Lone Wolf, by Linwood Barclay (Bantam/RHC)
Every Secret Thing, by Emma Cole aka Susanna Kearsley (Allison & Busby)
Honour Among Men, by Barbara Fradkin (RendezVous Press)
Break No Bones, by Kathy Reichs (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
Piece of My Heart, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)

Best First Novel
The Elvis Interviews, Glen Bonham (Battlefield Publishing)
Sign of the Cross, by Anne Emery (ECW Press)
Reparations, by Stephen Kimber (HarperCollins Canada)
Dead Money, by Grant McCrea (Random House Canada)
Deadly Lessons, by David Russell (RendezVous Press)

Best Non-fiction
The Desperate Ones: Forgotten Canadian Outlaws, by Edward Butts (Dundurn Press)
The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia, by Guy Lawson and William Oldham, (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
To the Grave: A Spectacular RCMP Sting, by Mike McIntyre (Great PlainsPublications)
High: Confessions of a Pot Smoker, Brian O’Dea (Random House Canada)
Who Named the Knife? by Linda Spalding (McClelland & Stewart)

Best Juvenile
The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, Marty Chan (Thistledown Press)
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates, by Sean Cullen (Penguin Canada)
The Devil, The Banshee and Me, by L.M. Falcone (Kidscan Press)
Tell, by Norah McClintock (Orca)
All In, by Monique Polak (James Lorimer)

Best Short Story
“Lady in Violet Satin,” by Vicki Cameron (Storyteller, Fall 2006)
“The Curious Case of the Book Baron,” by Karl El-Koura (Storyteller, Spring 2006)
“Voices from the Deep,” by Barbara Fradkin (in Dead in the Water, edited by Violette Malan and Therese Greenwood; RendezVous)
“Canadian Diamonds,” by Jennifer Geens (Storyteller, Summer 2006)
“Fuzzy Wuzzy,” by Dennis Richard Murphy (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, August 2006)

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (the Unhanged Arthur)
Murder in a Cold Climate, by Jennifer Hemstock
Ego Tenderloin, by Meika Erinn McClurg
Last Date, by Rosemary McCracken
Margarita Nights, by Phyllis Smallman
Condemned, by Kevin Thornton

Winner will be announced on June 7, 2007, at Mysteriously Yours ... Dinner Theatre in Toronto during the 24th annual Arthur Ellis Awards dinner. Congratulations to all the nominees.




The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that Edward Wright's 'Red Sky Lament', published by Orion, is the winner of this year’s CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award - the prestigious prize for the best historical crime novel of 2006.
The award was presented to the American author, Edward Wright, by Sir Bernard Ingham, who represented the judges, at an evening champagne reception held at the Courthouse Hotel Kempinski, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1, on Monday, October 9th 2006. Mr Wright received £3000, sponsored by the Estate of Ellis Peters and her publishers, the Headline Book Publishing Group and the Little, Brown Book Group.
This year’s shortlist contained a wide range of excellent novels, with settings ranging from ancient Egypt to Hollywood during the McCarthy witch hunts. Sir Bernard said this year’s judging process had been extremely searching and that he - and his fellow judges - had never known such a rich harvest of beautifully constructed historical crime. "Or such carnage,” he remarked cheerfully. “The body count was historically high.” But he had found the whole thing: “An educative experience, and often a literary pleasure,” with his fellow judges assuring him that each of the shortlisted titles would have proved a worthy winner in a less fruitful year.
Edward Wright had flown from California to receive the award and apologised for his jet-lag. “I was honoured when the nominations were announced and I realised I was moving in very fast company,” he said. He made mention of the fact he remained extremely grateful to the CWA for their encouragement during the early part of his career, after he won the Debut Dagger in 2001 for a sample of a novel that would go on to become ‘Clea’s Moon’. Of his winning novel this year, ‘Red Sky Lament’, he said: “We are largely forgetful of our history in California, because we have so little of it left . . . I spend my time trying to resurrect that history.”

Edward Wright - 'Red Sky Lament' - Orion  

Judges’ comments: "A deceptively straightforward, classically structured crime novel set in a Hollywood where liberals are reeling under the impact of the investigations of the McCarthy Committee into un-American Activity. The indictment of a leading left-wing screen writer prompts an investigation into who pointed the finger, which deepens into tragedy as murder follows. Political or personal? The story, with its first-class characterisation and background detail, illuminates the web of betrayal, distrust and fear that leaves no one untouched, no matter how remote they think they are from communism, and provides a compelling insight into the politics of the post-Second World War film world."
Author bio: Edward Wright grew up in Arkansas and has degrees from Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University. He was an officer in the US Navy aboard destroyers for three years, training in anti-submarine warfare techniques. His major career has been journalism, and he has worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He and his wife, Cathy, live in the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles, late 1940s: all over Hollywood, the US government is ordering people to appear before the House un-American Activities Committee as part of the crusade to uncover Communist influence in the movies.

John Ray Horn has little use for politics, but as a former B-movie cowboy star who fell into prison and disgrace, he knows a few things about outsiders. He agrees to help Owen Bruder, a brilliantly talented but notoriously difficult screenwriter accused of having belonged to the Communist Party. If Horn can discover Bruder's secret accuser, they might have a chance to clear his name. But no one is willing to talk. People are scared, in a Hollywood run by fear and suspicion, where a whisper is all it takes to smear an innocent man.

As Horn's search leads him to powerful figures in Hollywood, his investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn. And he finds that more people will die before all the secrets are laid bare.

The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award judging panel consisted of:

Janet Laurence (Chair): Author of two crime series, one set in the eighteenth century featuring the Italian painter, Canaletto; honours degree in history.
Sir Bernard Ingham: former Chief Press Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, and author of numerous books covering both his time in politics and his beloved Yorkshire.
Maureen Lyle: Journalist and regular reviewer of crime fiction, also playwright on literary, historical and musical subjects.
Jessica Mann: Author of twenty crime novels, journalist and reviewer, whose latest book was a non-fiction account of the overseas evacuation of children during the Second World War.
Colin Murray: Long career in publishing, now works as a freelance editor, specialising in crime, science fiction and fantasy.


The 2006 Macavity Award Winners

The 2006 Macavity Award Winners (Mystery Readers International) presented by Janet Rudolph on September 28th, 2006 at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

IMMORAL by Brian Freeman (St. Martin's Minotaur)


"There Is No Crime on Easter Island" by Nancy Pickard (EQMM, Sept-Oct 2005)

PARDONABLE LIES by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)



Bouchercon Awards 2006


The Shamus Award winners presented by the Private Eye Writers Association:

The Eye - Award for Lifetime Achievement:  Max Allan Collins
Best Hardcover:  The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Best Paperback Original:   The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman
Best First Novel:  Forcing Amaryllis by Louise Ure

The Macavity Awards, voted on by the members of Mystery Readers International -

Best Novel:  The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Best First Novel: Immoral by Brian Freeman
Best Nonfiction:  Girl Sleuth:  Nancy Drew and the
Woman Who Created her by Melanie Rehak
Best Short Story:  "There Is No Crime on Easter Island" by Nancy Pickard
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award:  Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

The Barry Awards, voted on by the readers of Deadly Pleasures:

Best Novel:  Read Leaves by Thomas H. Cook
Best First Novel Published in the U.S. in 2005:  Cold Granite by Stuart Macbride
Best British Novel Published in the U.K. in 2005:  The Field of Blood by Denise Mina
Best Thriller:  Company Man by Joseph Finder
Best Paperback Novel:  The James Deans by Reed Farrell Coleman
Best Short Story:  "There is No Crime on Easter
Island" by Nancy Pickard

Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
in Mystery Fandom:  Janet A. Rudolph

The American Crime Writers League announced that Dick
Adler is the recipient of this year's Ellen Nehr Award
for mystery reviewing.





The Crime Writers’ Association are delighted to announced the winners of this year’s Daggers - the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2006.


This year is particularly exciting with the birth of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger - formerly the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction - with a prize of £20,000. This is now the largest award for crime fiction in the world. Duncan Lawrie Private Bank are also sponsoring the newly-formed Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for the best crime novel translated into English, with £5000 going to the author and £1000, sponsored by the CWA, to the translator.


The CWA and Duncan Lawrie Dagger awards were presented at a black tie dinner at the Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London on Thursday, June 29 2006. Guest of honour was James Naughtie.


For the third year, the CWA has continued its partnership with the National Library for the Blind to promote their activities and help to raise funds. Once again, the Foyle Foundation has provided finance which will enable all the winning books in the Dagger Awards to be converted into Braille. As was proved by this year’s Public Lending Right figures, crime writing is now the most popular fiction genre in the UK, and the CWA is particularly pleased to be a part of bringing it to a wider audience in this manner.





For unpublished novels by unpublished authors. Dagger and cheque for £500 prize money, sponsored by Orion, presented by Lisa Milton, Managing Director of Orion, to D V Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) (USA) for ‘Imp’.


NOTE: This is the fourth consecutive year that DV Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) has been shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award.


D V Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) (USA) - IMP

Judges’ comments: ‘A very distinctive and ambitious entry. There’s a lot to like here - an excellent gothic setting and atmosphere - and an interesting balance between whimsy and horror.’


Synopsis: The secrets of the last, missing week of Edgar Allan Poe are revealed by the lost journals of his rival, his friend, his literary executor, his failed assassin, Rufus Wilmot Griswold. ‘Imp’ is a Gothic-Noir laudanum and absinthe-soaked quest through the perversions, violence, and horror of pre-Civil War Baltimore that inverts a literary legend and celebrates the human compulsion to do wrong.


Author biog: 2006 and the nomination of ‘Imp’ marks the fourth consecutive year that Otis Twelve has been shortlisted for the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award. The first three books in his “Tools” series ‘On the Albino Farm’, ‘Sometimes a Prozac Notion’, and ‘Dead Man Dancing’ were finalists in 2003, 2004, and 2005. His short fiction has appeared in The North American Review, Crimespree Magazine, Flashing in the Gutters, The Templeton Prize Anthology (Cosimo 2005), Best New Noir of 2006 (Point Blank 2006), and F**k Noir (Forthcoming). Otis Twelve lives unobtrusively in a tiny hamlet called Walnut, Iowa.


Also shortlisted:



Diane Janes (UK) - MOONSHADOW


Iain Rowan (UK) - ONE OF US

Elizabeth Saccente (UK) - IKUMO

Michael Sears (South Africa) and Stanley Trollip (USA) - A CARRION DEATH

Richard A. Thompson (USA) - FIDDLE GAME





Nominated and judged by librarians and awarded to an author for a body of work, rather than a single title. Dagger and cheque for £1500 prize money, sponsored by the Random House Group, presented by Ben Wright, UK Sales Director for Random House, to Jim Kelly. Highly Commended in this category was Lesley Horton.


NOTE: Jim Kelly was also shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library award in 2004.


Jim Kelly
Judges’ comments: ‘His books are described as “great reads” and “treats” – the characters are sympathetic and believable, their relationships with each other and with that moody Fen landscape developing in a way that make the books special. The books are easy to read yet not lightweight, with complex plots which engage the reader’s interest.’


Author biog: Jim Kelly is a journalist. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. ‘The Water Clock’, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002. And his second, ‘The Fire Baby’, was chosen by Booklist magazine as one of the top ten crime novels of 2004. Summer 2006 sees the paperback publication of his third novel, ‘The Moon Tunnel’, and the hardback publication of his latest book ‘The Coldest Blood’. All feature the journalist Philip Dryden.


Highly Commended:

Lesley Horton
Judges’ comments: ‘Lesley Horton’s books are well-crafted, realistic and convincing. She writes well, and handles controversial contemporary issues with great sensitivity. The novels are set in Bradford, and capture the city, its environment and cultural background very well. Very satisfying reads, with an increasing number of fans looking eagerly for the next work.’


Author biog: After a career in teaching Lesley Horton began writing her first crime novel in 1996. The break came at the Winchester Conference when an agent read the first page of the manuscript, took the rest home and by the following Wednesday had agreed to represent her. That novel, ‘Snares of Guilt’, was published by Orion in 2002. It was followed in 2003 by ‘On Dangerous Ground’. The third, ‘Devils in the Mirror’, came out in 2005 and her fourth, ‘The Hollow Core’, is due out in December this year.


Also shortlisted:

Anthony Horowitz

Margaret Murphy

Danuta Reah (Carla Banks)

C.J. Sansom

Cath Staincliffe





Formerly the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger.  For first books by previously unpublished writers. Dagger and cheque for £1000 prize money, sponsored by BBC Audio Books, presented by Sara Keane, Editorial Manager from BBC Audiobooks, to Louise Penny for ‘Still Life’, published by Headline.


NOTE: Louise Penny was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for ‘Still Life’ in 2004.


Louise Penny - STILL LIFE - Headline

Judges’ comments: ‘An old-fashioned mystery featuring well-rounded appealing characters and a gentle pace with unexpected savagery.’


Synopsis: As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life – all except one . . . To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead? In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets . . .


Author biog: Louise Penny was born and raised in Toronto and was an award-winning radio journalist, hosting hard news and current affairs broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She now lives south of Montreal with her husband Michael and three smelly dogs. ‘Still Life’, her first novel, has been shortlisted for the 2004 CWA Debut Dagger, the 2006 CWC Arthur Ellis in Canada and now the CWA New Blood Dagger. It will be published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in the US this July. Headline is publishing her second novel, ‘Dead Cold’, this October.


Also shortlisted:

Brian Freeman - IMMORAL - Headline

Kitty Sewell - ICE TRAP - Honno Welsh Women’s Press




Dagger and cheques totalling £2000 prize money, presented by Robert Richardson, on behalf of the CWA, to Linda Rhodes, Lee Sheldon and Kathryn Abnett for ‘The Dagenham Murder’, published by the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.


NOTE: The night of the Awards presentation is exactly the 160th anniversary of the murder of PC George Clarke.


Linda Rhodes, Lee Sheldon and Kathryn Abnett - THE DAGENHAM MURDER - the Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Judges’ comments: ‘A definitive account of the notorious murder of a Victorian policeman. Extensively researched and well written.’


Synopsis: In June 1846 twenty year-old Dagenham police constable George

Clarke was brutally murdered while on night duty. This lavishly illustrated

book is the first full-length study of a killing that shocked the nation but was to remain unsolved. The authors were all born and bred in the area, and have used original sources to uncover many new facts and insights into this fascinating case.

The action of the story ranges from rural Essex to London’s prisons and convict hulks; from the wilds of British Columbia to the Australian goldfields. Along the way we meet a cross-section of the Victorian community, from the monarch herself down to the wretched victims of the “Hungry Forties”.


Author biogs: Linda Rhodes was baptized at Dagenham parish church, and brought up in Eastbrook Drive, just a stone’s throw from the scene of George Clark’s murder. In 2002 she gave a series of talks on the case, which eventually led to the writing of this book. Linda is currently Local Studies librarian for Barking & Dagenham.


Lee Shelden also lived near Clark’s beat as a child. He has long been regarded as the authority on the George Clark case, and is acknowledged as such in the Official encyclopedia of Scotland Yard. Lee was also the driving force behind the events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the murder in 1996.


Kathryn Abnett is the daughter of a police officer. Her family have lived in Dagenham for over 200 years. She has contributed to several publications on the history of Barking & Dagenham.


Also shortlisted:

Sebastian Junger - A DEATH IN BELMONT - Fourth Estate

Nuala O’Faolain - THE STORY OF CHICAGO MAY - Michael Joseph

Sister Helen Prejean - THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS - Canterbury Press

William Queen - UNDER AND ALONE - Mainstream

Sue Williams - AND THEN THE DARKNESS - John Blake





Dagger and cheque for £2000 prize money, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, presented by Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications, to Nick Stone for ‘Mr Clarinet’, published by Penguin.


Nick Stone - MR CLARINET - Penguin

Judges’ comments: ‘A tour de force with brilliantly described scenes, this is taut, compelling and well-plotted, with emotional commitment, freshness and originality.’


Synopsis: Pied Piper. Soul stealer. Serial Killer. Who is Mr Clarinet? It was a job Miami private investigator Max Mingus found hard to refuse: $10 million to locate billionaire's son Charlie Carver - missing now for over three years. Young Charlie disappeared on the island of Haiti, where over the decades scores of children have vanished. In a country dominated by voodoo, rumours abound of black magic and a mythical figure called 'Mr Clarinet', who for years has been tempting children away from their families. But could the truth be even more shocking than the legend? To find out, Max will have to succeed where previous detectives have not only failed - but where some have died. And suddenly, this job isn't all about finding Charlie or his killers for the money - it's just about staying alive . . .


Author biog: Nick Stone was born in Cambridge in 1966. His father is the historian Norman Stone, and his mother descends from one of Haiti’s oldest families, the Aubrys – some of his later relatives actually worked for Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier, Haiti’s most notorious dictator. Nick spent his early years in Haiti, before returning to England in 1971 to finish his schooling. As a teenager, he took up boxing and fought in the National Amateur League, but gave it up when he won a place to read history at Cambridge. It was during a year spent in Haiti in the mid-nineties that the plot for ‘Mr Clarinet’ first began to take shape. He is married and lives in London.


Also shortlisted:

Michael Connelly - THE LINCOLN LAWYER - Orion

Jo-Ann Goodwin - SWEET GUM - Bantam Press (Transworld)

Mo Hayder - PIG ISLAND - Bantam Press (Transworld)

Daniel Silva - THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN - Penguin

Martyn Waites - THE MERCY SEAT - Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)

David Wolstencroft - CONTACT ZERO - Hodder & Stoughton




For crime, thriller, suspense novels or spy fiction which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication. Dagger and cheques for £5000 prize money for the author, sponsored by Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, and £1000 for the translator, from the CWA, presented by Peter Ostacchini, Deputy Managing Director, Duncan Lawrie Bank, to Fred Vargas for ‘The Three Evangelists’, translated by Sîan Reynolds and published by Harvill.


The judges remarked that despite the relatively restricted number of entries, their quality was consistently high.


Fred Vargas - THE THREE EVANGELISTS - Harvill

translated by Sîan Reynolds

Judges’ comments: ‘A splendid example of French originality, with terrific narrative drive and a very good mystery, too.’


Synopsis: Sophia Siméonidis, a Greek opera singer, wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien. They dig around the tree but find nothing. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries until her body is found burned to ashes.

Author biog: Fred Vargas, a historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages.


Translator biog: Sîan Reynolds, is Professor (emerita) of French at the University of Stirling. She has translated history, social science, and fiction.


Also shortlisted:

Andrea Camilleri - EXCURSION TO TINDARI - Picador

translated by Stephen Sartarelli

Yasmina Khadra - AUTUMN OF THE PHANTOMS - Toby Crime

translated by Aubrey Botsford

Dominique Manotti - DEAD HORSEMEAT - Arcadia Books

translated by Amanda Hopkinson & Ros Schwartz

Håkan Nesser - BORKMANN’S POINT - Macmillan

translated by Laurie Thompson

Rafael Reig - BLOOD ON THE SADDLE - Serpent's Tail

translated by Paul Hammond




Formerly the CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction. Dagger and cheque for £20,000 prize money, sponsored by Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, presented by Peter Ostacchini, Deputy Managing Director of Duncan Lawrie Bank, to Ann Cleeves, for ‘Raven Black’, published by Macmillan. Highly recommended in this category was Simon Beckett for ‘The Chemistry of Death’, published by Bantam.


Ann Cleeves - RAVEN BLACK - Macmillan

Judges’ comments: ‘Superb sense of place. A depiction of an enclosed community with modern and entrenched values constantly competing. A thrilling read.


Synopsis: It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community.


Author biog: Ann Cleeves met her husband on Fair Isle, one of the islands in Shetland, where ‘Raven Black’ is set. She started writing on Hilbre, a tidal island in the Dee Estuary. Her books are often set in isolated places. She has worked as a cook, probation officer and auxiliary coastguard. Now she's Reader Development Officer for Kirklees Libraries, associate trainer for Opening the Book and reader in residence for the Harrogate Festival. ‘Raven Black’ is the first in a quartet of Shetland novels.


Highly Commended:

Simon Beckett - THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH - Bantam

Judges’ comments: ‘Great return to crime fiction with a new hero we hope to meet again. Eye-watering suspense. ‘CSI’ meets ‘The Archers’’


Synopsis: When the bizarrely mutilated and long-dead body of a young woman is found in a ditch in Manham, an isolated and insular village in the Norfolk marshlands, it isn't just the fact that she had been a friend that disturbs Dr David Hunter - Hunter's past is a secret he hopes will remain buried.


Author biog: After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. Some of his more memorable assignments have included going on police drugs raids, touring brothels with a vice unit, trying to learn how to win a gun fight in Nevada and visiting The Body Farm in Tennessee. Simon Beckett is married and lives in Sheffield.


Also shortlisted:

Thomas H. Cook - RED LEAVES - Quercus

Frances Fyfield - SAFER THAN HOUSES - Little, Brown

Bill James - WOLVES OF MEMORY - Constable

Laura Wilson - A THOUSAND LIES - Orion


ITW Inaugrual Thriller Awards presented at THRILLERFEST PHOENIX on Saturday 1st July 2006


Best Novel: The Patriots Club, by Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)

Also nominated: Panic, by Jeff Abbott (Dutton); Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn (Atria); Velocity, by Dean Koontz (Bantam); and Citizen Vince, by Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Novel: Improbable, by Adam Fawer (Morrow)

Also nominated: The Color of Law, by Mark Gimenez (Doubleday);
Cold Granite, by Stuart MacBride (St. Martin’s Minotaur); Painkiller, by Will Staeger (Morrow); and Beneath a Panamanian Moon, by David Terrenoire (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original: Pride Runs Deep, by R. Cameron Cooke (Jove)

Also nominated: Sleeper Cell, by Jeffrey Anderson (Berkley Prime Crime); Upside Down, by John Ramsey Miller (Dell); The Dying Hour, by Rick Mofina (Pinnacle Books); and Exit Strategy, by Michael Wiecek (Jove)

Best Screenplay: Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke

Also nominated: Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen; Syriana, screenplay by Stephen Gaghan; based on the book by Robert Baer; Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiya; and Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

In addition,
Clive Cussler (Raise the Titanic!, Sahara, Treasure of Khan) has been given the ITW’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.


2006 Arthur Ellis Awards


The Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award Winners on June 8th in Toronto as follows:

BEST NOVEL: APRIL FOOL, by William Deverell (McClelland & Stewart)


BEST FIRST NOVEL: STILL LIFE, by Louise Penny (McArthur & Company)


BEST SHORT STORY: "Lightning rider," by Rick Mofina (in MURDER IN VEGAS, edited by Michael Connelly; Forge Books)




BEST JUVENILE: QUID PRO QUO, by Vicki Grant (Orca Book Publishers)






2006 Edgar Award Winners

Mystery Writers Of America

A full listing of the winners is available at:


2006 Agatha Award Winners


Malice Domestic announced the 2006 Agatha Award winners on April 22 as follows:

Best Novel:
THE BODY IN THE SNOWDRAFT, by Katherine Hall Page (Morrow)

Best First Novel:
BETTER OFF WED, by Laura Durham (HarperCollins)

Best Non-Fiction:

Best Short Story:
"Driven to Distraction," by Marcia Talley (in CHESAPEAKE CRIME 2; Quiet Storm)

Best Children/Young Adult Fiction (tie):
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, by Peter Abrahams (HarperCollins) and
FLUSH, by Carl Hieaasen (Knopf)

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books announced the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes finalists. The finalists in the mystery/thriller categories are:

THE LINCOLN LAWYER, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
THE RIGHT MADNESS, by James Crumley (Viking)
ASH & BONE, by Jhn Harvey (Harcourt)
LEGENDS, by Robert Littell (Overlook Press)
STRANGE AFFAIR, by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)

The winners of all the categories will be announced on April 28 in UCLA's Royce Hall. The presenter for the mystery/thriller category is Mary Higgins Clark


Gumshoe Awards 2006


The 5th Annual Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink to recognize the best achievements in crime fiction. This year's nominees were chosen from books first published in the United States in 2005.

The winners will be announced on May 9, 2006.

Best Mystery:

The Nominees:

As Dog Is My Witness by Jeffrey Cohen (Bancroft Press)
The James Deans by Reed Farrel Coleman (Plume)
Savage Garden by Denise Hamilton (Scribner)
To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best Thriller:

The Nominees:

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Company Man by Joseph Finder (St. Martin's Press)
The Only Suspect by Jonnie Jacobs (Kensington)
Falls the Shadow by William Lashner (William Morrow)
Creepers by David Morrell (CDS Books)

Best European Crime Novel:

The Nominees:

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie (Hard Case Crime)
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas (Simon & Schuster)
The Vanished Hands by Robert Wilson (Harcourt)

Best First Novel:

The Nominees:

The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez (Doubleday)
Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (Carroll & Graf)
The Baby Game by Randall Hicks (Wordslinger Press)
Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson (Mysterious Press)
Beneath a Panamanian Moon by David Terrenoire (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best Crime Fiction Website:

To be announced.

Lifetime Achievement:

To be announced.


Crime Writer's Association Dagger Awards 2005



Crime Writer's Association Dagger Awards 2005



CWA, Ellis Peters Historical Crime Dagger 2005



CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Dagger 2005



Bouchercon Awards 2005


Edgar Awards 2005


California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker (William Morrow)

Country of Origin by Don Lee (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Confession by Domenic Stansberry (Hard Case Crime)

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories edited by Leslie S. Klinger (W.W. Norton & Company)

Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justice by Leonard Levitt (Regan Books)

"Something About a Scar" - Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You by Laurie Lynn Drummond (HarperCollins)

In Darkness, Death by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler (Philomel Books)

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)

Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) by Neal Bell (Playwrights Horizons)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - "Want", Teleplay by Elizabeth Benjamin. Story by René Balcer & Elizabeth Benjamin

State of Play by Paul Abbott (BBC America)

A Very Long Engagement - Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, based on the Novel by Sébastien Japrisot (2003 Productions)

Agatha Awards
Best Novel - Jacqueline Winspear, BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Best First Novel - Harley Jane Kozak, DATING DEAD MEN
Best Short Story - Elaine Viets, "The Wedding Knife" (from CHESAPEAKE CRIMES)
Best Nonfiction - Jack French, PRIVATE EYELASHES
Best Children's/Young Adult - Blue Balliette, CHASING VERMEER

News release from the short mystery fiction society:

The winners of the 2005 Derringer Awards for best Short Mystery Fiction published in 2004, are:

Flash Story (Up to 500 Words) -- JA Konrath for "The Big Guys" in Small Bites anthology edited by Garrett Peck and Keith Gouvela, August 2004

Short-Short Story (501 - 2000 Words) -- Mike Wiecek for "The Test" in Woman's World, 30 November 2004

Midlength Story (2001 - 6000 Words) -- Sandy Balzo for "Viscery" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2004

Longer Story (6001 - 15000 Words) -- Doug Allyn for "Secondhand Heart" in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January-February 2004


Gumshoe Awards 2005


The Gumshoe Awards are given by Mystery Ink each year to recognize the Best achievements in the world of crime fiction. The shortlisted books were chosen from those published for the first time in the United States in 2004. The winners were announced on March 9th, 2005.

Best Mystery:
Jim Fusilli: Hard, Hard City (Putnam)

Best Thriller:
Barry Eisler: Rain Storm (Putnam)

Best European Crime Novel:
Henning Mankell: The Return of the Dancing Master (New Press)

Best First Novel:
Dylan Schaffer: Misdemeanor Man (Bloomsbury)

Best Crime Fiction Website:
January Magazine's Crime Fiction Section

January Magazine, a literary journal on the web, consistently offers some of the best book reviews and author interviews to be found anywhere. Their commitment to covering the crime fiction genre is unmatched in literary circles, as is their standard for fine writing.

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Lawrence Block

British book awards have been announced and a new category seems to be the "World Books Crime Thriller of the Year":

The Graft - Martina Cole (Headline)
Murder Room - P D James (Penguin)
Fleshmarket Close - Ian Rankin (Orion)
Dissolution - C J Sansom (Macmillan)

The winners will be announced at a presentation at Grosvenor House on April 20, and will be televised on April 22.

Online since the beginning of 2001, Mystery Ink features reviews of Mystery and suspense novels, interviews with authors, reference information, recommendations and more.



Left Coast Crime 15


Left Coast Crime in El Paso, Texas
February 24th - 27th, 2005

The Dilys Award (for the book Independent booksellers most enjoyed selling) was given to Jeff Lindsay for DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER.

The Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery was given to Sharan Newman for THE WITCH IN THE WELL.

The Lefty Award was a tie, given to Donna Andrews (WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS) and Susan McBride (BLUE BLOOD).

The Calavera Award for best mystery in the LCC region was given to Rochelle Krich for GRAVE ENDINGS.




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