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Mystery Awards News & a Cozy Sampler!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians. We have SO MUCH great mystery awards news for you, with our nominees for the 2017 Edgar Awards, the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards, plus a special CWA Diamond Dagger honoree!

2017 Edgar Award nominees (full list) — honoring the best in mystery

Best Fact Crime
MORGUE: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

MWA Grand Masters
Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books)
Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 27.

2016 Agatha Award nominees (full list) — honoring the “traditional mystery” and the cozy subgenre

Best Contemporary Novel:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 29.

2017 Lefty Awards nominees (full list) — fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on March 18.

In more amazing mystery news, Ann Cleeves (THE CROW TRAP) is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger Award, which is the highest honor in British crime writing!

The award recognizes authors whose careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and have made a significant contribution to the genre. She will be honored during the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 26.

Cleeves said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by my peers, the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn’t still be writing today.”

Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Our friends at Minotaur Books have put together a complimentary COZY CASE FILES Winter 2017 sampler, available for download right now on Edelweiss and as a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

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Thriller Thursday (12/15/16 Edition)

Three new adventures in continuing mystery series are our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson
Perfect for fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers, and Agatha Christie, this next book in the Dandy Gilver series is set in a seaside fishing town. “This is a grand mystery, full of fishy motives, events that don’t pass the smell test, and, of course, plenty of metaphorical red herrings, all leading to a well-thought-out and clever ending.” — Booklist

BURIED IN THE COUNTRY by Carola Dunn
Intrigue and murder invade a quiet Cornish village when it becomes the unexpected site of a secret Commonwealth conference. “The rewards of this entertaining cozy include characters with depth, an interesting bit of history, and an exciting chase through the moors.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday & Bouchercon 2015 Winners

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’ve got several starred mysteries out this week, but first a #humblebrag on behalf of our Minotaur Books pals. Last weekend during Bouchercon, INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl was the breakout hit, nabbing a Barry AND Macavity Award!

The Barry Award
Best First Novel: INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl

The Macavity Awards
Best First Mystery Novel: INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
Sue Feder Historical Memorial Award: A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE by Catriona McPherson

Now on to the books!

THE ADVENTURESS by Tasha Alexander
“This tenth delightful entertainment featuring the Hargreaves detective duo is very acceptable indeed. For fans of Amelia Peabody, of course, but also readers who can’t resist Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey novels, starring the British aristocrat and her delectable husband, the brooding detective Nicholas Brisbane.”
— Booklist

DARK RESERVATIONS by John Fortunato
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut mystery set in the Southwest stars Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Joe Evers who must resurrect his failing career to solve a mysterious cold case. “Fortunato spins an intricate tale, overlaying multiple story lines with a galaxy of characters, some of whom have much to hide. Readers who relish mysteries against the backdrop of the Southwest and who are fans of Tony and Anne Hillerman will savor this page-turner.” — Library Journal, starred review

DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver
Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo, first introduced in MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL (an October 2014 LibraryReads pick), take on a murder at a masked ball. “Librarian Weaver, whose series debut was tapped by the RUSA Reading List as the best mystery of 2015, has whipped up a delicious confection of a mystery set in 1930s England. It sparkles with personality and an appealing plot. Devotees of golden age authors such as Agatha Christie as well as contemporary writers such as Rhys Bowen and Barbara Cleverly will settle down in their cozy armchairs for a pleasurable read.” Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

#ThrillerThursday (11/20/14 edition)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

“Scottoline writes terrific legal fiction with warm, smart characters and lots of humor and heart. Her legion of fans will be happy with this one, and it should find her new readers as well.”–Booklist

A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson

“Fans of the period as well as TV series such as Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs will enjoy Dandy’s latest adventure.”–Library Journal

Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis

“Winner of Minotaur’s PWA Best First Private Eye novel competition, this engrossing debut is told with a great eye for the gritty details of life in west Texas. The setting is extremely well done, and the twisty, compelling plot will keep readers hooked.”–Library Journal, starred review

Soul of the Fire by Eliot Pattison

“Pattison’s superlative eighth mystery featuring Shan Tao Yun takes the former Beijing government investigator to Zhongje, a Tibetan community that the Chinese regard as a “showcase for the motherland.” Pattison impressively combines a thrilling plot with a passionate denunciation of the Chinese oppression of the Tibetan people.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Want You Dead by Peter James

“Short chapters help make the pages fly, and the suspense builds strongly until the finale.”–Booklist

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.

Thriller Tuesday (whaa?!) & Mystery Award nominations

We know it’s not Thursday, but we didn’t want you to miss out on all this great mystery news while we’re away in Las Vegas setting up for ALA Annual.

But first, awards news! The 2014 Shamus Award finalists and Macavity Award nominations have been announced and we have several outstanding Minotaur books in the running!

2014 Shamus Award finalists

Best Hardcover PI Novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks

Best First PI Novel
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen
A GOOD DEATH by Christopher Cox

2014 Macavity Award Nominations

Best Mystery Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Mystery
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Nonfiction
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson
A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins

Winners for all awards will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach (CA) on November 13-14.

Now on to the books!
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Critters & Crime…

To continue our celebration of Booklist's Mystery Month, meet the many cats and dogs dutifully serving alongside our favorite detectives! 

Booklist crime & critters ad 

Team #Meow

THE CAT SITTER'S NINE LIVES by Blaize & John Clement
Pet-sitter and amateur sleuth Dixie Hemingway is back in this ninth installment of Blaize Clement's beloved cozy mystery series, now written by her son John. Dixie rescues a man from a car accident, and a day later strange things start to happen—the man she rescued claims to be Dixie's husband, a bookstore owner and his cat vanish, and a mysterious phone call from a new client lures her to a crumbling, abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town.

BLOOD RUBIES by Jane Cleland
In the ninth book in Cleland's mystery series featuring amateur sleuth/antiques appraiser Josie Prescott, celebrity chef Ana Yartsin—known for her Fabergé egg-shaped cakes, as well as the Fabergé Spring Egg snow globe—is planning the desserts for her friend Heather and Jason's upcoming wedding. When Josie arrives to appraise the snow globe, she finds it smashed and Jason dead.
Meet Jane Cleland at ALA Annual!

DOING IT AT THE DIXIE DEW by Ruth Moose
Winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, Moose's Southern cozy features Beth McKenzie, a proprietor of a bed and breakfast called The Dixie Dew, where guests are being murdered.

THE BEST CAT BOOK EVER! by Kate Funk
OK, OK, it's not a mystery…. But it’s hilarious. 

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Thriller Thursday (3/27/14 Edition) plus Left Coast Crime Award winners!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! We've got a creepy new crop of mysteries, plus Left Coast Crime Award Winners! Read on for more:

THE COAL BLACK ASPHALT TOMB by David Handler
Romantic crime-fighting duo Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry must go up against the town's aristocracy to solve the forty-year-old murder of a missing Navy flyer, found during overdue construction on a quaint New England road. "The affable Burger mines town gossip, and Mitry digs into some sordid town history en route to the satisfying resolution of the murder case." — Publishers Weekly

I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
"Sigurdardottir has written an excellent and seriously scary mystery with tangible and supernatural elements that will appeal to fans of John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)." Library Journal, starred review.
We loved this one (and some of you did, too!).

THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle
In Entwistle's debut, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde team up to investigate the future death of a medium at a manor in the English countryside. "Entwistle assembles an intriguing cast, including a levitator whose acts go awry, an enigmatic foreign count, and a Russian mystic who warns of dangerous revenants (returning spirits), for his whimsical plot." — Publishers Weekly

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
In this start of a new series, bestselling author Brennan introduces tough-as-nails TV reporter Max Revere, who's got a knack for solving cold cases–except for the one from her own past. "[A] terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home." – Booklist, starred review

WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
When a small town in Maine is devastated by a hurricane, it unearths a time capsule that includes predictions about past murders...and future ones to come. "Descriptions of Rosenfelt’s latest stand-alone: Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Chilling. Shuddery. What more could anyone want? The novel steps into Michael Connelly ground... highly recommended for readers craving that elusive 'something different.'” — Booklist  

The Left Coast Crime Awards were recently announced and we're thrilled to have three winners from Minotaur Books:

The Lefty: Best humorous mystery novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks 

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award: Best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson

The Calamari: Best mystery set anywhere else in the world
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny


Click here
to see the full list of nominees and winners. Congratulations to all winners! 

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Monday Fun Day! (5/6/2013 Edition)

Hellooooo Monday! It's yet another brand new week and we're inching ever closer to summer skies. To kick off your week right we rounded up a few exciting viewables; take a look.

- Watch Louise Penny accept the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Novel (yet again!) this time for THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY and Catriona McPherson accept the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Historical for DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR MURDER:

LP accepting

CM accepting

Louise kindly thanked her editor Hope Dellon, her publicist Sarah Melnyk, and publisher Andrew Martin. In describing her books she said, 

"At the heart of the nugget they're about belonging, they're about my own personal quest for belonging, that for all of my life I've felt—for much of my life I've felt like I was on an island near the mainland [...] for me to find my community is deeply meaningful and what great company to be in."

Catriona also thanked all of the excellent people at Minotaur Books, her editor Marcia Markland, her fellow Macmillan author and winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award Hank Fabulous Ryan, er, Hank Phillippi Ryan and everyone in the Flatiron building (that's us!). 

We loved getting the chance to talk about these two incredible books and if you didn't heed our praises when they came out, now's the time!

See all of the Agatha winners at MaliceDomestic.org

- Speaking of Mysteries, if you missed the "Thrilling Mysteries" Booklist webinar you can now access the archived webinar (the link is available on our titles list post). 

- And finally, the greatest mystery of all: what exactly is this cat trying to pull? (Thanks, Ivy!)

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Monday Fun Day! (3/25/2013 Edition)

Happy new week, librarians!

- Congratulations to Brad Parks, author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR which won the 2013 Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery! AND congratulations to Catrona McPherson, author of DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR MURDER which won the 2013 Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award! Both of these honors were awarded at the Left Coast Crime convention in Colorado Springs. See all of the 2013 Crime Fiction Award-winners

- Graywolf Press, one of our excellent distribution clients, has a gorgeous new website: GraywolfPress.org. I'll admit that I miss the trio of wolves that used to walk on screen in the upper right hand corner, but I'm sure they've been released into the digital wilds to roam free.

Uncharted Pages is now updated with another season's worth of fantastic books featuring totally rad preternatural stuff. Find out more about the books and the giveaways here

- We posted our schedule for the Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Please join us in the booth (#1137) and at all of our fine events.

- If you missed Library Journal's "Editors' Picks" webinar, find out which four summer titles our editors were raving about here. UPDATE: You can now watch the full archived webinar! (Macmillan titles begin at the 18 minute mark.) 

- And finally, this puppy:

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Monday Fun Day! (2/11/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians!

Apologies for the unexpected radio silence after Wednesday of last week; I fell victim to the seasonal cold monster. I've triumphantly defeated the beast and returned only slightly sniffly to kick off the week with some great news.

- Continuing the exciting award nomination news from last week, we got the list of Macmillan books nominated for the 2012 Agatha Awards:

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel of 2012:

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
by Louise Penny

A FATAL WINTER
by G.M. Malliet

THE OTHER WOMAN
by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel of 2012:

DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER
by Catriona McPherson

Winners will be announced at the 2012 Agatha Awards banquet on May 4th, 2013, during Malice Domestic 25. See the full list of Agatha nominees here.

- A delightful review of THE MARLOW PAPERS is currently traveling all across the U.S. in American Airline's American Way magazine!

"With the screw-tightening verve of a great thriller and the romantic pull of Renaissance poetry, the novel—which purports that Marlowe is the true author of William Shakespeare’s legendary oeuvre—is a gripping, lyrical, most unlikely page-turner."

Read the super quick review here.

- Flavorwire suckered us in with another one of their bookish listicles, "The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture." 

- And finally, a couple of snuggly red pandas romping around in the snow!!

red pandas video

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