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2018 Edgar & Barry Award Nominees + New Mysteries

Didja see our 2018 Edgar nominees?! Plus the following mysteries are up for the 2018 Barry Awards:

Best First Novel
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Best Thriller
TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes

Winners will be announced September 6, 2018 at Bouchercon.

Now on to this week’s new mysteries!

THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
A February 2018 Indie Next pick! New York Times bestselling author Fellowes draws on a true unsolved crime from the 1920s in a mystery starring a maid working for the Mitford sisters. “…the heroine is appealingly plucky, and the reader sinks into the rich period detail as pleasantly as into an overstuffed sofa.” — Kirkus Reviews

HIDDEN DEPTHS by Ann Cleeves
Also available in trade paperback
Published for the first time in the U.S., the “captivating”* third book in Diamond Dagger award-winning crime novelist Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope series, brought to life in the hit TV series Vera. “Readers will want to devour the entire series just for the pleasure of spending time in Vera’s complex and inviting world.” — *Publishers Weekly

THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
One fugitive. A deadly plot. No rules. Thus begins an ingenious and lightning-fast standalone thriller. “A fast-paced read with relatable characters and a hint of romance; fans of Sara Paretsky’s investigations into corporate misdeeds will find a lot to like here.” — Booklist readmoreremove

All Things Ann Cleeves! (And a Free Murder Mystery Game)

Friends, we can’t get enough of Ann Cleeves. The prolific mystery author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, which is the highest honor in British Crime Writing!

Did you also know that in 2016, Ann was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of libraries and the vitally important public services they provide both to individuals and their communities? She also set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project. Don’t forget the Vera TV series starring actress Brenda Blethyn is available through Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Acorn TV, too!

AnnCleeves_MysteryPack.inddTo celebrate the forthcoming publication of COLD EARTH (book #7 in the Shetland Island series, on sale 4/18), Ann has developed a murder mystery game for libraries and booksellers, based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide three Ann Cleeves Shetland series books to use as a prize when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes.

Ann also answered some questions for us about COLD EARTH:

Please share some of your creative process. What research do you typically do for your Shetland books, and what research went into COLD EARTH? How was the creative process different with COLD EARTH than with the previous books?

My research certainly isn’t hard work! I visit the islands, sit in my friends’ kitchens, drink tea and gossip. I listen to their preoccupations. COLD EARTH started with the title, which is unusual for me. Often that’s the very last thing to arrive. This quartet is based around the elements: DEAD WATER, THIN AIR and now COLD EARTH. Earth made me think about the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, dust to dust.’ So, the story starts with a funeral. In 2003 there was a serious landslide that cut the island in two. More earth. It just missed a small croft house. I used that as a dramatic opening to the novel. It set the theme of secrets buried and uncovered. readmoreremove

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