This past weekend at Bouchercon, Louise Penny was awarded the Anthony Award for Best Novel for the third year in a row with another exquisite Chief Inspector Gamache novel, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT! In 2011 she won for BURY YOUR DEAD and in 2010 she won for THE BRUTAL TELLING.
If you haven't joined the Penny party, it's about time! Robin Nesbitt of the Columbus Metropolitan Library admitted on the library's blog that she only just picked up the first book in the series and very much enjoyed it!
"This is a great read for fans of Agatha Christie. Great characters, great writing, and good plot - if you haven't read this series yet, give it a try."
A word to new readers: the character and relationship development in these books is beautifully done, but they are all stand-alone mysteries so start with which ever book you can get your hands on!Read more
Welcome to a new week, librarians! We've had an exciting few weeks as the Best of 2011 lists come in and we get to celebrate many of our favorite books from throughout the year.
- BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny took home the Nero Award this weekend and we were even more heart-warmed to hear it after Ms. Penny joined us in the office last week for some deliciously mysterious cake!Read more
Welcome to a new week, book lovers!
We have more exciting award news for you straight out of St. Louie. Last week we talked about our enthusiasm with the Barry Award winners and now we have even more to celebrate because both the Macavity Awards and the Anthony Awards were announced!
The 2011 Macmillan Anthony Awards winners (the Best Novel may sound familiar):
Best Novel: BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: THE DAMAGE DONE by Hilary Davidson
Best Paperback Original: EXPIRATION DATE by Duane Swierczynski
You can see the full list of 2011 Macavity Award winners and 2011 Anthony Award winners at Lesa's Book Critiques.
Banned Books Week is just around the corner which means it's time to pull your favorite banned book off the shelf and remember what exactly makes that book important and unbannable to you. We also highly recommend you get involved with ALA's Virtual Read-Out on YouTube.
The Virtual Read-Out information page offers suggestions for the types of videos you can upload to their stream:
1) You can submit a video no more than two minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book.
2) A video of an eyewitness account of local challenges can be submitted. This video should be no longer than three minutes long.
Finally, we have to feature a few of these brilliant miniature paper sculptures that are mysteriously appearing in libraries across Edinburgh. Enjoy!Read more
Most awards are named after boring ol' humans. I know, snoozefest, right?
Well, I'm delighted to tell you that The Macavity Award brings something new to the table. This award is named after a cat, the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to be exact.
Naming an award after a cat is understandable; naming an award after a mysterious, yet practical cat is really the only way to go.
The Macmillan Macavity Award-nominated titles for 2011 are as follows:
Best Mystery Novel
BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny*
Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery
CITY OF DRAGONS by Kelli Stanley**
To see the full list of nominated titles click here.Read more
Don't forget that last month BURY YOUR DEAD also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel.Read more
Nominees for the 2011 Anthony Awards have been posted and there are some fantastic novels on their list! Look at all these chilling/thrilling/gut-spilling Macmillan titles:
Best Paperback Original
EXPIRATION DATE, Duane Swierczynski
Winners will be announced at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
We're proud to see four pulse-raising crime novels from Minotaur and Tor made Booklist's The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2011!
BURY YOUR DEAD; An Inspector Gamache Mystery, Louise Penny
THE DETROIT ELECTRIC SCHEME, D.E. Johnson
THE TERRORIST, Peter Steiner
ROGUE ISLAND*, Bruce DeSilva
*email Library @MacmillanUSA.com for a galley.Read more
BURY YOUR DEAD has claimed the 2010 Agatha Award for Best Novel and turned the incredibly talented Louise Penny into a four-time Agatha Award-winner! The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery; that is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. Malice Domestic loosely defines "traditional" as a mystery without explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence.
More about BURY YOUR DEAD:
It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society— where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
BURY YOUR DEAD is the sixth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, the first of which (STILL LIFE) took home the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards. BURY YOUR DEAD is also available in audio and comes with a downloadable reading group guide.Read more
The qualifications for the annual Agatha Awards are fairly simple: nothing too naughty, nothing too blood-spattered, just traditional sleuthing at its best.
In 2010, three(!) of our amazing novelists kept it classy and earned their mysteries nominations for Best Novel in this year's ceremony!Read more
Every year the crime fiction connoisseurs over at Deadly Pleasures offer awards of excellence to exceptional novels and short stories in several categories. The 2011 Barry Award nominees have been posted!
BLOOD HARVEST by S. J. Bolton has been nominated for Best British Novel!Read more