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!!
Max Tudor—Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob—is investigating two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder...
"Agatha Christie fans will relish Malliet’s delicious second Max Tudor novel. [...] Clever deduction and a logical fair-play solution are enhanced by the author’s wry humor." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This series shines for its wit, well-drawn characters, pitch-perfect dialog, and intricately structured puzzle. [...] For Louse Penny fans, of course, but also for those who crave a well-done Golden Age-style mystery." -Library Journal (starred review)
We posted the teen titles that Talia is talking up at the Boston Book Buzz (see previous post) and now here are the Adult titles (see her slides here)!
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
A FATAL WINTER by G.M. Malliet
A KILLING IN THE HILLS by Julia Keller
ROGUE by Mark Sullivan
SACRIFICE FLY by Tim O’Mara
MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks
THE FORGETTING TREE by Tatjana Soli
HOW I CAME TO SPARKLE AGAIN by Kaya McLaren
THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
GRACE GROWS by Shelle Sumners
SHAKESPEARE'S TREMOR AND ORWELL'S COUGH by John J. Ross, M.D.Read more
Malice Domestic has nominated quite a few excellent traditional mysteries for the Agatha Awards this year. We are especially excited about all of the fantastic Minotaur titles!
THE REAL MACAW
Donna Andrews (author of the 2002 Best Novel and the 1999 Best First Novel)
G. M. Malliet (author of the 2008 Best First Novel)
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
Louise Penny (author of the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Best Novel)
The winners will be announced at the 2011 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on April 28, 2012. We'll have our fingers crossed until then!