January 2011 Archives

2011 Edgar Nominees announced!

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The nominees for the 2011 Edgar Awards have been announced!  Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Gala Banquet. 

Congratulations to everyone--and happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Best Novel

Caught by Harlan Coben (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
Faithful Place by Tana French (Penguin Group USA - Viking)
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan (HarperCollins - William Morrow)
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books)
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins - William Morrow)

Best First Novel
Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Tom Doherty Associates - Forge Books)
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books)
The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon (Simon & Schuster)
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Snow Angels by James Thompson (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Best Paperback Original
Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard (Random House - Bantam)
The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn (Henry Holt)
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski (Minotaur Books)
Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis (Random House Trade Paperbacks)
Ten Little Herrings by L.C. Tyler (Felony & Mayhem Press)

Best Fact Crime
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry (University of Nebraska Press - Bison Original)
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow South by Alex Heard (HarperCollins)
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the International Hunt for his Assassin by Hampton Sides (Random House - Doubleday)
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr (Alfred A. Knopf)

Best Critical/Biographical
The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez (Grove Atlantic - Grove Press)
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins)
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder (Wiley)
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvouz with American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton)
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing)

Best Short Story
"The Scent of Lilacs" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Doug Allyn (Dell Magazines)
"The Plot"- First Thrills by Jeffery Deaver (Tom Doherty - Forge Books)
"A Good Safe Place" - Thin Ice by Judith Green (Level Best Books)
"Monsieur Alice is Absent"- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by Stephen Ross (Dell Magazines)
"The Creative Writing Murders" - Dark End of the Street by Edmund White (Bloomsbury)

Best Juvenile
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Co.)
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee (Feiwel & Friends)
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol by Jiim Krieg (Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill)
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Young Adult
The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Random House Children's Books - Alfred A. Knopf)
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando (Random House Children's Books - Delacorte Press)
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price (Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill)

The Psychic by Sam Bobrick (Falcon Theatre - Burbank, CA)
The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (New Jersey Repertory Company)
The Fall of the House by Robert Ford (Alabama Shakespeare Festival)

TV Episode
"Episode 1" - Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
"Episode 4" - Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
"Full Measure" - Breaking Bad, Teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
"No Mas" - Breaking Bad, Teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
"The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat" - Damages, Teleplay by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman (FX Networks)

Robert L. Fish Memorial
"Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by Evan Lewis (Dell Magazines)

Mary Higgins Clark
Wild Penance by Sandi Ault (Penguin Group - Berkley Prime Crime)
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books)
Down River by Karen Harper (MIRA Books)
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins - Avon)

Grand Master
Sara Paretsky

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Chicago, IL
Once Upon a Crime Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN

"The Book You Have to Read"

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I was delighted to be asked to contribute to The Rap Sheet's terrific (and ongoing!) Friday blog, "The Book You Have to Read."  I chose The Man with a Load of Mischief, by Martha Grimes.  You can read it here. 
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Find your WILD SIDE!

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How's that for a cover?

My third Fangborn story, featuring Claudia Steuben, will be published in August.  "Love Knot" will appear in The Wild Side, edited by Mark Van Name and featuring urban fantasy stories with an erotic edge.  The authors include Tanya Huff , Gina Massel-Castater, Diana Rowland, Sarah A. Hoyt, Ticia Drake Isom, John Lambshead, Mark L. Van Name, Caitlin Kittredge and fellow Femme Fatale Toni L.P. Kelner.  As you can probably tell by the art (created by Dan Dos Santos)--which I think is brilliant, sexy and dangerous!--it's rated R and then some. 

Get set for a scorching summer!
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2010 in review (with rubber ducks)

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I always take down my giant Year-at-a-Glance calendar with a mixture of pride, fatigue, trepidation, and relief.  Lots done, lots left to be done, and lots of ground covered. 

In 2010:

img_6146.jpgHappy shades of noir, celebrating the success of "Femme Sole."  Then a little more celebrating:  two more Anna Hoyt stories are due to appear next year. 

A soupcon of fantasy, letting myself off the leash as I worked on "Love Knot" and a Fangborn novel WIP.  I also enjoyed being part of the publication party for "Swing Shift," during MWA's Edgar week.  A howl and a half!

A lot of miles covered for work--NYC, D.C. x3, San Francisco, Portsmouth--and some for fun, too (Hawaii, Aruba, Berlin).

A dash of espionage:  a short storimg_6147.jpgy featuring the main character of my espionage thriller is due to appear shortly.  More about the story, as I find out.  But let me tell you:  I love, love that character and adore writing about her.

The completion of a novel, now out for editorial consideration. 

Volunteer service for MWA, because everyone oughta. 

Conferences:  Edgar week, Malice, Bouchercon, Crime Bake!

I count as a major success any victory over myself.  I made a  huge breakthrough in my writing, this year, alas, while I was supposed to be chilling on the beach.  There was still chilling, and if you have to have a brainstorm while you're on vacation, better on the beaches of Aruba than in the middle of a rafting trip.  Love, love, love adding new tools to my writing kit.


Thanks to my readers.  Thanks to my friends, with whom I can celebrate our successes and find a way through the obstacles. 

Bring on 2011!