Thursday, January 19, 2012

The List is Out - Edgar Nominees

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce on the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2011.  The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 66th Gala Banquet, April 26, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, New York.


The Ranger by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA ˆ G.P. Putnam‚s Sons)
Gone by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic ˆ Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur Books)
1222 by Anne Holt (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Field Gray by Philip Kerr (Penguin Group USA - G.P. Putnam‚s Sons ˆ Marion Wood Books)


Red on Red by Edward Conlon (Random House Publishing Group ˆ Spiegel & Grau)
Last to Fold by David Duffy (Thomas Dunne Books)
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen (The Permanent Press)
Bent Road by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur Books ˆ Thomas Dunne Books)


The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (Hachette Book Group ˆ Orbit Books)
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle (Felony & Mayhem Press)
The Dog Sox by Russell Hill (Pleasure Boat Studio ˆ Caravel Mystery Books)
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (HarperCollins Publishers ˆ Harper Paperbacks)
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis (Random House Trade Paperbacks)


The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (Crown Publishing)
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English (HarperCollins ˆ William Morrow)
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Random House - Doubleday)
Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller (Penguin Group USA - Berkley)
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal (Penguin Group USA - Viking)


The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg (St. Martin‚s Griffin)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins)
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (SUNY Press)
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick (University of Illinois Press)


"Marley‚s Revolution" ˆ Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by John C. Boland (Dell Magazines)
"Tomorrow‚s Dead" ˆ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by David Dean (Dell Magazines)
"The Adakian Eagle" ˆ Down These Strange Streets by Bradley Denton (Penguin Group USA ˆ Ace Books)
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" ˆ Down These Strange Streets by Diana Gabaldon (Penguin Group USA ˆ Ace Books)
"The Case of Death and Honey" ˆ A Study in Sherlock by Neil Gaiman (Random House Publishing Group ˆ Bantam Books)
"The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train" ˆ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Peter Turnbull (Dell Magazines)


Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (Abrams ˆ Amulet Books)
It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Vanished by Sheela Chari (Disney Book Group ˆ Disney Hyperion)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (Egmont USA)


Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin Young Readers Group ˆ G.P. Putnam‚s Sons)
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Penguin Young Readers Group ˆ G.P. Putnam‚s Sons)
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Random House Children‚s Books ˆ Knopf BFYR)
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Macmillan Children‚s Publishing Group ˆ Roaring Creek Press)
Kill You Last by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA)


Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher (Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ)
The Game‚s Afoot by Ken Ludwig (Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH)


"Innocence" ˆ Blue Bloods, Teleplay by Siobhan Byrne O‚Connor (CBS Productions)
"The Life Inside" ˆ Justified, Teleplay by Benjamin Cavell(FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television)
"Part 1" ˆ Whitechapel, Teleplay by Ben Court & Caroline Ip (BBC America)
"Pilot" ˆ Homeland, Teleplay by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff (Showtime)
"Mask" ˆ Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Speed Weed (Wolf Films/Universal Media Studios)


"A Good Man of Business" ˆ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by David Ingram (Dell Magazines)


Martha Grimes


M is for Mystery Bookstore, San Mateo, CA
Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries


Joe Meyers of the Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group

(Presented at MWA‚s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 25, 2012)

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books)
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers ˆ William Morrow)
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (Minotaur Books)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown Publishing Group)
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely (Minotaur Books ˆ Thomas Dunne Books)

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tattered Cover's Espresso Machine

I've heard about this, but not yet seen it.

The Tattered Cover Bookstore has three locations in the Denver area, and this one isn't very convenient to me, but I might just have to take the trip. TC is dedicated to readers and very author-friendly. It's easily one of the best bookstores in America today.

Here is what one independent bookstore is doing to stay viable in a wildly changing environment:

CR: Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stinkers and Gold, Stinkers and Gold

At this very second, I'm reading through the last sixty-five or seventy pages of the manuscript I'm in the middle of writing to try and get back in the flow of the story. Literally, I have them sitting right next to my hands as I write this post.

I may have toasted during the holidays, but they made toast out of me as far as my work is concerned, and this is the best and quickest way I can think of to get back on track.

The point of this exercise is not to edit, but to get caught back up in the plot and the characters. And it's working. But here's what's weird: some of these scenes are in dire need of editing, which doesn't surprise me too much, other than wondering how I wrote such drivel. Others, even though this is the shitty first draft stage, don't need touched. (Well, a caveat here: no one else has seen them, so there is probably something that needs fixin'. Just nowhere near some others I'm reading.)

Why are some of them stinkers and the others gold? And how can I make sure, when I'm committed to bichok, that I'm in the gold mode?

Writers, do you have control over this? Please share.
Readers, have you ever read a published book and been aware that certain scenes needed work?

CR: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

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