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Mystery Writers of America Awards

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

May is Mystery Month.  The Mystery Writers of America held its annual Edgars Award banquet at the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan Thursday, May 2. The winners and nominees in all categories can be found at the MWA website.

Here are the crime novels:

Best Novel: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane.  “In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream. By 1926, Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston Police captain, defies his proper upbringing and his father’s strict law-and-order orthodoxy. Graduating from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the riches, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns battle for control, no one can be trusted. For men like Joe one fate seems more likely than all others, an early death.”

Best First Novel: The Expats by Chris Pavone.  “An international spy thriller about a former CIA agent who moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems”– Provided by publisher.



Best Paperback Original: The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters.  “When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.”




Mystery Writers of America Awards – 2011 Grand Master

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The Mystery Writers of America has chosen Martha Grimes as this year’s Grand Master, an award that represents “the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing” and was established “to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.”

 The award will be presented at the Edgar Awards Banquet on April 26, 2012.

  You can find Martha Grimes’ latest mystery, Fadeaway Girl in our catalog,  together with a plot summary as follows:  “In this suspenseful sequel to “Belle Ruin,” Emma Graham continues her investigation into the disappearance of the Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than 20 years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby’s father makes her even more determined to learn the truth.”

As well as for her stand-alone titles,  over the years Martha Grimes has garnered accolades for her Richard Jury mysteries.  This quirky series,  featuring a partnership between Jury, a Scotland Yard detective and the eccentric denizens of the Jack and Hammer public house,  uses as its titles the names of English pubs.  Despite their amusing eccentricities these books address serious themes of evil.  As in Fadeaway Girl, the theme is often children in danger or abused.

The Horse You Came in On, a title in this series from 1993, in departing slightly from the formula may be of particular interest to readers in the Baltimore area.  Richard Jury receives a telephone call about a sudden death on American soil.   What can the death possibly have to do with an English police superintendent who also happens to be on holiday?  When the victim turns out to be British by birth, however, and to have a distant connection with Jury’s old acquaintance Lady Cray, Jury reluctantly pries himself loose from his pint at the Jack and Hammer and goes to America.  He ends up in Baltimore, at The Horse You Came in On in Fell’s Point, where he spends many hours mulling over the case.  This time the pub named in the title is not English!



Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Mystery Writers of America  chose Sara Paretsky for this year’s Grand Master Award, which honors a writer who represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.

These are some of the mysteries by Sara Paretsky to be checked out of Harford County Public Library:

  Body Work (Find in our catalog)

Notes: “The audacious new V. I. Warshawski novel from the New York Times-bestselling author. The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago’s Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. V. I. Warshawski watches as people step forward, some meek, some bold, to make their mark. The evening takes a strange turn when one woman’s sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Quickly subdued, the man-an Iraqi war vet-leaves the club. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club. She dies in V.I.’s arms, and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet. A shooting in Chicago is nothing new, certainly not to V.I., who is hired by the vet’s family to clear his name. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.”

  Hardball (Find in our catalog)

Notes: “Chicago politics–past, present, and future–take center stage in “New York Times”-bestselling author Paretsky’s brilliant new V.I. Warshawski novel.”

  Bleeding Kansas (Find in our catalog)

Notes: “Set in the Kaw River Valley where Paretsky grew up, Bleeding Kansasis the story of the Schapens and the Grelliers, two farm families whose histories have been entwined since the 1850s, when their ancestors settled the valley as antislavery emigrants. Today, the Schapen family, terrified by the lawlessness of the 1970s-when Lawrence was the most violent college town in the nation-has turned to that old- time religion for security. The Schapens keep a close eye on all their neighbors, most especially the Grelliers. They maintain careful track of everyone’s misdeeds, printing the most egregious on their family website. When Gina Haring, a Wiccan, moves into an empty farmhouse and starts practicing pagan rites, the family members are so outraged that they begin an active harassment campaign against the Wiccans. The Schapens worry, too, about who stands better with the Lord: their family or the Grelliers. When a Schapen cow gives birth to what may be a “Perfect Red Heifer”-needed if the temple is ever rebuilt in Jerusalem-the Schapens feel convinced that God is indeed smiling on them. Despite parental cautions, the Grelliers’ teenagers are enraged by the Schapens. All their short lives, they and the young Schapens have fought. One particularly angry confrontation causes Chip Grellier to be expelled from school and consequentlyto join the army. Chip’s death in Iraq is the catalyzing event for momentous changes in the lives of not only both the Schapens and the Grelliers but of all the families in the valley. The powerful, climactic scene at Gina Haring’s Samhain bonfire will forever haunt the reader.”

  Fire Sale (Find in our catalog)

Notes: “The astonishing new V. I. Warshawski novel from one of America’s foremost writers of crime fiction. V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl’s mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn’t know how she’ll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado’s fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V.I. begins to investigate, she finds herself onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William “Buffalo Bill” Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, “Young Mr. William,” is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn’t cede more power to him. And then there’s “Billy the Kid,” Young Mr. William’s nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.”

  Ghost Country (Find in our catalog)

Notes: “Sara Paretsky’s genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name.  Now the New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves.  In Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago’s shadowy streets–and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever. They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them.  Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago’s streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage.  Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary’s blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel.  Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have-nots as she searches among society’s castoffs for the mother she never knew.   As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost.  Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm.  Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr.  And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome.  In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change.  A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky’s most eloquent and ambitious work yet.”

Edgar Allan Poe Awards Announce Nominees

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

According to a press release of 1/16/09, The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Poe.

Awards will be presented on 30th April in New York City.
Missing by Karin Alvtegen
Blue Heaven by C J Box
Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno
The Price of Blood by Declan Hughs
The Night Following by Morag Joss
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
The Kind One by Tom Epperson
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller
The Foreigner by Francie Lin
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock
The Prince of Bagram by Alex Carr
Money Shot by Christa Faust
Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney
China Lake by Meg Gardiner
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli
For The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It To The Revolution by T.J. English
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

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Edgar Nominees Announced – Mystery fans take note

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Nominations for the 2008 Edgar Awards, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, are now listed online at the Mystery Writers of America Website.

Winners will be unveiled at the Edgar Awards banquet, to be held Thursday, May 1, in New York City.
You will be able to find full descriptions of the books on my list on ReadersPlace.
“Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre… Membership is open to the public…” (MWA home page)

Mystery fans, don’t forget the Mystery program at Bel Air branch on Wednesday evening: A Look at Detective Fiction. It starts at 7 PM. Call 410-638-3151 for details.