Friday, July 19, 2019


It's with sadness that I post that Orania Papzoglou aka Jane Haddam passed away last night. She had been suffering, and her children were posting on her Facebook page, keeping her friends and family in the loop. My heart goes out to them all.

I knew Orania for many years. She contributed to the Mystery Readers Journal and kept all her fans delighted by her Gregor Demarkian and Patience McKenna series. Her mysteries were always included in my Holiday Lists. She was witty and sharp and opinionated. Good traits for a mystery writer.

She will be missed.

From PW: Fighting the Good Fight: Jane Haddam

From author and friend Susan Oleksiw:

Orania Papazoglou, better known as Jane Haddam, died last night. She is best known for her series featuring Gregor Demarkian, former FBI expert who lives and works in the Philadelphia area. Her first series, under her own name, features Patience McKenna, a romance writer, whose life with her fellow writers is a broad comedy about murder in the book world. She wrote two stand-alone novels and numerous articles as a free-lance writer. She and her late husband, the writer William DeAndrea, had two sons, Matt and Greg. She was a smart, intelligent, no-nonsense observer of the world who laced her mysteries with humor and insight. She will be greatly missed.

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Linda Sands Precious Cargo
Robert Slayton Running to Graceland
Mary Ting ISAN
Jill Wallace War Serenade

Traci Andrighetti Campari Crimson
L.A. Chandler The Gold Pawn
Phyllis Gobbell Treachery in Tuscany
Morgan James Quiet Fury
Jill Orr The Bad Break

Allison McMahan Scream & Scream Again
Julianne Lynch Beneath the Lighthouse
Ted Neill Jamhuri, Njambi & Fighting Zombies
Lynn Slaughter It Should Have Been You
Alexandrea Weis Death by the River

Delphine Boswell Unholy Secret
Larry Enmon The Burial Place
Allan Eskens The Shadows We Hide
Mike Faricy Star Struck
Alexia Gordon Killing in C Sharp
Bradley Harper A Knife in the Fog
Roger Johns River of Secrets
Ann Parker A Dying Note
Keenan Powell Deadly Solution
Cindy Sample Dying for a Deal

Leslie Klinger Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s
Ted Neill Two Years of Wonder
Ted NeillFinding St. Lo: A Memoir of War & Family
Adam Plantinga Police Craft
Gretchen Rose Dancing with the Devil

Bruce Robert Coffin Beyond the Truth
James Doherty An Obscure Grave
Amanda Feyerbend Girls of Summer
Margaret Mizushima Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
Saralyn Richard Murder in the One Percent

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Dana Chamblee Carpenter Book of the Just
Elizabeth Isaacs The Scythian Trials
Julianne Lynch Beneath the Lighthouse
Morgan Smith The Shades of Winter
Maggie Toussaint Confound It

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Carmen Amato The Artist
Marianne Donley Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal
Rhonda Gilliland Cooked to Death III: Hell for the Holidays
Leslie Klinger For the Sake of the Game
Jane Suen Alterations Trilogy

Mary Coley Chrysalis: A Race to Death
Rea Frey Not Her Daughter
D.E. Funk Silent Rage
Debra K. Gaskill Toxic Fitz
A.H. Gilbert For Sissy
P.D. HaltWhen Death Imitates Art
Tikiri Herath Abducted
Katherine Johnson Grit & Granite
Kelly Oliver Jackal
Lori Roberts Where the Sweetgrass Grows

R.G. Belsky Yesterday's News
Timothy S. JohnstonThe War Beneath
Thomas Kelso Fractured
Michael Niemann Illegal Holdings
T.J. O'Conner The Consultant
Rick Outzen City of Grudges
Eliot Parker A Knife's Edge
Charley Pearson Scourge
Rick Pullen Naked Truth
Dana J. Summers The Dark and the Dead


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Thursday, July 18, 2019


2019 marks the 15th year of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019.

Congratulations to Steve Cavanagh who won for his awesome crime fiction novel Thirteen!!

The winner was announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the 17th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.