Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Macavity Award Nominees 2010

Macavity Award Nominations 2010

The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International. The 2010 Macavity Nominations are for books and stories published in 2009. Mystery Readers Journal is MRI's publication. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in October. Bouchercon will be held in San Francisco in 2010. This award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats).

Congratulations to all!

Best Mystery Novel
    •    Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)
    •    Tower by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman (Busted Flush Press)
    •    Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie (Wm. Morrow)
    •    Nemesis by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (HarperCollins)
    •    The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
    •    The Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

Best First Mystery Novel
    •    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)
    •    Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti (Wm. Morrow)
    •    A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur)
    •    The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
    •    A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn (Picador)

Best Mystery Nonfiction
    •    L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin (Random House: Harmony Books)
    •    Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf)
    •    Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books)
    •    The Line Up: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler (Little, Brown & Co)
    •    Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo (Penguin Press)
    •    Dame Agatha’s Shorts: An Agatha Christie Short Story Companion by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)

Best Mystery Short Story
    •    “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” by Ace Atkins in Crossroad Blues (Busted Flush Press)
    •    “Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron in Boston Noir (Akashic Books)
    •    “Digby, Attorney at Law” by Jim Fusilli, (AHMM, May 2009)
    •    “Your Turn” by Carolyn Hart in Two of the Deadliest (Harper)
    •    “On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan in Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books)
    •    “The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away” by Marcus Sakey in Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can’t Put Down (Mira)
    •    “Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea in Phoenix Noir (Akashic Books)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery
    •    A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge)
    •    In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur)
    •    A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (Wm. Morrow)
    •    Serpent in the Thorns by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
    •    Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)


Anonymous said...

I recently read teh Cantrell book and was extremely impressed by the job she did with the 1931 Berlin setting.

Congrats to all.

Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

I've heard good things about the Cantrell book and Charles Todd is always good. I didn't enjoy Nesbo's Nemesis as much as Redbreast and I confess that I haven't cracked any of these other books (though I have Malla Nunn's on my list).


Janet Rudolph said...

These are all excellent nominations. Taste in mysteries, though, differs with each person, as well as the mood they're in at the time they pick up the book. Lots to enjoy here.