Tuesday, February 27, 2024

VERA, SEASON 13: February 28

Vera,
 Season 13, debuts on BritBox on 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, and streams weekly. Seasons 1-12 are streaming on BritBox. Sadly, Vera season 13 only consists of three episodes and not the four as in several of the past series. 

Vera, Season 13, has Brenda Blethyn once again playing super sleuth DCI Vera Stanhope, but now we see the return of actor and director David Leon as Joe Ashworth

Brenda Blethyn says: 
"Stepping back into Vera's shoes for the thirteenth series feels like coming home again. The support from the locals in the North East is truly heart-warming and reuniting with the talented David Leon and the rest of our exceptional team is an absolute delight. Together, we embark on this new chapter with a terrific script crafted by the brilliant Paul Matthew Thompson."

David Leon says: 
"I’m thrilled to be returning to Vera. It's fantastic to be back in the North East and reunited with Brenda and the crew for the new series. I’m looking forward to exploring the relationship between Joe and Vera as they make up for lost time.”

Series 13 follows events after the Vera Christmas specialVera: The Rising Tide, which aired on Boxing Day. The Vera cases in series 13 again draw inspiration from the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves. There are plenty of guests stars in all episodes.

Meanwhile, Vera season 14 has now been officially confirmed!

Monday, February 26, 2024

BARRY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Deadly Pleasures Magazine



The Barry Award Nominations 2024. The Barry Awards are awarded by Deadly Pleasures MagazineThe winners in each category will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies of the Nashville Bouchercon on August 29, 2024.  Congratulations to all. 

The novels in each category are arranged in alphabetical order based on the author’s last name.

Best Mystery or Crime Novel


Lou Berney, DARK RIDE (Morrow)
S. A. Cosby, ALL THE SINNERS BLEED (Flatiron)
Eli Cranor, OZARK DOGS (Soho Crime)
Jordan Harper, EVERYBODY KNOWS (Mulholland)
Dennis Lehane, SMALL MERCIES (Harper)
Adrian McKinty, THE DETECTIVE UP LATE (Blackstone)

Best First Mystery or Crime Novel

Michael Bennett, BETTER THE BLOOD (Atlantic Monthly Press)
I.S. Berry, THE PEACOCK AND THE SPARROW (Atria)
Bruce Borgos, THE BITTER PAST (Minotaur)
Amy Chua, THE GOLDEN GATE (Minotaur)
Deepti Kapoor, AGE OF VICE (Riverhead)
Nina Simon, MOTHER-DAUGHTER MURDER NIGHT (Morrow)
Iris Yamashita, CITY UNDER ONE ROOF (Berkley)

Best Paperback Original Mystery or Crime Novel

Mia P. Manansala, MURDER AND MAMON (Berkley)
Rick Mofina, EVERY THING SHE FEARED (MIRA)
Jake Needham, WHO THE HELL IS HARRY BLACK? (Half Penny)
Jesse Sutanto, VERA WONG’S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS (Berkley)
Vanda Symon, EXPECTANT (Orenda)
Scott Von Doviak, LOWDOWN ROAD (Hard Case Crime)

Best Thriller

Mark Greaney, BURNER (Berkley)
Mick Herron, THE SECRET HOURS (Soho Crime)
John Lawton, MOSCOW EXILE (Atlantic Monthly)
Anthony McCarten, GOING ZERO (Harper)
T. J. Newman, DROWNING (Avid Reader Press)
Ruth Ware, ZERO DAYS (Gallery/Scout Press)

Sunday, February 25, 2024

NEWS FROM MALICE DOMESTIC: Anthology, Website, and more!

The new Malice Domestic website is live. Visit: www.MaliceDomestic.net

Short Story authors chosen for the 18th Malice Domestic anthology titled Mystery Most Devious.



Stories by

Susan Love Brown

Jackie McMahon

Mary Adler

Leone Ciporin

Sue Anger

Sarah Stephens

P.A. De Voe

Roberta Gibson

Jill K. Quinn

Jennifer Slee

Ashley-Ruth M. Bernier

Joslyn Chase

Christine Eskilson

Linda Norlander

Smita Harish Jain

Hope Hodgkins

Josh Pachter



Friday, February 23, 2024

THE BACK ROOM: Cocktails and Conversation with Your Favorite Authors

The Back Room has a truly unique format. Each event is online and features four terrific authors. Attendees in groups of 15 or so get to spend time with each author, interacting, asking questions, and so much more. I love the intimate nature of The Back Room.  These events are hosted by Hank Phillippi Ryan and Karen Dionne. And all the events are FREE!!!! 

Here's the Spring Line-Up. 

March 3, 2023 at 7 PM ET | Super Suspense! 

Heather Gudenkauf • Gregg Hurwitz • Tracy Sierra • Nalini Singh

March 17 at 7 PM ET | Historical Fiction

James R. Benn • Avery Cunningham • Robin Oliveira • Heather Webb 

April 7, 2024 at 7 PM ET | Riveting Stories! 


Erin E. Adams • Lisa Gardner • Karen E. Olson • Carter Wilson

April 21 at 7 PM ET | Best Spring Fiction, Part One

Rene Denfeld • Paul Doiron • Nick Medina • Robin Peguero 

May 5 at 7 PM ET | Twisty Suspense!

Ashley Elston • Michael Koryta • K.T. Nguyen • Kaira Rouda

May 26 at 7 PM ET | Best Spring Fiction, Part Two

Janie Chang • Sally Hepworth • Vanessa Miller • Sara Paretsky
As always, events are free but space is limited, so register early!