Less than a month until my favorite mystery conference - Bouchercon! It's my favorite because it's a chance to hang with all my writer friends, but more than that, it's a chance to meet new readers.
(True story - I was walking back to my hotel, struck up a conversation with an amazing woman who does a super important job working with kids and comes to B'Con for some down time and a special treat. She was soooo cool. I ran into her again later on while I was walking with our very own Alex Segura and found out it was his mother-in-law!)
I'm a total dork, planning what I'm going to wear, who I'm going to meet with (never enough time to hang with all the people I want to), and what I'm going to eat. Oh no you didn't! Yes, I did— I have researched restaurants near the conference hotels and made breakfast plans left and right!
Meanwhile, this will be the most amazing Bouchercon for me ever - I'm nominated for two awards for best first mystery and while my competition is STIFF and I don't expect to win the award, I'm just beside myself to even be nominated. The best part of all is that the other nominees are my friends, so it's going to be amazing no matter what happens.
Below is a round up of the Anthony and Macavity award nominees for this year's Bouchercon. (I wish I could say I've read all the nominations, but I can say I've read all the nominees in my categories!) If you click on the link for the short story nominees for the Anthony, they will link to the story themselves!
Best First Novel
Best Paperback Original
Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work
Best Short Story
Best Anthology or Collection
The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories.
The year listed is the year of the award, for books published in the previous year.
Best Mystery Novel:
- Sophie Littlefield: The Missing Place (Gallery)
- Alex Marwood: The Killer Next Door (Penguin)
- Peter May: The Lewis Man (Quercus)
- Catriona McPherson: The Day She Died (Midnight Ink)
- Louise Penny: The Long Way Home (Minotaur)
- Terry Shames: The Last Death of Jack Harbin (Seventh Street)
Best First Mystery Novel:
- Kristi Belcamino: Blessed Are the Dead (Witness Impulse)
- Tom Bouman: Dry Bones in the Valley (W. W. Norton)
- Julia Dahl: Invisible City (Minotaur)
- Sarah Hilary: Someone Else's Skin (Penguin)
- Elizabeth Little: Dear Daughter (Viking)
- Lori Rader-Day: The Black Hour (Seventh Street)
Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction:
- Charles Brownson: The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis(McFarland)
- J.W. Ocker: Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe (Countryman)
- Adam Plantinga: 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman (Quill Driver)
- Hank Phillippi Ryan, editor: Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey (Henery Press)
Best Mystery Short Story:
- Craig Faustus Buck: "Honeymoon Sweet" (Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014, edited by Dana Cameron; Down & Out)
- Barb Goffman: "The Shadow Knows" (Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley; Wildside Press)
- Paul D. Marks: "Howling at the Moon" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014)
- Travis Richardson: "The Proxy" (Thuglit #13, Sept./Oct. 2014)
- Art Taylor: "The Odds Are Against Us" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award:
- Rhys Bowen: Queen of Hearts (Berkley Prime Crime)
- Alan Finn: Things Half in Shadow (Gallery)
- Robert Harris: An Officer and a Spy (Knopf)
- Catriona McPherson: A Deadly Measure of Brimstone (Minotaur)
- Malla Nunn: Present Darkness (Atria)
- Charles Todd: Hunting Shadows (Wm. Morrow)