Friday, 7 August 2015

Macavity Award Nominations

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 favourite mysteries in four categories.

The year listed is the year of the award, for books published in the previous year.


Best Mystery Novel:
The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield  (Gallery)
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
The Lewis Man by Peter May (Quercus)
The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames (Seventh Street)

Best First Mystery Novel:
Blessed Are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino (Witness Impulse)
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W. W. Norton)
Invisible City by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary (Penguin)
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little (Viking)
The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street)

Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction:
The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis by Charles Brownson  (McFarland)
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker (Countryman)
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga (Quill Driver)
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, editor (Henery Press)

Best Mystery Short Story:
"Honeymoon Sweet" by Craig Faustus Buck:  (Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014, edited by Dana Cameron; Down & Out)
"The Shadow Knows" by Barb Goffman (Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley; Wildside Press)
"Howling at the Moon" by Paul D. Marks (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014)
"The Proxy" by Travis Richardson (Thuglit #13, Sept./Oct. 2014)
"The Odds Are Against Us" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award:
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn (Gallery)
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Knopf)
A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)
Present Darkness by Malla Nunn (Atria)
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd (Wm. Morrow)

Congratulations to all the nominees.

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