Sunday, 15 July 2018

2018 Thriller Award Winners

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) announced the winners of the 2018 Thriller Awards on Saturday evening during ThrillerFest in New York City. 

Best Hardcover Novel:
Final Girls, by Riley Sager (Dutton)

Best First Novel:
The Freedom Broker, by K.J. Howe (Quercus)

Best Paperback Original Novel:
Grievance, by Christine Bell (Lake Union)

Best Short Story:
Charcoal and Cherry,” by Zoë Z. Dean (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May/June 2017)

Best Young Adult Novel:
The Rains, by Gregg Hurwitz (Tor Teen)

Best E-Book Original Novel:
Second Chance, by Sean Black (Sean Black)

Congratulations to all the winners and those nominated.
Silver Bullet Award for Service:
James Rollins 

Thriller Master Award:
G.R.R. Martin

Thriller Legend Awards:
Pat Gussin & Bob Gussin (Oceanview Publishing) 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

2018 Pinckley Prizes

Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon are the recipients of the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honour the memory of Diana Pinckley.

The prizes will be presented on 6 October 2018 at The George and Joyce Wein New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St., New Orleans.

The Pinckley Prizes partner with the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, of which Diana Pinckley was a founding member.  More information about the Pinckley Prize can be found here and information about the winners here.

Friday, 13 July 2018

2018 Strand Critic Awards

The Strand Magazine announced the winners for the 2018 Strand Critics Awards. Winners were announced on July 11 during “an invitation-only cocktail party in New York City, hosted by The Strand Magazine.”
Best Novel:
Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco)

Best First Novel:
The Lost Ones, by Sheena Kamal (Morrow)

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Jonathan Gash (aka John Grant), British creator of the antiques-focused Lovejoy mysteries;
J.A. Jance, best known for her J.P. Beaumont series and her Joanna Brady series. Both of those authors will receive their commendations during that same July 11 fête.

Publisher of the Year Award:
Tom Doherty of Tor/Forge books

Congratulations to All!

Thanks to the Rap Sheet for the information.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

JESSICA MANN by Mike Ripley

In Memoriam
September 1937 - 11 July 2018

Crime writer, reviewer, journalist and broadcaster Jessica Mann has died at the age of 80 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

©Jessica Mann

Born in London in 1937, Jessica was the daughter of Fritz and Lore Mann who had fled Nazi Germany in October 1933. With the prospect of a Nazi invasion of England in 1940, the two-year-old Jessica and her four-year brother were evacuated to America but returned to London in 1943 where Jessica learned ‘the received pronunciation and authoritative intonation of the St Paul’s Girls’ School voice’. She read archaeology at Cambridge and then law at Leicester University, but her first love appeared to be archaeology. Not only was her best-known fictional detective, Tamara Hoyland, an archaeologist but she married one – Professor Charles Thomas, noted for his excavations at Tintagel in Cornwall where the couple lived for much of their long married life.

Her freelance journalism, features, travel writing and reviews, have appeared in most national newspapers and magazines and as a broadcaster she appeared on Any Questions, Round Britain Quiz and Start the Week. She wrote more than twenty crime novels but will probably be best remembered for her non-fiction works; about female crime writers (Deadlier Than The Male), on evacuee children during WWII (Out of Harm’s Way) and on the position of women in post-war Britain (The Fifties Mystique).

Since the death of Phillip Oakes in 2005, she has reviewed crime fiction for the Literary Review, but I first met her in 1989 when she had just been replaced as the crime reviewer for the Sunday Telegraph. It was a frosty first meeting, as I was the person who had replaced her – and the petite Jessica could be very frosty when the need arose. This did not stop us becoming friends. Jessica wrote kind reviews about my books and I had the pleasure of getting one of her titles, Funeral Sites, back into print as a Top Notch Thriller. (Originally published in 1981, the novel is a feminist take on The 39 Steps and on first publication was enthusiastically reviewed by Reginald Hill.)

When I was researching a novel set in sub-Roman Britain, Jessica acted as a go-between with her husband Professor Thomas, a noted authority on the period, who answered many of my idiotic questions. We also swapped notes on crime novels featuring archaeology and one of my abiding memories of her was sitting in the audience with her at a well-known crime fiction convention during a panel discussion on archaeology and crime. When it became clear that not one of the four featured authors actually had any experience (at all) of archaeological fieldwork, Jessica began fuming and her blood pressure was only lowered when I suggested, after fifteen minutes, that we break for the bar!

On the death of her husband, Jessica moved back to London and became a familiar face on the publishing social scene, although she was not afraid of offending – even boycotting – those crime writers whom she felt employed gratuitous violence, especially against women, in their fiction.

She also served on the CWA Committee and as Secretary to the Detection Club.  Her thirteenth novel A Private Enquiry was shortlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Books to Look Forward to From Europa Editions

August 2018

A long, rainy, deadly Autumn in Naples.  That Autumn it seemed the rain in Naples would never stop, and Commissario Ricciardi found himself having to face not only a homicide but long-buried feelings that have grown thick roots inside him.  It’s been over fifteen years since Vinnie Sannino left on a ship for America without telling anyone. There Vinnie found fame, success, and wealth as a boxer, becoming the middleweight champion of the world. But that all came to a terrifying halt when his last opponent died in the ring and Vinnie lost his desire to fight.  Now, he’s back in Italy in search of the woman he left behind, Cettina, the love of his life. But Cettina has moved on. She’s now a married woman. Or, she was until recently. Her husband, a wealthy businessman, has been found murdered. There’s no murder weapon to speak of. He was killed with a single blow to the head, not unlike the blow that felled Vinnie’s opponent in the ring on that fateful night in America.  Nameless Serenade is by Maurizio De Giovanni

September 2018

In the night of Rome, nothing is what it seems.  It’s all change in Rome. The new Pope, determined to bring radical reform to the Vatican, proclaims an extraordinary Jubilee year of Mercy. A new centre-left government replaces its disgraced predecessor, and sets about to rejuvenate the language of politics. And with crime lynchpin Samurai in jail, his protégé Sebastiano Laurenti attempts to establish himself as his designated successor. But he must reckon not only with a new generation of enterprising gangsters and racketeers—out to carve for themselves a slice of the profits and opportunities offered by the major public works planned for the Jubilee—but also with ambitious newly elected politician Chiara Visoni, and his own heart. Betrayals, alliances forged and broken, ambushes and infighting will inevitably alter the fragile political balance. As the sharks circle and the street-dogs fight, some tenuous hope endures, in the unlikely alliance of an incorruptible politician of the old left, all but forgotten, and a young bishop who refuses to play the Vatican’s power games. But it remains to be seen whether the long night of Rome can make room for redemption. Sharp and fast-paced, dark and taut, The Night of Rome is by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo and is fiction that sails dangerously close to the wind of current events.

October 2018

Most of the remaining population of Vienna—a city scarred by World War I in which the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire is a fading memory—is surviving by its wits, living hand to mouth in a city rife with crime, prostitution, and grotesquely wounded beggars. There are shakedowns on every street corner, the black market is the only market, and shortages of vital goods create countless opportunities for unscrupulous operators.  Into this cauldron of vice comes Inspector August Emmerich, a veteran himself, whose ambitions lead him to break the rules when necessary and whose abiding wish is to join the Viennese major crimes unit. When a corpse is found in the woods outside the city and immediately labeled a suicide, Emmerich, convinced it was nothing of the sort, sees a chance to prove his mettle. His investigations will reveal an insidious and homicidal urge lurking in the city.  The Second Rider is by Alex Beer