by Tim Suddeth
This year’s Anthony Awards were announced at the virtual Bouchercon this past weekend. The Anthony Awards are presented by members attending the annual event and honor the year’s best in mystery and crime fiction.
The Awards were to be announced at their dinner in New Orleans, but the conference was cancelled due to an outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid. Over the weekend, we watched Hurricane Ida batter New Orleans.
The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony. Congratulations to the winners. And prayers for New Orleans for a quick recovery. Continue reading
The 2021 Killer Nashville awards were announced this past Saturday. They seek to find and honor the best books of 2020 that incorporate the elements of mystery, thriller, and suspense. Here are the honorees. Congratulations to everyone who participated. (Here is the link to Killer Nashville.)
The Silver Falchion Awards
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On July 30, Clay Stafford announced the Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award nominees. The Silver Falchion Awards are handed out at the Killer Nashville Conference to recognize and honor the Best Book published in the previous year. The books are chosen by how they incorporate the elements of mystery, thriller, and suspense.
The awards will be given out on August 21 at their Awards Dinner. You can find a link to the finalists here.
The finalists were placed in the following categories: Best Action Adventure, Best Comedy, Best historical, Best Investigator, Best Juvenile/YA, Best Mystery, Best Nonfiction, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Short Story Collection/Anthology, Best Supernatural, Best Suspense, and Best Thriller.
Author’s note: A falchion is a one-handed, single-edged sword similar to a machete. They were used as early as the thirteenth century.
On July 17, the 2021 Agatha Awards were announced July 17 at the More Than Malice, the Virtual Malice Domestic Festival. For the second year, the award ceremony was virtual and not in person.
From the Malice Domestic website, the Agatha Awards “celebrate the traditional mystery, best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, and would not be classified as ‘hard-boiled’.”
The nominees are suggested by everyone who has registered for or became a Friend of Malice Domestic by the end of the previous years. The five finalists in the six categories are chosen, then the attendees vote for the winners. Continue reading
Guy Toltl Kinman, Chairperson for the Shamus Awards, released the finalists for the 2021 awards. Categories include Best PI Novel, Best Original PI Paperback, Best PI Short Story, and Best First PI Novel.
The Private Eye Writers of America award the Shamus Awards for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the previous year. They were first given out in 1982.
Robert J. Randisi founded the Private Eye Writers of America 1981 . According to its official mission statement, its two main goals are to support and further the private eye genre. Secondly, to elevate the PI genre from being a sub-genre of mystery to being its own genre.
They define a private eye as a private citizen who is paid to investigate crimes and not a law enforcement officer.
You can find the list of nominees here.
With so many mystery books coming out each month, how can you make sure you don’t miss the best ones? One of the best ways is to look for the books that are honored by other writers and readers. That is why I will be posting lists of nominees and winners of some of the top awards as they come out.
The Anthony Awards nominees have been announced for 2021. The Anthonys are given out each year at the Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention. The awards are voted on by the attendees.
The awards are named after Anthony Boucher, an editor, writer, and reviewer for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Boucher was one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America in 1946. The awards have been given out since 1986 and are considered one of the top literary awards for mystery writers.
The 2021 conference will be held in New Orleans on August 25-29. The title for this year is New Orleans Blood on the Bayou Postmortem. Some of this year’s guests of honor include Michael Connelly, Steph Cha, and Craig Johnson.
You can see a list of the nominees here.
2021 Edgar Award winner for Best Novel
On April 29th, the Mystery Writers of America celebrated its 75th year and awarded the 2021 Edgar Awards. These awards highlight the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theatre.
If you are looking for a good book to read or to study as a writer, these are good options.
You can find a link to the winners here.
You can find a link to all of this year’s nominees here.
The Crime Writers Association announced their longlists for their dagger awards.
The CWA, based in England, awards the Dagger awards for the best crime writing, fiction and nonfiction, each year. Categories include procedural, true crime, psychological, thriller, cozy, noir, supernatural, and others.
You can find the link here.