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Month: August 2022

2022 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion and Claymore Awards were given out this past weekend at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference. It was three days of great classes, great panels, and great camaraderie. Clay Stafford and his gang has been putting on the conference since 2006 in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature. There were over 800 submissions to the Silver Falchion Awards this year.

You can find last year winners here.

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The 2022 Shamus Awards Winners

Sam Spade. Mike Hammer. Kinsey Millhone. Some of our favorite characters have been Private Investigators. And a great way to keep up with the best in current PI stories is to follow the 2022 Shamus Awards winners and nominees.

Recently, the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) announced the winners of the 2022 Shamus Awards. The Shamus Awards go to the best private eye novels and short stories published in the United States the previous year. The PWA defines a Private Eye as a person paid to investigate crimes who is not employed by a government agency.

The PWA and the Shamus Awards were founded by Robert J. Randisi. The first Shamus Awards were given out in 1982. On their website, they state that their goal is to make sure the genre continues to prosper and grow.

The 2022 Shamus Awards winners are:

Best PI Hardcover

             Family Business by S. J. Rozan (Pegasus)

 

Best Original Paperback

Every City is Every Other City by John McFetridge (ECW Press)

 

Best First PI Novel

       Lost Little Girl by Gregory Stout (Level Best)

 

Best PI Short Story 

          ” Sweeps Week” by Richard Helms (July/August)

 

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John Creasey

John Creasey is one of England’s and the world’s most prolific crime writers. He wrote over 600 acknowledged novels under at least

John Creasey's Gideon Fife

John Creasey’s Gideon Fire

twenty-nine pseudonyms. His first published book came out in 1932. His books continued to come out until after his death in 1973. In fact, when he died, he had a backlog of books he had just finished and was waiting to have publish. The last unique work written by him wasn’t published until 1979.

Can you imagine? That productivity blows me away. And it continued for over forty years. But it wasn’t just his output. It was also the range of the characters and plots that he created. One article about him claimed that the plots and characters of his stories were so different, it was like the series were written by twelve different writers.

Not only did he have tremendous output and a range of voices, he also wrote in several different genres: including science fiction, romance (under female pen names), and western novels.

And finally, he wrote with exceptional quality. His work in the 1950s and 60s rank among the finest crime fiction penned in the twentieth century.

So, let’s look at some questions about this amazing man. Continue reading

Mystery Readings for August

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Enjoying the summer

Welcome to Opening a Mystery, the August 2022 version. I hope you have a cool drink and a sea breeze to enjoy. I have some suggestions for mystery reading in August,

It’s funny how people don’t talk about being excited about the coming of August. Instead, we look at it as when school is about to start. How can we get one more vacation in before fall? And I’ve found that it doesn’t matter if the family has school kids or not.

But, living in South Carolina, I’m on to the sneakiness of August. By making us look beyond it to fall, it leads us to think cool weather is coming, right?

Not so fast. August is just as blazing as the rest of summer. And September usually slips in a surprise week of Indian summer.

Hopefully, this year it won’t be as hot as July, but don’t let it fool you. Summer never leaves without overstaying its welcome.

Lately, I’ve found some very interesting posts on some of my favorite websites.

First, over on Novel Suspects, Tess Gerritsen talks about her writing process, where she finds inspiration, and how she feels about her latest project of co-authoring a book with Gary Braver. Continue reading

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