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The 2022 Anthony Award Winners

The 2022 Anthony Award winners were presented on Saturday night at Bouchercon. They were the third awards to be presented at the conference along with the Barry Awards and the Macavity Awards.

The Anthony Award is an annual award named after William Anthony Parker White, AKA Anthony Boucher. Boucher was an American author, critic, reviewer, and editor. He was also one of the founders of Mystery Writers of America.

The Anthony Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the world of mystery writers. The nominees are chosen by committee and the winners are voted for by the conference attendees

Here are the 2022 Anthony Award winners:

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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. Continue reading

Kinsey Millhone

“My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a private investigator, licensed by the state of California. I’m thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday, I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind…”

—Sue Grafton, A Is for Alibi

 

Kinsey Millhone First Story

A Is For Alibi

Kinsey Millhone first came to the pages of crime fiction when Sue Grafton created her in 1982 for A Is for Alibi. A former police officer turned private investigator, Kinsey was one of the earliest female investigators along with Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski. The novels make up the extremely popular Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series.

Grafton set the stories in Santa Teresa, California, a fictionalized town based on Santa Barbara, California. Although books came out nearly a book a year, Grafton minimized Millhone’s aging by having each of the character’s years covered in three books.

Millhone was the model of a modern female detective, feisty and smart but not above going against the rules.

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John D. MacDonald

by Tim Suddeth

John D. MacDonald was one of the most prolific and acclaimed American writers. He is best known for his Travis McGee series and the many TV shows taken from his writing. Stephen King praised MacDonald as “The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”

John D. MacDonald's first Travis McGee novel

The Deep Blue Good-by

But he cut his chops by writing for numerous pulp magazines in the 30s and 40s. He wrote over 500 short stories for over 20 magazines and under several pseudonyms. Between the years 1945 to 1986, he sold an estimated 70 million books, third in detective fiction behind Perry Mason and Mickey Spillane.

 

Early Years, Education, and Military

John D. MacDonald, known to his friend as John D., was born in 1916 in Sharon, Pennsylvania. When he was 18 (1934), he spent several weeks in Europe, creating a love for travel and photography.

He attended Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, leaving during his sophomore year. He later went to Syracuse University, where he met his future wife, Dorothy Prentiss. They married in 1937 and he graduated from Syracuse in 1938. In 1939, he got his MBA from Harvard University. The education he received in business and economic shows in some of his later work. Continue reading

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars was written by Anthony Boucher and published in 1940. The Case was a tribute to Sherlock Holmes.

Set in 1939, Hollywood, Metropolis Pictures plans to produce a movie based on one of Sherlock Holmes’s stories. However, they are getting backlash from the fans Holmes because the writer, Worth, wants to change the story to make it a tough, hard-boiled rendition. The executive at Metropolis discovers that, by contract, he cannot replace the hated writer. So, they decide to invite some of the members of The Baker Street Irregulars to oversee the production and give the film their stamp of approval. 

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2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominees

One of the goals of this blog is to help mystery readers find different writers they may want to read. This week, the Mystery Writers of America announced their 2022 awards and the nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. The Edgar award is one of the highest awards given for the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television.

If you are like me, first, I hope you recover. Second, following the nominees for awards like these help us discover the cream of the crop in the mystery field. And I always like seeing who the debut authors are, so I can learn what authors I should be on the lookout for. They also introduce us to different genres in mystery we may want to try.

You can find the link for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards nominees here.

The board of the Mystery Writers of America also announced their 2022 Grand Master, and the winners of the Raven and The Ellery Queen awards, The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside creative writing. The Ellery Queen Award, established in 1983, honors outstanding writing teams and people in the mystery-publishing business. I’ve posted the link here.

Congratulations to the recipients. These are well-deserved honors for all the work they have done.

Rex Stout’s Writing Career

Fer-De-LAnce by Rex STout

Rex Stout’s debut of Nero Wolfe

The creator of the characters of Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, Rex Todhunter Stout was one of the most popular and prolific crime fiction writers of all times. Upon his death in 1975, he had 57 books in print, more than any living American writer at that time. His books appeared in 22 languages and sold a total of 45 million copies as of 1975.

Rex Stout was born in 1886 in Noblesville, Indiana, to Quaker parents. The couple had nine children; Rex was the sixth. (So, how did he create a character like Nero who was such a recluse?) Continue reading

2021 Edgar Award Winners

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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.

Evan Hunter Was Ed McBain

How do you replace such a prolific author as Erle Stanley Gardner? That was the question Pocket Books had to answer when the author of 80 Perry Mason novels had to slow down because of age. They needed an author who could give them the same type of output.

So, they turned to Evan Hunter, who signed a multi-book deal that turned into the 87th Precinct series under his pseudonym, Ed McBain. The 87th Precinct became one of the longest running crime series ever published, running from 1956 to 2005, and featuring over fifty novels.

Early Life

 

Salvatore Albert Lombino was born on October 15, 1926, in New York City. His family moved around while he was growing up. He spent part of his youth in East Harlem and then the Bronx. His family included several artists, so he took art classes as a child and planned to become an artist. He enlisted into the U. S. Navy, where he served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific. Part of his down time was spent drawing portraits of “everyone aboard the ship and all the smokestacks, torpedo tubes and depth charge racks. When there was nothing left to draw, I borrowed a typewriter . . .and wrote several stories and found I liked it.” Continue reading

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