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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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Thrillers

In my earlier posts, I’ve looked at the differences in mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. Today, I want to take another look at thrillers: what they are, their components, and some of the different types.

Like any post I do on a literary genre, I feel I need to give some caveats. Just because a story is put in a certain genre doesn’t mean it has to have all the usual parts. Having all the parts doesn’t insure a great read. And missing some of the regular components doesn’t mean the story is inadequate. And once the critics feel they have a genre pegged, an author is going to come and put a unique spin on the category, blurring the lines once again. 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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