The 2021 Shamus Awards Finalists
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 […]
2021 Anthony Awards
The Anthony Awards nominees have been announced for 2021. The Anthonys are given out each year at the Bouchercon,
Slightly Murderous Intent on Killer Nashville
I enjoy both learning from the classic authors as well as finding new writers who are able to ever push the envelopes of the mystery genre. Last week , I was honored to have Killer Nashville publish my review of Slightly Murderous Intent by Lida Sideris. Slightly Murderous Intent is book four of the Southern California […]
What Is A Cozy Mystery?
A cozy represents escapist reading at its grandest. Slipping inside the book will take you away to a prettier, happier place with friendly people. Just ignore the taped outline on the floor.
Although Dashiell Hammett only wrote five novels, he is known as one of the pioneers of detective fiction. He brought us Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op. Many of the best-selling mystery writers, including Raymond Chandler, say that they were influenced by his style and stories.
Judge Deborah Knotts
The rural farmland of North Carolina is one of the last places one would go to find the lead in a modern mystery series. Yet that is exactly where Margaret Maron finds the lead of her Deborah Knotts series. The series lasted over 20 books and had a very promising start with the first book in 1992, Bootlegger’s Daughter, winning four of the top awards given out each year in the mystery field, the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, and the Macavity.