Ah, here we are again in the deligfhtful position of being a finalist for the Macavity Award for the Sue Feder Historical Mystery for Serpent in the Thorns. Here's the full list:
"The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International. The 2010 Macavity Nominations are for books and stories published in 2009. Mystery Readers Journal is MRI's publication. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in October. Bouchercon will be held in San Francisco in 2010. This award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats)."
*Best Mystery Novel*
• *Bury Me Deep* by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster) • *Tower* by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman (Busted Flush Press) • *Necessary as Blood* by Deborah Crombie (Wm. Morrow) • *Nemesis* by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (HarperCollins) • *The Brutal Telling* by Louise Penny (Minotaur) • *The Shanghai Moon* by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)
*Best First Mystery Novel*
• *The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie* by Alan Bradley (Delacorte) • *Running from the Devil* by Jamie Freveletti (Wm. Morrow) • *A Bad Day for Sorry* by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur) • *The Ghosts of Belfast *by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime) • *A Beautiful Place to Die* by Malla Nunn (Picador)
*Best Mystery Nonfiction*
• *L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City* by John Buntin (Random House: Harmony Books) • *Talking about Detective Fiction* by P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf) • *Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life* by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books) • *The Line Up: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives*, edited by Otto Penzler (Little, Brown & Co) • *Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art*by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo (Penguin Press) • *Dame Agatha’s Shorts: An Agatha Christie Short Story Companion* by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)
*Best Mystery Short Story*
• “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” by Ace Atkins in *Crossroad Blues* (Busted Flush Press) • “Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron in *Boston Noir* (Akashic Books) • “Digby, Attorney at Law” by Jim Fusilli, (*AHMM*, May 2009) • “Your Turn” by Carolyn Hart in *Two of the Deadliest *(Harper) • “On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan in *Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers* (Level Best Books) • “The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away” by Marcus Sakey in *Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can’t Put Down* (Mira) • “Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea in *Phoenix Noir* (Akashic Books)
*Sue Feder Historical Mystery*
• *A Trace of Smoke* by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge) • *In the Shadow of Gotham* by Stephanie Pintoff (Minotaur) • *A Duty to the Dead* by Charles Todd (Wm. Morrow) • *Serpent in the Thorns* by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur) • *Among the Mad* by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)
By the way, who is Sue Feder, you ask? Sue Feder founded the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society and wrote reviews for fan publications including Mystery Readers Journal and Deadly Pleasures. She died in 2005 and in her honor, Janet Rudolph, publisher of Mystery Readers Journal, added an award for historical mystery--her first love. Now you know.
There's more guest blogging in my future. I'm being interviewed in a two-parter on Writers Who Kill on Wednesday, May 26 and part two on the following Wednesday, June 2. What will I reveal? Go find out! Go! Shoo!
Okay, so it's a local access channel but it is the Pasadena/Los Angeles market, so we'll see. It's tonight, by the way, at 9 pm pacific time. You can catch it live streaming on channel 32 “The Arroyo Channel” link at www.pasadenacommunitynetwork.com. I imagine it will also be archived there or at http://crowncitynews.com/. I will be interviewed along with fellow author and friend Eric Stone and President of the Sisters in Crime LA chapter, Ashley Ream. It's an hour long so get out your microwave popcorn.
And in bookstores! I traveled to a few today to leave bookmarks and sign stock.
And today, by the way, is Michaelmas, that is, the feast of the Archangel Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. In the Middle Ages, it was just the feast of Angel Michael. The others were added to this day after 1969. There are many churches dedicated to Saint Michael. There is the famous Mont Saint-Michel, the little spit of land that gets cut off from the mainland with the tide.
It's an 8th century fortified monastery and has served to withstand English attack and all manner of other abuses. Only with the French Revolution did it finally see its demise, even becoming a prison for a time.In 1874, it was declared an historic monument.
And so tis an auspicious day to launch a new medieval book, methinks.
Join me tomorrow Live! Friday, September 25, 2009–”Mystery Matters” Live Internet Radio interview; The show is broadcast live at 10 a.m. Eastern, 7 a.m. Pacific, rebroadcast twelve hours later at 10:00 p.m., and then is available 24/7 in the archives.
It's an hour long and you can email your questions to me from their website. Come on! Let's chat.