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Monday, May 24, 2021


The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. The Anthony Awards will be presented at Bouchercon New Orleans on August 28, 2021. Our congratulations to all the nominees.

Best Hardcover Novel
  ° What You Don’t See by Tracy Clark 
  ° Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby 
  ° Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
  ° And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall 
  ° The First To Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best First Novel
  ° Derailed by Mary Keliikoa
  ° Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March
  ° Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer 
  ° The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman 
  ° Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 

Best Paperback Original/E-Book/Audiobook Original Novel
  ° The Fate of a Flapper by Susanna Calkins
  ° When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (on my TBR)
  ° Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey
  ° The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day
  ° Dirty Old Town by Gabriel Valjan

Best Short Story
  ° “Dear Emily Etiquette” by Barb Goffman
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  ° “90 Miles” by Alex Segura
  Both Sides: Stories from the Border
  ° “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74” by Art Taylor
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
  ° “Elysian Fields” by Gabriel Valjan
  California Schemin’: The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology
  ° “The Twenty-Five Year Engagement” by James W. Ziskin
  In League with Sherlock Holmes

Best Juvenile/Young Adult
  ° Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley
  ° Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  ° From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  ° Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco by Richard Narvaez
  ° Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura

Best Critical or Nonfiction Work
  ° Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody
  ° American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson
  ° Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club edited by Martin Edwards
  ° The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg
  ° Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane
  ° Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession edited by Sarah Weinman

Best Anthology or Collection
  ° Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology edited by Heather Graham
  ° Both Sides: Stories from the Border edited by Gabino Iglesias
  ° Noiryorican by Richie Narvaez
  ° The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell edited by Josh Pachter
  ° California Schemin’: The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology edited by Art Taylor
  ° Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle
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James Lawther said...

There is only one title on this list that I even recognise, let alone have read...

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

So little time, so many books.

Is there anything you would recommend?

Anonymous said...

Hank Phillipa Ryan (The First To Lie) is always a good bet! I have had Murder at the Mena House on my TBR pile because it is a little different set in 1926 Cairo. I never finished Fate of a Flapper, it just didn't keep my attention. Those are my top two recommendations.

Thanks for reading and commenting,

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