Friday, May 6, 2016

Jim Lavene: R.I.P.

Sad news. Jim Lavene, half of the writing team of Joyce and Jim Lavene, passed away yesterday unexpectedly. Joyce passed away last October. I will always remember them as wonderful people and writers. R.I.P.

Joyce & Jim wrote so many series together: Pumpkin Patch Mysteries; Purple Door Detective Agency, Taxi for the Dead Paranomal Mysteries, Retired Witches Mysteries, Missing Pieces Mysteries, Renaissance Faire Mysteries, Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries, Sharyn Howard Mysteries. Writing as J.J. Cook they wrote the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries and Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries...and the list goes on. They wrote more than 60 novels.

ANTHONY NOMINEES


Anthony Nominees were just announced. Awards will be presented at Bouchercon in New Orleans in September.

BEST NOVEL
Night Tremors - Matt Coyle  [Oceanview]
The Killing Kind - Chris Holm  [Mulholland]
The Child Garden - Catriona McPherson  [Midnight Ink]
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny  [Minotaur/Sphere]
What You See - Hank Phillippi Ryan  [Forge]

BEST FIRST NOVEL
Concrete Angel - Patricia Abbott  [Polis]
Past Crimes - Glen Erik Hamilton  [William Morrow]
New Yorked - Rob Hart  [Polis]
Bull Mountain - Brian Panowich  [G.P. Putnam's Sons/Head of Zeus]
On the Road with Del & Louise - Art Taylor  [Henery]

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Long and Faraway Gone - Lou Berney  [William Morrow]
Gun Street Girl - Adrian McKinty  [Seventh Street/Serpent's Tail]
Little Pretty Things - Lori Rader-Day  [Seventh Street]
Young Americans - Josh Stallings  [Heist]
Stone Cold Dead - James W. Ziskin  [Seventh Street]

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION BOOK
The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story - Martin Edwards  [HarperCollins]
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald - Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan, editors  [Arcade]
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid  [Grove]
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett - Nathan Ward  [Bloomsbury USA]
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For - Kate White, editor  [Quirk]

BEST SHORT STORY
"The Little Men: A Bibliomystery" - Megan Abbott  [MysteriousPress.com/Open Road]
"The Siege" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec 2015 - Hilary Davidson  [Dell]
"Feliz Navidead" Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule - Brace Godfrey/Johnny Shaw  [CreateSpace]
"Old Hands" Dark City Lights - Erin Mitchell  [Three Rooms]
"Quack and Dwight" Jewish Noir - Travis Richardson  [PM]
"Don’t Fear the Ripper" Protectors 2: Heroes - Holly West  [Goombah Gumbo]

BEST ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION
Safe Inside the Violence - Christopher Irvin  [280 Steps]
Protectors 2: Heroes-Stories to Benefit PROTECT - Thomas Pluck, editor  [Goombah Gumbo]
Thuglit Presents: Cruel Yule: Holiday Tales of Crime for People on the Naughty List - Todd Robinson, editor  [CreateSpace]
Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015 - Art Taylor, editor  [Down & Out]
Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds - Kenneth Wishnia, editor  [PM]

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Need - Joelle Charbonneau  [HMH Books for Young Readers]
How to Win at High School - Owen Matthews  [HarperTeen]
A Madness So Discreet - Mindy McGinnis  [Katherine Tegen]
The Sin Eater’s Daughter - Melinda Salisbury  [Scholastic]
Fighting Chance - B.K. Stevens  [The Poisoned Pencil]
Ask the Dark - Henry Turner  [Clarion]

BEST CRIME FICTION AUDIOBOOK
Dark Waters - Chris Goff - Assaf Cohen, narrator  [Crooked Lane]
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey & India Fisher, narrators  [Penguin Audio/Random House Audiobooks]
Causing Chaos - Deborah J. Ledford - Christina Cox, narrator  [IOF Productions]
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny - Robert Bathurst, narrator  [Macmillan Audio]
Young Americans - Josh Stallings - Em Eldridge, narrator  [Josh Stallings]

Congratulations to all the nominees!