Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:51

Each year, Bouchercon—the worldwide mystery convention—honors authors with its highly respected Anthony Award.

But the convention also honors those who toil behind the scenes.

This year Jenn and Don Longmuir are the recipients of the 2019 David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award. All the awards will be presented during the 2019 Bouchercon to be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Dallas. This marks the 50th anniversary of Bouchercon.

The Longmuirs have been fixtures in the crime fiction community for more than a quarter-century. The couple owns and runs Scene of the Crime Books in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and they have been book room organizers, book sellers and attendees at mystery conventions across North America. Don Longmuir also served on the Bouchercon Board for five years.

The David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award is given by the Bouchercon Board to honor the memory and contributions to the crime fiction community of David Thompson, a Houston bookseller who passed away in 2010. Recipients are recognized for their "extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the crime fiction field."

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By Oline Cogdill
Monday, 15 July 2019 20:18

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) is proud to announce the most thrilling authors of 2019. The winners of this year’s ITW Thriller Awards are:

Jar of Hearts, Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur Books)

The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor (Crown)

The Lost Man, Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)

“Nana,” Helen Smith, (Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2, Killer Women Ltd.)

Pray for the Innocent, Alan Orloff (Kindle Press)

Girl at the Grave, Teri Bailey Black (Tor Teen)

Also receiving special recognition:

John Sandford, ThrillerMaster, in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre.

Harlan Coben, Silver Bullet Award

"Mystery Mike" Bursaw, ThrillerFan Award

Margaret Marbury, Thriller Legend Award

Winners of the 2019 Thriller Awards Announced
Saturday, 06 July 2019 18:32

What’s in a name? For author Diane A.S. Stuckart, the next question would be, which name?

As Anna Gerard, she is launching the Georgia B&B mysteries from Crooked Lane. The first in this new series Peach Clobbered comes out July 9, 2019.

Under the name Ali Brandon, she writes the New York Times bestselling Black Cat Bookshop series featuring Hamlet the cat and his human, Darla.

Under her own name, Stuckart writes the Tarot Cats Mysteries. Fool’s Moon introduced Brandon and Ophelia, black cat siblings. Her Leonardo da Vinci Mystery series also is written as Stuckart.

She’s also written some romance novels as Alexa Smart.

And as an animal lover, Stuckart has been able to “shoehorn” many of her pets into her books.

Her Italian greyhound Ranger was the inspiration for "Pio the Hound" in the second Leonardo da Vinci mystery, Portrait of a Lady. He was even on the cover! He also appeared in the third Leonardo book.

In one of the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries, her female Italian greyhound, Rylee, appeared as Hamlet the Cat's nemesis, Roma the Iggy (she's actually on the Japanese cover of the book). Hamlet the cat was named for her former editor's late kitty and was inspired by several other cats the author has known.

Her real life Brandon Bobtail and Ophelia were the models for black cats Brandon and Ophelia in Fool's Moon, the first Tarot Cats mystery.

Mattie the Australian shepherd in the upcoming Georgia B&B mystery, Peach Clobbered, is based on her own late Aussie, Mattie. The dog character also has a bit of her late male Aussie, Oliver, and her current mini Aussie, Winston.

Oddly enough, Stuckart said “the cover artist apparently never saw an Aussie before as the dog looks nothing like she's described” in her novel.

She’s right. The cover dog looks more like a border collie.

Diane A.S. Stuckart's Many Pet Names
Oline H. Cogdill