Saturday, 14 April 2018 16:07

During the last couple of weeks, I have had at least two discussions about audiobooks.

And the talks began and ended the same way: Is listening to a book actually reading a book?

My response is, of course it is.

It is a different experience as you are “hearing” the book not just through the author’s vision but also through the narrators, as opposed to just you and the author.

And while to me there is nothing like holding a book in your hand and reading, audiobooks also give you that connection.

I always have an audiobook going on in my car at all times.

In fact, when I was recently buying a new car, it came down to two models. I chose the one that had the CD player, which most new cars no longer have.

Here are the finalists in the mystery and thriller categories for the 23rd annual Audie Awards®, as announced by the Audio Publishers Association.

Winners will be revealed at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. You can find further details here. And yes, there are other categories.

Congratulations to all the finalists:

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst (Macmillan Audio)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond (HarperAudio)
Onervice: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible Studios)
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin (Macmillan Audio)

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire (Macmillan Audio)
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Publishing)
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer (Hachette Audio)
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton (Recorded Books)
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander (Penguin Audio)
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick (HarperAudio)

Audie Award Nominees
Oline H Cogdill
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:03

The nominations for mystery fiction awards continue to roll in.

Here are the nominees for the 2018 International Thriller Writers' Thriller Award. Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII, July 14, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Dan Chaon: Ill Will (Ballantine)
Denise Mina: The Long Drop (Little, Brown and Company)
B.A. Paris: The Breakdown (St. Martin's Press)
Gin Phillips: Fierce Kingdom (Viking)
Riley Sager: The Final Girls (Dutton)

Steph Broadribb: Deep Down Dead (Orenda Books)
Daniel Cole: Ragdoll (Ecco)
Walt Gragg: The Red Line (Berkley)
K.J. Howe: The Freedom Broker (Quercus)
Sheena Kamal: The Lost Ones (William Morrow)

Christine Bell: Grievance (Lake Union)
Rachel Caine: Stillhouse Lake (Thomas & Mercer)
Layton Green: The Resurrector (Layton Green)
Adrian McKinty: Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Seventh Street Books)
Lori Rader-Day: The Day I Died (William Morrow)

Lee Child: “Too Much Time” (Delacorte)
Mat Coward: “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Zoë Z. Dean: “Charcoal and Cherry” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Willy Vlautin: “The Kill Switch” (Hachette)
Ben H. Winters: “Test Drive” (Hachette)

Gregg Hurwitz: The Rains (TOR Teen)
Gregg Olsen: The Boy She Left Behind (Polis Books)
Sheryl Scarborough: To Catch a Killer (TOR Teen)
Rysa Walker: The Delphi Effect (Skyscape)
Diana Rodriguez Wallach: Proof of Lies (Entangled Publishing)

Sean Black: Second Chance (Sean Black)
Jeff Gunhus: Resurrection America (Seven Guns Press)
Alan McDermott: Trojan (Thomas & Mercer)
Caroline Mitchell: Witness (Thomas & Mercer)
Kevin Wignall: A Fragile Thing (Thomas & Mercer)

Thriller Award Nominations
Oline H. Cogdill
Saturday, 07 April 2018 11:02

I am always amused when mystery authors reference others’ works in a novel. It’s kind of a wink to readers. It also shows that authors and readers are all part of a community.

So here are some recent authors who mention other writers in their novels.

Skyjack by K.J. Howe (Quercus) Howe has her niche in the women’s adventure genre with her action-packed series about kidnap and rescue expert Thea Paris. Thea’s intelligence as well as her mad skills in fighting, flying a plane, shooting or just about anything required of her. Thea also is a reader and a fan of British mystery writer Martina Cole, who’s been called “the queen of crime.” And Thea is most interested in Cole’s appearance at a local bookstore. Cole’s novels include The Good Life, Betrayal and Damaged.

The Way I Die by Derek Haas (Pegasus) The assassin Copeland has a different kind of assignment—protecting a software designer and his sons. Copeland’s grief over his wife’s death fuels his actions. Copeland’s fond memories of his wife include her enthusiasm for reading, especially with her “nose buried in a Jeff Abbott thriller.”

City of Sharks by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur) The reading tastes of Miranda Corbie, the heroine of Kelli Stanley’s excellent series set during WWII in San Francisco, are very much a part of her time. So she often loses track of time delving into The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and The Thin Man.

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates (Picador) This story about a horrific crime committed in childhood and how it affects the lives of the three people as they become adults features a crime reporter. Her favorite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, fitting as she wants to write a book just like that. She also is a big fan of David Simon's HBO series The Wire.

White Bodies by Jane Robins (Touchstone) A bookstore is a central part of this story about twin sisters, one of whom seems to have a wonderful marriage and the other may be jealous, or concerned about her sister’s seemingly perfect husband. In the course of the novel, one character enthusiastically mentions Harlan Coben, and Scandinavian authors Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg, and Jo Nesbo.

Who Characters Read
Oline H Cogdill