Heretics
Ben Boulden

Heretics, by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, featuring former Havana police officer Mario Conde, is an intelligent and largely successful balancing act of historical epic—the relationship of a Rembrandt sketch and its European Jewish family owners the Kaminskys from 1648 to its disappearance in 1939 after the family’s failed attempt to enter Cuba and escape Nazi Germany—and a gritty, almost hardboiled mystery.

Conde, charming and impoverished, earns a meager living as a finder of rare books for an entrepreneurial book dealer who, knowing Conde’s past life, sends wealthy American artist Elias Kaminsky to his door to hire Conde as a private detective with the promise of a strange tale and fat fees. The missing Rembrandt has reappeared at a prestigious London auction house where it is expected to fetch $2 million, and Elias, the grandson of its last known legal owner, wants to know where the painting has been and if it had anything to do with his father’s exodus to America in 1958.

The painting’s story, which is really that of the Kaminsky family, moves back and forth in time, from place to place—Havana, Krakow, Miami—sketching a fascinating tale as broad as the human experience with enough meaning and detail to keep academics busy for years. An alluring mystery, a well-described Havana, and the likable Mario Conde are Heretics’ major strengths as a crime novel. Its only flaw is its robust length, which acts to rob the narrative’s immediacy, and, in so doing, flattens its hardboiled appeal.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-24 16:28:01
One Perfect Lie
Eileen Brady

Early on in One Perfect Lie, by Lisa Scottoline, I thought I knew where she was taking the story. Chris Brennan, a teacher applying to Central Valley High School in Pennsylvania, is lying about everything—his credentials, his name, and, most of all, his motives. Why does he need to insert himself into the lives of his students, specifically young men on the baseball team? I could only think of very nasty reasons. It is painful to watch him try to isolate and manipulate the weakest of his students. However, it isn’t until page 125 that you learn the truth about handsome Chris—and it’s not what you think.

The problem for the reader suddenly becomes one of reevaluating everything you’ve read in light of new game-changing information. What you previously thought is turned upside down. It is like thinking you are on your way to jail only to suddenly arrive in Disneyland. Once you adjust to the new reality, however, things fall into place and the search for the truth begins.

Scottoline is particularly successful at depicting her teenage characters, and skillfully captures high school with all its pettiness, frustrations, and sexting. And the author doesn’t spare a hard look at the suburban families of the boys, many of whom are holding on by their fingernails: broken marriages, grieving wives, and lost kids are portrayed in smart and surprisingly sympathetic ways. Evan, the rich kid spiraling out of control, and Heather, a waitress pushed to her limit by a nasty boss are two of the standouts.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-24 16:33:53
The Roanoke Girls
Vanessa Orr

“Roanoke girls never last long; in the end, they either run or they die,” says Allegra Roanoke to her cousin Lane.

Lane Roanoke ran from Kansas after discovering a family secret so unnerving that she fled to California hoping never to return. But when her grandfather calls to tell her that her cousin Allegra has gone missing, Lane returns to the family that she left behind in search of her favorite cousin.

Part modern mystery and part gothic novel, The Roanoke Girls unwinds slowly, interspersing chapters of Lane’s young life at Roanoke with her current search for Allegra. Many of the same characters appear in each, including a policeman who is in love with Allegra and is helping to search for her, and Lane’s former boyfriend, whom she left behind without a word when she left Kansas years before.

The parallel stories provide a good contrast—it isn’t until you see people living a “normal” life in the present that you understand just how cloying life was in the Roanoke home Lane fled.

In addition to Lane’s story, there are chapters for each of the Roanoke girls: the dead, which include Sophia, Penelope, Camilla, and Emmeline; and the missing, including Jane, Camilla, and Allegra. Winding their stories through the narrative, Amy Engel reveals a tangled Roanoke family tree in a tale about how much damage one person at the rotten root can cause.

This story is interesting, not so much because of the original family crime at the heart of the Roanoke girls’ troubles, but because of the psychological manipulation that keeps four generations of Roanoke girls tied to a house of horrors. I had a hard time letting the Roanoke girls go.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-24 16:38:04
The Red Hunter
Vanessa Orr

At the core of this story is how two different women deal with tragedy—one trying to heal by rehabbing an old house while putting her life back together, and one embracing her rage and going after the people who caused her pain. While they do not know each other, they will soon meet under dire circumstances.

What brings them together is a house—the one that Claudia Bishop is trying to renovate after undergoing a violent rape, unplanned pregnancy, and subsequent divorce. Zoey Drake grew up in the house, but had to leave after she and her parents were attacked by robbers, who believed that her father had a large sum of stolen money in the house. Zoey’s attackers left her parents dead and her with a thirst for revenge. The thieves are still after the money, and Zoey is still after them, which means returning to her childhood home for a final confrontation.

A large part of the success of this book can be attributed to well-drawn characters; despite being physically strong, martial artist Zoey is still haunted by the demons of her past, including the ghost of her dead father. The vengeful woman inside her, whom she calls the Red Hunter, often drives her actions, causing her to take risks and to commit crimes, even though she knows that these actions won’t end her pain.

Claudia, who still feels like a victim of her rape, finds the strength to go on for her daughter, and begins to share her feelings with others on a blog documenting her home repair. With every successful project, she is building self-esteem as well as a new home. A parallel storyline focuses on Raven, Claudia’s daughter, who is trying to discover whether her father is the rapist, or the man who raised her.

These women, thrown together by fate and a house, don’t really come to know one another, but do come much closer to knowing themselves in a journey well worth the read.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-25 15:49:44
In Farleigh Field
Robin Agnew

In Farleigh Field is a standalone from the prolific Rhys Bowen, who has three long-lived series to her name (the Royal Spyness, Evan Evans, and Molly Murphy series). However, fans of Molly Murphy and Lady Georgie will feel right at home here as Bowen, one of the most gifted of writers in a narrative sense, spins a tale of intrigue set during WWII. As with the Molly and Georgie books, there is a little cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, a factor responsible for many late reading nights on my part, as just one more chapter always seems to be a necessity.

Farleigh Place is a manor nestled in the British countryside and inhabited by the Westerham family. Of Lord Westerham’s five daughters, three are still at home (one has returned, baby in tow, while her husband serves in the military), Margot is in France, and our heroine, Pamela, is at Bletchley Park working secretly as a code breaker (her family, of course, thinks she’s a file clerk).

Meanwhile, Pamela’s childhood friend Ben, the vicar’s son, injured in a plane crash as the book opens, is an MI5 operative on the case of a dead parachutist (suspected of being a German spy), who landed in Farleigh Field and was discovered by the youngest Westerham daughter, Phoebe. When Ben and Pamela both return home—Pamela for a rest, Ben to look into the parachutist—their stories begin to intertwine. While it’s been clear from page one that Ben holds a torch for Pamela, she seems fixed on the dashing Jeremy, an RAF pilot recently escaped from a German stalag.

Bowen nicely balances the spy stories, a story involving Farleigh and the surrounding village, and some romantic threads, pulling everything together at the end in the effortless way she has. As I said, she’s a master storyteller, and you could not spend a more comfortable evening or two than cuddled up with this delightful book.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-25 15:54:52
Catalina Eddy
Kevin Burton Smith

This muscular “novel in three decades” is sure to bring comparisons to Ariel Winter’s ballsy 2012 valentine to crime fiction, The Twenty-Year Death, and with good reason. It is an equally ambitious, deliberately literary, loosely connected trilogy that desperately wants to say something about us now by mining crime fiction’s past. But where Winter’s opus strived to mimic the stylistic nuances of three definitive voices of crime fiction from three consecutive decades (Simenon in the ’30s, Chandler in the ’40s, and Thompson in the ’50s), Pyne plays it looser, both stylistically and chronologically.

Not that Pyne isn’t after big noir game. We’re meant to take the Catalina Eddy of the title, a real-life weather phenomenon alternately known as the “June gloom” that occurs along the SoCal coast, as a darkly ominous metaphor for the stream of corruption and greed that runs all through the book.

“The Big Empty” takes place in Los Angeles mostly in June 1954, and deliberately echoes Chandler, right down to its title. The hero is Ryan Lovely, a Hollywood private eye who nurses his regrets, both personal and professional, like multiple bruises. He stubbornly inserts himself into the murder investigation of his ex (who left him for his best friend). Lovely knows solving the case won’t really solve anything, but maybe “somebody gets saved.” That’s about all he can hope for, and all he can offer his cop buddy who urges him to drop the case, which turns out to be more sad and painful—not to mention dangerous—than either counted on. It becomes a toxic miasma of Cold War fearmongering, dirty secrets, and even filthier politics, ending in as bitter and heartrending a conclusion as anything Chandler himself could have conjured.

But surprisingly, somebody does get saved (at least temporarily): Gil Kirby, the young boy whom Lovely sought to protect, returns in “Losertown,” set in June 1987 San Diego. Gil, now grown up, is a mid-level federal prosecutor being forced by his ambitious new boss, Sabrina Colter, a ruthless young Reaganite appointee with no discernible soul, to compel a long-retired former weed dealer turned successful (and legit) small business owner to become an informant against a rising Mexican drug cartel.

Finally, in “Portuguese Bend,” we fast-forward up the coast to June 2016 Long Beach, where Riley McCluggage, a wheelchair-bound homicide cop facing possibly her last days on the job, and obsessive crime scene shutterbug Finn Miller team up to crack the murder of one Charlie Ko, a twentysomething salesman who everyone thinks was killed by his wife Willa, a young Marine Gunnery Sergeant who offers only a thousand yard stare to their questions (and may—or may not—be Gil Kirby’s daughter).

These are not happy stories. They don’t end well. The innocent suffer and the good are double-crossed. Lives are broken, and lovers betrayed. People die. And very rarely, despite Lovely’s fondest hopes, does anybody truly get “saved.” The author’s metaphoric description of the eponymous eddy as “bleak, gray, indefatigable, cycling through the same wretched human crimes and calamities over and over again” sounds like a death sentence. But then he injects so much hot and messy humanity and empathy into his characters that they become heroic, despite themselves, simply by getting up each morning.

Rise again.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-25 16:01:19
Ragdoll
Hank Wagner

William Oliver Layton-Fawkes (“Wolf,” for short) is a hard-charging, dogged police detective who is passionate about his work. So passionate, in fact, that his last big case, involving the so-called Cremation Killer, left him mentally exhausted, and under the care of the resident psychiatrists of St. Ann’s Hospital. He’s just returned to duty after four years when a scarecrow composed of the body parts of six different victims and positioned with an arm pointing towards the window of Wolf’s apartment is discovered. In addition to this inventive display, the killer has also released a list of another six potential victims, including Wolf, to the media. Wolf thus finds himself in a life-or-death race against time, challenged by the urgent need to identify the half dozen victims while trying to protect the next six.

For a first-time author, Cole writes with surprising assurance and verve, delivering a vital, gripping narrative which should satisfy most thriller aficionados. Extremely dark at times, the story also has its lighter moments, usually in depicting the relationships between the main characters, and in dissecting office politics. Overall, an outstanding, very readable debut, one which manages to hit all the right grace notes, even while delivering savage jolts to your nervous system.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-25 16:48:28
Give the Devil His Due
Robin Agnew

I appreciate perfection in whatever form it takes—if it takes the form of a humorous caper novel, so be it. And Give the Devil His Due is a perfectly enjoyable novel. It’s the third book in the White Magic Five and Dime series, set in tiny Berdache, Arizona. The main character is Alanis McLachlan, a reformed con artist and budding tarot card reader. She lives with her half sister, the blue-haired Clarice, and has a number of interested suitors sprinkled around town.

As the book kicks off, Alanis sees someone she has long thought to be dead, one of her mother’s old boyfriends, Biddle. Biddle may or may not be Clarice’s long-lost father, but either way, Alanis doesn’t trust him an inch. Growing up with a con-artist mom, trust is an issue for her.

Biddle claims to be there to reconnect with family, but it becomes clear pretty quickly that he’s looking for a painting of Elvis that Alanis has just given away to Goodwill. As an accelerating series of events take place, including murder, an attempt on Alanis’ life, and a break-in at her place, it appears something about that painting has everyone all shook up.

Sprinkled throughout are tarot readings, literal readings as well as cards with illustrations that kick off each chapter. I imagine this is where Lisa Falco’s expertise comes in, because the readings seem both expert and funny.

As the action involving a German millionaire, a couple of old hit men, and a very old hit lady ramps up, the story, a perfect, frothy confection, swirls to an ending suitable to the entire enterprise. Hockensmith is a worthy heir to the late, lamented Donald E. Westlake, and I can’t recommend this book more highly.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-25 17:03:00
Conviction
Sharon Magee

It is 1992, nearly a year after the Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, New York, that pitted the black and Orthodox Jewish communities against each other. An uneasy peace reigns, but on the night of July 4, Malcom and Sabrina Davis, along with their foster daughter, Kenya, are brutally murdered in the neighborhood, the gunshots masked by the sound of erupting fireworks. When their 16-year-old foster son, DeShawn Perkins, is convicted of the murders based on a coerced confession and a suspect eyewitness identification, the case is closed.

Twenty-two years later, Rebekah Roberts, a perennially single, ambitious, and determined contract reporter for the tabloid New York Tribune, hears about DeShawn’s case when a letter from him surfaces saying, “I didn’t do it.” Always looking for the big story that will get her out of the Trib and into a big paper like the Times, she begins digging and finds discrepancies in the flimsy case: DeShawn’s girlfriend claimed he’d been with her all night, but was not called to the stand; the eyewitness, whom Rebekah tracks down, admits she was lying; and a retired Jewish cop (and her estranged mother’s boyfriend), who was involved in the long-ago investigation, is reluctant to talk about the case, as are the leaders of the Jewish community. The deeper she digs and the more roadblocks that are thrown in her way, the more she’s convinced of DeShawn’s innocence.

In this third of Julia Dahl’s Rebekah Roberts books, the author has written a gritty page-turner with plenty of twists and lots of atmosphere. The story jumps seamlessly between the time of the murders and the present. This is a must-read for not only crime fiction lovers, but anyone who enjoys a good whodunit.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 16:30:39
Bad Seeds
Kevin Burton Smith

It’s a world of violence, a world of hurt.

In another place and another era, Africa was known to Europeans as the “Dark Continent,” but I don’t think they meant noir. South African crime writer Jassy Mackenzie, though, sure does. Her sharp, pointed series revolving around Johannesburg lone wolf private investigator Jade de Jong has leaped from strength to strength, painting a fascinating and at times disturbing portrait of her country, and the conflicted, defiant hard-ass woman with the messy personal life who has tried, in five novels now, to make some sort of sense of it all. Apartheid may be gone, but its corrosive fallout remains, a lingering isotope of corruption and hatred.

When Jade is hired by Ryan Gillespie, the slick head of Inkomfe, a nuclear power plant, to track down Carlos Botha, the plant’s newly hired security consultant, she gets more than she bargained for. Seems Botha hasn’t been seen since a recent sabotage attempt at Inkomfe, and there are a lot of questions that a lot of people want to ask him. Oh, and a whole crap-load of weapons-grade uranium is missing as well.

It doesn’t take Jade long to track down the hunky but unsuspecting Botha, whom she befriends in hopes of gaining his confidence. But she soon realizes some people aren’t at all interested in asking Botha any questions—they just want him silenced. She begins to wonder how long she can keep up the charade of their friendship, and what she was really hired for.

Those expecting plenty of local color may be initially put off by Jade’s world—the rundown suburbs, cheap motels, endless highways, strip malls, soul-crushing poverty, indifferent and inept bureaucracy, and everything else are well-trodden turf for American noir fans, but hang on. Eventually, South Africa begins to creep in through the cracks, and while the song may remain the same, this timely and explosive novel is definitely set to a whole different beat.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 17:36:01
The Day of the Lie
Ben Boulden

The Day of the Lie is William Brodrick’s fourth novel featuring monk and former lawyer Father Anselm. This multilayered whodunit is less thriller than philosophical study of survival and betrayal in Eastern Europe during communist rule, and, after its collapse, a sly and cynical sort of redemption.

Father Anselm is approached by his oldest friend, John Fielding, with a plea for help. While John was a newspaper correspondent in Warsaw in the early 1980s he arranged an interview with a dissident known as The Shoemaker. His contact, a woman named Roza Mojeska, was arrested before the meeting could take place and sent to prison where she was told the identity of the person who betrayed her—a secret she has kept for more than 20 years for reasons never fully disclosed to the reader. But as the times have changed, the new government is looking for reparations from the old and they want Roza to tell everything. But Roza wants the informer to admit the betrayal, rather than pointing her finger.

The Day of the Lie is an appealing and accurate study of life in the totalitarian Communist states of Eastern Europe during the cold war. A tricky plot, confusing at times, and snail-like pacing is offset by the fascination of the behavior required to survive in an environment of paranoia, fear, betrayal, and the raw struggles of survival—protecting one’s own family at the expense of friends. Less thriller than treatise, it is ideal for those fascinated by Communism, Cold War history, and the philosophy of ethics, but may prove burdensome for those looking for lighter, more rip-roaring fare.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 17:43:25
My Darling Detective
Hank Wagner

While attending an auction on behalf of his employer, the wealthy art collector Esther Hamilton, Jacob Rigolet is taken aback to see his mother, Nora (supposedly safely ensconced in a nursing home), approach the auction block and hurl an open bottle of black ink at the item currently being offered (a photograph titled Death on a Leipzig Balcony). Although ultimately doing no damage to the photograph, her actions create quite a stir, and quite a mystery, as Rigolet’s fiancée, investigating police detective Martha Crauchet, uncovers heretofore unknown, shocking facts about Nora’s, and Jacob’s, past.

Howard Norman, the 1996 winner of the prestigious Lannan Award, and two-time National Book Award nominee (for 1987’s The Northern Lights and 1994’s The Bird Artist) once again demonstrates that Nova Scotia can be a rough place, choosing to set this affectionate and resonant tribute to classic noir in Halifax. The fact that he does so using characters who make their livings in art galleries and libraries is especially intriguing, proving that even the most ordinary or mild among us can brush up against the dark occasionally. Vivid and memorable, the prose you experience in My Darling Detective may well induce you to check out his poems and his short stories, in addition to his other standalone novels.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 17:48:13
A Simple Favor
Vanessa Orr

When Stephanie’s best friend, Emily, goes missing, leaving behind a son and a husband, Stephanie goes out of her way to comfort the family, because that’s what good friends do, right? But in this story by first-time novelist Darcey Bell, nothing is really as it seems.

Everyone has secrets and part of the attraction is watching those secrets be revealed as the book edges toward its dramatic conclusion. The first half of the story is told by Stephanie, a stay-at-home “mommy blogger,” whom we are introduced to through her site. While she at first seems to be beside herself with grief, she still manages to get in a dig or two at Emily, which sets the tone for the whole story. Things may look perfect on the outside, but they are rotten at the core.

The blog postings alternate with Stephanie’s own first-person narrative, which gives the reader a look at what’s really going on in her life: things she admits that she would never share with anyone else, including her blog readers. It isn’t until the second half of the book when Emily surfaces and starts sharing her own secrets that you realize just how terrifying both of these moms are—which makes it really intense when each woman decides that they want the same thing.

Bell’s use of the “mommy blog” as a way to showcase how things look on the surface versus how they are in real life is brilliant, and works especially well when Stephanie wants to bait Emily, who everyone else believes is still missing. This starts a cat-and-mouse game that results in lies, betrayal, obsession, revenge and murder—actions that you’d hardly expect from two suburban mothers—and it makes for “mommy” reading that is so much better than any blog.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 19:42:11
Kill Devil Falls
Eileen Brady

If you are ever driving in the Sierra Nevadas and you see a sign for the village of Kill Devil Falls, don’t, I repeat, don’t turn in. Author Brian Klingborg’s debut novel is a truly scary suspense tale that might start off slow but is soon cruising along at warp speed. It isn’t often that a plot surprises me with a twist I didn’t see coming, but this one did.

No-nonsense US Marshal Helen Morrissey is annoyed. She has to collect a suspect wanted for bank robbery and deliver her to the Department of Corrections in Sacramento. Fugitive Rita Crawford is under lock and key in the tiny town of Kill Devil Falls, 45 minutes past Donnersville high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s a town so small that Google Maps couldn’t even find it, and the thought of driving down steep unfamiliar roads at night with a prisoner in custody isn’t a pleasant one for Helen. All she can hope for is a smooth transfer with local Sheriff Big Ed Scroggins.

Things start going south soon after she arrives. Her car won’t start, her phone has no reception, and she meets Deputy Teddy Scroggins, Big Ed’s son, who seems in no hurry to say goodbye to his attractive prisoner. Before the transfer takes place Rita escapes into the woods only to be found murdered a short time later. Helen suspects the missing $300,000 from the bank robbery might have something to do with it. Things start getting weird as the few remaining residents of the former gold mine town come out to play. From the XXX-rated café owner, Mrs. Patterson, to the weed farmers smoking in the double-wide trailer, well-drawn and colorful characters move in and out of the story. Violence and tension ratchet up as someone starts eliminating the few remaining residents of the town one by one, and Helen becomes just another target. Author Brian Klingborg is sure to hold your attention with the deliciously creepy Kill Devil Falls, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of the very cool US Marshal Helen Morrissey.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 19:48:24
I Found You
Robin Agnew

Lisa Jewell’s novel fits neatly into a long list of other breathless had-I-but-known-type thrillers, most notably Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train, but it’s also a kissing cousin to suspense stories by Sophie MacKenzie, Collette McBeth, Ruth Ware, and Belinda Bauer. And really, all of these women are following in the original tradition of Mary Roberts Rinehart and the slightly later American women writers of the ’40s and ’50s. This time around, the iteration happens to be British, and scarier.

This kind of thriller, if done well, is always a fast read—and this one is done well. Even better, I actually liked the characters, which is not always the case for this type of tale, where characters are often not appealing or even likable. I liked both the central characters in I Found You, and that took me a long way.

The setup is this: Alice, an artist, lives in a seaside resort town with her several children of wildly disparate ages and several dogs, same deal. One morning, she spots a man sitting on the beach. He’s there all day in the wet and doesn’t move. So, she does the kind thing and gives him a coat someone has left behind, and then she does the kinder (or as her children are sure, stupider) thing, and lets him stay overnight in her art studio in the backyard.

It turns out the man, christened Frank by the youngest of the children, can’t remember a thing, not even what a bagel is, and he becomes Alice’s latest stray. He seems afraid of going to the police, but Alice kind of likes having him around, and once the dogs have accepted him, she’s all in.

Meanwhile, we follow another story of a woman, Lily Monrose, whose husband has disappeared. They are newlyweds; she is from Ukraine and knows nobody. She’s not sure how to go about finding him, but she’s very determined. We also follow a story set in 1993 of a vacationing family at a seaside town whose daughter meets up with a hunky—and her older brother thinks sketchy—slightly older guy.

It is obvious all these threads and Frank are going to tie together somehow. What is not as obvious is whether Frank is a good guy or a bad guy; he has his own suspicions that he isn’t so good.

The end of the book is clever and the threads are satisfyingly tied up; and unlike many recent contemporaries in the genre, the end is actually somewhat optimistic. I liked Alice, her family, and Frank, who was a character who really resonated.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 19:55:55
Undertow
Ben Boulden

Undertow, featuring Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables Cal Dion and Dave Leith, is the second novel in the B.C. Blues police procedural series by R. M. Greenaway. The detectives are recently assigned to Vancouver. For Leith, Vancouver is his first assignment outside the rural British Columbia city of Prince Rupert. For Dion, it is a homecoming after being assigned to quiet Prince Rupert for a year following an auto accident that caused him severe head trauma. The men share a common dislike for each other, and Dion, the more interesting of the two, has a shady past, a whiff of corruption about him, and an uncanny ability to make abstract connections during investigations.

On their first day on the job a murder spree hits North Vancouver. An electrician is found murdered at the side of a rural highway. His wife and daughter are found dead in their sparse apartment. But the killings are a puzzle since the family is new in town with no apparent enemies. When another body surfaces, a prominent North Vancouver businessman who has been tortured and asphyxiated in his own home, it is unimaginable that the murders are linked, except as the investigation unfolds, a link clearly develops.

Undertow is a smooth and entertaining procedural. The mystery is plotted less to hide the identity of the killer, or even the connection between the murders, than to keep the killer’s motive from the reader. A whydunit is more apt a description than a whodunit and it works surprisingly well. Leith’s and Dion’s conflict is disappointingly bland since they share only a few scenes, but Dion’s past—as seen from his murky, amnesiac-fueled memories—adds a gritty sense of unease to the narrative.

Teri Duerr
2017-04-27 20:00:28
The Mystery Community Truly Is a Community
Oline H. Cogdill



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Anyone who has spent time around mystery writers knows that, overall, they are a generous bunch.

Yes, of course, there are a few who are not. But most mystery writers you meet are quite nice, happy to meet other authors and readers.

I have witnessed writers thanking fans for reading their books and immediately introducing those readers to another writer they might like.

And, as many of us witnessed a couple of weeks ago, mystery writers’ concern for each other goes beyond the printed word.

This was proven during the 71st annual Edgars banquet, held April 27 at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Incoming Mystery Writers of America president Jeffery Deaver was in the middle of introducing the presenter who would announce the Edgar for best young adult novel when he passed out. He managed to brace himself as he went down.

One minute Deaver was reading a poem called “The Death of Reading,” about being a writer:

“I’ve got what I think is the very best job.
I have no commute; I can dress like a slob.
I get paid to make up things—isn’t that neat?—
Just like at the White House and 10 Downing Street.”

And the next minute he was on the floor.

Immediately, Deaver was surrounded by other authors who held his head and comforted him while others were on the phone calling for help. The rest of us had the good sense to sit still and not get in anyone’s way.

The Edgars were halted for about half an hour until the EMS arrived, and Deaver was able to walk out on his own with the medics. As soon as it was possible, MWA executive vice president Donna Andrews swung into action and flawlessly—and smoothly—led the rest of the evening.

The happy news is that Deaver is doing fine and posted a thank you and update on his Facebook page. Although he has canceled his U.K. tour for his new novel, The Burial Hour, he plans to make his Italian tour in June.

But the rush to help Deaver wasn’t the only moment of kindness at the Edgars.

duboisbrendan stormcellJust after Mary Higgins Clark had given out the aptly named Mary Higgins Clark Award to Charles Todd, she began to make her way down, when it appeared she needed a bit of assistance.

But let me refer to author Brendan DuBois, who had a closer view: “At [the] Edgar Awards banquet, I saw a sweet and charming sight: Mary Higgins Clark was on the stage, having just given out the award named for her to Charles Todd, and then as the very talented and sweet 89-year-old author slowly maneuvered her way down the steps, the awesome Lee Child instantly got up from his table and assisted her down,” DuBois posted on his Facebook page.

DuBois also was on the stage with Deaver, adding “there were a number of folks there, but Lyndsay Faye sticks out in my mind, her glamorous gown spread on the stage, sitting right next to Jeff, cracking jokes and calming everyone down.”

DuBois, whose latest novel is Storm Cell, continued: “Both events sort of struck me as a metaphor for the mystery community. We write, edit, sell, and read stories about some of the most despicable acts of humanity, but we are one close-knit community, and we tend to look out for each other and lend a helping hand—whether the literary one or the real one"

DuBois added, “I'm glad and honored to be a part of it.”

I certainly agree with him.

Organizing the Edgars is no small task and each year it goes well. Even when the unexpected happens, the MWA team was ready.

For a list of all Edgar winners and nominees, visit our blog.

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-06 02:56:02
Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Opens
Oline H. Cogdill



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Among the authors who left us too soon is Eleanor Taylor Bland, who passed away in 2010.

She gave us complex characters, starting with African-American police detective Marti MacAlister, who was introduced in Dead Time (published in 1992).

The author’s legacy continues with the fourth annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, which is now open for submissions.

Administered by Sisters in Crime, the award honors the memory of Taylor Bland with a $1,500 grant to an emerging writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work.

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2017, and the winner will be announced on or before August 1, 2017. Guidelines for submission can be found at Sisters in Crime's website.

The award was created in 2014 with a bequest from Bland’s estate “to support Sisters in Crime’s vision statement that the organization should serve as the voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing.”

The grant is intended to support the recipient in activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of their debut crime fiction novel or story collection.

Recipients include Maria Kelson (2014), Vera H-C Chan (2015), and Stephane Dunn (2016).

Here’s a link to a video with past winners describing the award.

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-10 03:55:00
Dana Cameron’s Emma Fielding on TV
Oline H. Cogdill



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I am so looking forward to the premiere of Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery, set to debut at 9 p.m. on June 4 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.

First, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel has a track record of bringing some of our favorite amateur sleuths to TV in well-done movies.

Novels by Charlaine Harris, Joanna Fluke, and Wendy Corsi Staub, among others, have successfully made the transition to movies on the channel.

Second, Emma Fielding is the heroine of the terrific novels by Dana Cameron, who, like her character, is an archaeologist.

Cameron’s six novels about Emma are a highly entertaining series.

Emma is a brilliant and driven archaeologist and I have no doubt that actress Courtney Thorne-Smith will bring this beloved character to life. Emma is used to finding artifacts that have been lost for hundreds of years.

But in Site Unseen, Emma is working on one of the most significant archaeological finds in years—evidence of a possible 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown.

But the dead man she finds at her site is no historical find. Emma becomes involved in the investigation because her dig site is in jeopardy of being shut down, thanks to local treasure-hunters and a second suspicious murder.

Cameron’s novels about Emma include Site Unseen, Grave Consequences, Past Malice, A Fugitive Truth, More Bitter Than Death, and Ashes and Bones.

The author said she devised Emma’s name when she was writing her first mystery.

“I happened to glance over at my bookcase. There I saw a copy of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, and a copy of Emma, by Jane Austen, and I put the two names together. It wasn’t for a long time that I realized how appropriate that name was—it can be read as a play on words for her job, someone who spends time in the field. I had another character point out the joke to Emma in a later book, but I felt pretty silly for not having seen it myself right away,” Cameron stated on her website.

Dana Cameron photo by James Goodwin

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-17 04:10:00
Triple Shot of Michael Connelly
Oline H. Cogdill



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Fans of Michael Connelly will get a triple treat this year from the author.

First, the third season of Bosch just landed on Amazon Prime.

Bosch, of course, is based on Connelly’s series about LAPD detective Harry Bosch and stars Titus Welliver.

Season three is based on elements of Connelly’s novels The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night. (We promise to have a non-spoiler review soon.)

And second, there will be not just one new Connelly novel this year, but two.

In July, Little, Brown will release Connelly’s The Late Show, which introduces a new character around which the author plans a new series.

The Late Show launches detective Renée Ballard, who works the night shift in Hollywood.

She begins investigations but finishes none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day-shift detectives.

Renée is described as “a once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.”

Things change when Renée catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

In a release, Connelly said, “I have been contemplating a new character like Renée Ballard for a long time and now seemed like the time to write the book. It’s been ten years since I introduced a new protagonist so I am very excited about this.”

And Bosch will be back in a new novel—as yet untitled—that will be published on November 7, 2017.

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-14 04:20:00
Longmire Days Return
Oline H. Cogdill

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During the weekend of July 7–9, the small town of Buffalo, Wyoming, is the place to be.

That’s the weekend when Buffalo—about 4,600 residents or so—more than triples its population as more than 14,000 people come for Longmire Days, which celebrates the bestselling Walt Longmire novels written by Craig Johnson.

The sixth annual Longmire Days festival is chock-full of events such as a parade, a poker school, book and film discussions, trap shooting, baseball games, and horseback rides, among other events.

Johnson will be there, of course.

A majority of the cast usually attends as well. Among the cast expected to attend this year are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), A. Martinez (Jacob Nighthorse), Adam Bartley (The Ferg), Bailey Chase (Branch Connally), Louanne Stephens (Ruby), John Bishop (Bob Barnes), and Zahn McClarnon (Officer Mathias), among others.

Longmire Days has become a terrific way to honor Johnson’s novels, which realistically portray the new West and how crime is investigated. The festival continues to grow. Two years ago, about 9,000 were expected; now it is more than 14,000.

If you plan to go, make reservations soon.

Longmire fans have more to look forward to this year. Johnson’s next Walt Longmire novel will be The Western Star, on sale September 5. In addition, Johnson just signed a new three-book contract with Viking. Currently, more than 1.7 million copies of the Longmire series have been sold.

The sixth—and final season—of the TV series Longmire will air this fall on Netflix. The tentative airing date is September 15, though that could change.

Walt Longmire will have only one more season on TV, but the novels will continue.

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-20 20:40:00
How We Wrote: “Ocean of Storms”
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Mystery Scene continues its ongoing series with authors discussing their works. This time, Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown discuss their novel
Ocean of Storms.

Set in the near future, Ocean of Storms begins when political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface. As a result, the Earth’s electrical infrastructure is obliterated. This forces the feuding nations to cooperate on a high-risk mission.

Now a diverse, highly skilled ensemble of astronauts—and a pair of maverick archaeologists plucked from the Peruvian jungle—will work together.

An epic adventure, Ocean of Storms spans space and time.

Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown discuss tension and point of view:

When we were writing our sci-fi thriller, Ocean of Storms, one of the biggest issues we faced was how to amp up the tension while at the same time releasing clues through the novel as to the nature of the mystery our protagonists face. The solution we came up with was to use multiple points of view (POVs) in which each character was to have a piece of the puzzle.

It’s a tricky thing to write multiple points of view, made harder still by the fact that two authors were writing one novel. That said, it was also a gift to have a co-author, since each of us served double duty as the other’s editor to make sure we were writing a coherent story with coherent characters in a single narrative voice.

mari christopherIn order to insure that we didn’t trip up—either by giving too much away or by forgetting to give key pieces of information at just the right moments—we had to create a sort of “novel bible,” in which we had outlined all of the characters’ personalities and traits, as well as their backgrounds and their motivations.

This same novel bible also had a fairly detailed outline of the plot, so that we knew when certain things would happen and what aspects of the mystery would be revealed in which chapters.

We also did considerable research and took copious notes on true-life aspects of our story: NASA history, the physics behind putting astronauts on the moon, archeological facts, political background on US-China relations—even references to other sci-fi adventures we loved and wanted to echo.

In the end, the novel that ultimately resulted from these notes was not the book that we had outlined: characters changed, motivations shifted, action was tightened, plot details were switched up or deleted entirely. Nothing surprising there; that’s the nature of writing. But what we never changed was what had been there at the beginning, that this was going to be a story told from many points of view as a way to increase the tension throughout the novel and to heighten the mystery.

And the way we did that was by always knowing exactly who knew what at whatever point, and exactly what their motivations were for either giving a piece of information or withholding it.

brown jerryTo us, the only way to tell this story was in such a manner, in which everyone, working together and by each adding a puzzle piece to the game, would be able to solve the mystery. Not to get too philosophical, but writing a thriller with a mystery at its core seems to us not that very different from living everyday life.

All of us all know something, and maybe then only partially, and only by sharing information and by working together can we solve the truly tough problems.

About the authors:
Christopher Mari was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and was educated at Fordham University. He has edited books on a wide variety of topics, including three on space exploration. His next novel, The Beachhead, will be published by 47North in 2017. He lives with his family in Queens, New York.

Jeremy K. Brown has written several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers. Brown published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and is currently at work on another novel. He lives in New York with his wife and sons.

Photos: Top, Christopher Mari; photo by Ana Maria Estela
Bottom, Jeremy K. Brown; photo courtesy Jeremey K.Brown

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-24 20:50:00
Levine Grills Lassiter


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Paul Levine was among the first wave of Florida authors to show readers the oddness and beauty of the Sunshine State.

Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, first appeared in Paul Levine’s To Speak for the Dead in 1990. Nearly three decades later, Lassiter is still navigating the shark-infested waters of the justice system in Bum Luck. The story opens ominously: “Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.”

Here, author and hero trade punches about what it all means: Paul Levine interviews Jake Lassister about Bum Luck.

Paul: I see you’re in trouble again, Jake.
Jake: Don’t blame me. I only follow orders from you, scribbler.

Paul: That’s a cop-out, tough guy. You’ve got a mind—and a mouth—of your own.
Jake: News flash. Fictional characters don’t have free will.

Paul: Really? Did I tell you to try and kill Thunder Thurston, your own client?
Jake: I don’t remember. My brain’s a little fuzzy.

Paul: No wonder. How many concussions have you had?
Jake: Sure, blame the victim. You’re the one who made me run full speed into a goalpost, splitting my helmet in two.

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But I warned you not to get into the boxing ring with the Sugar Ray Pincher. Another concussion, and next day, you’re standing on a 20th floor balcony, threatening to push Thurston over the railing.
Jake:Thurston killed his wife. He deserved to die.

Paul: The jury said not guilty. After you argued his case.
Jake: I’m ashamed.

Paul: Whatever happened to “Jake Lassiter. Last bastion between freedom and forty years in a steel cage. The guy you call when you’re guilty as hell.”
Jake: Your words, scribbler. Not mine.

Paul: Didn’t you used to say, “They don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim?”
Jake: I’m drowning here. Can’t you see that? Because of me, a murderer went free.

Paul: Snap out of it, Jake! You were just doing your job.
Jake: Your job. You sent me to night law school. You made me take the bar exam four times. You pushed me into criminal law. I could have coached high school football in a pleasant little burg in Vermont, but no, you made me a trial lawyer.

Paul: I’ve never known you to be such a whiner.
Jake: (groans) What have you done to me? Splitting headaches. Memory loss. Confusion. Solomon and Lord think I have brain damage.

Paul: I never told you to use your helmet as a battering ram.
Jake: Once you made me a linebacker, what did you think would happen?

Paul: (apologetically) Truth be told, Jake, I didn’t think about the future. No one knew about chronic traumatic encephalopathy back in the day.
Jake: You gave me another concussion in the game against the Jets where I made the tackle on the kickoff, recovered the fumble, and stumbled to the wrong end zone.

Paul: Sorry about that.
Jake: All these years later, the judges still call me “Wrong Way Lassiter.” Sorry doesn’t cut it, pal.

Paul: (brightens) There’s some good news, Jake. Dr. Melissa Gold, a neuropathologist at UCLA, is making progress with athletes suffering from C.T.E. She’s also very attractive.
Jake: So?

Paul: You’re going to meet her about halfway through Bum Luck.
Jake: I knew that. I must have forgotten. Do she and I...you know?

Paul: No spoilers, sport.
Jake: I’m hoping she’s a keeper. It’s about time you gave me a soul mate instead of a cellmate.

Paul: Not my fault you choose women who break up with you by jumping bail and fleeing town.
Jake: C’mon, old buddy. Can’t you tell me if I kill Thunder Thurston? And if I do, whether I get away with it? And if I live or die?

Paul: The answers, old buddy, can be found in Bum Luck. Just shell out a few bucks and you’ll know.
Jake: I oughta break all your fingers so you can never type another word.

Paul: Don’t even think about it. Hey, what are you doing? Ouch! Let go of me. Stop before I—

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-30 09:05:00
Poisoned Pen Celebrates 20 Years
Oline H. Cogdill



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In a time when publishers are merging or closing, it’s inspiring that an independent publisher is still going strong after two decades.

May 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Poisoned Pen Press, which was founded—and is still owned—by publisher Robert Rosenwald and his wife, executive editor Barbara Peters.

Poisoned Pen Press’ 20 years of publishing translates to more than 1,000 titles, with authors coming from throughout the United States, as well as a few other countries. The Poisoned Pen Press team consists of 10 people, including Rosenwald and Peters.

In addition to being nominated for many awards, Poisoned Pen Press also has won several awards, including:

The Hercule Poirot Award in 2016, for outstanding contribution to the Malice Domestic genre by individuals other than writers, presented during the Malice Domestic conference;

The Ellery Queen Award in 2010, by the Mystery Writers of America, for outstanding achievement in the mystery publishing industry, presented during the annual Edgar Awards;

The Oklahoma Book Award in 2009, for Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn D. Wall; and

The Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, from the Bouchercon Crime and Mystery Conference.

“It has been such a remarkable ride,” said Rosenwald. “When we started Poisoned Pen Press in 1997 we hoped to get a few out-of-print books back into print. Now, 20 years later, we've published nearly a hundred living authors and have a backlist approaching a thousand titles.”

kiesthomas randomroad poisonpenRosenwald added, “We've been a home for many writers who had neither the platform nor the profile to get them into one of the big five publishing houses, but who write great books and deserve to be read.”

As of March 2017, Poisoned Pen Press has been located above the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, in the Old Town Art District of Scottsdale, Arizona. The bookstore was opened by Rosenwald and Peters in 1989 and is known for its large schedule of author and literary events and its global outreach through webcasts and worldwide shipping.

Poisoned Pen Press was begun as a separate corporation dedicated to publishing excellence in mystery.

In 1996, the Poisoned Pen bookstore hosted a crime conference called AZ Murder Goes... Classic. The conference featured current crime writers talking about classic crime writers. After the conference the authors, who had all presented papers at the conference, asked what the bookstore would do with them.

“Thus was born Poisoned Pen Press. The first book we published was the compilation of those papers presented at the conference. It ended up being nominated for an Edgar for best critical/biographical,” said Rosenwald.

“It's glorious to have reached our 20th year as an independent publisher, self-capitalized, debt free, and able to choose books to publish because we are crazy about them,” said Peters, executive editor of Poisoned Pen Press.

“I'm very proud of our authors and of the Poisoned Pen Press staff, which inevitably has evolved over the years. With a great team and list in place we're experimenting with a line of paperback originals as well as working to bring the work of our authors to a wider range of readers, plus publishing the sterling work of the British Library Crime Classics program here in the United States,” Peters added.

Poisoned Pen Press has tended “to focus on traditional mysteries, where the investigation and solution of the crime is the driving force of the story,” said Rosenwald.

But the focus has been changing, according to Rosenwald. “We have been flexing some different muscles recently, with quirkier titles such as Killing Adonis and The Coaster, and this month's Too Lucky to Live, from debut author Annie Hogsett, with encouraging results—but the mainstay of our product line is traditional mystery.

“Within these guidelines, however, we publish an impressive variety of sub-genres, from historical to police procedural to amateur sleuth to cozy—we hit just about every classification, in fact. We truly feel we have something for every mystery reader,” he added.

The Poisoned Pen Press anniversary party was attended by about 50 readers and authors who spoke about their writing lives.

Frederick Ramsay, Donis Casey, James Sallis, and Meg Dobson each spoke about their short stories that are included in the recently published Bound by Mystery original anthology. Other authors present included Annie Hogsett, Tom Kies, Tammy Kaehler, and Dana Stabenow.

Sallis mentioned that he started his career writing short stories, and actually prefers the form to novel writing, but complained that "they pay you with two copies of the magazine. What can you do with that?" So he switched to writing novels.

Poisoned Pen Press should be going strong for years to come. Rosenwald and Peters continue to be excited as publishers and owners of their nationally known bookstore.

“And, most important, we still love it, are challenged by it every day, and can't imagine retiring,” added Rosenwald.

Photos: Top: Tammy Kaehler, author of Kiss the Bricks, being interviewed by Robert Rosenwald and Barbara Peters; bottom photo, Thomas Kies, debut author of Random Road, with Peters.

Photos by Elaine Dudzinski

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-27 19:25:00
2017 Anthony Award Nominations
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The 2017 Anthony Award nominations, honoring work published in 2016, have been announced.

The winners will be announced following the Sunday brunch to be held October 15 during Bouchercon, which will be in Toronto from October 12–15, 2017.

Bouchercon (pronounced Bough' cher con), the World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention where readers, writers, fans, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers, and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a four-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun! It is the world's premier mystery event, bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community.

For details, visit the Bouchercon website.

Mystery Scene congratulates all the nominees.

ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS for 2017

Best Novel

You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Red Right Hand – Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Best First Novel
Dodgers – Bill Beverly (Crown)
IQ – Joe Ide (Mulholland)
Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)
Design for Dying – Renee Patrick (Forge)
The Drifter – Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Best Paperback Original

Shot in Detroit – Patricia Abbott (Polis)

Leadfoot – Eric Beetner (280 Steps)

Salem’s Cipher – Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)
Rain Dogs – Adrian McKinty (Seventh Street)
How to Kill Friends and Implicate People – Jay Stringer (Thomas & Mercer)
Heart of Stone – James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

Best Short Story
“Oxford Girl” – Megan Abbott, Mississippi Noir (Akashic)
“Autumn at the Automat” – Lawrence Block, In Sunlight or in Shadow (Pegasus)
“Gary’s Got A Boner” – Johnny Shaw, Waiting to Be Forgotten (Gutter)
“Parallel Play” – Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside)
“Queen of the Dogs” – Holly West, 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback (Moonstone)

Best Critical Nonfiction Work
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life – Peter Ackroyd (Nan A. Talese)
Letters From a Serial Killer – Kristi Belcamino & Stephanie Kahalekulu (CreateSpace)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin (Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker – David J. Skal (Liveright)
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury/Penguin)

Best Children’s/YA Novel
Snowed – Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming)
The Girl I Used to Be – April Henry (Henry Holt)
Tag, You’re Dead – J.C. Lane (Poisoned Pen)
My Sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier (Soho Teen)
The Fixes – Owen Matthews (HarperTeen)

Best Anthology
Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns – Eric Beetner, ed. (Down & Out)
In Sunlight or in Shadow – Lawrence Block, ed. (Pegasus)
Cannibals: Stories From the Edge of the Pine Barrens – Jen Conley (Down & Out)
Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 – Greg Herren, ed. (Down & Out)
Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by the Replacements – Jay Stringer, ed. (Gutter)

Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)
Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen (CreateSpace)
No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón (Down & Out)
Crosswise – S.W. Lauden (Down & Out)
Beware the Shill – John Shepphird (Down & Out)
The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 (Dell)

Oline Cogdill
2017-05-17 14:38:26