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Agatha Awards

Awards Season

This is Awards season in the mystery world and several writers close to the Miss Demeanors have been nominated for fabulous awards. First of all, our own Miss Demeanor, D.A. Bartley, has been nominated for a 2018 Reading the West Book Award for her debut novel, Blessed be the Wicked. Then, agent to the Miss Demeanors, Paula Munier, has been nominated for the THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD for her debut novel, A Borrowing of Bones. Then, two dear friends of the Miss Demeanors have been nominated for Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel: Bruce Robert Coffin for Beyond the Truth, and Hank Phillippi Ryan for Trust Me. Congratulations all! Proud to know you.

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And the Winners Are…

The 2017 Agatha Award WinnersBest Contemporary Novel**Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny  (Minotaur Books) Best Historical Novel**In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen  (Lake Union Publishing)  Best First Novel**Hollywood Homicide: A Detective by Day Mystery by Kellye Garrett  (Midnight Ink) Best Nonfiction**From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women who Created an Icon by Mattias Boström  (Mysterious Press) Best Short Story**“The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press) Best Children’s/Young Adult**Sydney Mackenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan  (Aladdin)  Winners of the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards BEST NOVELBluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books) BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHORShe Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper (HarperCollins – Ecco) BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINALThe Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark) BEST FACT CRIMEKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Penguin Random House – Doubleday) BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICALChester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company) BEST SHORT STORY“Spring Break” – New Haven Noir by John Crowley (Akashic Books) BEST JUVENILEVanished! By James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin) BEST YOUNG ADULTLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster – Atheneum Books for Young […]

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What a Bunch of Characters

 Meet the nominees for the 2018 Best First Novel Agatha Award.  Ever wonder which character they most enjoy writing? Join the conversation to find out! Who is your favorite character to write and why? Micki Browning:This is a bit like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. I certainly like spending time with my protagonist, Mer Cavallo. She’s wicked smart, which means I have to stretch to keep up with her. She’s someone I’d like to have as a friend—and dive buddy. But sometimes I want a little more levity than Mer provides, and that means it’s time for Captain Leroy Penninichols. I love his Southernisms. If he had to describe someone as small, he’d bust out with “Well, she ain’t bigger than a bar of soap after a hard day’s washing.”  His gruff exterior hides a tender heart and he dotes on his wife. He always cheers for the underdog, and took Mer under his wing when she first arrived in the Keys. They constantly banter, and one day Mer asked how his wife put up with him. In typical Leroy fashion, he responded, “There’s a lid to fit every skillet.”  Leroy reminds Mer (and me) that there’s always another […]

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