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Christmas Mysteries

Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.

Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.

Murder Will Out

Looking for something new to read? Check out this year’s shortlists for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize, the Agatha Awards, Strand Magazine Critics Awards,  and the

Murder Will Out

Deadly Ink announced the 2010 David G. Sasher, Sr. Award — AKA The David — nominations for the best mystery published during the prior year.  Attendees at the 2010 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference will vote for their favorite, and the winner will be announced at the Saturday Night Awards Banquet. The 2010 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference will be held June 25-27, 2010 at the Parsippany Sheraton in Parsippany, NJ. Gillian Roberts is the Guest of Honor.

Murder Will Out

During a series of events held across North America’s northernmost nation, the shortlists of books nominated for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards were announced on April 22 by the Crime Writers of Canada. The prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards are presented in 6 categories for excellence in works in the crime genre published for the first time in the previous year by authors living in Canada, regardless of their nationality, or by Canadian writers living outside of Canada. The CBC News Web site has a partial rundown, but the following list comes from The Rap Sheet. The winners will be announced during a ceremony on May 27 in Toronto.

Murder Will Out

To demonstrate their tremendous enthusiasm for crime, mystery, and thriller fiction, the British are planning their first National Crime Fiction Week, to run from June 14 to 20, 2010. This event is sponsored by the Crime Writers Association. CWA members will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group events and workshops all over the country. Your favorite authors are already planning Murders in Libraries, Bodies in Bookshops and Strawberries and Crime at Village Fetes. For more information check out the National Crime Fiction Week website.

Father Dowling Creator Dead at 80

Prominent Catholic author, professor, and cultural commentator Ralph McInerny died last Thursday, January 29 at the age of 80. McInerny was the creator of the popular Father Dowling mystery series, which became a television series starring Tom Bosley and Tracie Nelson in the 80s. A prolific writer, McInerny also wrote the University of Notre Dame Mysteries, the Andrew Broom mysteries, and several books under the name Monica Quill.

Val McDermid wins CWA Diamond Award

Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association has announced that Scottish novelist Val McDermid is “the recipient of this year’s prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing." Ms. McDermid began writing in 1987 when Report for Murder was released and over the years has won numerous writing awards for her mystery stories.

Authors Meet Technology

Technology can be a writer's best friend. More and more authors are establishing their presence beyond their websites on Twitter, Facebook, etc. In a recent article by Rege Behe of the TRIBUNE-REVIEW interviewed Ann Rice, Gregg Hurwitz, Alafair Burke and others about their decision to blog.

2010 Mystery Awards Announced @ Bouchercon by the Bay

Bouchercon 2010 is a memory now. Named in honor of the late Anthony Boucher — mystery writer, mystery critic and mystery fan — this largest world mystery convention met in San Francisco and has been dubbed "Bouchercon by the Bay." Bouchercon emphasizes the best in mystery fiction by providing the setting for the presentation the Macavity Awards, the Barry Awards, the Shamus Awards, Bouchercon’s own Anthony Awards, and the Crimespree and Derringer awards. Carol Thomas' Mystery Series Examiner column has a complete list of the nominees and awards.

Bouchercon 2011 — Spirits of St. Louis will meet September 15-18 in St. Louis, Missouri.

[Logo: Private Eye Writers of America 2010]