It has been a busy week for mystery lovers and mystery authors, with the awarding of this year's Edgars by the Mystery Writers of America and the naming of the Agatha winners from Malice Domestic.
Now, it's the turn of the Anthonys - the awards named for mystery author and influential mystery critic Anthony Boucher. The organizers of Bouchercon 2013 have announced the short list of nominees for the top awards, as chosen by Bouchercon attendees:
BEST NOVEL Dare Me
– Megan Abbott The Trinity Game
– Sean Chercover Gone Girl
– Gillian Flynn The Beautiful Mystery
– Louise Penny The Other Woman
– Hank Phillippi Ryan
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Don’t Ever Get Old – Daniel Friedman
The Professionals – Owen Laukkanen
The Expats – Chris Pavone
The 500 – Matthew Quirk
Black Fridays – Michael Sears
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Whiplash River – Lou Berney
Murder for Choir – Joelle Charbonneau
And She Was – Alison Gaylin
Blessed are the Dead – Malla Nunn
Big Maria – Johnny Shaw
BEST SHORT STORY
“Mischief in Mesopotamia” – Dana Cameron, EQMM, Nov 2012
“Kept in the Dark” – Sheila Connolly, Best New England Crime Stories: Blood Moon
“The Lord is My Shamus” – Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder
“Peaches” – Todd Robinson, Grift, Spring 2012
“The Unremarkable Heart” – Karin Slaughter, MWA Presents: Vengeance,
BEST CRITICAL NONFICTION WORK
Books to Die For – John Connolly and Declan Burke, eds.
Blood Relations – Joseph Goodrich, ed.
More Forensics and Fiction – D.P. Lyle, M.D.
The Grand Tour – Mathew Prichard, ed.
In Pursuit of Spenser – Otto Penzler, ed.
As always, congratulations and good luck to all the nominees. The awards will be presented at Bouchercon 2013, the 44th annual conference, which will be held in Albany, New York, this September.