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Friday, June 24, 2016

Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016! #15in15 Week 4 #12 YOUNG AMERICANS


This is the fourth week of Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016. Now there are twelve weeks until the 2016 Anthony Awards are presented at the Bouchercon XVLII World Mystery Convention in New Orleans on Friday, September 16, 2016.

This week I suggest you read the fourth nominee alphabetically in the Best Paperback Original category, Josh Stallings's YOUNG AMERICANS.



Josh Stallings's novel was published on October 30, 2015.  He calls YOUNG AMERICANS a "Glam Rock Disco Heist Novel."  (In case you don't get the cultural reference of the title, David Bowie released an album of the same name in 1975, and  "Young Americans" was a single of the same name.) Set in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1976, this is a rollicking crime fiction novel which is so accurate and authentic to the time, place and characters that the reader will come away with the soundtrack firmly implanted in their head and with some glitter on their face. This all about sex, drugs, cash, guns,fast cars, and being young and wild in the 1970's. Stallings was nominated for an Anthony in 2014 for his memoir All The Wild Children: A noir memoir.

You can order a copy of YOUNG AMERICANS here with these links for IndieBoundAmazonBarnes and Noble,or purchase it at your local independent bookstore.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016! #15in15 Week 3 #13 LITTLE PRETTY THINGS




This is the third week of Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016. Now there are thirteen weeks until the 2016 Anthony Awards are presented at the Bouchercon XVLII World Mystery Convention in New Orleans on Friday, September 16, 2016.

This week I suggest you read the third nominee alphabetically in the Best Paperback Original category, Lori Rader-Day's LITTLE PRETTY THINGS.


Lori Rader-Day's crime thriller/murder mystery LITTLE PRETTY THINGS was published by Seventh Street Books on July 15, 2015. It is an incredible psychological thriller and suspense tale with a small town setting, and the plot revolves around a ten-year high school reunion.  The past does not remain in the past.  Rader-Day is a marvelous writer who alternately gives the reader chills and genuine laughs. The novel won the Mary Higgins Clark Award in April 2015 when the Mystery Writers of America presented the Edgar Awards.  Rader-Day's debut novel The Black Hour won Best First Novel at the 2015 Anthony Awards (Bouchercon 2015), 2015 Lovey Award (Love Is Murder Conference), and 2015 Silver Falchion Award (Killer Nashville). 

You can order a copy of LITTLE PRETTY THINGS here with these links for IndieBoundAmazonBarnes & Noble, or purchase it at your local independent bookstore.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Reading Countdown to The Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016! #15in15 Week 2 #14 GUN STREET GIRL


This is the second week of Reading Countdown to The Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016.  Now there are 14 weeks until the Anthony Awards are presented on Friday, September 16, 2016.

This week I suggest you read the second nominee alphabetically in the Best Paperback Original category, Adrian McKinty's Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel.



Adrian McKinty's literary Northern Irish crime fiction novel GUN STREET GIRL was published by Seventh Street Books on March 3, 2015. The novel was shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Awards, the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards, and the 2015 Audie Award

The Detective Sean Duffy novels are set in Belfast in the 1980's during "The Troubles." Sean McDuffy is a Catholic police detective in a predominantly Protestant area. McKinty's Duffy novels are renowned for being both dark and witty.  McKinty has a gift for using the police procedural to examine the larger historical and societal issues at play.  GUN STREET GIRL is the fourth in the series.  The fifth RAIN DOGS  is on the longlist for the 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year and on the longlist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016.

You can order a copy of GUN STREET GIRL here with these links for IndieBoundAmazonBarnes & Noble or purchase it at your local independent bookstore.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Reading Countdown to the Anthony Awards at Bouchercon 2016! #15in15 Week 1 #15 THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE


As of tonight, Friday, June 3, 2016, there are fifteen (15) weeks until the 2016 Anthony Awards are presented at the Bouchercon XLVII World Mystery Convention in New Orleans on Friday, September 16, 2016.

What are the Anthony Awards?  Here's what Wikipedia says:

The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America.[1] Among the most prestigious awards in the world of mystery writers, the Anthony Awards have helped boost the careers of many recipients.
Coincidentally, there are fifteen (15) novels by 2016 Anthony Awards Nominees in three of the categories:  Best Novel, Best First Novel,  and Best Paperback Original.  All categories are equally important, but for our purposes, why don't we try reading one of these crime novels each week?

This week I suggest you start with the first nominee alphabetically in the Best Paperback Original category, Lou Berney's THE LONG AGO AND FARAWAY GONE.



Author Lou Berney has already received the several major awards for this regional crime mystery, including the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original2.  William Morrow Paperbacks published it in February 2015.  You can order a copy of THE LONG AGO AND FARAWAY GONE here with these links for William Morrow Paperbacks, IndieBound, AmazonBarnes & Noble, or purchase it at your local independent bookstore.