Sunday, April 23, 2017

And the Ellery Queen Award goes to




Ellery Queen Award winners include Janet Rudolph, Charles Ardai, Joe Meyers, Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald, Brian Skupin and Kate Stine, Carolyn Marino, Ed Gorman, Janet Hutchings, Cathleen Jordan, Douglas G. Greene, Susanne Kirk, Sara Ann Freed, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Jacques Barzun, Martin Greenburg, Otto Penzler, Richard Levinson, William Link, Ruth Cavin, and Emma Lathen.

 The Ellery Queen Award was established in 1983 to honor “outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry

Saturday, April 22, 2017

And the winner is: Megan Abbott


                                 The best PBO in 2008 was QUEENPIN by Megan Abbott

Friday, April 21, 2017

And the winner is: John Hart


In 2008, John Hart won the Edgar for DOWN RIVER and in 2010 he won the Edgar for LOST CHILD.

Friday's Forgotten Books, Friday, April 21,2017






BAD INTENTIONS, Karin Fossum

Norway’s Inspector Konrad Sejer takes a backseat in this story, being almost incidental to the action.
A inmate at a psychiatric hospital, supposedly making a recovery, is allowed a weekend pass to spend time with two old friends. He ends up at the bottom of the lake, exactly why and how is mysterious. His death mimics an earlier one by an immigrant the threesome became involved with. This is a strange little tale, reminding me almost of Hitchcock's ROPE. It's about power, guilt, mothers, and loneliness. Well worth reading if you don't mind ambiguity.

Sergio Angelini, ANGEL'S FLIGHT, Lou Cameron
Yvette Banek, THE MAN WHO WAS NOT, John Russell Fearn
Joe Barone, DEATH AT THE PRESIDENT'S LODGING, Michael Innes
Les Blatt, THE ECHOING STRANGERS, Gladys Mitchell
Bill Crider, DILLINGER, Harry Patterson
Scott Cupp, KONGO, THE GORILLA MAN, Frank Orndorff
Martin Edwards, BIRD IN A CAGE, Frederic Dard
Richard Horton, THE FORTUNE HUNTER, Louis Joseph Vance
Jerry House, EXILES OF TIME, Nelson Bond
George Kelley, THE BEST OF GORDON R. DICKSON, Hank Davis
Margot Kinberg, A JAR FULL OF ANGELS, Babs Horton
Rob Kitchin, THE LONG FIRM, Jake Arnott;  SECRET SPEECH, Tom Robb Smith
B.V. Lawson
Evan Lewis, SLEEP WITH THE DEVIl, WAKE UP TO MURDER, JOY HOUSE, Day Keen
Steve Lewis, MURDER BEACH, Bridget McKenna
Brian Lindenmuth, RED RUNS THE RIVER, Lewis Patten
Todd Mason, 100 Best Books Books and Lists
J.F. Norris, THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS, Catriona McPherson
Neer, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, Shirley Jackson; DEATH AND THE PLEASANT VOICES, Mary Fitt
Stephen Nester (THE RAP SHEET) DURANGO STREET, Frank Bonham
Matt Paust, THE AX, Donald Westlake
James Reasoner, RAWHIDE CREEK, L. P. Holmes
Richard Robinson, JEOPARDY IS MY JOB, Stephen Marlowe
Gerard Saylor, GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn
Kevin Tipple, THE OUTCAST DEAD, Elly Griffiths
TomCat, THE MYSTERY OF THE DEATH TRAP MINE, Three Investigators
TracyK, BURGLARS CAN'T BE CHOSERS, Lawrence Block
Westlake Review, BREAKOUT, Richard Stark
Zybahn, THE HORROR ON THE ASTEROID, Edmond Hamilton

Thursday, April 20, 2017

And the Winners Are: Stuart Woods, Rebecca Pawell and Jonathan King






In 1982, Stuart Woods won the Best First Novel Edgar for CHIEFS. In 2004, Rebecca Pawell won the Best First Novel Edgar for DEATH OF A NATIONALIST. In 2003, Jonathan King won the Best First Novel Edgar for THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT.

Megan's Office Bookshelves

For those who wonder, the figurines are carnival prizes made of chalkware and painted by the lucky winners. Her Dad shares her enthusiasm. Both have many examples.

And the winner is: Walter Mosely, Grandmaster 2016

                                                 Paul Coates (Black Classic Press) here with Walter Mosley.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

And the Winner is: Hank Phillippi Ryan


In 2013, Hank Phillippi Ryan won the Mary Higgins Clark award for THE OTHER WOMAN,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

And the Wiinner is: Daniel Stashower




In 2000, Daniel Stashower won the Edgar for Best Critical/Biographical Work for TELLER OF TALES: THE LIFE OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.  He also won Edgars in 2008 and 2014. 




Forgotten Movie: DEAD OF NIGHT



A 1945 film that is basically an anthology of four horror/ghost stories bound together by the idea that an architect has been dreaming each of them in a continuous nightmare. The stories vary in quality-two I liked, one was more humorous than scary and one didn't work for me. And pulling them into one story at the end seemed odd too. Four writers, four directors and although we finished it, I wouldn't recommend it. The only familiar face was Michael Redgrave's. Apparently during the war, the British studios were not permitted to make horror movies and this was an early attempt to renew making them.I am sure this film  has its fans based on the ratings, but we were not among them.