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Macavity Award Nominations

A new set of nominations means I can shake off my terrible showing at last week's Edgar Awards and make a whole new bunch of predictions that will probably not come to fruition. I am now slightly concerned that my picks my set in motion forces that cause these books not to win. What a heavy, heavy burden I carry.

Anyway, I'm posting the nominees here although publicized elsewhere already. I'll make picks when we are closer to the Indy B'Con where these awards will be announced.

Good luck to all of the nominees.

Best Mystery Novel
Trigger City - Sean Chercover -- Wm. Morrow
Where Memories Lie - Deborah Crombie -- Wm. Morrow
The Dying Breed (UK)/ The Price of Blood (US) - Declan Hughes -- John Murray/ Wm. Morrow
The Draining Lake - Arnaldur Indridason -- Minotaur
Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz -- Simon & Schuster
The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny -- Minotaur
The Fault Tree - Louise Ure -- Minotaur

Best First Mystery
Finding Nouf - Zoe Ferraris -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson -- Knopf
Death of a Cozy Writer - G.M. Malliet -- Midnight Ink
Calumet City - Charlie Newton -- Simon & Schuster
An Innocent Client - Scott Pratt -- Onyx
A Carrion Death - Michael Stanley -- Harper; Headline
The Blood Detective - Dan Waddell -- Minotaur

Best Nonfiction/Critical
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study - Frankie Y. Bailey -- McFarland
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories - Leonard Cassuto -- Columbia Univ.
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries - Kathy Lynn Emerson -- Perseverance Press
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction - David Geherin -- McFarland
Edgar Allan Poe : An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories - Harry Lee Poe -- Metro
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective - Kate Summerscale -- Walker

Best Mystery Short Story
"The Night Things Changed" - Dana Cameron -- Wolfsbane & Mistletoe, ed. by Harris & Kelner, Penguin
"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" - Sean Chercover -- Hardcore Hardboiled, ed. by Todd Robinson, Kensington
"Keeping Watch Over His Flock" - Toni L. P. Kelner -- Wolfsbane & Mistletoe, ed. by Harris & Kelner, Penguin
"Scratch a Woman" - Laura Lippman -- Hardly Knew Her, Wm. Morrow
"Between the Dark and the Daylight" - Tom Piccirilli -- EQMM, Sep/Oct 2008

Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery
A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen -- Berkley
Stealing Trinity - Ward Larsen -- Oceanview
The Whiskey Rebels - David Liss -- Thorndike/ Random House UK
Veil of Lies - Jeri Westerson -- Minotaur
Company of Liars - Karen Maitland -- Michael Joseph/ Delacorte
Nox Dormienda - Kelli Stanley -- Five Star

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