Thursday, January 31, 2019

What Are You Reading?

For those of you in the parts of the country that were in the freezing temperatures yesterday, I hope
you were snuggled in with a good book. What are you reading?

I'm reading a debut cozy mystery. It's not a debut. The author wrote novels under another pseudonym, but this is his first mystery. R.J. Lee's Grand Slam Murders is set in a Mississippi town in which four of the community's doyennes sit down for lunch before a bridge game, and die at the table, poisoned. The newspaper's society columnist, eager to move into harder news, takes on the investigation.

So, tell us what you're reading or listening to this week, please.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Think carefully before you spit into that test tube for Ancestry.com or any of the other genealogy sites. Dani Shapiro took it all lightly, but she was traumatized by the results. She writes of it inInheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. 

I'm not spoiling the story by writing about it. I've seen Shapiro on television talking about her book and the results of her DNA analysis. Dani's husband, Michael, said he was going to take one of those DNA analysis tests. She agreed, and months later, they finally got around to spitting in the tube. Then, she forgot about it until the results came back. Dani's father wasn't her father. Her half-sister wasn't related to her at all. All the Orthodox Jewish relatives she could name for five generations back were not her relatives. Dani Shapiro felt as if she had lost her identity.

Dani Shapiro is a writer, and her husband is a journalist. It didn't take him long to find answers. From one sentence her mother once said, and a "first cousin" who showed up on Ancestry, Michael figured out the story, connecting Dani's story with her biological father. The research and search are worth reading for yourself.

What I can mention is Dani Shapiro's feelings of loss of identity. She had never been close to her mother, and identified with her father. She was proud of all his family and his heritage. Now, all of that was gone. Although, her ninety-three-year old aunt, when told of the discovery, was a strong woman who grabbed Dani and said, "I'm not giving you up." But, her aunt Shirley never knew the family secret. Shapiro says, "All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn't known: the secret was me."

Dani Shapiro struggles with the truth, the ethics, and has a difficult time accepting the actions of her parents. But, rabbis, mentors, friends listen patiently as she struggles with the loss of her identity and her family history. Who is she now that she no longer is her father's daughter? Who is she when she learns that when she's fifty-four? I sometimes felt as if Shapiro was making too much of a fuss, and was acting too traumatized. Who am I to know? I'm not the one who found out I was not related to my father.

There are answers in Inheritance. There might not be answers for everyone who sends in their spit as a lark only to learn they're not the person they thought they were. It's a fascinating book with all kinds of questions, and few answers.

Dani Shapiro's website is www.danishapiro.com

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. 249p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Agatha Award Nominees

To all of you who haven't read this year's Edgar nominees, the 2019 Agatha Award nominations have been announced by Malice Domestic. The awards will be given out May 4 during Malice Domestic 31. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Best Contemporary Novel
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse)
Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Historical Novel  
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
The Gold Pawn by LA Chandlar (Kensington)
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

Best First Novel
A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Little Comfort by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Deadly Solution by Keenan Powell (Level Best Books)
Curses Boiled Again by Shari Randall (St. Martin's)

Best Short Story
"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"A Postcard for the Dead" by Susanna Calkins in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best Young Adult Mystery
Potion Problems (Just Add Magic) by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson (Henry Holt)
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda Books)

Best Nonfiction
Mastering Plot Twists by Jane Cleland (Writer's Digest Books)
Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen (Orange Grove Press)
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (Random House)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
Wicked Women of Ohio by Jane Ann Turzillo (History 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Even the subtitle of Mary Pipher's latest bestseller, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age, doesn't really do an adequate job describing how fascinating this book is. If you're a woman over sixty, you might want to read this. If you're a woman approaching sixty, Pipher provides hints as to how to live a successful, happy life after that age.

Successful does not mean what so many people think when they see that word - "having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction". Successful, instead, means satisfied with what life has given us. Pipher is a psychologist who is over seventy herself. Her personal observations, her life experiences, and interviews and observations of other women led to this book. She examines issues women face as we move from middle age to old age. "This book focuses on the attitudes and skills we need in order to let go of the past, embrace the new, cope with loss, and experience wisdom, authenticity, and bliss."

Granted, not every woman will accept her life or learn to live with it with grace. However, Pipher includes women of various economic groups and some with health issues to show that many of us have grown to a stage in which we don't need a lot to be happy, and we appreciate the lives we have. It's a book about courage and growing into wisdom.

This isn't a flowery, self-growth book. This is a book that analyzes women's issues - the role of caregiver, the inability to say no, the disappearance of women over a certain age in the eyes of society, the aging body. At the same time, Pipher celebrates the ability of many women to learn to cope with changes in their lives.

I'll admit, I cried at times in reading this book, and not because I know I'm in the last third of my life. I cried at some of the positive messages in the book, ones that struck home, or reminded me of people I love. One of the most important messages, for me, was "Almost every morning we can build a good day for ourselves."

Contentment. Life. Satisfaction. Women Rowing North is filled with stories, suggestions, and people's mistakes. It's not a road map as to how to live life, but it certainly can be used as a tipsheet.

And, I'll end with this. Now, I'm going to have to pick up a collection of William Stafford's poems. Pipher mentions a William Stafford poem begins with this line: "When they shook the box and poured out its chances, you were appointed to be happy."

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. ISBN 9781632869609 (hardcover), 262p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - Library book


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sandie's Corner - Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly

I'm a little too close to the book I just finished, so I was happy to find Sandie Herron's review in my email. Perfect timing for a "Sandie's Corner" post. It gives me time to think about my book before writing my review. Diane Kelly's latest mystery, Dead as a Door Knocker, is released on Tuesday. If you read the book, I hope you enjoy it as much as Sandie did.

*****
Dead as a Door Knocker                
by Diane Kelly
A House-Flipper Mystery (Book 1)
·       St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 29, 2019)

This is the first in a delightful new series about Whitney Whitaker and her cat Sawdust.  She’s as passionate about good woodworking as she is about fixing up homes.  Working for a property management company in Nashville means Whitney must not only tend to repairs and rentals, she must also evict tenants if need be.  This book begins with her evicting three college boys who have damaged much of the classic old house they rented.  The boys are angry and threaten her as they leave.  The owner of said home, Rick Dunaway, is on site to inspect the damage with  Whitney and offhandedly says he would sell the home to her at a discount.  His main competitor in the real estate development business, Thad Gentry, is overseeing a project at the house next door and had just made an offer on the house.
                         
Whitney works the finances and invites her cousin Buck, also a woodworker, to help her fix and flip this lovely old home.  Whitney moves into the home on a temporary basis while the work is completed.  On her first night a fire breaks out with dense smoke spreading everywhere.  Whitney rescues Sawdust, and the two get out of the house just before the flames engulf part of the roof.  The cause of the fire is something the home inspector should have caught.  With finances squeezed tight, Whitney asks Rick Dunaway to cover the large deductible the insurance company imposes before reimbursement.  He agrees to pay the amount and is to meet Whitney at the house on Friday night to give her a check.

Whitney waits at the house for hours, but Dunaway never shows.  However, when Whitney decides to give up on waiting, she discovers a package outside the front door containing the check he’d promised.  The next morning she and Sawdust return to the house and decide to brighten things up with flowers in the front beds, after she cleans up the eggs thrown at the front door.  As she plants, Sawdust plays in the dirt and uncovers a finger.  Then a hand.  Whitney is horrified.

The bad news keeps coming, with Whitney doing her best, with Buck’s help, to deal with the murder investigation, and everything that follows.  Whitney and Buck investigate with Nashville Police Detective Collin Flynn on the case.  It is as if this house in jinxed.  I dare not share any more details so as not to spoil another reader’s fun in jumping from paragraph to page to chapter to see what happens next! 


The story was delightful, delivered with suspense and humor and a big dose of catnip.  The mysteries were real with several suspects and a side story that fed the main plot.  Solutions twisted and turned around each other until the real culprit was revealed.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I look forward to the next in the series.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach

I have itchy feet. I'm ready to pack and head somewhere. Alice Steinbach's Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman entices me to travel to Paris or Ireland or Lisbon, Portugal, the  places that beckon to me. If you're an armchair traveler, Steinbach may encourage you to pack as well.

In 1993, Steinbach was a reporter with the Baltimore Sun. She was a single mom, but now her sons were grown, and she was wondering who she was. Steinbach identified herself as a mother and a reporter. Who was she outside of her job? The newspaper agreed to give her a leave of absence, and Alice Steinbach headed to Europe. She started in Paris.

It's hard to do justice to Alice Steinbach's book. It's an introspective travelogue. Chapters begin with postcards she wrote home to herself. In writing the book, she can look back and remember where she was, people she met, and, most important, the Alice Steinbach she found when she was in each of those places. She says she was learning about herself as she travels.

Alice Steinbach felt at home in Paris. But, she questions herself in the book, and she asks questions about other women. Are women alone independent or living in solitude? And, although she loves Paris, she meets a man there who changes her feelings about her own independence. She's always eager to see him, but she worries about his feelings for her.

It's impossible to separate Alice Steinbach's travels from her feelings about this man because she meets him throughout the trip. But, she also manages to find female friends along the way. She spends time in Paris, London, Oxford, England where she takes a course, studying English villages. She travels to Milan and Venice.

I admire Alice Steinbach, her independence while she travels. This is a book that doesn't dwell on food or shops or sites. It's an account of people she met in those cities. As a traveler who appreciates the people I spend time with on trips, I loved that. I'm envious of her independence. At the same time, one aspect of this book bothers me. And, this is just my feeling. At times, she seems too eager to meet and please a man. However, for Steinbach, I think that was part of the romance of the trip itself, the romance she found.

I will say, now that I've been to Paris and Giverny, I appreciated those parts of this book. I loved, and are envious of, Alice Steinbach's independent traveling in Without Reservations. I'm just not sure Steinbach and I would have traveled well together.

Note: The book cover is a little blurred on the blog. I read the hardcover from the library, published in 2000. The paperback is the one on websites now, and it's the one that is actually more photogenic now.

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach. Random House, 2000. 280p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - Library book

Friday, January 25, 2019

Winners and an Award Nominee Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of the last contest. Penny T. from Klamath Falls, OR won Uneasy Lies the Crown. Marla B. of Las Vegas, NV will receive Scandal Above Stairs. The books will go out today or Saturday.

This week, I'm giving away award nominees. Deanna Raybourn's A Treacherous Curse is an Edgar nominee for Best Novel. In London, 1888, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is fascinated by stories of archaeological digs. But, her colleague, Stoker, is the talk of society when his former expedition partner disappears with a priceless diadem. Stories of an ancient curse and Stoker's sordid past send the adventuress on the track of a mystery.





Anthony Horowitz' The Word is Murder is a nominee for the Barry Award for Best Thriller. In London, Diana Cowper enters a funeral home to plan her own service. Six hours later she's dead. Disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne is investigating. His partner? The celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz is curious about the case and looking for new material. But, Horowitz suspects his brilliant partner may be hiding secrets.






Which award nominee would you like to win? You can enter to win both, but I need separate entries. Email me at Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com. Your subject line should read either "Win A Treacherous Curse" or "Win The Word is Murder." Please include your name and mailing address. The giveaway will end Thursday, January 31 at 5 PM CT. Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

What Are You Reading? Margie Bunting's Favorites of 2018

Yes, we're going to talk about what we're all reading today. It's Thursday, after all. But, first, Margie Bunting is going to share her favorite books of 2018. It's never too late for a list of good books. I'm always eager to see what Margie's reading. Her summaries are always appealing. Thank you, Margie.

*****

I didn’t read quite as many books in 2018 as I did the previous year (“only” 171), but there were too many winners to mention. So I tried to whittle my favorites list down as much as possible.

I read a lot of mysteries so let’s start with those. My favorite new series is by Steven Cooper (Desert Remains and Dig Your Grave). Alex Cooper, a Phoenix detective, and Gus Parker, an imaging technician and somewhat reluctant psychic, are an unlikely team that often work together on murder investigations. Not only are their cases usual and compelling, the protagonists are human and unpredictable, with often messy but fascinating personal and family lives. A perfect blend for an engrossing story.





In the area of psychological suspense, the latest in Michael Robotham’s series about Joe O’Loughlin, a widowed psychologist with two girls and a continuing fight with Parkinson’s disease, is The Other Wife. This story is even more personal than usual, as Joe finds out when his father is attacked and lying in a coma that the elder O’Loughlin has had a secret wife and family away from his wife in Wales for 20 years. And that’s not the only secret Joe discovers as he investigates the situation. I appreciate Robotham for his unconventional protagonist, his masterful writing style, and his flashes of insight.




For legal thrillers, it’s hard to match the excitement of Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh. Eddie Flynn, a former New York con-man-turned-defense attorney, is up against a serial killer who has audaciously maneuvered himself onto a jury, determined to manipulate his fellow jurors (and others) into the verdict he desires. Electrifying courtroom scenes and exciting action abound. There are others in the series, and I’ll be looking for all of them.







Close behind in the mystery area: Kristen Lepionka’s The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See (flawed PI Roxane Weary); Jane Willen’s The Hour of Death and The Shadow of Death (Welsh nuns!); Brian Freeman’s Goodbye to the Dead, Alter Ego, etc. (Duluth detective Jonathan Stride); and The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz.

Filed under “local color” (if you live in Silicon Valley as I do), I loved Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen. This is a roman a clef, with thinly disguised versions of Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Apple, Pixar, and Tesla, but it is also the story of determined, young Sophia, who brushes off health and personal issues to carve a place for herself in Silicon Valley high-tech companies against all odds. The author’s credentials as an insider make it all seem authentic, and it’s a cracking good story as well.





For “comfort food” reading, my go-to is still the prolific and never disappointing Jenny Colgan. In 2018 I read her The Endless Beach and Christmas on the Island, two sequels in the Café by the Sea trilogy, set on a small Scottish island. There is a plethora of wonderful characters, including Flora, a young café owner who is new to the island, her reluctant paramour, a billionaire entrepreneur who is the life partner of Flora’s brother, Syrian refugee doctor Saif, and more. Colgan frequently reduces me to tears—both happy and sad—and soothes my soul at the same time. More, please.




Other favorites in the comfort-food genre are Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In, Belong to Me, and I’ll Be Your Blue Sky); Barbara O’Neal (The Lost Recipe for Happiness and The Art of Inheriting Secrets); and Elizabeth Berg (Night of Miracles).

It would be too limiting to call Amy Poeppel’s novels “women’s fiction,” so let’s just say she is an expert at writing about family dynamics and careers. She snagged my interest with Small Admissions previously and continued to hold it with Limelight, an exceedingly fun read about a family that moves from Dallas to NYC for the husband’s job. The wife somehow finds herself the personal assistant of a Justin Bieber-like bad-boy superstar, while everyone else in the family is trying to decide whether to succumb to the frenetic NYC culture or move to the suburbs. Characters are sharply drawn and evolve as the story progresses.



Another elevated feel-good book which also features families suffering culture shock is Dorothea Benton Frank’s By Invitation Only. Two women who couldn’t be more different are suddenly thrown together as their children become betrothed. Frank’s beautiful writing and loving attention to detail make this a must-read about family joys and challenges and ever-evolving characters, with a satisfying conclusion. A runner-up in this “family” category is Julie Lawson Timmer’s Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.






I’m not sure how to characterize Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time--science fiction on the surface, but really a quietly told meditation on the vagaries of time and what we do with it. Tom Hazard is more than 500 years old with a life expectancy of 900 but appears to be in his forties, thanks to a rare medical condition. Throughout his life to date he hax met celebrated authors, explorers, and the like. But he also has to contend with the unsavory Albatross Society, apparently devoted to “protecting” Tom and others with the same condition by moving them around regularly. I found it to be quite original  and couldn’t put it down.


In the non-fiction world, my favorite (hands-down) was The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America by Heather Won Tesoriero. The title really says it all—it covers teacher extraordinaire Andy Bramante and his students during the 2016-17 school year in an innovative science research program in a Connecticut high school. Students work on research projects of their own devising with the goal of winning scholarship money at ultra-demanding science fairs. The book gets “up close and personal” with a few of these students. Read it to be inspired and entertained.  Another non-fiction favorite: Becoming by Michelle Obama. And I almost forgot to mention Anne Bogel’s delightful I’d Rather Be Reading.

My overall favorite of the year was one of the first books I read in 2018—The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. It is a beautiful story about Frank, a quirky young man who runs a music store exclusively devoted to vinyl in a dead-end street in the London suburbs. He has a knack for knowing what records to recommend to shop patrons—what they need to hear. When a mysterious young German woman faints in front of the building, Frank instantly falls in love but can express his feelings only through giving her weekly music lessons. I can’t sufficiently articulate how deeply this book affected me, or why. I just know the author write wonderful prose with many quotable lines, so I wanted to slow down my reading to savor them all. And the ending is unexpected and ultimately satisfying.

Honorable mentions for books that defied categorizing and delighted me: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs; The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack; and The Reluctant Fortune Teller by Keziah Frost.

Thanks to Lesa and to all of you for sharing the books you’ve read and giving me some great recommendations for more additions to my TBR list!

*****
Thank you, Margie, for sharing all these books with us. Now, it's our turn. I'm reading a book recommended by a friend. It's actually a reread. I'd read Alice Steinbach's  Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman years ago. But, it makes a difference reading it after I've been to Paris and Giverny. That's as far as I am in this book. Steinbach was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun who took a leave of absence to travel and have time for herself. So far, I want to pack and go back to Paris.


What are you reading this week? Please share.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Edgar Award Nominees

Yesterday, the Mystery Writers of America announced the 2019 Edgar Award Nominees. Congratulations to all the nominees.

Here's the press release.


NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 210thanniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2018. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 73rd Gala Banquet, April 25, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
BEST NOVEL
The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard (Blackstone Publishing)
House Witness by Mike Lawson (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press)
A Gambler's Jury by Victor Methos (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Hachette Book Group - Mulholland)
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne (Penguin Random House – Hogarth)
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper (Seventh Street Books)
The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut (HarperCollins Publishers - Ecco)
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs (Simon & Schuster - Touchstone)
Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (HarperCollins Publishers - Ecco)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam's Sons)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park Books)
Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger (Harlequin – Park Row Books)
BEST FACT CRIME
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation by Robert W. Fieseler (W.W. Norton & Company - Liveright)
Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan Green (W.W. Norton & Company)
The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure by Carl Hoffman (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson (Penguin Random House - Viking)
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara(HarperCollins Publishers - Harper)
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia by Alex Perry(HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton: A Critical Study of the Father Brown Stories and Other Detective Fiction by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland Publishing)
Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow Paperbacks)
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s by Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus Books)
Mark X: Who Killed Huck Finn's Father? by Yasuhiro Takeuchi (Taylor & Francis - Routledge)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
BEST SHORT STORY
"Rabid – A Mike Bowditch Short Story" by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books)
"Paranoid Enough for Two" – The Honorable Traitors by John Lutz (Kensington Publishing)
"Ancient and Modern" – Bloody Scotland by Val McDermid (Pegasus Books)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Art Taylor (Dell Magazines)
"The Sleep Tight Motel" – Dark Corners Collection by Lisa Unger (Amazon Publishing)
BEST JUVENILE
Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott (HarperCollins Children's Books – Katherine Tegen Books)
Zap! by Martha Freeman (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield (Holiday House)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson (Macmillan Children's Publishing Company – Henry Holt BFYR)
Otherwood by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)
Charlie & Frog: A Mystery by Karen Kane (Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney Hyperion)
Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
BEST YOUNG ADULT
Contagion by Erin Bowman (HarperCollins Children's Books - HarperCollins)
Blink by Sasha Dawn (Lerner Publishing Group – Carolrhoda Lab)
After the Fire by Will Hill (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Fire)
A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers)
Sadie by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books)
BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
"The Box" - Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Teleplay by Luke Del Tredici (NBC/Universal TV)
"Season 2, Episode 1" – Jack Irish, Teleplay by Andrew Knight (Acorn TV)
"Episode 1" – Mystery Road, Teleplay by Michaeley O'Brien (Acorn TV)
"My Aim is True" – Blue Bloods, Teleplay by Kevin Wade (CBS Eye Productions)
"The One That Holds Everything" – The Romanoffs, Teleplay by Matthew Weiner & Donald Joh (Amazon Prime Video)
ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD 
"How Does He Die This Time?" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Nancy Novick (Dell Magazines)
* * * * * *
THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks (Minotaur Books)
A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington Publishing)
Bone on Bone by Julia Keller (Minotaur Books)
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (Minotaur Books)
The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

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