From the Booking Desk:

First I receive the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award for 2018, then I am asked by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine to continue the Blog Bytes Column, and now I am nominated for an Anthony Award. Whose life am I living???

If ever there was proof to the adage that hard work eventually pays off, I am the walking, talking embodiment of it.

The committee for Bouchercon St. Petersburg (September 2018) added Best Online Content to the Anthony Award list, which again shows that the industry really does understand the value of non-print media outlets. I am honestly a fan of every one of my other nominees and will be happy no matter who walks away with this award. This is a case where it truly is an honor to be nominated. There are so many wonderful online resources for Crime Fiction readers, so I feel blessed that the attendees of Bouchercon enjoyed BOLO Books enough to put it on this list. Thank you to everyone who nominated – not just me, but who nominated anything that made the final list.

Congratulations to all the nominees in every category. See you in St. Pete!

2018 Anthony Award Nominations List

Best Novel

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

The Force by Don Winslow


Best First Novel

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper

Ragged; or, The Loveliest Lies of All by Christopher Irvin

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka


Best Paperback Original

Uncorking a Lie by Nadine Nettmann

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck

What We Reckon by Eryk Pruitt

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

Cast The First Stone by James W. Ziskin


Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series

Give Up the Dead (Jay Porter #3) by Joe Clifford

Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch #20) by Michael Connelly

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25) by Sue Grafton

Glass Houses (Armand Gamache #13) by Louise Penny

Dangerous Ends (Pete Fernandez #3) by Alex Segura


Best Short Story

The Trial of Madame Pelletier by Susanna Calkins

God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Jen Conley

My Side of the Matter by Hilary Davidson

Whose Wine Is It Anyway by Barb Goffman

The Night They Burned Miss Dixie’s Place by Debra Goldstein

A Necessary Ingredient by Art Taylor


Best Anthology

Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, Joe Clifford, editor

Killing Malmon, Dan & Kate Malmon, editors

Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, Andrew McAleer & Paul D. Marks, editors

Passport to Murder, Bouchercon Anthology 2017, John McFetridge, editor

The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, Gary Phillips, editor


Best Critical/Non-fiction Book

From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon by Mattias Boström

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson

Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction by Jess Lourey


Best Online Content

Writer Types Podcast, Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden

Do Some Damage

Jungle Red Writers

Dru’s book musing, Dru Ann Love

BOLO Books, Kristopher Zgorski