I’m delighted to announce that three Femmes Fatales have been nominated for the Anthony Award! The Anthony is named for Anthony Boucher, is voted for by attendees of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, and will be announced at Bouchercon in Anchorage, AK this September.
Three of the nominations were for Best Short Story, and one for Best Paperback Original.
Toni L. P. Kelner’s “Sleeping with the Plush” won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story at this year's Malice Domestic. In "Plush," we learn that all real carnies have nicknames, but not many have to catch a killer to earn them.
Elaine Viets won the Anthony and the Agatha in 2005 for her short story, "Wedding Knife." Her 2007 nominated short story, “After the Fall,” is about the destructive nature of revenge and features a nice (or not so nice) twist at the end.
And in my story “The Lords of Misrule,” which appeared in the holiday anthology, Sugarplums and Scandal, there is theft, murder, and romance in 18th-century London. Ashes and Bones, the sixth installment of my Emma Fielding archaeology mysteries, was also nominated for Best Paperback Original.
All of the nominees and categories are:
Burke, Jan. KIDNAPPED, Simon & Schuster
Lippman, Laura. NO GOOD DEEDS, Harper
Minda, Denise. THE DEAD HOUR, Little Brown & Co.
Pickard, Nancy. THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS, Ballantine
Spencer-Fleming, Julia. ALL MORTAL FLESH, St. Martins
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Hart, John. THE KING OF LIES, St. Martins
Hockensmith, Steve. HOLMES ON THE RANGE, St. Martins
Penny, Louise. STILL LIFE, St. Martins
Read, Cornelia. A FIELD OF DARKNESS, Mysterious Press
Sokoloff, Alexandra. THE HARROWING, St. Martins
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Cameron, Dana. ASHES AND BONES, Avon
Cook, Troy. 47 RULES OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE BANK ROBBERS, Capital Crime Press
Doolittle, Sean. THE CLEANUP, Dell
Fate, Robert. BABY SHARK, Capital Crime Press
Gischler, Victor. SHOTGUN OPERA, Dell
Hirahara, Naomi. SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, Bantam Dell - Delta
Huston, Charlie. A DANGEROUS MAN, Ballantine
BEST SHORT STORY
Abbott, Megan. “Policy,” DAMN NEAR DEAD, Busted Flush Press
Cameron, Dana. “The Lords of Misrule,” SUGARPLUMS AND SCANDAL, Avon
Crider, Bill. “Cranked,” DAMN NEAR DEAD, Busted Flush Press
Kelner, Toni. “Sleeping with the Plush,” Alfred Hitchcock Mag
Viets, Elaine. “After the Fall,” Alfred Hitchcock Mag
Wood, Simon. “My Father’s Secret,” Crime Spree Magazine, Bcon Spec Issue ’06
BEST CRITICAL NONFICTION
Huang, Jim and Austin Lugar, Editors. MYSTERY MUSES, Crum Creek Press
Niebuhr, Gary Warren. READ ‘EM THEIR WRITES, Libraries Unlimited
Roerden, Chris. DON’T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY, Bella Rosa Books
Stashower, Daniel. THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL, Dutton
Wagoner, E.J., THE SCIENCE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, John Wiley & Sons
SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD
Ardal, Charles. Hard Case Crime
Easter, George. Deadly Pleasures
Huang, Jim. Crum Creek Press and The Mystery Company
Jordan, Jon and Ruth. CrimeSpree Magazine
Kaczmarek, Lynn and Chris Aldrich. Mystery News
Karim, Ali. Shots Magazine
Wheeler, Franchi & Sharon. reviewingtheevidence.com
Van Hertbruggen, Maddy. 4 Mystery Addicts
Congratulations to all of the nominees! I hope to see you in Alaska!