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September 21, 2008 / C.T. Henry

COMING SOON: Boucheron Mystery Awards

Check back in early October for the most awaited time of the year: the Boucheron World Mystery Convention.

On October 10th, the Barry Award will be announced.  Named for fan reviewer Barry Gardner, the award is bestowed annually at Bouchercon by the fan-oriented Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.  The nominees for Best Novel are:

SOUL PATCH, Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House)
THE UNQUIET, John Connolly (Atria)
DOWN RIVER, John Hart (St Martin’s Minotaur)
DIRTY MARTINI, J.A. Konrath (Hyperion)
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman (Morrow)
RED CAT, Peter Spiegelman (Knopf)

On October 11th, the Shamus Award will be given by the Private Eye Writers of America.  The nominees for Best P.I. Novel are:

THE COLOR OF BLOOD, Declan Hughes
HEAD GAMES, George B. Schaller
A KILLER’S KISS, William Lashner
SOUL PATCH, Reed Farrel Coleman
A WELCOME GRAVE, Michael Koryta

On October 13th, the Anthony Award will be announced.  Named for mystery reviewer Anthony Boucher, the award is bestowed to a book published in the U.S. in English and nominated by a Bouchercon registrant.  The nominees for Best Novel are:

TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN, James Lee Burke (Simon and Schuster)
BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE, Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
THE WATCHMAN, Robert Crais (Simon and Schuster)
THUNDER BAY, William Kent Krueger (Atria)
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Alson on October 13th, we will learn which book won the Macavity Award.  Named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the Macavity is bestowed annually at Bouchercon by Mystery Readers International. The nominees for Best Novel are:

BLOOD OF PARADISE, David Corbett
SOUL PATCH, Reed Farell Coleman
THE UNQUIET, John Connolly
WATER LIKE STONE, Deborah Crombie
WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman

MY PREDICTIONS:

As you can easily see, Laura Lippman is a shoe in for an award.  However, Robert Crais and John Connolly are clear favorites as well.  I’ve read both books by Crais and Connolly, and they are superior novels which give depth and complexity to an already popular series.  So here are my predictions:

Barry: THE UNQUIET, John Connelly
Shamus: SOUL PATCH, Reed Farrel Coleman
Anthony: THE WATCHMAN, Robert Crais
Macavity: WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman

Who do you think should win?  Check back in October to see the results of these awards.

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