Saturday, February 18, 2012

Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling

So "nomination" season seems to be upon us, as Malice Domestic has now presented us with a list of nominees for traditional mystery's Agatha Awards. (This following recent noms announced for 2012 Edgar Awards from Mystery Writers of America, 2012 Left Coast Crime Awards, and the 2012 Barry Awards from Bouchercon). The Malice Domestic convention honors traditional mysteries as typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The category, often referred to as "cozy mysteries," is defined here as "mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence."

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Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Malice Domestic lists its 2011 Agatha Award nominees (Examiner)
02 Hail to the Chief: Presidents Day Mysteries (Mystery Fanfare)
03 Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid unhappily married in Elmore Leonard's ‘Switch’
04 Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season: DVD Talk Review
05 New in crime fiction: The latest mysteries and thrillers (Globe and Mail)
06 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is the catch of the day (The Australian)
07 Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction (The Independent)
08 Crime Beat: Foul language in SA crime fiction, is it f#@%ing necessary? (Books Live)
09 “Just a Lingering Doubt”: Auden and Detective Fiction (Commonweal)
10 Two veterans of crime fiction still shine: Elizabeth George, Michael Connelly (

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