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Edgar Awards Tonight

Tonight the Mystery Writers of America put on their big awards banquet, the Edgar Awards. Yesterday was a one day symposium with the highlight being Stephen King's talk.

The Edgars are Grand Dame awards for Crime Fiction. I have never attended an awards ceremony..... my lack of black tie couture would likely bar me from the proceedings... and the fact that I am not a published mystery writer would take care of the rest.

One of the great things about this community is that the fan based organizations pick up the slack for readers and fans who would like to mingle among the writers of this wonderous genre. B'Con, Left Coast Crime, Sluethfest, Magna Cum Murder, Malice Domestic, etc.

Anyway, you should acquaint yourself with the nominees.

Best Novel

I have read 2/3 rds of only one of the nominees. I should be able to finish up The Pale Blue Eye this week. I also own The Dead Hour by Denise Mina. Hard to handicap a race when you have not read any of the nominees. However, I am not going to let that stop me. I like Denise for this, but I think Nancy Pickard's The Virgin of Small Plains is going to take it.

Best First Novel

I have read Holmes on the Range.... and I also own Cornelia Read's A Field of Darkness. Again difficult to handicap. King of Lies by John Hart feels like a winner. Why? Don't ask impertinent questions.

Paperback Original

I have read none of the nominated so now this is officially the worst Edgar predictor preview ever. Just looking at the cover art... always the best predictor by the way... I have to go with Paul Levine's The Deep Blue Alibi.

There are are more awards, but rather than turn this post into a complete farce, I will again encourage you to check the list of nominees. There are awards for TV and Film, as well as category each for Young Adult and Juvenile fiction.

I wish of the nominees the best of luck, and all of the winners a hardy congratulations. Good luck tonight and have a great time!


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