Checking for Macavities

The nominees for the 2008 Macavity Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed at Bouchercon in October. I sure wouldn’t want to handicap Best First Mystery–some tough compeition there.

Best Mystery Novel

Soul Patch, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House)
The Unquiet, by John Connolly (Atria)
Blood of Paradise, by David Corbett (Ballantine)
Water Like a Stone, by Deborah Crombie (Morrow)
What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)

Best First Mystery

In the Woods, by Tana French (Viking)
Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill (HarperCollins)
The Spellman Files, by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny (Midnight Ink)
The Collaborator of Bethlehem, by Matt Beynon Rees (Soho)

Best Mystery Short Story

“A Rat’s Tale,” by Donna Andrews (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2007)
“Please Watch Your Step,” by Rhys Bowen (The Strand Magazine, Spring 2007)
“The Missing Elevator Puzzle,” by Jon L. Breen (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Feb. 2007)
“Brimstone P.I.” by Beverle Graves Myers (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 2007)
“The Old Wife’s Tale,” by Gillian Roberts (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mar.-Apr. 2007)

Best Mystery Non-Fiction

Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, by Barry Forshaw (Penguin)
Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy, by Jean Gould O’Connell (McFarland)
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley, editors:  (Penguin)
Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers, by Lee Lofland (Writers Digest)
The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians, by Roger Sobin (Poisoned Pen)

Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery

Her Royal Spyness, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley/Prime Crime)
Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin (Putnam)
The Snake Stone, by Jason Goodwin (Farrar/Sarah Crichton)
Consequences of Sin, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne (Viking)
The Gravedigger’s Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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