Mystery Writers’ Awards

Bouchercon by the Bay

PW Daily reports on awards given out at Bouchercon, the annual mystery writers’ convention:

In addition to Tower’s win for Best Novel, Macavity Awards—voted on by members of Mystery Readers International—were also given to Rebecca Cantrell’s A Trace of Smoke (Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award); Hank Phillippi Ryan’s ‘On the House’ (Best Short Story); P.D. James’s Talking About Detective Fiction (Best Mystery Nonfiction); and Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Best First Mystery).

The Barry Awards, voted on by readers of Deadly Pleasures magazine, were also announced during the opening ceremonies. The Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Mystery Fandom was awarded to Len and June Moffatt as well as Captain Bob Napier. Best Short Story went to Brendan DuBois’s ‘The High House Writer;’ Best Paperback Original went to Bryan Gruley’s Starvation Lake; Best British Novel went to Philip Kerr’s If the Dead Rise Not; Best Thriller went to Jamie Freveletti’s Running From the Devil; Best First Novel went to repeat winner Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Best Novel of the Decade went to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; and the Best Novel went to John Hart’s The Last Child.

The Shamus Awards, presented by the Private Eye Writers of America, were awarded at an offsite banquet. Marcia Muller’s Locked In won Best P.I. Novel; Ira Berkowitz’s Sinner’s Ball won Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel; Brad Park’s Faces of the Gone won Best First P.I. Novel; Dave Zeltserman’s ‘Julius Katz’ won Best P.I. Short Story; Marcia Muller’s long-running San Francisco-based series character—and the heroine of the Shamus-winning Locked In—Sharon McCone was honored as Best P.I. Character; and Robert Crais was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

During the closing ceremonies, the Anthony Awards—which are voted on by all Bouchercon attendees—were presented during Sunday brunch. P.D. James won the Best Critical Nonfiction category for her Talking About Detective Fiction; Hank Phillippi Ryan’s ‘On the House’ picked up another award for Best Short Story; Bryan Gruley won a second time for Starvation Lake in the Best Paperback Original Category; Sophie Littlefield’s A Bad Day for Sorry won for Best First Mystery; and Louise Penny’s The Brutal Telling picked up the Best Novel prize.