The Macavity nominations were announced last week, and since I hadn't seen anything about them here, I thought I'd through up a notice. This is purely for public interest, not because I've got a nominated story. Really.

This was copied from the press release from MRI, by the way.

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Macavity Award Nominations Announced

The Macavity Awards are nominated by and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International and subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal. The awards will be presented in October at Bouchercon in Indianapolis.

BEST MYSTERY NOVEL:
Trigger City by Sean Chercover (Wm. Morrow)
Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie (Wm. Morrow)
The Dying Breed (UK)/ The Price of Blood (US) by Declan Hughes (John Murray/ Wm. Morrow)
The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason (Minotaur)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Fault Tree by Louise Ure (Minotaur)

BEST FIRST MYSTERY
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster)
An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt (Onyx)
A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Harper; Headline)
The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell (Minotaur)

BEST NONFICTION/CRITICAL:
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland)
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories by Leonard Cassuto (Columbia Univ.)
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perseverance Press)
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction by David Geherin (McFarland)
Edgar Allan Poe : An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Harry Lee Poe (Metro)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (Walker)

BEST MYSTERY SHORT STORY:
"The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron (Wolfsbane & Mistletoe, ed. by Harris & Kelner, Penguin)
"A Sleep Not Unlike Death" by Sean Chercover (Hardcore Hardboiled, ed. by Todd Robinson, Kensington)
"Keeping Watch Over His Flock" by Toni L. P. Kelner (Wolfsbane & Mistletoe, ed. by Harris & Kelner, Penguin)
"Scratch a Woman" by Laura Lippman (Hardly Knew Her, Wm. Morrow)
"Between the Dark and the Daylight" by Tom Piccirilli (EQMM, Sep/Oct 2008)

SUE FEDER MEMORIAL HISTORICAL MYSTERY:
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Stealing Trinity by Ward Larsen (Oceanview)
The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss (Thorndike/ Random House UK)
Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (Michael Joseph/ Delacorte)
Nox Dormienda by Kelli Stanley (Five Star)

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I've been conferring with the other short story nominees to try to get their stories posted, but so far only mine and Dana's are online. We're hoping EQMM will post Tom's, but it looks as if publisher obligations will keep Laura and Sean from posting theirs. However, the books containing their stories are easy to find, and well worth buying.

Links are...

"Keeping Watch Over His Flock"
http://tonikelner.wordpress.com/keeping-watch-over-his-flock/

"The Night Things Changed"
http://www.danacameron.com/2009/02/for-your-agatha-consideration.html

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Congrats on the short story nomination, Toni. Nice crowd to hang out with .....
Thanks, Jack. I'm stoked about it.

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