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Sunday, July 18, 2021


cj Sez: Applause and congratulations to the 2021 Malice Domestic* Agatha Awards Winners!

   When the pandemic necessitated cancelling the in-person Malice Domestic in 2020 and then again in 2021, the Malice Board of Directors decided the second cancellation gave the organization an opportunity to try something new . . . ergo, MORE THAN MALICE, a virtual Malice Domestic Festival, was born. The idea was to fill the in-person conference void “by allowing their community to gather in a virtual environment for a fun and informative weekend.”

   And it worked. This year’s winners were announced July 17 at “More than Malice,” the virtual Malice Domestic Festival.

   For your reading enjoyment, here’s a list of the winning stories and their award-winning authors (maybe your favorite is among the winners):

Best Contemporary Novel
   All the Devils are Here, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Best Historical Novel 
   The Last Mrs. Summers, by Rhys Bowen (Berkeley)
Best First Novel
   Murder at the Mena House, by Erica Ruth Neubauer (Kensington)
Best Short Story 
"Dear Emily Etiquette," by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct)
Best Non-Fiction
   Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock, by Christina Lane (Chicago Review Press)
Best Children's/YA
   Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, by Richard Narvaez (PiƱata Books) 

 (*Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is a fan convention that takes place each year in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Malice celebrates the Traditional Mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore or violence.)
Writerly/Readerly quote:
“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” - Louis L’Amour.
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And now a few words from my sponsors:
   Someone said, it’s never too soon to start your Christmas shopping (I think it was one of my kids). These anthologies make wonderful gifts, filled with timeless stories that are wonderful reads all year long. 

   Bonus points: Part of the proceeds of three of them benefits charities.

And new for 2021...

   THE DAWGSTAR is available as an eBook
and as a paperback  Amazon Buy Now

   DEATH ON THE YAMPA is available as an eBook
as a paperback  Buy Paperback Yampa
and as a #SCREAM, series phone app. There are hundreds of authors and their mystery/suspense stories available on #SCREAM. All you have to do is load up the app and search for the author’s name.


   Draft2Digital tells me that you can ask your local library to order my eBooks for you. You’ll need to give them the ISBN number of the title you want to borrow. I’ve listed mine below.
THE DAWGSTAR … ISBN 978-17369146-0-1
DEATH ON THE YAMPA … ISBN 978-1-7369146-1-8


   That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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If you’d like me to autograph or personalize one of my books for you, be sure to tell them, and I’ll run by the shop.
   The Haunted Bookshop has re-opened to limited hours (and they have an awesome bookstore kitty, Mr. Bingley), so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.
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