Archive for May, 2010

2010 Arthur Ellis Winners

Howard Shrier has won the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for crime and mystery writing  for his book High Chicago.  (I loved it… check out my review that I wrote earlier.)

Alan Bradley has won for best first novel for his book The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

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The Shadows in the Street

Susan Hill is a favourite author mine. Her latest book Shadows in the Street: A Simon Serrailler Mystery is another in her Simon Serrailler series and it’s a fantastic read, as are her other books in this series. (I suggest you read them all at some point.) Something about British crime writers appeals to me. DCS Simon Serrailler is on leave on the Scottish Isle of Taransay, relaxing after a particularly gruelling case, when he’s called back to Lafferton to help with a string of murders involving prostitutes that has the community freaked out and the authorities calling for an arrest pronto, especially when a couple of women who aren’t involved in prostitution are found murdered as well. The background characters… especially Serrailler’s sister and step-mother, add weight to the story, as do the list of the usual suspects (boyfriends and crazies), all of whom are grilled by the officers including a new member of the team, DS (Detective Sergeant) Ben Vanek – who at times seems a bit too keen and eager to crack the case. It’s a fantastic read, and it’s the kind of story where you’re not left with any loose ends to figure out for yourself. A “proper” story, well written and it never lets you down. A cracking-good read (as the British might say) especially for your summer reading list.

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New Release

Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother (which I assume you’ve read – if not, why haven’t you?), has a new book coming out this week. It’s called Boom and I can’t wait to check it out. He is one author who never disappoints and is well worth reading.

… just discovered (weeks after writing the above) that Boom is for young readers, not adults. Disappointed? Well, YES. Here I thought I’d have something to look forward to from an author I really like. Darn!!

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More Canadian Award-winners!

For the third time in a row Louise Penny has won the Agatha Award, the world’s top English-language mystery writing award. This time it’s for The Brutal Telling. Last year it was for The Cruelest Month and the year before A Fatal Grace. How wonderful is that!

Another Canadian writer, Alan Bradley, won the award for Best First Novel for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

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