Anthony And Macavity Awards For Best Mystery Announced

January 28, 2011

One of the most prestigious literary awards for mystery writers is the Anthony Award named for Anthony Boucher, one of the founders of  The Mystery Writers Of America.

In 2009, Michael Connelly won the Anthony Best Novel category for The Brass Verdict. The 2010 Best Novel winner was Louise Penny for The Brutal Telling.

Other Best Novel nominees were:

The Last Child by John Hart
The Mystic Arts Of Erasing All Signs Of Death by Charlie Huston
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Shanghai Moon by S J Rozan

The 2009 winner for Best First Novel was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The 2010 winner was A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield.

Other Best First Novel nominees were:

The Sweetness At The bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley
Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
The Ghosts Of Belfast by Stuart Neville
In The Shadow Of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff

The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories.

2009’s Macavity for Best Novel went to Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie. The 2010 Best Mystery Novel Macavity Award went to Ken Bruen and Reed Farrell Coleman for Tower.

Other Best Novel nominees were:

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott
Necessary As Blood by Deborah Crombie
Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
The Shanghai Moon by S J Rozan

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won the 2009 Best First Novel Award. The 2010 Macavity Award for Best First Novel went to Alan Bradley for The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie.

Other Best First Novel nominees were:

Running From The Devil by Jamie Freveletti
A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
The Ghosts Of Belfast by Stuart Neville
A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn

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