2012 Macavity And Anthony Mystery Awards Announced

October 17, 2012

Mystery Readers International is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world. It is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers. Started by Janet A. Rudolph in Berkeley, California, it now has members in all 50 of the United States and 18 foreign countries. Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for the Macavity Awards– their favorite mysteries in four categories. The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Best Mystery Novel:

WinnerClaire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Also Nominated:
1222 by Anne Holt
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The Ridge by Michael Koryta
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey
Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski

Best First Mystery Novel:

Winner:  All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
Also Nominated:
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Nazareth Child by Darrell James
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award:

Winner: Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson
Also Nominated:
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
Narrows Gate  by Jim Fusilli
Mercury’s Rise  by Ann Parker
Troubled Bones  by Jeri Westerson
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.

Best Novel

Winner: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Also Nominated:
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Hurt Machine by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Drop by Michael Connelly
One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Best First Novel

Winner: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Also Nominated:
Nazareth Child by Darrell James
All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens
Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson