Two organizations just presented their 2008 awards for mysteries written in 2007.
Agatha Award - given by Malice Domestic, Ltd., in honor of Agatha Christie. The Best Novel award went to Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (shelved in Mystery).
Edgar Allan Poe Award - given by the Mystery Writers of America in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The Best Novel category was won by John Hart for Down River (shelved in Fiction).
Several more awards will be presented during the year, including the Dagger and Shamus Awards.
You will see in the Mystery section that winning titles are labeled with a sticker that says Award Winner.
Attention fans of the Milan Jacovich series by Les Roberts. He's back!
Roberts has finally written a new Jacovich book set in Cleveland, the first since 2002. The King of the Holly Hop is due to be published in June. Here is a synopsis from Roberts' website (http://www.lesroberts.com):
"Going to your high school reunion is never fun ... but this time it's murder. When Milan Jacovich reluctantly attends the 40th reunion of his St. Clair High School graduating class and one of his classmates is found shot dead and another quickly becomes the main suspect, Milan is drawn into the case -- and put in a very awkward position, as he discovers the dark secrets of old friends he thought he knew. Milan's hunt for the real killer leads him through the intertwined worlds of Cleveland's medical community, organized crime, polite suburban society and hardcore drug dealers."