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Hank Phillippi Ryan with Book Cover for Say No More

Hank is Coming! Hank is Coming! Hank is Coming!

written by Patricia

 We'll Talk about Say No More and get the inside lowdown on investigative reporting from our very favorite Emmy/Edward R. Murrow award winning reporter on Channel 5 in Boston; who also just so happens to write TWO award-winning mystery series. Our novel is the latest in the Jane Ryland series, which has been nominted this year for both a Mary Higgins Clark award and an Agatha award.

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Bouchercon - The World Crime Convention -- Has Announced the 2017 Anthony Award Nominees!

written by Patricia

Crossing all sub-genres of mystery and hosting perhaps the biggest mystery convention for fans, authors, and publishers, these awards are named for the highly respected NYT reviewer of mysteries Anthony Boucher. See who is the running this year!

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Here are the 2017 Edgar Award Winners!

written by Patricia

Once again Mystery Writers of America (MWA) met in New York City to present the Edgar statues to this year's Winners. 

Julia Keller with A Killing in the Hills book safe

May Meeting

written by Patricia

This month we visit the “beautiful, crime-ridden town of Acker's Gap in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains when we read and discuss A Killing in the Hills by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller.  It is the author’s debut novel, and it introduces us to prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins. Nominated for numerous mystery awards, it won the Barry award for Best First Novel, and will be a new author for our group to enjoy! As for the story...

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The 2017 Agatha Award Winners Announced at the "Malice Domestic" Mystery Con

written by Patricia

The winners of the prestigious Agatha awards were announced last Saturday at the 29th annual Malice Domestic mystery convention. Among them are names you'll all know -- and who have spoken with our group!

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Our Discussion and Call On: "Them Bones" with Carolyn Haines

written by Patricia

There are two things we can definitely tell you about Carolyn Haines and her books: her setting and characters are Southern – down to the bone, and if she doesn’t tickle your funny bone – you don’t have one! 

International Thriller Awards 2017 Nomineees - Now with LLD Catalog Links!

The 2017 International Thriller Award Nominees Have Been Announced!

written by Patricia

An ever more popular mystery/crime award, the International Thriller Awards are given at Thrillerfest in New York City each year. The catagories are: Best Hardback Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original Novel, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult Novel, and Best e-Book Original Novel. To check out this year's nominees...

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Just a Few Fun Moments at the First Annual "Murder & Mayhem in Chicago" Convention!

written by Patricia

MAF members attended this brand-new mystery con in force on Saturday, March 11th -- where a great time was had by all!

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Our Discussion and Skype On: "No One Knows" by J.T. Ellison

written by Patricia

After our meeting there was one thing we all knew – J. T. Ellison rocks! 

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Check Out One of Our "March Mystery Madness Books", & Find a New (to You!) Author Friend!

written by Patricia

Lisle Library is celebrating "March Madness" with mysteries! 

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Murder and Mayhem in Chicago is This Saturday!!

written by Patricia

Headlined by Sara Paretsky and William Kent Krueger (the author of Ordinary Grace), the inaugural Murder and Mayhem in Chicago mystery convention is finally here! Links to the Schedule and Speakers are given in this post!

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Our Discussion On: "Mycroft Holmes" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

written by Patricia

Did you know that basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also a Sherlockian? Here's what our group deduced from reading the "evidence" -- Mycroft Holmes

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And the Mystery Award Season Continues -- With the Agatha Award Nominees (& Links to our copies of the books)!

written by Patricia

One of mystery's most prestigious awards, the Agatha awards are given each year at the Malice Domestic convention in the Wahsington, D.C. area. This is a great source for traditional, classic, and cozy fans in particular!

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Hey Oscars -- It's the Mystery Awards season too! Here's the 2017 Edgar Award Nominees - Updated with Catalog Links!

written by Patricia

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA)voting  members are professionally published authors -- many of them are your favorite and NYT best-sellers. See what made their list this year...

Paula Hawkins with Girl on the Train cover

Our Discussion On: "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins

written by Patricia

Thanks to Judy we know that 78 suburban libraries listed "The Girl on the Train" as the number one most popular book of 2016. What did MAF members make of this highly popular thriller?

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