Catching up again from three states away (or four, depending on how you drive): I’m very excited to hear that Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know has won top honors at the Anthony Awards presentation at this year’s Bouchercon — nice honors for a book that should have at least been nominated for the Edgars this year but was harshly overlooked. Lippman also won a Macavity and a Barry for the same novel over a busy weekend, and a second Anthony for her short story “Hardly Knew Her.”
I’m also hugely thrilled about the Anthony for Best First Novel being awarded to Tana French’s In the Woods, another of my own personal favorite crime novels from last year and a book that very much deserved the Edgar she took home back in May.
Other winners included: A Thousand Bones, by P.J. Parrish, for Best Paperback Original; and Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Charles Foley, for Best Critical Non-fiction. Complete information on winners should be posted soon at Bouchercon’s official site, but just wanted to celebrate a few great books here.
— Art Taylor