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Macavity Awards 2018


Macavity Awards 2018

The nominees for the 2018 Macavity Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon in St. Petersburg, Florida, on September 8, 2018.

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 five categories.

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2018 Nominees


Best Novel

  • THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
  • BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
  • GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
  • THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
  • THE FORCE by Don Winslow (William Morrow)

Best First Novel

  • HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
  • THE DRY by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
  • SHE RIDES SHOTGUN by Jordan Harper (Ecco)
  • THE LOST ONES by Sheena Kamal (William Morrow)
  • THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka (Minotaur)
  • LOST LUGGAGE by Wendall Thomas (Poisoned Pen)

Best Nonfiction

  • FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon, by Mattias Bostrom (Mysterious Press)
  • THE STORY OF CLASSIC CRIME IN 100 BOOKS by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen/British Library)
  • CHESTER B. HIMES: A Biography, by Lawrence P. Jackson (W.W. Norton)
  • THE MAN FROM THE TRAIN: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James (Scribner)
  • ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, by Michael Sims (Bloomsbury)
  • LADY KILLERS: Deadly Women Throughout History, by Tori Telfer (Harper Perennial)

Best Short Story

  • “As Ye Sow” by Craig Faustus Buck (PASSPORT TO MURDER: Bouchercon Anthology 2017, Down and Out Books)
  • The #2 Pencil” by Matt Coyle (COAST TO COAST: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, Down & Out Books)
  • “Infinite Uticas” by Terence Faherty (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2017)
  • “Whose Wine is it Anyway?” by Barb Goffman (50 SHADES OF CABERNET, Koehler Books)
  • “Windward” by Paul D. Marks (COAST TO COAST: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, Down & Out Books)
  • “A Necessary Ingredient” by Art Taylor (COAST TO COAST: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea, Down & Out Books)

Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Novel

  • DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Renee Patrick (Forge)
  • THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
  • IN FARLEIGH FIELD by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union Publishing)
  • CAST THE FIRST STONE by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)
  • RACING THE DEVIL by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
  • A RISING MAN by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus)