2020 MACAVITY AWARD NOMINEES


The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2020 Macavity Awards. The 6 nominees in its best mystery novel category are as follows:

Best Mystery Novel:
Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman (Wm. Morrow)
The Chain, by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland)
The Murder List, by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge)
Sarah Jane, by James Sallis (Soho Crime)

Best First Mystery:
The Ninja Daughter, by Tori Eldridge (Agora Books)
My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing (Penguin)
Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books)
One Night Gone, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
Call Me Evie, by J.P. Pomare (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House)

Best Mystery Short Story:
"West Texas Barbecue," by Michael Chandos (The Eyes of Texas, edited by Michael Bracken; Down & Out Books)
"Alex's Choice," by Barb Goffman (Crime Travel, edited by Barb Goffman; Wildside Press)
"The Cardboard Box," by Terence Faherty (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2019)
"Whiteout," by G.M. Malliet (EQMM, Jan/Feb 2019)
"Brother's Keeper," by Dave Zeltserman (EQMM, May/June 2019)
"Better Days," by Art Taylor (EQMM, May/June 2019)

Best Mystery Nonfiction/Critical:
Hitchcock and the Censors, by John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)
Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story, by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan, by Ursula Buchan (Bloomsbury)
Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History, by Peter Houlahan (Counterpoint)
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women, by Mo Moulton (Basic Books)
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall, by James Polchin (Counterpoint Press)

Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery:
Murder Knocks Twice, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger, by L.A. Chandlar (Kensington)
A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder, by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Satapur Moonstone, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Charity's Burden, by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott (Vintage)

The winners will be announced at opening ceremonyies on Friday, October 16 at the Virtual Sacramento Bouchercon.


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