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Dear Readers,

January has flown by. In between big mystery award announcements (see Edgars & Dilys below); welcoming Mystery News readers; and diving into the MS Blog, Twitter, and Facebook; we're also finishing up a great looking Winter Issue #113, which should be out mid-February.

We're looking forward to bringing you a terrific cover story with Randy Wayne White, as well as a chat with G.M. Malliet, Lawrence Block's memories of Ross Thomas, a tribute to G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown, and a look at P.D. James's new Talking About Detective Fiction. Hope your 2010 is off to a wonderful beginning and we'll see you next month.

Kate Stine

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And the Nominees are...
MWA's Edgar's kickoff the mystery awards season

Poe with Mystery Awards The Mystery Writers of America announced this year's Edgar Award nominees on January 19. MWA's 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2009.Those in the running for Best Novel include: The Missing by Tim Gautreaux, The Odds by Kathleen George, The Last Child by John Hart, Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, Nemesis by Jo Nesbø, and A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn. The Edgar Awards will be presented at the 64th Gala Banquet, April 29, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. A complete list of categories and nominees available here.

The Dilys Awards
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) has also announced the 2010 nominees for the Dilys Award. Named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first mystery specialty bookstore in the United States, the award is given to the mystery title of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The Dilys Award is presented at the Left Coast Crime mystery convention.

2009 Dilys nominees are The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory, The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson, The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville, and The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny, and The Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan. More about The Dilys Award here.

Congratulations to all the nominees!
Crime Novelist Robert B. Parker Remembered by MS Contributors

Robert B. Parker
Prolific crime novelist Robert B. Parker passed away on January 18 at the age of 77, saddening many in the mystery world.

Perhaps best known for detective novels featuring his wise-cracking Boston PI Spenser, Parker penned 60+ titles throughout his career in a variety of genres including westerns, historicals, young adult, and nonfiction writings.

MS Contributors on Parker
"Parker's Spenser, like it or not, has left the biggest mark on the genre in decades. Certainly none of his contemporaries, even those who are arguably better writers, have had as much influence on the genre in terms of popularity and impact." - Kevin Burton Smith

"Trying to gather my thoughts. Still a bit boggled by the news of Parker's passing. As I mentioned earlier, I've been a big fan since the publication of The Godwulf Manuscript... Since that time, I don't think I've missed a single book, and that includes the YA novels." - Bill Crider

"I can't really add anything to all the lovely tributes that have been posted about Parker. His novels helped change the direction of mysteries - a legacy that will live on." - Oline Cogdill

"I'd like to mention a non-series Parker book which I devoured a long time ago, not long after I started work in 1980... it was one of the most gripping thrillers I'd ever read. It's a book called Wilderness, and it's the story of a relatively ordinary man confronting the darker side of life after witnessing a murder, and finding himself plunged into a fight for survival. I really must re-read it to see if it's as good now as it seemed then. I suspect it is." -
Martin Edwards
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