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Writers on Reading: Elizabeth George
"I hold no book dearer than Possession."

A. S. Byatt's PossessionI would have to say that I hold no book dearer than Possession by A.S. Byatt. For me, this book has it all. It's a real writer's book, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. The term tour de force is over-applied in the writing world, but no other term could be used to describe  Possession. In one breathtaking piece of work, A.S. Byatt writes a Victorian era love story, a modern-era mystery, an epistolary novel, and a number of pieces of Victorian poetry penned by two different poets. All of this Byatt does while maintaining the individual voices of each of the characters.

It is a dazzling work, a sleight of hand unlike anything I've ever read. John Fowles went far with his turn in this direction when he wrote The French Lieutenant's Women. But Byatt takes it into the stratosphere. It's special to me because it's a masterpiece. Really. That's it. It blew me out of the water. I always read "up" and I don't think I've ever read any "upper."

Elizabeth George's This Body of DeathElizabeth George's latest Inspector Lynley novel is
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And the 2010 Edgar Award winners are...
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It's sweet at the top! Congratulations to this year's Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award winners, announced last week. The winners are...

Best Novel
The Last Child, by John Hart

Best First Novel
In the Shadow of Gotham, by Stefanie Pintoff

Best Paperback Original
Body Blows, by Marc Strange

Best Critical/Biographical Book
The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler

Best Fact Crime
Columbine, by Dave Cullen

Best Short Story
"Amapola" in Phoenix Noir, by Luis Alberto Urrea

Best Young Adult Novel
Reality Check, by Peter Abrahams

Best Juvenile
Closed for the Season, by Mary Downing Hahn

Best Television Episode Teleplay
"Place of Execution," Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
"A Dreadful Day" by Dan Warthman from Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award
Awakening by S.J. Bolton

Grand Master
Dorothy Gilman

Raven Awards
Mystery Lovers Bookshop, owned by Mary Alice Gorman & Richard Goldman, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Zev Buffman, International Mystery Writers' Festival

Ellery Queen Award
Poisoned Pen Press, owned by Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald

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