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October 25-27, 2013

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Magna cum Murder XIX: October 25-27, 2013


A few of our 2013 Magna authors have book news!


Hank and MH Clark Banquet keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan's newest thriller, the best-selling The Other Woman, just won the MWA/MARY HIGGINS CLARK award.


Awarded by Mary Higgins Clark herself as part of the Edgar Ceremonies in New York, The Other Woman and is also now an Anthony Award nominee! The awards will be given this September at Bouchercon in Albany, NY. The novel was also an Agatha nominee for Best Novel.


Anthony Bidulka - The first book in my new thriller series, When The Saints Go Marching In (Insomniac Press), featuring disaster recovery agent Adam Saint is being released this month, May 2013. The eighth book in my award-winning mystery series featuring world-traveling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking detective Russell Quant, Dos Equis (Insomniac Press) is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award - Best Men's Mystery. Winners to be announced June 2013 in New York City. 


Jeanne M. Dams - My newest book, Murder at the Castle 

(Severn House) just came out in America, and I was told by the book dealers at Malice Domestic that the first printing is already sold out! Good news, but also bad news, because it meant there were no copies to sell at the convention. I hope they do a reprint very soon, so there'll be some for Magna. 


John Gilstrap - The fifth novel in my suspense/thriller Jonathan Grave series, High Treason, comes out in July.


Ellen Hart - My newest book is Rest for the Wicked.  It's been nominated for this year's Lambda Literary Award as well as the Golden Crown Literary Award. Audible recently bought all my Jane Lawless mysteries, and Bywater Books recently licensed the trade paperback rights for my last four St. Martin's hardcovers.  Two will be released in October--The Mirror and the Mask, and The Cruel Ever After. Also, the newest Jane Lawless mystery, Taken by the Wind, will also be released in October from St. Martin's/Minotaur.


Ted Hertel, Jr. - My latest publication is a short story entitled "A Knack for Death."  It is in the anthology To Hell in a Fast Car (published by Dark Quest Books), released in January of this year. Additionally, I was elected to MWA's National Board for the two-year term starting in January 2013.


William Kent Krueger - My novel Ordinary Grace has been nominated for the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association's Bookseller's Choice Award for best work of fiction. The winner will be announced at the Heartland Forum in Chicago in October. Then, the thirteenth novel in my Cork O'Connor series, Tamarack County, will be published in August. 


Molly MacRae - My book Last Wool and Testament, first in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries from NAL/Penguin, won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal Novel at Love is Murder in February. Dyeing Wishes, the second book in the series, comes out in July. 


Eleanor Sullivan - The second book in my singular village mystery series, Graven Images, will be released September 1st. In the meantime, Cover Her Body, the first book featuring a midwife in 1830s Ohio, has just been released on audio and the German translation will be out in June.


And news from previous Guests of Honor...

Charles (and Caroline) ToddWe have a short story, "The Honour of Dundee" in the latest MWA Anthology, The Mystery Box, edited by Brad Metzger, which came out April 30. Rutledge came out at the end of January, his latest case, Proof of Guilt, which hit the Times best seller list. We've turned in the manuscript for next January's Rutledge, called Hunting Shadows.


The newest Bess Crawford, A Question of Honor, is set to debut in late August.  It starts out in India when the Colonel Sahib was Colonel of the Regiment, and then moves to England and the Great War, ten years later. Last year's novella, The Walnut Tree, which is neither Bess nor Rutledge, is coming out this autumn in soft cover. The Bess Crawford from last June, An Unmarked Grave, was shortlisted for the Best Historical Novel Agatha, at Malice Domestic.  It was a very strong group of five contenders.  We didn't win, but we had a great time over the weekend as we always do. And that's just the first half of the year! 


SJ RozanUnfortunately, I cannot make it to Magna 2013 because I'll be in China!  But wanted to share a workshop I'm leading in July/August. Crime Writing and Genre Fiction

Thanks!  Hope to see you next year!



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