Agatha Award nomination

Still cannot believe this happened, but “The Blue Ribbon” has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the short story category. Thank you so much, Malice community, and congratulations to all of the nominees!

The Agatha Award Nominees
(for works published in 2019)

Best Contemporary Novel
Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
Fair Game by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
A Better Man by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best First Mystery Novel
A Dream of Death by Connie Berry (Crooked Lane Books)
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House, a division of Harlequin)
Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins (Minotaur)
When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano (Encircle Publications)
Staging for Murder by Grace Topping (Henery Press)

Best Historical Mystery
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Penquin)
Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger by L. A. Chandlar (Kensington)
Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan (Winter Goose Publishing)

Best Nonfiction
Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)
Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrified Los Angeles by Julia Bricklin (Lyons Press)
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf)
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton (Basic Books)
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

Best Children/Young Adult
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak (Disney Hyperion)
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen MacManus (Delacorte Press)
The Last Crystal by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press)
Top Marks for Murder (A Most Unladylike Mystery)
by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
Jada Sly, Artist and Spy by Sherri Winston (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Best Short Story
“Grist for the Mill” by Kaye George in A Murder of Crows (Darkhouse Books)
“Alex’s Choice” by Barb Goffman in Crime Travel (Wildside Press)
“The Blue Ribbon” by Cynthia Kuhn in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)
“The Last Word” by Shawn Reilly Simmons, Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)
“Better Days” by Art Taylor in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Lefty Award Nomination

Congratulations to all of the Lefty Award nominees! Honored that The Subject of Malice is in the company of books by authors I admire so very much. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Lila Maclean series. ♥︎

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Ellen Byron, Fatal Cajun Festival (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Leslie Karst, Murder from Scratch (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Cynthia Kuhn, The Subject of Malice (Henery Press)
  • Catriona McPherson, Scot & Soda (Midnight Ink)
  • Wendall Thomas, Drowned Under (Poisoned Pen Press)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel. (Bruce Alexander Memorial) for books covering events before 1970. The nominees are:

  • Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice (Minotaur Books)
  • L.A. Chandlar, The Pearl Dagger (Kensington Books)
  • Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington Books)
  • Jennifer Kincheloe, The Body in Griffith Park (Seventh Street Books)
  • Sujata Massey, The Satapur Moonstone (Soho Crime)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Tori Eldridge, The Ninja Daughter (Agora Books)
  • Angie Kim, Miracle Creek (Sarah Crichton Books)
  • Tara Laskowski, One Night Gone (Graydon House)
  • John Vercher, Three-Fifths (Agora Books)
  • Carl Vonderau, Murderabilia (Midnight Ink)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay (Ecco)
  • Tracy Clark, Borrowed Time (Kensington Books)
  • Matt Coyle, Lost Tomorrows (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Rachel Howzell Hall, They All Fall Down (Forge Books)
  • Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books)

Tattered Cover Bookstore Event

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2 pm ~ Tattered Cover-Colfax

Mystery Book Talks and Signings with Margaret Mizushima, Jennifer Kincheloe, Scott Graham, Cynthia Kuhn, and Nora Page

Margaret Mizushima will discuss and sign Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery ($26.99 Crooked Lane Books). Two brutal murders, a menacing band of poachers, and a fearsome creature on the loose in the mountains plunge Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo into a sinister vortex.

Jennifer Kincheloe will discuss and sign The Body in Griffith Park ($15.95 Seventh Street Books), an Anna Blanc mystery novel. After discovering the body of a young gambler and recieving strange floral arrangements from an unknown admirer, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes, even if it means losing the man she loves.

Scott Graham will discuss and sign Arches Enemy (National Park Mystery #5) ($15.95 Torrey House Press). A famed sandstone arch in Utah’s Arches National Park collapses and takes a woman atop it to her death, ensnaring archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family in lethal questions of environmental monkeywrenching and political intrigue.

Cynthia Kuhn will discuss and sign The Subject of Malice (Lila MacLean Academic Mystery #4) ($15.95 Henery Press). During a literary conference at Tattered Star Ranch, an influential scholar is murdered. Someone has clearly taken the theme of Malice in the Mountains to heart. But this shocking crime is only the beginning.

Nora Page will discuss and sign Read on Arrival: A Bookmobile Mystery ($26.99 Crooked Lane Books). Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book puts senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.

For more information, please visit the Tattered Cover Bookstore calendar.

Great Escapes Blog Tour 2019

July 23-August 5

The Subject of Malice is now available and going on a blog tour! Thanks to Great Escapes and all of the hosts. For more information, please click here.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

July 23 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

July 23 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

July 24 – Carstairs Considers – REVIEW

July 24 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT*

July 25 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 26 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 27 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 28 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

July 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 29 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

July 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 31 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 – Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen – REVIEW  

August 1 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

August 2 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

August 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

The Subject of Malice Launch Party

Please save the date! You are invited to the Facebook launch party for The Subject of Malice (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #4) on July 24, 2019 at 5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern.

How to attend: Visit the event page, click “going,” and invite your friends! The more, the merrier. Once the party begins, all you have to do is click on the discussions tab to participate.


About the book:

The Subject of Malice (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #4). Henery Press. July 23, 2019.

The organizers have rustled up plenty of surprises for the literary conference at Tattered Star Ranch. But the murder of an influential scholar wasn’t on the program—someone has clearly taken the theme of Malice in the Mountains to heart. This shocking crime is only the beginning: other dangers and deceptions are soon revealed.

English professor Lila Maclean has a full agenda: she must convince a press to publish her book (possibly), ace her panel presentations (hopefully), and deal with her nemesis (regrettably). However, when Detective Lex Archer requests Lila’s academic expertise, she agrees to consult on the case. While her contributions earn high marks from her partner, it could be too late; the killer is already taking aim at the next subject. As Lila races to keep her colleagues alive, publish or perish takes on new meaning.

“A pure delight from page one. Cynthia Kuhn’s Lila Maclean mysteries will cure what ails you. Funny and fantastic.” — Becky Clark, author of the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries

“An intelligent, witty mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.” — Libby Klein, Author of the Poppy McAllister Mysteries

“Lila’s latest adventure is full of high drama and high crimes. Such FUN!” — Julie Mulhern, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Country Club Murders

“A twisty mystery with a gentle, gracious humor and a touch of whimsy. Reading it is like spending the afternoon with a best friend.” — Keenan Powell, Lefty and Agatha nominated author of the Maeve Malloy mystery series

“Smart, action-packed, and immensely satisfying. . . I love this series, and it just keeps getting better.” —Wendy Tyson, author of Rooted in Deceit

“Absolutely addictive.” — Kathleen Valenti, Lefty and Agatha nominated author of the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries


Available for pre-order from Henery Press in bookstores and online:
Amazon  Barnes & Noble  IndieBound  iTunes  Kobo

Get Lit Pop Up Book Club

Who: You are invited

What: Pop Up Book Club, featuring The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett ~ presentation by Dodie Ownes and discussion with authors Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, and Barbara Nickless

Where: Denver Distillery, 244 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Why: To Get Lit(erature)

When: April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

How: Ever thought about joining a book club, but hate to miss happy hour? Get Lit is the best of both worlds! We’ll discuss the crime classic The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett while sipping on cocktails.

Sponsored by the Denver Public Library. For more information, please visit denverlibrary.org.