News: April, 2014

…and a Bony Blithe nomination

Apr 27, 2014

Miss Montreal, my fourth Jonah Geller novel, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Bony Blithe Award.

The Bony Blithe was created by the Bloody Words Board to shine a spotlight on light mysteries—“books that make us smile”—and brings a cash prize of $1,000. Both the shortlist and winner are picked by a jury.

I was frankly surprised by the nomination, since the Bony Blithe is usually awarded to books with a minimum of violence and profanity, and no one has ever accused me of that!

But it I do appreciate it, because I like to leaven my books with humour. They have gotten darker as the series progressed, because of the things Jonah has seen and done, and had done to him and the people around him. But too much darkness wears readers down, in my opinion. A laugh here and there breaks the tension in positive ways.

The award will be given out at the Bloody Words banquet June 7, two days after the Arthur Ellis awards.

Whatever happens, it should be an exciting week.

Miss Montreal nominated for Arthur Ellis Award

Apr 27, 2014

My fourth Jonah Geller novel, Miss Montreal, has been nominated for Canada’s top crime writing prize: the Arthur Ellis Award.

It’s my third nomination. Buffalo Jump won the Arthur for Best First Novel of 2008; High Chicago won for Best Novel of 2009.

The awards will be given out at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club Thursday, June 5.

Wish me luck!