Congratulations to Lee Child, awarded this year's Diamond Dagger, which is voted on by members of the Crime Writers Association and celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction. Past winners include Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Elmore Leonard. In 2012 the award went to Frederick Forsyth.
The Malice Domestic Conference announced nominations for the annual Agatha Awards, including Best Novel nods to The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis; A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet; The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron; The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny; and The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Mystery Scene Magazine's Winter Issue #128 includes a conversation with crime fiction icon Sue Grafton, who takes some unexpected detours as she reveals the complicated family history that has informed her immensely popular Kinsey Millhone novels; Ed Gorman shares his take on his favorite John D. MacDonald novels; Mystery Scene's critics offer their Fave Raves of 2012, Daniel Stashower discusses how Alan Pinkerton foiled a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln, and much more.
Suspense Magazine's February issue is also out, with romances that end in betrayal, murder and revenge for Valentine season. The author lineup includes Robert Crais, Alan Russell, Jeri Westerson, Robin Burcell, Stuart MacBride, Betty Webb, Mary Daheim, Andrew Gross, Lisa Gardner and Michael Symon (a/k/a the Iron Chef).
The latest issue of Jack Lehman's Lit Noir magazine is out, with fiction from K A Laity, B R Stateham and more, as well as book recommendations from Paul D. Brazill.
Theresa de Valence has posted the annual "Memorable Books" list culled from recommendation on the DorothyL listserv. The top vote-getter was The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, followed closely by No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Megan Abbott chatting with Pulpetti about the definition of noir and some exciting news about her novel Dare Me; and Crimespree's fun Lego interviews continues with Duane Swierczynski.