Annal: 2004 Macavity Award for Best Nonfiction

Results of the Macavity Award in the year 2004.

Book:Make Mine a Mystery

Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction

Gary Warren Niebuhr

If you’ve been searching for a comprehensive readers’ advisory guide for mystery and detective fiction, look no further. With more than 2,500 titles and more than 200 authors, this book will provide you with an excellent overview and a thorough understanding of the genre, from topics of interest, a history of mystery fiction, and subgenres, to hints for advising readers, and a discussion of collection development and preservation techniques. Even with no prior knowledge about the genre, with this guide you will find it easy to answer questions raised by readers. And if you’re an avid reader of mystery and detective fiction, you will love this book as you explore titles and gain an even deeper insight into the genre. Books can be searched by author, title, character, subject, and location. An indispensable resource for librarians and mystery fans.

Book:Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith

Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith

Andrew Wilson

The first and highly anticipated biography of the author of such classics of suspense as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her “peerlessly disturbing” writing. Yet even as her work—her thrillers, short stories, and the pseudonymous lesbian novel The Price of Salt—have found new popularity in the last few years, the life of this famously elusive writer has remained a mystery.

For Beautiful Shadow, the first biography of Highsmith, journalist Andrew Wilson mined the vast archive of diaries, notebooks, and letters that Patricia Highsmith left behind, astonishing in their candor and detail. He interviewed her closest…[more]

Book:Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction Volume III (1990-1999)

Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction Volume III (1990-1999)

Colleen Barnett

“Mystery Women, Volume 3” is an encyclopedia of leading women characters in mystery fiction introduced during the years 1990-1999. It was preceded by “Mystery Women 1 (1860-1979)” and “Mystery Women 2 (1980-1989)”. In each of the three books, the protagonists are described as to appearance, education and career, family status, religious and political interests. There are short reviews of the books in which each appeared. The series was intended not only as a resource for mystery fans,librarians and booksellers, but as a reflection of the way in which women were portrayed in the mystery novel over a period of 150 years. Initially women were victims or villianesses. Success by early sleuths was often based on “intuition” rather than intelligence. Parallels are drawn between the fictional status of women and that which existed in the real world at that time. The impact of world and national events; i.e. World War I and II, the Depression, the Equal Employment! …[more]

Book:A Second Helping of Murder

A Second Helping of Murder: More Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers

Jo Grossman, Robert Weibezahl

This eagerly-awaited follow-up to the Agatha and Macavity Award finalist, A Taste of Murder, features more crime and nourishment from today’s foremost writers of crime fiction. With more than 130 recipes from an entirely new gang of mystery authors, A Second Helping of Murder lets fans enjoy the culinary cravings of such favorites as Elizabeth George, Dick Francis, Elizabeth Peters, Robert Barnard, Claudia Bishop, Alexander McCall Smith, Linda Barnes, George Pelecanos, and dozens more. Whether “meating out justice” or serving up “red herrings,” contributors have provided the cherished recipes of their fictional sleuths or shared a personal favorite. Classic recipe recreations celebrate felonious fare from time-honored mystery writers, including Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, David Dodge, and Roald Dahl. There is even a crossword puzzle from Nero Blanc. Once armed with this collection of tasty recipes, the scene of the crime most definitely will be the kitchen.

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