Friday, 18 February 2011

Agatha nomination

heavy rains, then sunny, unseasonably warm - temps plus 8

Can you believe it???! I am over the moon celebrating the nomination. BURY YOUR DEAD has been shortlisted for the Agatha Award for Best Novel in the US! This is such an important award - honouring the Grand Dame of mysteries...and so, it has added meaning. On top of that - it's a reader-driven award...the shortlist comes from readers sending in their suggestions.

The nominees are:

Best Novel:
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Best First Novel:
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Best Short Story:
"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron, Crimes by Moonlight
"Size Matters" by Sheila Connolly, Thin Ice
"Volunteer of the Year" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin'
"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Sept./Oct. 2010
"The Green Cross" by Liz Zelvin, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2010

there are two other categories - best non-fiction and best young adult fiction.

Congratulations to everyone!!! I suspect you are as thrilled and excited as I am.

The winner will be announced at this fabulous convention called Malice Domestic. It's held every May in Washington, DC, and is organized by people who love reading crime fiction. One of the many great things about it is its size. It's large enough to draw big name writers, but small enough that you get to run into them in the halls, and at breakfast, and at cocktail parties. You just never know who's in the elevator with you. If you like murder mysteries, consider coming to Malice Domestic. I'll be there. I love Malice Domestic.

On another subject, you might have noticed the weather report. And the lack of tropical photos.

The truth is - we came home from St Lucia early. I know, I know. Yet another piece of evidence for the looney-bin.

We were supposed to be there until this coming Monday - but we left after less than a week - and decided to take our quiet holiday in our Montreal apartment - watching crappy movies, lying on the bed, eating pizza. It was bliss.

The problem was the weather. It is normally sunny and hot in February. It sure was last year. But this year it was unseasonably rainy. Every day. Every night. Torrential rains - and huge winds howling through the slats in the shutters, and the trees. It was just too loud. Like living in a wind tunnel.

I longed for peace. And quiet. And while normally St Lucia would be perfect, this year was different. And I suspect most people would not mind the wind. it really wasn't the rain. It was the sound of the wind. No quiet. Apparently this is extremely unusual.

The villa itself was magical and even better than we dared hope! Absolutely breath-taking. Thrilling. Indeed, we offered it to a friend and his wife and they took it for a week themselves. So we don't feel quite as badly about leaving.

In fact, I think that's one of the great things Michael and I are discovering. If we don't like something, then leave. I actually did check the weather forecast and it was for solid rain for the upcoming that just decided it.

It was a brilliant decision. We were sad it didn't work out - but to cling on to something because we paid, and making ourselves more miserable is something we might have done 20 years ago. maybe even 10. But no more. Life's too short. Cut the loses and find what we do love.

And, ironically, we found it at home. Go figure.

But we decided to keep it quiet so that we could have that peace and quiet. And no guilt about not seeing people. We were, as Michael took to calling it, not in Montreal but in St Lucia adjacent.

Still on vacation until Tuesday, so I don't think you'll hear from me. That's something else I need to respect more - my private time. And I know for sure, from all your comments, that you respect it....more than I do! Thank you for that.

Speak to you next week. Hope whatever you're doing, where ever you are, you're enjoying it!


A. Wright said...

"...but to cling on to something because we paid, and making ourselves more miserable is something we might have done 20 years ago. maybe even 10. But no more. Life's too short. Cut the loses and find what we do love."

What brilliant advise, Louise. I've recently retired and must remember to do just that, to not be rigid and to find what I really want, not what is planned or suggested.

Enjoy your quiet time. I can really relate to that, I love my quiet time.

Great news about BURY YOUR DEAD, and so deserved. Congratulations.


Jules said...

Félicitations pour votre nomination! je n'ai encore rien lu de vous, mais je compte bien modifier cela, car j'entends et je lis beaucoup de bien à votre sujet! Bonnes vacances!

Une future lectrice...

Shelagh, from Michigan said...

Love yours and Michael's decision to stay in Montreal and "vacation." Enjoy the rest of your quiet time.

Diane said...

Congratulations and good luck! What a good decision, one I will think about if I'm ever in the same position. Lots of rest, quiet and good cheer.

A Novel Woman said...

Congratulation and well deserved.

Brenda B. said...

I'm not surprised by the Agatha nomination for Bury Your Dead. It is an absolute tour de force.

As are you. Smart move to leave the rain behind and sneak home to movies and pizza. Know what you love and do it.


Brenda B. in Maine

glenys said...

Congratulations - both on the award nomination (fingers crossed on that!) and on not being afraid to do what makes you happy! Thank you for sharing that.

lil Gluckstern said...

Congratulations on the nomination. Surely, your writing gets more powerful with each book. Glad you decided to please yourselves. As you said,"Life is too short." And you love Montreal. And you have earned your quiet time, enjoy it.

Donna K said...

Good news on the Agatha and leaving the vacation early. i wouldn't be too happy with constant howling wind either. We have done that.. actually left in the middle of the night when already in bed because we missed the dogs and weren't happy with how we felt in the go home..seems like we are still finding out new things about our vacationing style all the time.

Liz said...

Congrats again! I think the best holidays are the ones spent quietly at home. How clever of you to "hide" for a few days. Sounds like bliss.

Linda said...

Like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home!"

Congrats again on your latest nomination - no surprise there. The book was awesome!

LN said...

Bravo pour la nomination à l'Agatha Award. C'est largement mérité. Je viens de terminer The Brutal Telling et juste avant j'avais lu Bury your dead. Je suis devenue depuis une fan inconditionnelle de l'inspecteur Gamache et de votre oeuvre.
Au plaisir de lire encore d'autres aventures à l'ombre de Three Pines.

Miss Diane said...

Félications Louise et bonne chance!

Je suis une nouvelle fan. J'ai lu "The Hangman" en un après-midi et l'ai immédiatement refilé à ma fille. Je lis présentement "Still Life", je suis rendue à la moitié et je traîne mon livre partout où je vais, je suis vraiment mordue!