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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Edgars

I've been looking over The Edgar Winners and Nominees, and of course, jotting down some titles.  I've read two of the nominees for Best Novel, Faithful Place by Tana French (which I didn't like nearly as well as her first two novels, both of which I loved) and Laura Lippman's I'd Know You Anywhere (which I liked much better than I expected).  On my list already were Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and the winner of the Best Novel, The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton.

Of those nominated for Best First Novel, I've only read Snow Angels by James Thompson.  Didn't like this one at all and won't be reading his second novel.  Too graphic, among other things.  The winner was Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva, which I'll look for at the library.

Haven't read any in the Paperback, Best Fact Crime, or Best Critical Biography categories, although Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang was already on my list.  A recent review in the paper made this one sound well worth reading.

I'm interested, too, in Jo Nesbo, another Scandanavian crime author.  Think I'll start with some of his older novels before moving on to The Snow Man, the one that is getting such buzz right now.

Lately, crime and mystery novels have been taking top priority around here. 


 Remember my review of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating?  Well, Bryce Eleanor found a tiny snail shell in the garden, and I used it when I was creating another eccentric little doll.  His name is Augustus, and I gave him a little book of his own, but The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is on his library list.

More on Augustus and his creation here.


  1. I have a bit of hard time with the Edgars. Somehow, they never appeal as much as some of the other awards - Agatha, Anthony, ones like that. I'm reading FAITHFUL PLACE right now for my mystery group meeting in June. I've already read IN THE WOODS, which I liked a lot. Have not read THE LIKENESS. We'll see what happens. :-)

  2. Jenclair-what a great creation Augustus is!!! I love that you used the small snail shell that BE found.

  3. I'm with Kay, I feel like say "huh" when the Edgars come out. Then again, I'm always so behind on my reading :)

    Love Augustus! What talent you have Jenclair!

  4. Kay - Eager to hear what you think of Faithful Place. The Likeness featured Cassie, and I liked it a lot!

    Sherri - Thanks! The snail shell determined this fellow's fate :)

    Iliana - I'm always behind on reading AND reviewing. I've got several reviews scheduled, but since I continue just doesn't seem to get caught up.