Having been a lead judge for one of these categories I can tell you how difficult it is to sift through hundreds of entries and get consensus on just a handful.
I know a lot of these nominees personally so I can't get into commenting individually, but I will say congratulations on being nominated for this v important honor in the mystery world.
I always wondered about the people who worked behind the scenes in WWII to forge documents so people could evade the Nazis. One such person was Adolfo Kaminsky, who died last week. He went blind in one eye from working ceaselessly to create passports, birth certificates, ration cards, and so on.
His daughter wrote a book called Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life. Here is the Amazon link:
I won't be reading Harry's SPARE. The coverage of it has been so intense and widespread, I don't feel the need to. And now he's started to hint of even darker revelations to come in Book Two. (SPARED?) The publishers need him to earn out that massive multi-million advance for the two books.
Instead I'll be rereading Richard Osman's THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE, which is a little miracle of a book and deserving of all the praise it has received. Joyce, one of his creations, is a perfect character. You start to worry about all the characters, who are in their 70s. You want them all to live to be a hundred. But Osman is hinting one of them may be leaving us in a future book, possibly the next in series. I hope not.
California is very much on my mind. I have family and friends there, up and down the state, and they're all being affected by the continuing deluge. We used to think we'd move there one day but honestly, it's not looking likely anymore.
Sending wishes for everyone's safety.
Kindle Unlimited Deal - 2 Max Books
I'm not sure how long this promotion will run. It's up to the publisher. But if you are a KU customer, it's free, and I'd be happy if this promo introduces you to a new series. There are 7 books in the series, soon to be one more (Sept 2023).
Writing books for children
To be precise, picture books of about 700 words maximum, for young children. I took a course in this the other day from Lucky Platt, online. Learned a lot. Probably mostly learned that children's books are a lot harder to write than they look! Also, that I'm probably more a Young Adult writer than a Picture Book writer. ;-)
.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.