The Macavity Awards are so named in honor of the Mystery Cat – Macavity in

” Members of the Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal and friends of MRI nominate and vote on these awards.

The winners will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Bouchercon Convention held September 15-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This is another great list of mysteries for your reading pleasure.

Winners indicated by **

Best Mystery

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
**  The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney  (Morrow)
The Hot Countries by Tim Hallinan (Soho)
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
The Cartel by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Mystery

Concrete Angel by Patricia Abbott (Polis)
** Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (Morrow)
The Killing Kind by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy  (Putnam)
The Unquiet Dead  by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
On the Road with Del and Louise by Art Taylor (Henery)

Best Critical/Biographical

** The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury Sigma)
Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan (Arcade)
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove)
The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury)

Best Short Story

** “The Little Men” by Megan Abbott (MysteriousPress.com/Open Road)
“On Borrowed Time” by Mat Coward (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
“Sob Sister” by Loren D. Estleman (Detroit Is Our Beat: Tales of the Four Horsemen, Tyrus)
“A Year Without Santa Claus” by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2015)
“Quack and Dwight” by Travis Richardson (Jewish Noir, ed. Kenneth Wishnia, PM Press)
“A Joy Forever” by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, March 2015)

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award

** The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins  (Minotaur)
A Gilded Grave by Shelley Freydont (Berkley Prime Crime)
Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo by C. Joseph Greaves (Bloomsbury)
The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Marian Wood/Putnam)
Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street)
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Bantam)