Saturday, April 9, 2011

Name that award!

ROSEMARY: Okay the movies have the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the lesser known Razzies (awarded to titanically bad films.) We've got Grammys, Tonys, Emmys and probably more female-sounding awards I've never heard of. And the mystery community has no shortage of honors it bestows. Bouchercon has the Anthony, MWA has the Edgar and Malice Domestic has the Agatha. There are Barrys, Davids, Macavitys, Loveys, Leftys, Watsons, Dilys Winns, Nero Wolfes and for all I know the Moes, the Larrys and the Curlys. Time to put your thinking caps on - if you were coming up with an award for an accomplishment in the mystery community - or not - what would it be called and what would it be for? Best answer wins a copy of Slugfest which comes out next Tuesday!!

12 comments:

Janet said...

I would give the Knock Off award. It would be for the best way of killing someone - creative, surprising, possibly entertaining, never heard of way of a killing. I love mysteries and the thought processes you authors use always amazes me!

Diane said...

I would like to see "The Puzzler Award" given to the mystery author who writes the best "whodoneit".

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

The Drew? The Nick and Nora? The Grafton?

Laura DiSilverio said...

The Baroness. Given for the series whose characters continue to grow and change and surprise us, even eight, twelve, twenty books into a series. (Named for Baroness PD James and her wonderful Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. Could alternately be called The George for Elizabeth George and her marvelous Detective Lynley novels.)

Liz V. said...

Perhaps "Crime Scene Award" or "Crime Scene Ribbon" for police procedurals.

Rochelle Staab said...

The Carolyn Keene for best novel in a ghost written mystery series.

The Falcon (or the Maltese Falcon) for best MacGuffin in a mystery novel.

The Cabot Cove for best small town in a new mystery series.

...and for worst mystery of the year: the coveted Red Herring Award.

Pat Marinelli said...

Gold Badge Award for the best Detective series.

The Glock for the best police procedural.

The Handcuffs for the worst police procedural.

I do like the Nick and Nora, the Cabot Cove, and the Red Herring awards.

Dru said...

"Book Em" Award for great finish.

Rhys Bowen said...

How about the Body of Work award for long time mystery writers like moi? It could be a body, of course.

Silver James said...

I'm late today. Sorry! How about the Ellery for lifetime achievement award. The Hardy (or Drew-Hardy) for the best YA mystery. And the Spade for the best crime noir novel.

And you forgot the Dauphne for best romantic mystery. :D

PK the Bookeemonster said...

If I were to be the one naming the nominees and then ultimately the winner... I'd name it after me: The Bookeemonster.

Jungle Red Writers said...

As the sole judge of this little contest I'm calling it a tie between the Book 'Em and the Knock Off...first because I think endings are sadly overlooked by many authors. And I can totally understand that...you've written 300 pages, you know who did it, the reader knows who did it. Wrapping up is hard.

And the knock off because juist shooting someoen can be so boring.

Ladies...send me your smail mail addys @rovideo@aol.com and I will send you both signed copies of Slugfest. Cheers, Rosemary