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St. Martin's Minotaur changes it's name in 2009 to Minotaur Books by (St. Martin's Minotaur 22 January 2009 / ) - St. Martin's Minotaur has a new name starting in 2009; henceforth, the imprint will be known as: Minotaur Books.

St. Martin's Minotaur started in 1999 as the dedicated crime fiction imprint of St. Martin's Press, and over the last ten years has produced a number of award-winning and bestselling titles often appearing on many 'critic's choice' lists. As you may know, the imprint has traditionally labeled the spines of its book jackets as either: St. Martin's Minotaur, or, Thomas Dunne Books/Minotaur, depending on internal editorial origins.

"Minotaur Books" is a slight change in our name, but the quality of our crime fiction remains intact.

Keep an eye out for exciting novels from Minotaur Books coming out this year and beyond! (Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)

Nominees for Dilys Winn Award Announced by ( 19 January 2009 / ) - The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce this year's nominees for the Dilys Winn award, given annually to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers most enjoyed selling. The Dilys Award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first specialty bookstore of mystery books in the United States. The award will be presented at Left Coast Crime in March.

2008 Nominees

    TRIGGER CITY, Sean Chercover, William Morrow
    THE VICTORIA VANISHES, Christopher Fowler, Bantam
    SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY, Deanna Raybourn, Mira
    CHILD 44, Tom Rob Smith, Grand Central
    DAWN PATROL, Don Winslow, Knopf
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Bantam Dell creates website fro crme fiction and suspense novels. by ( 17 January 2009 / ) - Two years. That is how long we at Bantam Dell have been discussing the idea of a site dedicated to great crime fiction and suspense novels. And we found nothing. Or at least nothing that held our interest. Hence: Blood on the Page, a place to find the best crime and suspense fiction with a complete focus on storytelling. The best part: you'll get to reads large chunks of books for free.

We're starting things off with SAFER, a noir thriller by award-winning author Sean Doolittle, who will be blogging on our site. The book comes out in March, but you can sample it now. While there, sign up for the newsletter. It will keep you up-to-date on the newest suspense and crime releases from Bantam Dell, as well as related author audio and video posting, guest bloggers, trailers, and more. (Source: )

Patrick McGoohan dies at 80 by ( 15 January 2009 / ) - McGoohan died Tuesday, January 13th, in Los Angeles after a short illness.

From Los Angeles Times: Patrick McGoohan, a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor who starred as a British spy in the 1960s TV series "Secret Agent" and gained cult status later in the decade as the star of the enigmatic series "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80. (Source: )

Belated Birthday wishes for Sherlock Holmes by ( 09 January 2009 / ) - Some times by the time I hear about a news item, it already happened. So, it was with this article on the Baker Street Irregulars as part of the celebration of Sherlock Holmes Birthday on January 6th. So, if you also forget birthdays, I'm sure Holmes won't mind that we're late to the party -- we'll do better next year.

Donald E. Westlake Died Wednesday, Dec. 31st. by ( 03 January 2009 / ) - From NYT's article: Donald E. Westlake, a prolific, award-winning mystery novelist who pounded out more than 100 books and 5 screenplays on manual typewriters during a career of nearly 50 years, died on Wednesday night. He was 75.

[Ed. Note: I remember scouring the bookshelves in the library looking for the new Westlake. I didn't care what it was about, I just knew if he wrote it would be good. He'll be sorely missed by all in the mystery community.] (Source: )

3rd Annual Balck Orchid Novella Award by ( 01 January 2009 / ) - The WOlfe Pack & AHMM proudly Announce the Third Annual Black Orchid Novella Award.

We are looking for original works of fiction in the tradition of the ratiocinative detective, as exemplified by Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe. Your entry must:

    * Contain no overt sex or violence
    * Emphasize the dedective skills of the sleuth
    * Not include characters form the original series
First prize: $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. (Source: )

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