Bloody Words, Canada’s largest convention of mystery fiction, has revealed the shortlist for its first annual Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, a prize recognizing mystery novels that soften the gore, violence, and sex typical of the genre in favour of a more lighthearted tone.
The wide-ranging shortlist includes a volume from an internationally published series, a story about a put-upon Floridian bartender, an Arthur Ellis“winning paranormal debut, a novel featuring a rogue 911 operator, and the first book in a sewing-themed series.
The nominated books are:
- Alan Bradley, A Red Herring without Mustard (Doubleday Canada)
- Phyllis Smallman, Champagne for Buzzards (McArthur & Company)
- Gloria Ferris, Cheat the Hangman (Imajin Books)
- Mary Jane Maffini, The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder (Berkley Prime Crime)
- Janet Bolin, Dire Threads (Berkley Prime Crime)
The jury will present writers with the $1,000 prize at the Bloody Words XII banquet in Toronto on June 2.