Monday, May 2, 2011


Canadian crime writers rock!

So, this is not Mary Jane Maffini blogging although it is her day. I've given her the day off. Shouldn't a winner get some extra perks? And in case you haven't kept up with the good news, Mary Jane won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story at the Malice Domestic conference this past weekend!

Although being an award winner is not something new for our gal, it is especially exciting since it's an award given out in the U.S., voted on by those attending the conference, so mainly Americans. What an honour in the cosy mystery market! It's like breaking into a new market all over again.

This award is for a short story that appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery magazine, the Sept/Oct issue. Hope you'll give it a read at http:www/ Her two previous awards have been the prestigious Arthur Ellis from Crime Writers of Canada, again in the Short Story category, beginning with 'Cotton Armour', which appeared in The Ladies Killing Circle, the first anthology for the group. For a complete list of her many nominations and wins, visit Mary Jane's website at

And there's more good news! Mary Jane Maffini is short listed for another Arthur Ellis Award, for So Much in Common, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Those winners will be announced in Victoria, B.C. on June 2nd, the night before the Bloody Words conference kicks off.

Wait! There's more celebrating to be done. On Mon., May 9th, at 7 p.m., Mary Jane's latest book in the Charlotte Adams' series, The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder, will be launched along with Vicki Delany's Among the Departed, her new Const. Molly Smith the Library & Archives, Sunken Lobby, 395 Wellington St.

What a trip you're on MJ! Congratulations.

And also, congratulations to Louise Penny for yet another Agatha Award for Best Novel. She won for her latest Insp. Gamache mystery, Bury Your Dead. Canadians really rocked at Malice!

Hurray for all Canadian crime writers!

Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
Mystery Book Club series coming
April, 2012 from Berkley Prime Crime


  1. What happened to "no rest for the wicked"? :-)

  2. MJ -- Big congrats to you,you mysterious woman ! Very glad to know you. The whole Pink Bra Society salutes you !!

  3. Congrats! I was one of the Malice Domestic attendees who voted for Mary Jane. She deserves it!

  4. ...and I voted for Louise Penny, too!