Britain’s International Crime Fiction Convention Winners

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I love crime fiction. I don’t know why it appeals to me so much, but give me suspense or crime  audiobooks and I’m happy… Especially if it’s well written.

I look forward to checking out the crime fiction awards because they are generally the best of the best. That being said, let’s check out the winners…

The 2009 eDunnit Award

The 2009 eDunnit Award for best crime fiction eBook first published in the UK: Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper (audio book version narrated by Robert Petkoff). I’m pretty sure I had intended to read this one and forgot all about it.

Peter Brown, an NYC emergency room physician who has a morning full of strange interactions. This is Peter’s new life… in the Witness Protection Program. When he meets a patient who knows him from his previous life, his new life may come crashing down…

The Last Laugh Award

Britain’s International Crime Fiction ConventionThe Last Laugh Award for humorous crime novel published in the UK: Colin Bateman’s The Day of the Jack Russell. The Small Shop Keeper With No Name is hired to find vandals who have defaced an insurance companies advertising with graffiti. I have no real clue what this is about, but apparently it’s a sequel to Mystery Man. Have any of you read either one? Should I try to get my hands on them?

Sounds of Crime Awards

Crime Fiction Audiobook The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonSounds of Crime Awards for best abridged and unabridged literary crime fiction audio books first published in the UK: Abridged: Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire, read by Martin Wenner; Unabridged: Steig Larsson’s The Girl who played with Fire read by Saul Reichlin. Another win for Stieg Larsson’s sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will help keep up the momentum for the series as the third book debuts this week.

This title deals with a socially awkward computer hacker who becomes involved in a multi-faceted investigation into sex trafficking, murder, and more. It is the unusual nature of this main character that makes the story so different from the other novels in genre. Note that the narrators listed here are different from the narrators in the US versions.

Finale of LOST

On an unrelated note, I stayed up late to watch the finale of LOST last night. I am sad, happy, frustrated, angry, elated, confused, and joyous. I loved watching it and looked forward to the literary references and allusions each week. The characters were interesting and complicated and the end was very final. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet, but I will say that it was true to its roots and while I wish some things had been done differently, what happened  and I will no longer be able to get LOST on Tuesday evenings…

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