If you’re anything like me, you probably like to see that a favorite author has merited a special award…….. especially an award for writing the very type of book that you enjoy reading. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t know why that particular award was received. Was it given by other mystery book authors? Was it given by mystery book readers? (Or, was it given by the author’s family and friends?)
Most of us are probably familiar with the more popular awards. I am going to do some research on the different mystery awards that are given each year and then I plan to write some blogs about what exactly the different awards mean to us…… the mystery readers. I have already started doing the research and I must say that I have been surprised to find that there are more awards than I knew about. And, that’s a good thing….
Sometimes, when we aren’t quite sure if we want to "try" an author, just the fact that he/she has won "an Agatha," or "an Edgar" might help us in making the decision. I know that when my children were growing up, the fact that an author won a Newbery, Carnegie, Caldecott (in this case, an illustrator), ETC, was a good starting point for our book choices.
So, on with the research, and on with the awards!