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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mr. Churchill's Secretary Nominated for a Barry Award!

Thrilled to announce that MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY has been nominated for a Barry Award, given by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.

The award is named in honor of the late mystery reviewer Barry Gardiner. From the Deadly Pleasures web site:

In 1997, the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures decided that since one of the magazine's stated goals was to search out and report on the best works being published in the field of crime fiction each year, it would be a natural fit to present awards for excellence. Then came the dilemma of what to name the award. At the time all associated with the magazine were still reeling from the untimely death of Barry Gardner, who was arguably the best fan reviewer on the planet, so it was decided to name the award after him so as to keep his memory alive (not unlike what Bouchercon and its Anthony awards have done for writer/critic Anthony Boucher, who also suffered an untimely and early death). 


  1. Congratulations! I stumbled upon your blog here because I was digging around online, anticipating downloading my pre-ordered copy of your latest book to my e-reader tomorrow. I thoroughly enjoyed your first two Maggie Hope Mysteries and am looking forward to delving into your latest on the train into work tomorrow!

  2. Thank you so much, Wendy! Actually, I was delighted to see your name because knitting has a significant role in HIS MAJESTY'S HOPE....