New Literary Prize for Mystery Writers Announces Finalists!

Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a new annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries announces this year’s finalists. The award – aka the Bony Blithe – is for a “book that ☻makes us smile,” which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old fashioned stories with little violence or gore.


The five finalists for the first Bony Blithe are:

Janet Bolin,  Dire Threads  (Berkley Prime Crime)
Alan Bradley,  A Red Herring without Mustard (Doubleday Canada)
Gloria Ferris,  Cheat the Hangman  (Imajin Books)
Mary Jane Maffini,  The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder  (Berkley Prime Crime)
Phyllis Smallman,  Champagne for Buzzards  (McArthur & Company)


Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors will be awarding the Bony Blithe at the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto on June 2, 2012. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque. Tickets for the Banquet are available through the website.

For additional information on Bloody Words and the Bony Blithe:

And remember, you too can rub shoulders with these illustrious authors by coming to Bloody Words!

See you there!


About Caro Soles

Writer in several genres, lover of dachshunds and opera, with some ballet thrown in for good measure. I founded the Bloody Words Mystery Conference, which ran for 14 years as well as the Bony Blithe Award for Canadian Light Mysteries, but that, too, has come to an end. My latest novel is The River District, a look at the seamy side of Merculian.
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2 Responses to New Literary Prize for Mystery Writers Announces Finalists!

  1. Fantastic group of finalists!


  2. Marie Reid says:

    Bloody Words is always an exciting place to be! How wonderful it is back in Toronto this year. So much to do, so many opportunities to talk to our writers. I hope news of your conference this year reaches mystery readers who have not yet had the opportunity to join in with such an enthusiastic gathering of lovers of mystery, murder, thrills, chills and perhaps a good glass of wine with their murder. I hope you have some space left for folks who are only now finding out about this conference. Best wishes for another successful one!

    M. Reid


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