Sunday, March 22, 2009

Introducing The Twisted Sisters

In honor of the Agatha Awards, which will be voted on at Malice Domestic the first weekend in May, we have a special treat for all of our readers— exclusive postings by all the authors up for Best First Novel and a contest to win a complete set of 2008 Agatha Award Best First Novels autographed by the authors. We’ve rounded up the five women who will forever more be known as The Twisted Sisters—and asked each of them to stop by our blog on the upcoming Mondays.

Here’s The Twisted Sisters' schedule:

March 30—G.M. Malliet, author of Death of a Cozy Writer

April 6—Sheila Connolly (Sarah Atwell), author of Through a Glass, Deadly

April 13—Rosemary Harris, author of Pushing Up Daisies

April 20—Krista Davis, author of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

April 27—Joanna Campbell Slan, author of Paper, Scissors, Death

Here’s how the contest will work: At the end of each Twisted Sister’s post will appear a “clue word.” To enter you must send all five clue words to Put AGATHA in the Subject Line. On Monday, May 11, we’ll draw one winner.

Meanwhile, here’s a listing of all the short stories up for Agathas. I don’t know how long they’ll be available for you to read after May 3, so I suggest you dig in now and enjoy!

"The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (Penguin Group)

"Killing Time" by Jane Cleland Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine - November 2008

"Dangerous Crossing" by Carla Coupe Chesapeake Crimes 3 (Wildside Press)

"Skull and Cross-Examinations" by Toni L.P. Kelner Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - February 2008

"A Nice Old Guy" by Nancy Pickard Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2008

P.S. For those of you curious about Virtual Book Tours, Beth Groundwater is guest posting on Inkspot. Go to

P.P.S. Congratulations to "Anne" who commented last Monday on where she finds new books to read. Anne, please contact me at with your postal address so I can mail you the book and the Benne Seed wafers.


Camille Minichino said...

Thanks for all the organizing that went into this, Joanna -- we'll profit greatly from all your work!

I'm ready for the first clue!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

You know, Camille, I copied all those short story links from a post by Toni L.P. Kelner, and then lost those puppies. So I searched the web and dug 'em back up. Good news, though, Toni did the yeoman's work of getting them in the first place. I think that's just a bumper crop of great short stories.

Rosemary Harris said...

It's a little scary how organized you are darlin'!
Thanks so much for doing this.