But the Oscars aren't my focus this morning. This morning I got my first glance at the Agatha nominations. The Agathas are given out at the Malice Domestic conference held each year in May in Arlington, Virginia. It's a conference dedicated to the traditional mystery as typified by Agatha Christie. The award is a darling black ceramic teapot sporting a skull and crossbones.
This year's list, as always, contains a lot of favorite authors, but the biggest excitement for me is the nomination of Murder on the Rocks by fellow Midnight Ink author Karen MacInereny, for best first novel.
The authors at Midnight Ink are like a closeknit family and when one of us gets nominated for something or wins something, we all clutch hands via the Internet and jump for joy. Midnight Ink hasn't been around very long, only about two years, so when one of us receives recognition, it's good for all of us. And lately, a lot of Midnight Ink books have been getting noticed, including my own.
Popping the champagne for ya, Karen! See you in May!