January 31, 2018

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, brimming with good news. We were thrilled to learn Dangerous to Know has been nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2017! The Malice Domestic conference, where the Agathas are presented, will always have a special place in our hearts, so it’s an even bigger honor to be recognized by that community. And to be on the list with these other writers!

Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott
Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell
The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick

Here’s the full list of Agatha nominees, packed with plenty of friends.

Just in from the embarrassment of riches department: Dangerous was also nominated for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery. Again, we find ourselves alongside some truly impressive authors.

Bruce Alexander Memorial Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe
Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick
The Proud Sinner by Priscilla Royal
Season of Blood by Jeri Westerson

And here’s the complete list of Lefty nominees, to be recognized at Left Coast Crime.

Speaking of fun, mention must be made of our recent evening as guests of the Women’s University Club of Seattle. We felt at home at once thanks to the décor, the dining room bedecked with vintage movie posters courtesy of one of the club’s members (see the photo above). Many of the attendees took the books’ period setting as license to break out their best vintage finery, with more than a few hats on display. It was quite the well-dressed crowd! An era-appropriate cocktail was served at the reception, followed by a dinner that incorporated various food references from both Design for Dying and Dangerous to Know. We had such a marvelous evening talking about Edith Head, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and writing as husband and wife. We can’t wait to go back!

You’ve put up with enough self-promotion for one post. As a reward, please enjoy this amazing interview with the one and only Quincy Jones, in which he recounts the story of his lunch with Dangerous to Know featured player Leni Riefesntahl.

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