Island Book Wins National Award: CBC’s “Best Mystery”


It’s a “Bookie” for “Revenge of the Lobster Lover” published by The Acorn Press, Charlottetown. It’s a mystery set on the island, published on the island, and written by Hilary MacLeod, who considers the island “home.”


The CBC Book Club, an online entity, has launched the “Bookies” contest to celebrate the genres of fiction: romance, historical, sci fi and mystery.


MacLeod’s book beat out Stieg Larsson’s The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Giles Blunt’s Crime Machine and The Passage by Justin Cronin. She and her nearest competitor, Vicki Delany, author of Negative Image, were neck and neck over a week of online voting.


Revenge of the Lobster Lover, as the title suggests, is a light read. It’s what some call a cozy, a village or armchair mystery, set in a fictional PEI village called The Shores, and peopled by eccentric characters. It is cozy, but also “noir,’ striped with black humour and some scenes that are anything but funny.


Sign of the Cross author Anne Emery says: “Hilary MacLeod is a terrific writer…with a sly wit.”


Globe and Mail crime fiction columnist Margaret Cannon says Revenge of the Lobster Lover is a“…light and lively tale, with a batch of eccentrics in a pretty place. It’s a formula that has been tried for a century and, in the right hands, it still works.”


It worked well enough to win “Best Mystery” in the CBC Book Club Bookies.


There are four more categories to be rolled out, including Best New Writer and Best Opening Line, for which MacLeod has received nominations. The shortlists in those categories have yet to be revealed.


There are plans for an online awards ceremony February 24th. The winners receive a statuette of a beaver, reading.


For more information, contact:

Terrilee Bulger                Hilary MacLeod
Publisher                       Author

The Acorn Press Revenge of the Lobster Lover

For excerpts from Revenge of the Lobster Lover go to: http://www.hilarymacleod

Terrilee Bulger
Publisher, The Acorn Press
P.O. Box 22024
Charlottetown, PE C1A 9J2
tel: (902) 221-1061


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