#MyrtleMondays: Agatha, Myrtle, and Me Part 4!

Dear Myrtle Fans, as if last month’s Edgar Award nomination wasn’t exciting enough (it was! It really was!), I am beyond delighted (belighted?!) to share the news that Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries Book 5, Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity, has been nominated for an Agatha Award! This is Myrtle’s FOURTH NOMINATION… IN A ROW!

A tableau from last year’s Agatha Awards, with mystery luminaries Lori Rader Day, Vaseem Khan, Marcia Talley, ecb, Martin Edwards, and Dame Ann Cleeves |Photo: Susanna Calkins

The Agatha Awards honor the best in classic mysteries, written in the tradition of the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie.

A HUGE congratulations to all my fellow nominees this year, both in Best Children’s & YA, as well as all the other categories!

The Agatha Awards reflect mystery readers’ favorite books of the previous year, and I am so honored that Myrtle continues to build such a loyal following of fans.

The Agatha Awards are the jewel of mystery conference Malice Domestic in April, but my celebration of Dame Agatha will kick off a little early. I’ll be a guest at Kansas City’s Planet Comicon next month…

The Myrtle-Christie connection deepens! Here’s the venerable Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in the flesh with a copy of Premeditated Myrtle! (Planet Comicon 2023)

…and in a longstanding tradition of cosplaying characters from Kenneth Branagh movies…

The Bunces in our finery from Much Ado About Nothing

…husband C.J. and I are planning an ensemble from last year’s film A Haunting in Venice, based on Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party!

Branagh with co-star Tina Fey as mystery authoress Ariadne Oliver, who appeared in several Agatha Christie novels and stories, often alongside Hercule Poirot.

Plans are afoot! *Maniacal laugh*

If you have not yet seen A Haunting in Venice, it is by far the best of the Branagh Poirot series! Spooky, atmospheric, and perfectly mysterious. I highly recommend it.

Come see me at Planet Comicon March 8-10 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, at Malice Domestic for the Agatha Awards, April 26-28 in Bethesda, MD! (I can’t promise I won’t be wearing my new trilby at the Agathas. I’m rather attached to it), and find me at Myrtle’s third Edgar Awards ceremony in New York City, May 1!

Congratulations to my fellow Agatha nominees, and a huge thanks to the voters who nominated Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity!


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