posted on May 15, 2018 by Ana Brazil

It’s Historical Mystery Award Season!

Spring seems to be the season for historical fiction and mystery writing awards: the Lefty (awarded at Left Coast Crime), the Agatha (Malice Domestic), the Edgar (Mystery Writers of America), and my new favorite, the Benjamin Franklin (Independent Book Publishers Association, aka IBPA).

I’m excited to share the news that FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER received the IBPA 2018 Benjamin Franklin Award GOLD for Historical Fiction.


2018 Benjamin Franklin Award GOLD for Historical Fiction

I’m so thrilled that my historical research and writing has been honored by such a vital publishers organization. The IBPA has a long history of supporting indie publishers (like mine—Sand Hill Review Press) and indie authors—like me!

I couldn’t attend the award ceremony in Austin, but I did celebrate the award by adding Book Clubs info to my website. My publisher celebrated by stamping the Benjamin Franklin Award on to FANNY NEWCOMB’s cover!

And if you haven’t met Fanny Newcomb yet, wait no longer! This excerpt introduces you to Fanny, 1889 New Orleans, and the murderous menace known as the Irish Channel Ripper.



Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil

A native of California, Ana Brazil lived in the south for many years. She earned her MA in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana loves fried mullet, Greek Revival colonnades, and Miss Welty’s garden. She has a weakness for almost all things New Orleans. (Although she’s not sure just how it happened…but she favors bluegrass over jazz.) The Fanny Newcomb stories celebrate the tenacity, intelligence, and wisdom of the dozens of courageous and outrageous southern women that Ana is proud to call friends. Although Ana, her husband, and their dog Traveller live in the beautiful Oakland foothills, she is forever drawn to the lush mystique of New Orleans, where Fanny Newcomb and her friends are ever prepared to seek a certain justice.

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