Maine Law graduate nominated for Best Novel award

June 18, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – The latest novel by bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming, a 1990 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, has been nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Novel of 2012.

The Anthony Awards are named for the late Anthony Boucher, a founder of the Mystery Writers of America. Past winners of the Anthony Award for Best Novel include Dennis Lehane and Sue Grafton.

Spencer-Fleming’s novel, One Was a Soldier, published by Minotaur Books, is a finalist for the Best Novel award, along with novels by Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Michael Connelly and Louise Penny.

One Was a Soldier is her seventh novel featuring the characters Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne, set in the fictional town of Millers Kill, in upstate New York. Fergusson is an Episcopal priest and an ex-Army helicopter pilot; Van Alstyne is a police chief. The first book in the series, In the Bleak Midwinter, and was Spencer-Fleming’s debut novel. It won the 2001 Malice Domestic Award for the Best First Traditional Mystery, the 2003 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Dilys Award, the Barry Award and the Macavity Awards. She was the first author to win all six awards for a first novel, according to the Maine State Library.


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