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Monday, November 23, 2009

Mystery Book Awards

It is amazing and a bit overwhelming how many awards there exist for mystery and crime fiction novels.  Below is a list of the awards I put together for your information.  I would love your input on any of the books listed.

Edgar Winners

◊ Best Novel Blue Heaven: Blue Heaven by C. J. Box
◊ Best First Novel by an American Author: The Foreigner by Francie Lin
◊ Best Paperback Original: China Lake by Meg Gardiner
◊ Best Motion Picture Screenplay: In Bruges by Martin McDonagh
◊ Grand Masters: James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton

CWA Dagger Awards
◊ Gold: A Whispered Name by William Broderick
◊ Steel: The Last Child by John Hart
◊ New Author: Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin

Nero Award (presented Dec of each year)
◊ Winner: Anatomy of Fear by Jonathan Santlofer

The Shamus Award
◊ Best PI Hardcover: Empty Ever After by Reed Farrel Coleman (Moe Prager)
◊ Best First PI Novel: In the Heat by Ian Vasquez (Miles Young)
◊ Best PI Paperback Original: Snow Blind by Lori Armstrong (Julie Collins)

The Arthur Ellis Award (Canadian Award)
◊ Best Novel: Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
◊ Best First Novel: Buffalo Jump by Howard Shrier
◊ Best Juvenile: War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay

The Anthony Awards
◊ Best Novel: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
◊ Best First Novel: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
◊ Best Paperback Original: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (Berkley)

Private Eye Novel Contest
◊ Winner: Shots on Goal by Michael Ayoob

The Macavity Award
◊ Best Mystery Novel: Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow)
◊ Best First Mystery Novel: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)

The Agatha Award (2009 not awarded yet)
◊ Best Novel: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Minotaur)
◊ Best First Novel: Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
◊ Best Children's/Young Adult: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children's Books)

The Best Traditional Mystery Novel Contest
◊ Winner: The End Game by Gerri Ferris Finger

The Benjamin Franklin Mystery Award
◊ Winner: Head Wounds by Chris Knopf (Permanent Press)

The Dashiell Hammett Award
2008 (awarded 2009)
◊ Winner: The Turnaround by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)

The Dillys Award (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association)
◊ Winner: Trigger City by Sean Chercover

The Spotted Owl Award
◊ Best Novel: Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin (HarperCollins)

The Barry Award
◊ Best Novel: Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason (St. Martin's Minotaur)
◊ Best First Novel: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central)
◊ Best Thriller: The Deceived by Brett Battles (Delacorte)
◊ Best British Crime Novel: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
◊ Best Paperback Original: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (Berkley Prime Crime)

The Los Angeles Times Book Awards
◊ Winner: Envy the Night by Michael Koryta (St. Martin's Minotaur)

The Gumshoe Awards
◊ Best Mystery: The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
◊ Best Thriller: The Watchman by Robert Crais
◊ Best First Novel: Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover

Best Books Award
◊ Mystery / Suspense: Wyatt's Revenge by H. Terrell Griffin (Oceanview Publishing)
◊ Thriller / Adventure: Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid (Oceanview Publishing)

So dear readers, have you read any of these books?  Please leave a comment on how you liked it, what was the strong point of the book and did you agree with the quality being of such a caliber to win the award.  I look forward to reading your comments.
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tips on good reads for the holidays. I just finished an awesome thriller, "Dead Air" by Shlian and Reid, which has a dynamic 5 foot Yiddish-speaking investigative reporter risking her life to uncover the murderers of her fellow students at a conservative Ivy League college. Picked as the best Thriller in the 2009 USA Booknews Best Books Awards. A real page turner--highly recommended.

A.F. Heart said...


Thank you so much for the comment. Very glad you shared your recommendation. Fantastic. I will add that book to by TBR list.

Anybody else?

AF Heart

raidergirl3 said...

I've read and enjoyed:

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

and I've enjoyed all the Barclay and Indridason's I've read.
Nice list of books that I'll come back and check out. I think I really need to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo since it made so many prizes.

A.F. Heart said...


You and I seem to be the only two who haven't read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo :-) I am even seeing reviews out for the second in the trilogy. Yes, I guess I better read it since it gets such rave reviews!!!

AF Heart

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