Award-Winning Mysteries

If you enjoy reading a well-written mystery, try one of these award-winning titles. All of these titles are located in the Adult Mystery section of the Library unless otherwise noted.

Agatha Awards
     Best First Mystery
     Best Mystery
Anthony Awards
     Best Crime Novel
     Best First Novel
Dagger Awards
     Cartier Diamond Dagger Award
     Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award
     Gold Dagger Award
     John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel
Edgar Allen Poe Awards
     Best First Mystery
     Best Mystery
Lambda Awards
     Best Gay Mystery
     Best Lesbian Mystery
Shamus Awards
     Best First Private Eye Novel
     Best Private Eye Novel

Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards are conferred by Malice Domestic Ltd. and were named for Agatha Christie. Awards are presented at the annual Malice Domestic convention in April. Novels that receive consideration must conform to certain guidelines: they must feature an amateur detective, contain no explicit violence or sex, and the characters must know one another.


Agatha Award — Best First Mystery

2013 Budewitz, Leslie. Death al Dente.
2012 Boyer, Susan M. Lowcountry Boil.
2011 Henry, Sara J. Learning to Swim.
2010 Aames, Avery. The Long Quiche Goodbye.
2009 Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
     Also available: Large TypeCD, eBookeAudiobook
2008 Malliet, G.M. Death of a Cozy Writer.
2007 Ryan, Hank. Prime Time. (Adult Romance RYA).
2006 Parshall, Sandra. The Heat of the Moon.
2005 Durham, Laura. Better Off Wed.
2004 Kozak, Harley Jane. Dating Dead Men.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2003 Winspear, Jacqueline. Maisie Dobbs.
      Also available: CD, eBook
2002 Spencer-Fleming, Julia. In the Bleak Midwinter.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2001 Strohmeyer, Sarah. Bubbles Unbound.
     Also available: CD
2000 Stevens, Rosemary. Death on a Silver Tray.
1999 Andrews, Donna. Murder With Peacocks.
1998 Hathaway, Robin. The Doctor Digs a Grave.
1997 Massey, Sujata. The Salaryman’s Wife.
1996 George, Anne. Murder on a Girl’s Night Out.
     Also available: CD
1995 Dams, Jeanne M. The Body in the Transept.
1994 Abbott, Jeff. Do Unto Others.
1993 Barr, Nevada. The Track of the Cat.
1992 Neely, Barbara. Blanche on the Lam.
1991 Walker, Mary Willis. Zero at the Bone.
1990 Page, Katherine Hall. The Body in the Belfry.
1989 Churchill, Jill. Grime and Punishment.
     Also available: Large Type
1988 George, Elizabeth. A Great Deliverance.
     Also available: CD

Agatha Award — Best Mystery

2013 Ryan, Hank Phillippi. The Wrong Girl.
2012 Penny, Louise. The Beautiful Mystery.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2011 Maron, Margaret. Three-Day Town.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2010 Penny, Louise. Bury Your Dead.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2009 Penny, Louise. The Brutal Telling.
2008 Penny, Louise. The Cruelest Month.
     Also available: CD
2007 Penny, Louise. A Fatal Grace.
     Also available: CD
2006 Pickard, Nancy. The Virgin of Small Plains. (Adult Fiction PIC).
2005 Page, Katherine Hall The Body in the Snowdrift.
     Also available: Large Type
2004 Winspear, Jacqueline. Birds of a Feather.
     Also available: CD, eBookeAudiobook
2003 Hart, Caroline. Letter From Home.
2002 Andrews, Donna. You’ve Got Murder.
2001 Bowen, Rhys. Murphy’s Law.
2000 Maron, Margaret. Storm Track.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1999 Fowler, Earlene. Mariner’s Compass.
     Also available: Large Type
1998 Lippman, Laura. Butcher’s Hill.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
1997 Ross, Kate. The Devil in Music.
1996 Maron, Margaret. Up Jumps the Devil.
1995 McCrumb, Sharyn. If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him.
     Also available: Large Type
1994 McCrumb, Sharyn. She Walks These Hills.
     Also available: Large Type
1993 Hart, Carolyn G. Dead Man’s Island.
1992 Maron, Margaret. Bootlegger’s Daughter.
     Also available: Large Type
1991 Pickard, Nancy. I.O.U.
1990 Pickard, Nancy. Bum Steer.
1989 Peters, Elizabeth. Naked Once More.
     Also available: Large Type
1988 Hart, Carolyn G. Something Wicked.

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Anthony Awards

The World Mystery Convention confers The Anthony Awards each fall at the Bouchercon. The name of the award and the conference honor Anthony Boucher, pen name of William Anthony Parker White, an eminent critic and mystery writer. Boucher died in 1968, and the first Bouchercon, or World Mystery Convention, was held in 1970.


Anthony Award — Best Crime Novel

2013 Penny, Louise. The Beautiful Mystery.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2012 Penny, Louise. A Trick of the Light.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2011 Penny, Louise. Bury Your Dead.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2010 Penny, Louise. The Brutal Telling.
2009 Connelly, Michael. The Brass Verdict.
     Also available: Large Type, CDeBook, eAudiobook
2008 Lippman, Laura. What the Dead Know.
     Also available: Large TypeeBook, eAudiobook
2007 Lippman, Laura. No Good Deeds.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
2006 Krueger, William Kent. Mercy Falls.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2005 Krueger, William Kent. Blood Hollow.
     Also available: CD
2004 Lippman, Laura. Every Secret Thing.
     Also available: CDeBook
2003 Connelly, Michael. City of Bones.
     Also available: Large Type
2002 Lehane, Dennis. Mystic River.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook
2001 McDermid, Val. A Place of Execution.
     Also available: eAudiobook
2000 Robinson, Peter. In a Dry Season.
     Also available: eBook
1999 Connelly, Michael. Blood Work.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
1998 Rozan, S.J. No Colder Place.
1997 Connelly, Michael. The Poet.
     Also available: eBook, eAudiobook
1996 Walker, Mary Willis. Under the Beetle’s Cellar.
     Also available: Large Type
1995 McCrumb, Sharyn. She Walks These Hills.
     Also available: Large Type
1994 Muller, Marcia. Wolf in the Shadows.
1993 Maron, Margaret. Bootlegger’s Daughter.
     Also available: Large Type
1992 Lovesey, Peter. The Last Detective.
1991 Grafton, Sue. “G” Is for Gumshoe.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1990 Caudwell, Sarah. The Sirens Sang of Murder.
1989 Harris, Thomas. The Silence of the Lambs. (Adult Fiction HAR).
1988 Hillerman, Tony. Skinwalkers.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1987 Grafton, Sue. “C” Is for Corpse.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
1986 Grafton, Sue. “B” Is for Burglar.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Anthony Award — Best First Novel

2013 Pavone, Chris. The Expats.
     Also available: Large Type, CDeBook, Digital Player
2012 Henry, Sara J. Learning to Swim.
2011 Davidson, Hilary. The Damage Done.
2010 Littlefield, Sophie. A Bad Day for Sorry.
2009 Larsson, Steig. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
     Also available: Large Type, CDeBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player
2008 French, Tana. In the Woods.
     Also available: Large Type
2007 Penny, Louise. Still Life.
     Also available: CD
2006 Grabenstein, Chris . Tilt-a-Whirl.
2005 Kozak, Harley Jane. Dating Dead Men.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2004 Tracy, P. J. Monkeewrench.
2003 Spencer-Fleming, Julia. In the Bleak Midwinter.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2002 Box, C. J. Open Season.
2001 Xiaolong, Qiu. Death of a Red Heroine.
2000 Andrews, Donna. Murder with Peacocks.
1999 Krueger, William Kent. Iron Lake.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
1998 Child, Lee. The Killing Floor. (Adult Fiction CHI).
     Also available: eBook, eAudiobook
1997 Furutani, Dale. Death in Little Tokyo.
Grimes, Terris McMahan. Somebody Else’s Child.
1996 Lanier, Virginia. Death in Bloodhound Red.
1995 Carr, Caleb. The Alienist. (Adult Fiction CAR).
1994 Barr, Nevada. Track of the Cat.
1993 Neely, Barbara. Blanche on the Lam.
1992 Henry, Sue. Murder on the Iditarod Trail.
1991 Cornwell, Patricia. Postmortem.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1990 Kijewski, Karen. Katwalk.
1989 George, Elizabeth. A Great Deliverance.
     Also available: CD
1988 Roberts, Gillian. Caught Dead in Philadelphia.
1987 Crider, Bill. Too Late to Die.
1986 Kellerman, Jonathan. When the Bough Breaks.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

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Dagger Awards

Since 1955, the British Crime Writers Association has presented annual awards for excellence in crime writing. Since 1986, the Cartier Diamond Dagger has been presented to a writer for outstanding contribution to the genre over the course of his or her career. The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year.  The Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award was introduced in 2006 and replaces the Gold and Silver Daggers.  This award for the year's best crime novel written in English is named for its sponsor, Duncan Lawrie Private Bank.  Since 1973, the John Creasey Memorial Award has been presented for the best crime novel by a previously unpublished author.


Dagger Award — Cartier Diamond Dagger

Arnaud Bamberger of Cartier UK announced that 2012 would be the final presentation of the award that Cartier would sponsor... The decision marks the conclusion of one of the most longstanding literary prize sponsorships...
2014 Simon Brett
2013 Lee Child
2012 Frederick Forsyth
2011 Lindsey Davis
2010 Val McDermid
2009 Andrew Taylor
2008 Sue Grafton
2007 John Harvey
2006 Elmore Leonard
2005 Ian Rankin
2004 Lawrence Block
2003 Robert Barnard
2002 Sara Paretsky
2001 Lionel Davidson
2000 Peter Lovesey
1999 Margaret Yorke
1998 Ed McBain
1997 Colin Dexter
1996 H.R.F. Keating
1995 Reginald Hill
1994 Michael Gilbert
1993 Ellis Peters
1992 Leslie Charteris
1991 Ruth Rendell
1990 Julian Symons
1989 Dick Francis
1988 John Le Carré
1987 P. D. James
1986 Eric Ambler

Dagger Award — Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award

2008 Fyfield, Frances. Blood from Stone.
2007 Temple, Peter. The Broken Shore.
     Also available: CD
2006 Cleves, Ann. Raven Black.

Dagger Award — Gold Dagger Award

2014 Cash, Wiley. This Dark Road to Mercy.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook, eBook
2013 Herron, Mick. Dead Lions.
    Also available: CD, eBook
2012 Kerrigan, Gene. The Rage.
2011 Franklin, Tom. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook, eBook
2010 Bauer, Belinda. Blacklands.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
2005 Indridason, Arnaldur. Silence of the Grave.
2004 Paretsky, Sara. Blacklist.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
2003 Walters, Minette. Fox Evil.
     Also available: CD
2002 Somoza, Jose Carlos. The Athenian Murders.
2001 Mankell, Henning. Sidetracked.
     Also available: CD
2000 Lethem, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn. (Adult Fiction LET).
     Also available: Large Type
1999 Wilson, Robert. A Small Death in Lisbon.
1998 Burke, James Lee. Sunset Limited.
1997 Rankin, Ian. Black and Blue.
     Also available: Large Type
1996 Elton, Ben. Popcorn. (Adult Fiction ELT).
1995 McDermid, Val. The Mermaids Singing.
     Also available: CD
1994 Walters, Minette. The Scold’s Bridle.
1993 Cornwell, Patricia. Cruel and Unusual.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1992 Dexter, Colin. The Way Through the Woods.
     Also available: Large Type
1991 Vine, Barbara. King Solomon’s Carpet.
1990 Hill, Reginald. Bones and Silence.
1989 Dexter, Colin. The Wench is Dead.
1988 Dibdin, Michael. Ratking.
1987 Vine, Barbara. A Fatal Inversion.
1986 Rendell, Ruth. Live Flesh.
     Also available: eAudiobook
1985 Gosling, Paula. Monkey Puzzle.
1984 Gill, B. M. The Twelfth Juror.
1983 Hutton, John. Accidental Crimes.
1982 Lovesey, Peter. The False Inspector Dew.
1981 Smith, Martin Cruz. Gorky Park. (Adult Fiction SMI).
1980 Keating, H. R. F. The Murder of the Maharajah.
     Also available: Large Type
1979 Francis, Dick. Whip Hand.
     Also available: Large Type
1978 Davidson, Lionel. The Chelsea Murders.
1977 Le Carre, John. The Honourable Schoolboy.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
1976 Rendell, Ruth. A Demon in My View.
1975 Meyer, Nicholas. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.
1974 Price, Anthony. Other Paths to Glory.
1973 Littell, Robert. The Defection of A. J. Lewinter.
1972 Ambler, Eric. The Levanter. (Adult Fiction AMB).
1971 McClure, James. The Steam Pig.
1970 Fleming, Joan. Young Man, I Think You’re Dying.
1969 Dickinson, Peter. A Pride of Heroes.
1968 Dickinson, Peter. Skin Deep.
1967 Lathen, Emma. Murder Against the Grain.
1966 Davidson, Lionel. A Long Way to Shiloh.
1965 MacDonald, Ross. The Far Side of the Dollar.
1964 Keating, H. R. F. The Perfect Murder.
1963 Le Carre, John. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
Also available: Large Type
1962 Fleming, Joan. When I Grow Rich.
1961 Kelly, Mary. The Spoilt Kill.
1960 Davidson, Lionel. The Night of Wenceslas.
1959 Ambler, Eric. Passage of Arms.
1958 Bennett, Margot. Someone From the Past.
1957 Symons, Julian. The Colour of Murder.
1956 Grierson, Edward. The Second Man.
1955 Graham, Winston. The Little Walls.

Dagger Award — John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel

2014 Celestin, Ray. The Axeman's Jazz.
2013 Miller, Derek B. Norwegian by Night.
2012 Cash, Wiley. A Land More Kind than Home.
2011 Watson, S.J. Before I Go to Sleep.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2010 Jahn, Ryan David. Acts of Violence.
2009 Theorin, Johan. Echoes from the Dead.
2008 Rees, Matt. The Bethlehem Murders.
2007 Flynn, Gillian. Sharp Objects.(Adult Fiction FLY).
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
2006 Penny, Louise. Still Life.
     Also available: CD
2005 Mitchell, Dreda Say. Running Hot.
2004 Mills, Mark. Amagansett. (Adult Fiction MIL).
     Also available: Large Type
2003 Landay, William. Mission Flats.
     Also available: CD
2002 Welsh, Louise. The Cutting Room. (Adult Fiction WEL).
2001 Jones, Susanna. The Earthquake Bird.
2000 Teran, Boston. God Is a Bullet. (Adult Fiction TER).
1999 Fesperman, Dan. Lie in the Dark. (Adult Fiction FES).
1998 Mina, Denise. Garnethill.
     Also available: eBook
1997 Johnston, Paul. Body Politic.
1996 no award given
1995 Evanovich, Janet. One for the Money.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1994 Swanson, Doug J. Big Town. (Adult Fiction SWA).
1993 no award given
1992 Walters, Minette. The Ice House.
     Also available: CD
1991 Fyfield, Frances. Deep Sleep.
Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress.
     Also available: CD
1990 Cornwell, Patricia. Postmortem.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1989 Roome, Annette. A Real Shot in the Arm.
1988 Neel, Janet. Death’s Bright Angel.
1987 Kilcommons, Denis. Dark Apostle.
1986 Steed, Neville. Tinplate.
1985 Richardson, Robert. The Latimer Mercy.
1984 Ironside, Elizabeth. A Very Private Enterprise.
1983 Wright, Eric. The Night the Gods Smiled.
1982 Taylor, Andrew. Caroline Minuscule.
1981 Leigh, James. The Ludi Victor.
1980 Cody, Liza. Dupe.
1979 Serafin, David. Saturday of Glory.
1978 Gosling, Paula. Fair Game.
1977 Gash, Jonathan. The Judas Pair.
1976 Alexander, Patrick. Death of a Thin-Skinned Animal.
1975 George, Sara. Acid Drop.
1974 Simon, Roger L. The Big Fix.
1973 Bonfiglioli, Kyril. Don’t Point That Thing at Me.

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Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Since 1945, the Mystery Writers of America have annually awarded ceramic statuettes of Edgar Allan Poe, known as “Edgars” for outstanding contributions to mystery, crime, and suspense writing. NoveList lists the winners of the best novel, best first novel, best paperback original mystery, grand master, best young adult novel, and best juvenile novel. Other Edgar award categories (not listed in NoveList) include best factual crime book, best short story, mystery film, mystery television progam, mystery criticism or review.


Edgar Allen Poe Award — Best First Novel

2014 Matthews, Jason. Red Sparrow.
     Also available: CD
2013 Pavone, Chris. The Expats.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, Digital Player
2012 Roy, Lori. Bent Road.
     Also available: CD, eBook
2011 DeSilva, Bruce. Rogue Island.
     Also available: Large Type
2010 Pintoff, Stefanie. In the Shadow of Gotham.
2009 Lin, Francie. The Foreigner. (Adult Fiction LIN).
2008 French, Tana. In the Woods.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2007 Berenson, Alex. The Faithful Spy. (Adult Fiction BER).
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2006 Schwegel, Theresa. Officer Down.
2005 Lee, Doon. Country of Origin. (Adult Fiction LEE).
2004 Pawel, Rebecca. Death of a Nationalist.
2003 King, Jonathon. The Blue Edge of Midnight.
2002 Ellis, David. Line of Vision. (Adult Fiction ELI).
2001 Liss David. Conspiracy of Paper.
     Also available: Large Type
2000 Pattison, Eliot. The Skull Mantra.
1999 Hamilton, Steve. A Cold Day in Paradise.
1998 Kanon, Joseph. Los Alamos. (Adult Fiction KAN).
1997 Wilson, John Morgan. Simple Justice.
1996 Housewright, David. Penance.
1995 Green, George Dawes. The Caveman’s Valentine. (Adult Fiction GRE).
1994 King, Laurie R. A Grave Talent.
1993 Connelly, Michael. The Black Echo.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook, eAudiobook
1992 Blauner, Peter. Slow Motion Riot. (Adult Fiction BLA).
1991 Cornwell, Patricia. Postmortem.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1990 Wolfe, Susan. The Last Billable Hour.
1989 Stout, David. Carolina Skeletons.
1988 Laiken, Deidre S. Death Among Strangers.
1987 Beinhart, Larry. No One Rides for Free.
1986 Kellerman,Jonathan. When the Bough Breaks.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1985 Rosen, Richard. Strike Three,You’re Dead.
1984 Harris, Will. The Bay Psalm Book Murder.
1983 Perry, Thomas. The Butcher’s Boy. (Adult Fiction PER).
     Also available: CD
1982 Woods, Stuart. Chiefs.(Adult Fiction WOO).
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1981 Smith, Kay Nolte. The Watcher.
1980 Patterson, Richard North. The Lasko Tangent. (Adult Fiction PAT).
     Also available: Large Type
1979 DeAndrea, William L. Killed in the Ratings.
1978 Ross, Robert. A French Finish.
1977 Patterson, James. The Thomas Berryman Number. (Adult Fiction PAT).
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1976 Burns, Rex. The Alvarez Journal.
1975 McDonald, Gregory. Fletch.
1974 Erdman, Paul E. The Billion Dollar Sure Thing.
1973 Shimer, Ruth H. Squaw Point.
1972 Carr, Albert H. Z. Finding Maubee.
1971 Sanders, Lawrence. The Anderson Tapes.
1970 Gores, Joe. A Time of Predators.
1969 Johnson, E. Richard. The Silver Street.
Uhnak, Dorothy. The Bait.
1968 Collins, Michael. Act of Fear.
1967 Thomas, Ross. The Cold War Swap.
1966 Ball, John Dudley. In the Heat of the Night.
     Also available: eBook
1965 Kemelman, Harry. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late.
1964 Hirschberg, Cornelius. Florentine Finish.
1963 Fish, Robert L. The Fugitive.
1962 Blanc, Suzanne. The Green Stone.
1961 Vance, John. The Man in the Holbrooke Cage.
1960 Slesar, Henry. The Grey Flannel Shroud.
1959 Stern, Richard Martin. The Bright Road to Fear.
1958 Weeks, William Rawle. Knock and Wait a While.
1957 Douglass, Donald McNutt. Rebecca’s Pride.
1956 Kauffman, Lane. The Perfectionist.
1955 Potts, Jean. Go, Lovely Rose.
1954 Levin, Ira. A Kiss Before Dying.
1953 Gault, William Campbell. Don’t Cry for Me.
1952 McMullen, Mary. Strangle Hold.
1951 Walsh, Thomas. Nightmare in Manhattan.
1950 Green, Alan. What a Body.
1949 Davis, Mildred B. The Room Upstairs.
1948 Brown, Fredric. The Fabulous Clipjoint.
1947 Eustis, Helen. The Horizontal Man.
1946 Fast, Julius. Watchful at Night.

Edgar Allen Poe Award — Best Novel

2014 Krueger, William Kent. Ordinary Grace.
     Also available: Large Type
2013 Lehane, Dennis. Live by Night.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, MP3 CD
2012 Hayder, Mo. Gone.
2011 Hamilton, Steve. The Lock Artist.
     Also available: eAudiobook
2010 Hart, John. The Last Child. (Adult Fiction HAR).
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2009 Box, C.J. Blue Heaven.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
2008 Hart, John. Down River. (Adult Fiction HAR).
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2007 Goodwin, Jason. The Janissary Tree.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook, Digital Player
2006 Walter, Jess. Citizen Vince. (Adult Fiction WAL).
2005 Parker, T. Jefferson. California Girl.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2004 Rankin, Ian. Resurrection Men.
     Also available: Large Type
2003 Rozan, S. J. Winter and Night.
2002 Parker, T. Jefferson. Silent Joe.
2001 Lansdale, Joe R. The Bottoms.
2000 Burke, Jan. Bones.
     Also available: Large Type
1999 Clark, Robert. Mr. White’s Confession.
1998 Burke, James Lee. Cimarron Rose.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
1997 Cook, Thomas H. The Chatham School Affair.
     Also available: Large Type
1996 Francis, Dick. Come to Grief.
     Also available: Large Type
1995 Walker, Mary Willis. The Red Scream.
1994 Walters, Minette. The Sculptress.
     Also available: eAudiobook
1993 Maron, Margaret. Bootlegger’s Daughter.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook
1992 Block, Lawrence. A Dance at the Slaughterhouse.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1991 Smith, Julie. New Orleans Mourning.
     Also available: eAudiobook
1990 Burke, James Lee. Black Cherry Blues.
     Also available: eAudiobook
1989 Kaminsky, Stuart. A Cold Red Sunrise.
1988 Elkins, Aaron. Old Bones.
1987 Vine, Barbara. A Dark-Adapted Eye.
     Also available: Large Type
1986 Wright, L. R. The Suspect. (Adult Fiction WRI).
1985 Thomas, Ross. Briarpatch. (Adult Fiction THO).
1984 Leonard, Elmore. LaBrava.
     Also available: Large Type
1983 Boyer, Rick. Billingsgate Shoal.
1982 Bayer, William. Peregrine.
1981 Francis, Dick. Whip Hand.
     Also available: Large Type
1980 Maling, Arthur. The Rheingold Route.
1979 Follett, Ken. The Eye of the Needle.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
1978 Hallahan, William H. Catch Me: Kill Me. (Adult Fiction HAL).
1977 Parker, Robert B. Promised Land.
     Also available: eBook
1976 Garfield, Brian. Hopscotch.
1975 Cleary, Jon. Peter’s Pence.
1974 Hillerman, Tony. Dance Hall of the Dead.
     Also available: Large Type, eBook
1973 Kiefer, Warren. The Lingala Code.
1972 Forsyth, Frederick. The Day of the Jackal. (Adult Fiction FOR).
     Also available: Large Type
1971 Sjowall, Maj and Per Wahloo. The Laughing Policeman.
     Also available: CD
1970 Francis, Dick. Forfeit. (Adult Fiction FRA).
1969 Hudson, Jeffery. A Case of Need.
1968 Westlake, Donald. God Save the Mark.
1967 Freeling, Nicholas. The King of the Rainy Country.
1966 Hall, Adam. The Quiller Memorandum.
1965 Le Carre, John. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
     Also available: Large Type
1964 Ambler, Eric. The Light of Day.
1963 Peters, Ellis. Death and the Joyful Woman.
1962 Marric, J.J. Gideon’s Fire.
1961 Symons, Julian. The Progress of a Crime.
1960 Fremlin, Celia. The Hours Before Dawn.
1959 Ellin, Stanley. The Eighth Circle.
1958 Lacy, Ed. Room to Swing.
1957 Armstrong, Charlotte. A Dram of Poison.
1956 Millar, Margaret. Beast in View.
1955 Chandler, Raymond. The Long Goodbye.
1954 Jay, Charlotte. Beat Not the Bones.

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Lambda Awards

The Lambda Rising Book Report inaugurated these awards in 1989 to recognize excellence in gay and lesbian publishing. The categories, especially in genre literature, have changed over the years, but the Lambda Literary Foundation attempts to provide equal recognition for titles by men and women.


Lambda Award — Best Gay Mystery

2013 Law, Janice. The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery.
2012 Round, Jeffrey. Lake on the Mountain: A Dan Sharp Mystery.
2011 Stevenson, Richard. Red White Black and Blue.
2010 Lennon, David. Echoes.
2009 Ford, Michael Thomas. What We Remember.
2008 Sherman, Scott. First You Fall.
2007 Herren, Greg. Murder in the Rue Chartres.
2006 Ryan, Garry. The Lucky Elephant Restaurant.
2005 Scott, D. Travers. One of Those Things Is Not Like the Other.
2004 Bidulka, Anthony. Flight of Aquavit.
2003 Wilson, John Morgan. Blind Eye.
2002 Rice, Christopher. The Snow Garden. (Adult Fiction RIC).
2001 Nava, Michael. Rag and Bone.
2000 Wilson, John Morgan. The Limits of Justice.
1999 Wilson, John Morgan. Justice at Risk.
1998 Zimmerman, R. D. Outburst.
1997 Hunt, David. The Magician’s Tale. (Adult Fiction HUN).
1996 Nava, Michael. The Death of Friends.
1995 Zimmerman, R. D. Closet.
1994 Berendt, John. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
(Adult Nonfiction 975.8724 B).
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1993 Saylor, Stephen. Catilina’s Riddle.
1992 Nava, Michael. The Hidden Law.
1991 Hansen, Joseph. A Country of Old Men.
1990 Nava, Michael. How Town.
1989 Zubro, Mark Richard. A Simple Suburban Murder.
1988 Nava, Michael. Goldenboy.

Lambda Award — Best Lesbian Mystery

2013 Forrest, Katherine V. High Desert.
2012 Redmann, J.M. Ill Will.
2011 Baldwin, Kim and Xenia Alexiou. Dying to Live.
2010 McDermid, Val. Fever of the Bone.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook
2009 Redmann, J.M. Death of a Dying Man.
2008 Gordon, Josie. Whacked.
2007 Goldsby, Gabrielle. Wall of Silence.
2006 King, Lauri R. The Art of Detection.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook
2005 Gaspar de Alba, Alicia. Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders.
2004 Forrest, Katherine V. Hancock Park.
2003 Sims, Elizabeth. Damn Straight.
2002 Hart, Ellen. Immaculate Midnight.
Woodcraft, Elizabeth. Good Bad Woman.
2001 Hart, Ellen. The Merchant of Venus.
2000 Marcy, Jean. Mommy Deadest.
1999 Hart, Ellen. Hunting the Witch.
1998 Dreher, Sarah. Shaman’s Moon.
Griffith, Nicola. The Blue Place.
1997 Lordon, Randye. Father Forgive Me.
1996 Hart, Ellen. Robber’s Wine.
1995 Redmann, J. M. Intersection of Law and Desire.
1994 Hart, Ellen. Small Sacrifice.
1993 Wings, Mary. Divine Victim.
1992 Maiman, Jaye. Crazy for Loving.
Pincus, Elizabeth. The Two-Bit Tango.
1991 Forrest, Katherine V. Murder by Tradition.
1990 Douglas, Lauren. Wright Ninth Life.
Wilson, Barbara. Gaudi Afternoon.
1989 Forrest, Katherine V. The Beverly Malibu.
1988 Azolakov, Antoinette. Skiptrace.

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Shamus Awards

The Private Eye Writers of America confer the Shamus Award at the Bouchercon (the World Mystery Convention) every fall. Eligible novels feature a “private eye” character who is an investigator, but does not work for a government or police agency.


Shamus Award — Best First Private Eye Novel

2013 Sears, Michael. Black Fridays.
2012 Sturges, P.G. The Shortcut Man.
2011 Ayoob, Michael. In Search of Mercy.
2010 Parks, Brad. Faces of the Gone.
2009 Vasquex, Ian. In the Heat.
2008 Chercover, Sean. Big City, Bad Blood.
2007 Hughes, Declan. The Wrong Kind of Blood.
2006 Ure, Louise. Forcing Amaryllis.
2005 Black, Ingrid. The Dead.
2004 Spiegelman, Peter. Black Maps.
2003 Muller, Eddie. The Distance.
2002 Fulmer, David. Chasing the Devil’s Tale.
2001 Truluck, Bob. Street Level.
2000 Connolly, John. Every Dead Thing.
1999 Hamilton, Steve. A Cold Day in Paradise.
1998 Riordan, Rick. Big Red Tequila.
     Available: eAudiobook
1997 Benjamin, Carol Lea. This Dog for Hire.
1996 Barre, Richard. The Innocents.
1995 Lehane, Dennis. A Drink Before the War.
     Available: eBook
1994 Hightower, Lynn S. Satan’s Lambs.
1993 Straley, John. The Woman Who Married a Bear.
1992 Davis, Thomas D. Suffer Little Children.
1991 Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress.
     Also available: CD
1990 Kijewski, Karen. Katwalk.
1989 Haywood, Gar Anthony. Fear of the Dark.
1988 Allegretto, Michael. Death on the Rocks.
1987 Rider, J. W. Jersey Tomatoes.
1986 Warga, Wayne. Hardcover.
1985 Early, Jack. A Creative Kind of Killer.

Shamus Award — Best Private Eye Novel

2013 Crais, Robert. Taken.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, Digital Player
2012 Wiley, Michael. A Bad Night's Sleep.
2011 Armstrong, Lori. No Mercy.
     Also available: eAudiobook
2010 Muller, Marcia. Locked In.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
2009 Coleman, Reed Farrel. Empty Ever After.
2008 Coleman, Reed Farrel. Soul Patch.
2007 Bruen, Ken. The Dramatist.
2006 Connelly, Michael. The Lincoln Lawyer.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player
2005 Wright, Edward. While I Disappear.
2004 Bruen, Ken. The Guards.
2003 Hall, James W. Blackwater Sound. (Adult Fiction HAL).
     Also available: eAudiobook
2002 Rozan, S. J. Reflecting the Sky.
     Also available: eAudiobook
2001 Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Havana Heat.
2000 Winslow, Don. California Fire and Life. (Adult Fiction WIN).
1999 Pronzini, Bill. Boobytrap.
     Also available: Large Type
1998 Faherty, Terrance. Come Back Dead.
1997 Crais, Robert. Sunset Express.
1996 Rozan, S. J. Concourse.
     Also available: CD
1995 Grafton, Sue. “K” Is for Killer.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1994 Block, Lawrence. The Devil Knows You’re Dead.
     Also available: Large Type
1993 Adams, Harold. The Man Who Was Taller Than God.
1992 Collins, Max Allan. Stolen Away. (Adult Fiction COL).
1991 Grafton, Sue. “G” Is for Gumshoe.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1990 Valin, Jonathan. Extenuating Circumstances.
1989 Lutz, John. Kiss.
1988 Schutz, Benjamin M. A Tax in Blood.
1987 Healy, Jeremiah. The Staked Goat.
1986 Grafton, Sue. “B” Is for Burglar
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook
1985 Estleman, Loren D. Sugartown.
1984 Collins, Max Allan. True Detective.
1983 Block, Lawrence. Eight Million Ways to Die.
     Also available: Large Type, CD
1982 Pronzini, Bill. Hoodwink.

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Descriptions of the various awards are taken from NoveList, a database dedicated to helping readers find fiction titles, award winning books, and similar titles and authors.