25th Annual Anthony Award Nominees

When the 25th annual Anthony Award nominees were announced way back on May 10, I meant to get a blog post done right away. Unfortunately, amidst the mayhem of Mystery Month, I lost track of the draft post until just the other day, when I finally had time to link the titles to their Booklist reviews. But better late than never, I say: there’s still plenty of time to read these books before the winners are announced this September at Bouchercon in St. Louis.

All titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available, which you can read for free. If you can point me to links for any of the short stories, please do!

Best Novel

Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place, by Tana French
I’d Know You Anywhere, by Laura Lippman
The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton

Best First Novel

Damage Done, by Hilary Davidson
The Poacher’s Son, by Paul Doiron
Rogue Island, by Bruce DeSilva
The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore
Snow Angels, by James Thompson

Best Paperback Original

Drive Time, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Expiration Date, by Duane Swierczynski
The Hanging Tree, by Bryan Gruley
Long Time Coming, by Robert Goddard
Vienna Secrets, by Frank Tallis

Best Short Story

The Frame Maker,” by Simon Wood (The Back Alley)
“The Hitter,” by Chris Holm (Needle)
“Homeless,” by Pat Morin (Mystery Montage)
“Scent of Lilacs,” by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
“So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Swing Shift,” by Dana Cameron (Crimes By Moonlight)

Best Graphic Novel

Beasts of Burden, by Jill Thompson/Evan Dorkin
The Chill, by Jason Starr
Richard Stark’s Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit, by Darwyn Cooke
Scalped, v.6: The Gnawing, by Jason Aaron
Sickness in the Family, by Denise Mina
Tumor, by Joshua Hale Fialkov/Noel Tuazon

Best Critical /Non-Fiction

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, by John Curran
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, by Steve Doyle
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, by David Morrell
The Wire: Truth Be Told, by Rafael Alvarez

Best Website/Blog

Jen’s Book Thoughts
The Rap Sheet
Sirens of Suspense
Stop. You’re Killing Me



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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