Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 Anthony Award Eligible Titles.

By Jay Stringer

Hey all. You know the drill by now. This is a list that will be updated between now and the end of voting. 

(NOTE: These are eligible titles, it's not an exhaustive list. Nominating a title here is not nominating a title for the Anthony, you still need to submit the ballot you received by email.)

Do you want to suggest a book or author for the list? Feel free to drop it in the comments. It can be one of yours. It can be someone else's. Work published in 2017 is eligible, in the various formats. Please include all relevant info with your suggestion (publisher, editor, etc. Don't create more work for me...)

If you're shy of self-promotion and want to suggest it in private, track me down on the social media sites. If you've already suggested a title ad don't see it here, it's probably next on my list, but don't be afraid to mention it again. So...


Blame - Jeff Abbott
The Secrets on Chicory Lane - Raymond Benson
The Savage - Frank Bill
Love Like Blood - Mark Billingham
Dead Woman Walking - Sharon Bolton
Another Man's Ground - Claire Booth
In Farleigh's Field - Rhys Bowen
A Killer Harvest - Paul Cleeve
Give Up the Dead - Joe Clifford
the Late Show - Michael Connelly
Blood Truth - Matt Coyle
The Seagull - Ann Cleeves
Winterlong - Mason Cross
Cottonmouths - Kelly J Ford
A Negro and an Ofay - Danny Gardner
The Long Count - JM Gulvin
The Mentor - Lee Matthew Goldberg
The Chalk Pit - Elly Griffiths
Every Day Above Ground - Glen Erik Hamilton
She Rides Shotgun - Jordan Harper
The Woman From Prague - Rob Hart
The Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
The Weight of This World - David Joy.
Seven Suspects - Renee James
Bury the Past - James L'Etoile
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka
Insidious Intent - Val McDermid
House. Tree. Person. - Catriona McPherson
Everything You Want Me To Be - Mindy Meija
The Long Drop - Denise Mina
Lightning Men - Thomas Mullen
Dangerous to Know - Renee Patrick
Lightwood - Steph Post
Hellhound on my Tail - J.D. Rhoades
Murderabilia - Craig Robertson
Marshall's Law - Ben Sanders
Dangerous Ends - Alex Segura
World Enough - Clea Simon
City of Lies - Victoria Thompson
The Red  Hunter - Lisa Unger
Protocol - Kathleen Valenti
The Force - Don Winslow
The Corruptions - Vincent Zandri


Double Wide - Leo Banks
Deep Down Dead - Steph Broadribb  
Where The Sun Shines Out - Kevin Catalano
All Things Violent - Nikki Dolson
Heaven's Crooked Finger - Hank Early
Hollywood Homicide - Kellye Garrett
The Dry - Jane Harper
Ragged - Chris Irvin
Dark Chapter - Winnie M  Li
The Irregular - H.B. Lyle
If We Were Villains - M.L. Rio


Hardway - Hector Acosta
Path into Darkness - Lisa Alber
Knuckledragger - Rusty Barnes
The Blade This Time - Jon Bassoff
The Quiet Child - John Burley
Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult - Angel Luis Colón
Desert Remains - Steven Cooper
The Art Of Murder - Casey Doran
Idyll Years - Stephanie Gayle
Reconciliation For The Dead - Paul Hardisty
The Exiled - Kati Hiekkapelto
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk - Jennifer Kincheloe
The Rebellions Last Traitor - Nik Korpon
A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps - Nick Kolakowski
The Soak - Patrick McLean 
Uncorking A Lie - Nadine Nettman
Bad Boy Boogie - Thomas Pluck
What We Reckon - Eryk Pruitt
The Day I Died - Lori Rader-Day
Imperial Valley - Johnny Shaw
Hunger Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Blind To Sin - Dave White
Cast The First Stone -James Ziskin


Roja Muerta - Hector Acosta - Killing Malmon
Name That Killer - J.D. Allen - The Carolina Crimes
How You Did It - Eric Beetner - Killing Malmon
Home is..... - Jerry Broomfield - Beat To A Pulp
Trial Of Madame Pelletier - Susanna Calkins - Murder Most Historical
Episode Four: Raven and The Cave Girl vs. Dan Malmon! - Dana Cameron - Killing Malmon
Love That Dirty Water - Matthew Clemens - Killing Malmon
God's Gonna Cut You Down - Jen Conley - Just To Watch Them Die
Missouri Waltz - Sarah M. Chen - Just To Watch Them Die
Masterpiece - Sarah M. Chen - Killing Malmon
Blacky Jaguar Might Avengue You, Dan Malmon - Angel Luis Colón Killing Malmon
My Side of the Matter - Hilary Davidson Killing Malmon
The Unseen Opponent - P. A. De Voe - Mystery Most Historical 
Ice Cream, Dan? - Cory Funk - Killing Malmon
Straight Fire - Danny Gardner - Killing Malmon
Millions of Hungry Mouths - Paul J. Garth - Killing Malmon
Crazy Cat Lady - Barb Goffman - Black Cat Mystery Magazine
Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Barb Goffman - 50 Shades of Cabernet
The Hug - Rob Hart - Killing Malmon Killing Malmon
To the Moon and Back - Kristn Kisska - DAY OF THE DARK 
Send 'im A Chicago Sunset - Nik Korpon - Hard Sentences
Rose of my Heart - Nik Korpon - Hard Sentences
The Nebbish - Ed Kurtz Killing Malmon
25 Minutes To Go - S.W. Lauden - Just To Watch Them Die
Reunion - S.W. Lauden - Killing Malmon
The Many Deaths of Dan Malmon - Russel D. McLean
The Last Issue - Jeff Macfee Killing Malmon
Smiling Gnome - J. Michael Major - Mystery Weekly Magazine
Tuesday - Erin Mitchell Killing Malmon
Laundry Day - Erica Ruth Neubauer - Killing Malmon
Malmon's Last Moments - Brad Parks - Killing Malmon
Truth Comes Out of her Well to Shame Mankind - Thomas Pluck - Alive in Shape and Color
Deadbeat - Thomas Pluck - Down & Out: The Magazine
Russian Roulette - Tomas Pluck - Killing Malmon
The Nicest Guy in Town - Bryon Quertermous Killing Malmon
I Know They're In There - Travis Richardson - The Obama Inheritance
Studs Winslow and the Karate Island of Emperor Malmon - Todd Robinson - Killing Malmon 
Master Pandemonium - Alex Segura - Killing Malmon
Streak - Jeff Shelby - Killing Malmon
Good Evening, Pigtown - Nathan Singer - Killing Malmon
Guardian of Galaxy Street - Josh Stallings Killing Malmon
How To Not Find Somebody In Houston - Liam Sweeny - Betrayed
The Panda Heist - Jay Stringer - Killing Malmon
Well Dead - RD Sullivan - Killing Malmon
Fairy Tales - Art Taylor - Black Cat Mystery Magazine 
A Necessary Ingredient — Art Taylor — Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea
Kill Malmon - Bryan VanMeter - Killing Malmon
Money For Nothing - Holly West - Killing Malmon
Don't Want The World To Burn - Dave White - Killing Malmon


From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon - Bostrom, Matthias

Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier - de Rosnay, Tatiana
 Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall - Evans, Curtis
Killers Of The Flower Moon - David Grann
American Fire - Monica Hesse
Chester B. Himes: A Biography - Jackson, Lawrence
Rewrite Your Life - Jess Loury
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes - Sims, Michael
The End of Policing - Alex Vitale


Just To Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired By The Songs Of Johnny Cash - Ed Joe Clifford 
Meat City (And Other Assorted Debacles) - Angel Luis Colón 
Nothing You Can Do - Ed Kurtz
Killing Malmon - Editors Kate & Dan Malmon 
Hard Sentences - Ed David James Keaton and Joe Clifford
Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea -ed by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks
Passport To Murder - Ed John McFetridge
The Obama Inheritance - Ed Gary Phillips
Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors - Ed Pam Stack
Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology 2: The Body


BOLO Books 
Carstairs Considers
Do Some Damage 
Dru's Book Musings
The Rap Sheet
The Reading Room
Sirens Of Suspense
The Thrill Begins 
Two Crime Writers And A Microphone 
Unlawful Acts
Writer Types 

BILL CRIDER AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL IN A CONTINUING SERIES(Part of a series having published at least three books, one of which must be in 2017)

Path into Darkness - Lisa Alber
Everglade - Greg Barth
Blessed Are the Peacekeepers - Kristi Belcamino
Love Like Blood - Mark Billingham
The Lost Woman - Sara Blaedel
The Ghost of Christmas Past - Rhys Bowen
Murder in Shadow - Anne Cleeland
Give Up the Dead - Joe Clifford
Blood Truth - Matt Coyle
Garden of Lamentations - Deborah Crombie
The Deep, Dark Descending - Allen Eskins
Marathon - Brian Freeman
The Blood Card - Elly Griffiths
Woman From Prague - Rob Hart
City of Saviours - Rachel Howzell Hall
Prussian Blue - Philip Kerr
Remo Went Down - Mike McCrary
Imperial Valley - Johnny Shaw
The House of Unexpected Sisters - Alexander McCall Smith
Silent Rain - Karin Salvalaggio
Dangerous Ends - Alex Segura
An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock -Terry Shames
Flashpoint - Derek Thompson
Murder in the Bowery - Victoria Thompson


J. Kingston Pierce said...

OK, I'll make a few suggestions:

Best Novel:
-- "The Force," by Don Winslow
-- "Magpie Murders," by Anthony Horowitz
-- "Lightning Men," by Thomas Mullen

Best First Novel:
-- "The Dry," by Jane Harper
-- "If We Were Villains," by M.L. Rio
-- "The Irregular," by H.B. Lyle

Best Online Contest:
-- The Rap Sheet ( -- You did tell us not to be shy about self-promotion, and I've spent almost 12 years now trying to create the sort of crime fiction-oriented blog I most want to read.

Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Continuing Series:
-- "Prussian Blue," by Philip Kerr

Nick Kolakowski said...

One suggestion (grits teeth and gets ready to self-promote):

"A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps," by Nick Kolakowski (published by Down & Out/Shotgun Honey) for paperback original.

(Plain 'regular' promotion:)

"Hard Sentences," for anthology, edited by David Keaton and Joe Clifford

"Hardway," by Hector Acosta (Down & Out/Shotgun Honey) for paperback original.
"Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult," by Angel Luis Colon (Down & Out/Shotgun Honey) for paperback original.

"Bad Boy Boogie," by Thomas Pluck, for best first novel.

Lee Matthew Goldberg said...

Got a suggestion that's a bit of self-promotion too.

THE MENTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press for Best Novel. Thanks!

Nadine Nettmann said...

This is a great list!

I have a few more to add:

Best First Novel:
Hollywood Homicide - Kellye Garrett (I see it’s in the Best Novel list, but it should be under Best First)

Best Paperback Original:
The Day I Died - Lori Radar Day
Uncorking a Lie - Nadine Nettmann

Best Short Story
Trial of Madame Pelletier - Susanna Calkins — Mystery Most Historical

Best Critical/Non-Fiction Book
Rewrite Your Life — Jess Lourey

Bill Crider
Cast The First Stone - James Ziskin

Thanks, Jay!

Kellye Garrett said...

I'd love to suggest Dru's Book Musings and Mark Baker's Carstairs Considers... for Best Online Content.

And yes, I'd love for Hollywood Homicide to be moved to Best First. :-)

Thank you for compiling this! So many good books this year.

Raymond Benson said...

If I may humbly offer my own suggestion for Best Novel: "The Secrets on Chicory Lane" by Raymond Benson thank you

Lori Rader-Day said...

Best First
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Online Content
Lit Hub

Bostrom, Matthias, From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon, Mysterious Press

de Rosnay, Tatiana, Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier, St Martin's

Evans, Curtis, ed., Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall, McFarland

Jackson, Lawrence, Chester B. Himes: A Biography, WW. Norton

Sims, Michael, Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

Chris McG said...

In the area of on-line content, I submit that UNLAWFUL ACTS represents the height of achievement here. For breadth alone, the site distinguishes itself. Indeed, David Nemeth manages to cull from a host of publishers and on-line sites to deliver a truly comprehensive, and frequent, assessment of independent crime writing. He must have incredible energy, especially given that he writes most of the fine reviews himself. What an effort! This is a most impressive source for all things crime.

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Lori Rader-Day said...

Crider Award:

James Ziskin's Cast the First Stone
Alexander McCall Smith The House of Unexpected Sisters

Kathy Reel said...

Best Novel:
--Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
--House.Tree.Person by Catriona McPherson
--The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
--In Farleigh's Field by Rhys Bowen

Bill Crider:
--Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie
--The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
--Blessed Are the Peacekeepers by Kristi Belcamino
--Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio
--Murder in Shadow by Anne Cleeland
--The Deep, Dark Descending by Allen Eskins
--The Ghost of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen
--An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
--The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths

And, although I hate to put my own name in,for
Online Content:
--The Reading Room blog (by Kathy Boone Reel)

J. Michael Major said...

Best Short Story: "Smiling Gnome" by J. Michael Major, Mystery Weekly Magazine, July 2017.

Victoria Thompson said...

Best Novel: City of Lies
Best Novel in a Continuing Series: Murder in the Bowery
By Victoria Thompson

Unknown said...

I’d like to offer up my book PATH INTO DARKNESS for best in series. I just noticed that you included it in best paperback original—thanks!

Nik Korpon said...

Sorry for self-promotion.

The Rebellion's Last Traitor – Angry Robot Books.

Send 'im a Chicago Sunset – Hard Sentences Anthology, Broken River Books.
Rose of My Heart – Just to Watch Them Die, Gutter Books.

Sandra Ruttan said...

I'd imagine all the short stories in Spinetingler's print issue would qualify. Or not.

Kristopher said...

A few suggestions:

Best Novel:
Blame - Jeff Abbott
The Red Hunter - Lisa Unger

Bill Crider Award:
City of Saviors - Rachel Howzell Hall
Marathon - Brian Freeman

Noir at the Salad Bar - Verena Rose,ed

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Unknown said...

My debut, WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT, for Best First Novel. Thanks!

Clea Simon said...

Great list, but I'll take you up on your offer and offer up my own WORLD ENOUGH (Severn House) as an option. My first true psychological suspense novel, also my first without cats. And yeah, if anyone is interested and contacts me, I'll send you a copy. Thanks

Chris Rhatigan said...

I'd like to nominate Everglade, book five in the Selena series, by Greg Barth for best novel in a continuing series.

Pam De Voe said...

I'd like to nominate my short story for Best Short Story:

The Unseen Opponent - P. A. De Voe - Mystery Most Historical

Thanks so much for doing this!

Kristin Kisska said...

I'd like to nominate my short story of psychological suspense:
"To the Moon and Back" by Kristn Kisska - DAY OF THE DARK
Thanks for the opportunity!

Vince said...

I rely on the DSD list every year. Which is why I'm mentioning DANGEROUS TO KNOW, the second Lillian Frost & Edith Head mystery by Renee Patrick (aka me & Rosemarie Keenan) for Best Novel. Thanks, Jay!

Rusty said...

My novel Knuckledragger is eligible as best novel and best PBO, I think. Thanks Jay!

Thomas Pluck said...

Nick, Thanks for mentioning Bad Boy Boogie, but it's not my first novel. It is eligible for best novel and best paperback original.

Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw, best novel
"Tell the Bees" by Bill Crider for best short story, Down & Out Magazine vol.1 issue 1
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper for best first novel.

and... everyone already nominated the ones I was going to say.

Thomas Pluck said...

Oh, and for online content:
My Little Corner, by Sandra Seamans. for years she has kept track of mystery and crime markets, and is still the best resource.