Adult Book Lists: Award Winning Mysteries 2016

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Agatha Award Winners


The Agatha Awards are named after Agatha Christie, a mystery writer and the best selling novelist of all time. These awards are given to books in the cozy mystery subgenre that are first published in the United States. Cozy mysteries usually have a main character who is an amateur sleuth living in a small town and they have no graphic violence or language. The winners are chosen by attendees at the annual Malice Domestic convention.

Margaret Maron / MYS MARON
Best Contemporary Novel
Long Upon the Land (Also available in large print and ebook)

Laurie King / MYS KING
Best Historical Novel
Dreaming Spies (Also available in large print)

Martin Edwards / 823.087209 EDWARDS
Best Nonfiction
The Golden Age of Murder: the Mystery Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story

Anthony Award Winners


Anthony Award winners are selected by attendees at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. The award is named after Anthony Boucher, who was an author, editor, and critic of mystery fiction. All types of mysteries, from anywhere in the world, are eligible to win this award.

Chris Holm / FIC HOLM
Best Novel
The Killing Kind

Glen Erik Hamilton / MYS HAMILTON
Best First Novel
Past Crimes

Louis Berney / FIC BERNEY
Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone

Val McDermid / 363.252 MCDERMID
Best Critical or Nonfiction Work
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us about Crime (Also available in ebook)

Arthus Ellis Award Winners


Arthur Ellis Awards are presented by Crime Writers of Canada and recognize excellence in Canadian crime and mystery writing. Winners of this award must either be permanent residents of Canada or Canadian citizens who are living abroad. The awards are named after Arthur Ellis, the pseudonym used by the man who was Canada's official hangman from 1912-1935.

Alusma Zehanat Khan / MYS KAHN
Best First Novel
The Unquiet Dead

Dean Jobb / 364.163092 JOBB
Best Non-Fiction
Empire of Deception: the Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

Barry Award Winners


Winners of the Barry Awards are chosen by the editors of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. They are named after Barry Gardener, a well-known mystery reviewer and critic.

C. J. Box / MYS BOX
Best Novel
Badlands (large print) (Also available in audiobook and ebook)

Alusma Zehanat Khan / MYS KAHN
Best First Novel
The Unquiet Dead

Louis Berney / FIC BERNEY
Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone

Taylor Stevens / FIC STEVENS
Best Thriller
The Mask (Also available in large print)

Dagger Award Winners


The Dagger Awards are given to books that are originally written in English and published in the United Kingdom. They are awarded by the Crime Writers Association, which was established in 1953 to support and promote the writing of crime fiction.

William Beverly / FIC BEVERLY
Best Crime Novel (Goldsboro Gold Dagger) and Best Debut Crime Novel (John Creasey Dagger)
Dodgers

Don Winslow / FIC WINSLOW
Best Crime Thriller (Ian Fleming Steel Dagger)
The Cartel (Also available in ebook)

Pierre Lemaitre / FIC LEMAITRE
International Dagger: Best Crime Fiction Translated into English and Published in the U.K.
The Great Swindle

Edgar Award Winners


The Edgar Awards are named after Edgar Allen Poe, the famous American author of mysteries and detective fiction, and are considered the most prestigious award in this genre. Winners are chosen by panel of judges who are members of Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Nominated au-thors must be either American citizens or legal residents in the United States, and the book must be published in the U.S.

Lori Roy / FIC ROY
Best Novel
Let Me Die in His Footsteps

Viet Thanh Nguyen / FIC NGUYEN
Best First Novel
The Sympathizer (Also available in ebook)

Louis Berney / FIC BERNEY
Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone

Allen Kurzweil / B KURZWEIL
Best Fact Crime
Whipping Boy: the Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old-Bully

Martin Edwards / 823.087209 EDWARDS
Best Critical/Biographical
The Golden Age of Murder: the Mystery Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story

Lori Rader-Day / FIC RADERDAY
Mary Higgins Clark Award
Little Pretty Things

Hammet Prize Winner


The Hammett Prize is awarded by the North American chapter of the International Association of Crime Writers. The winning book must be published in English in either the United States or Canada. The award is named after Dashiell Hammett, an American author of detective novels. The award acknowledges excellence in crime writing.

Lisa Sandlin / MYS SANDLIN
Hammett Prize
The Do-Right

Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Award Winners


"Lefty" awards are given at the annual Left Coast Crime (LCC) Convention and winners are selected by attendees. Books nominated for this award must be published in either the United States or Canada.

Donna Andrews / MYS ANDREWS
Best Humorous Mystery
Lord of the Wings (Also available in audiobook and ebook)

Rhys Bowen / MYS BOWEN
Best Historical Mystery
Malice at the Palace (Also available in large print)

Gigi Pandian / MYS PANDIAN
Best Regional Mystery (Set on the West Coast from the Mountain Time Zone West to Hawaii)
The Accidental Alchemist

Louise Penny / MYS PENNY
Best World Mystery
The Nature of the Beast (Also available in audiobook, large print, and ebook)

Macavity Award Winners


Macavity Award winners are selected by members of Mystery Readers International. The name of the award is taken from a book of poetry by T.S. Eliot titled Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Macavity was the "mystery cat."

Louis Berney / FIC BERNEY
Best Mystery
The Long and Faraway Gone

Glen Erik Hamilton / MYS HAMILTON
Best First Mystery
Past Crimes

Martin Edwards / 823.087209 EDWARDS
Best Critical/Biographical
The Golden Age of Murder: the Mystery Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story

Susanna Calkins / MYS CALKINS
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
The Masque of a Murder

Shamus Award Winners


Winners of the Shamus Award are selected by Private Eye Writers of America. "Shamus" is a slang word for private detective and the award is for the best detective/private eye fiction.

Ingrid Thoft / MYS THOFT
Best Private Eye Novel
Brutality

Lisa Sandlin / MYS SANDLIN
Best First Private Eye Novel
The Do-Right