Anthony Awards

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Anthony Awards
Awarded forBest in mystery fiction
Presented byBouchercon World Mystery Convention
First awarded1986

The Anthony Awards are literary awards for mystery writers presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention since 1986. The awards are named for Anthony Boucher (1911–1968), one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America.[1] Among the most prestigious awards in the world of mystery writers, the Anthony Awards have helped boost the careers of many recipients.[2]


Awards are voted for by members attending the annual event and are given in the following categories:

  • Novel
  • First Novel
  • Paperback Original
  • Short Story
  • Critical / Non-fiction Work
  • Special Service award

The ceremony may also include a number of "wild card" awards.



Anthony Award winners (1986-1989)[3][4]
Year Category Author Title
1986 First Novel Jonathan Kellerman When the Bough Breaks
Movie Witness
Novel Sue Grafton "B" Is for Burglar
Paperback Original Nancy Pickard Say No to Murder
Short Story Linda Barnes "Lucky Penny" from The New Black Mask, No. 3
TV Series Murder She Wrote
Grand Master Barbara Mertz
1987 First Novel Bill Crider Too Late to Die
Novel Sue Grafton "C" Is for Corpse
Paperback Original Robert Wright Campbell The Junkyard Dog
Short Story Sue Grafton "The Parker Shotgun" from Mean Streets
1988 First Novel Gillian Roberts Caught Dead in Philadelphia
Movie The Big Easy
Novel Tony Hillerman Skinwalkers
Paperback Original Robert Crais The Monkey's Raincoat
Short Story Robert Barnard "Breakfast Television" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 1987
TV Series Mystery!
1989 First Novel Elizabeth George A Great Deliverance
Novel Thomas Harris The Silence of the Lambs
Paperback Original Carolyn Hart Something Wicked
Short Story No award presented
Lifetime Achievement Dorothy Salisbury Davis
Distinguished Contribution Joan Kahn[5][6]


Anthony Award winners (1990-1999)[3][4]
Year Category Author Title Ref.
1990 First Novel Karen Kijewski Katwalk
Movie Crimes and Misdemeanors
Novel Sarah Caudwell The Sirens Sang of Murder
Paperback Original Carolyn Hart Honeymoon with Murder
Short Story Nancy Pickard Afraid All The Time from Sisters in Crime
TV Series Inspector Morse
Lifetime Achievement Michael Gilbert
1991 Critical work Jon L. Breen and Martin H. Greenberg Synod Of Sleuths
First Novel Patricia Cornwell Postmortem
Motion Picture Presumed Innocent
Novel Sue Grafton "G" Is for Gumshoe
Paperback Original Rochelle Krich Where's Mommy Now?
James McCahery Grave Undertaking
Short Story Susan Dunlap "The Celestial Buffet" from Sisters in Crime 2
Television series Mystery!
Lifetime Achievement William Campbell Gault
1992 Anthology / Short Story collection Sara Paretsky A Woman's Eye
Critical work Maxim Jakubowski 100 Great Detectives
First Novel Sue Henry Murder on the Iditarod Trail
Novel Peter Lovesey The Last Detective
Paperback Original No award presented
Short Story Liza Cody "Lucky Dip" from A Woman’s Eye
True Crime David Simon Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Lifetime Achievement Charlotte MacLeod
1993 Critical work Ellen Nehr Doubleday Crime Club Compendium 1928-1991
First Novel Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam
Motion Picture The Crying Game
Novel Margaret Maron Bootlegger's Daughter
Paperback Original No award presented
Short Story Diane Mott Davidson "Cold Turkey" from Sisters in Crime 5 [7]
True Crime Barbara D'Amato The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case
Lifetime Achievement Hammond Innes
Ralph McInerny
1994 Anthology / Short Story collection Martin H. Greenberg Mary Higgins Clark presents Malice Domestic 2
Critical work Ed Gorman, Martin H. Greenberg, and Larry Segriff The Fine Art Of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion
First Novel Nevada Barr Track of the Cat
Novel Marcia Muller Wolf in the Shadows
Paperback Original No award presented
Short Story Susan Dunlap "Checkout" from Malice Domestic 2
True Crime Ann Rule A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases
Lifetime Achievement Tony Hillerman
1995 Anthology / Short Story collection Tony Hillerman The Mysterious West
Critical work B.A. Pike and J. Cooper Crime Fiction, 2nd Edition
Film Pulp Fiction
First Novel Caleb Carr The Alienist
Novel Sharyn McCrumb She Walks These Hills
Paperback Original No award presented
Short Story Sharyn McCrumb "The Monster of Glamis" from Royal Crimes
True Crime David Canter Criminal Shadows: Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer
TV Series Prime Suspect
Lifetime Achievement Ruth Rendell
1996 Cover Art Pamela Patrick The Body In The Transept
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Kate Stine The Armchair Detective Book of Lists, 2nd Edition
Editor Sara Ann Freed
First Novel Virginia Lanier Death in Bloodhound Red
Magazine / Digest / Review Publication The Armchair Detective
Movie The Usual Suspects
Novel Mary Willis Walker Under the Beetle's Cellar
Paperback Original Harlan Coben Deal Breaker
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Short Story Gar Anthony Haywood "And Pray Nobody Sees You" from Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes
Short Story collection Marcia Muller The McCone Files: The Complete Sharon McCone Stories
True Crime Ann Rule Dead By Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?
TV Show The X-Files
1997 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Willetta L. Heising Detecting Women 2: Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women
Fanzine The Armchair Detective
First Novel Dale Furutani Death in Little Tokyo
Terris McMahan Grimes Somebody Else's Child
Novel Michael Connelly The Poet
Short Story Carolyn Wheat "Accidents Will Happen" from Malice Domestic 5
Lifetime Achievement Donald E. Westlake
1998 Cover Art Michael Kellner Night Dogs
Critical / Non-Fiction Work No award presented
First Novel Lee Child Killing Floor
Novel S. J. Rozan No Colder Place
Paperback Original Rick Riordan Big Red Tequila
Short Story Edward D. Hoch "One Bag of Coconuts" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 1997
Jan Grape "A Front Row Seat" from Vengeance is Hers
1999 Critical / Non-Fiction Work George Easter Deadly Pleasures Magazine
First Novel William Kent Krueger Iron Lake
Novel Michael Connelly Blood Work
Paperback Original Laura Lippman Butchers Hill
Short Story Barbara D'Amato "Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 1998
Lifetime Achievement Len and June Moffatt


Anthony Award winners (2000-2009)[3][4]
Year Category Author Title
2000 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Willetta L. Heising Detecting Women, 3rd edition
First Novel Donna Andrews Murder with Peacocks
Novel Peter Robinson In a Dry Season
Novel of the century Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca
Paperback Original Laura Lippman In Big Trouble
Series of the Century Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot series
Short Story Meg Chittenden "Noir Lite" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 1999
Writer of the Century Agatha Christie
Lifetime Achievement Jane Langton
2001 Anthology / Short-story collection Lawrence Block Master's Choice II
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Jim Huang 100 Favorite Mysteries Of The Century
Fan Publication Chris Aldrich and Lynn Kaczmarek Mystery News
First Novel Qiu Xiaolong Death of a Red Heroine
Novel Val McDermid A Place of Execution
Paperback Original Kate Grilley Death Dances to a Reggae Beat
Short Story Edward D. Hoch "The Problem of the Potting Shed" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2000
Lifetime Achievement Edward D. Hoch
2002 Cover Art Michael Storrings "Reflecting the Sky," from photograph by Josef Beck
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Tony Hillerman Seldom Disappointed
First Novel C. J. Box Open Season
Novel Dennis Lehane Mystic River
Paperback Original Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark
Short Story Bill Crider and Judy Crider "Chocolate Moose" from Death Dines at 8:30
Young Adult Mystery Penny Warner The Mystery of the Haunted Caves
Special Service Doris Ann Norris
2003 Cover Art Michael Kellner "Measures of Poison" from photograph by Christopher Voelker
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Jim Huang They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels
First Novel Julia Spencer-Fleming In the Bleak Midwinter
Novel Michael Connelly City of Bones
Paperback Original Robin Burcell Fatal Truth
Short Story Marcia Talley "Too Many Cooks" from Much Ado About Murder
Special Service No award issued
2004 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Gary Warren Niebuhr Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction
First Novel P. J. Tracy Monkeewrench
Historical Mystery Rhys Bowen For The Love Of Mike
Novel Laura Lippman Every Secret Thing
Paperback Original Robin Burcell Deadly Legacy
Short Story Rhys Bowen "Doppelganger" from Blood on Their Hands
Young Adult Mystery J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Special Service No award issued
2005 Cover Art Sohrab Habibion Brooklyn Noir
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Max Allan Collins et al. Men's Adventure Magazines
First Novel Harley Jane Kozak Dating Dead Men
Novel William Kent Krueger Blood Hollow
Paperback Original Jason Starr Twisted City
Short Story Elaine Viets "Wedding Knife" from Chesapeake Crimes
Lifetime Achievement Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller
Marcia Muller
Special Service No award issued
2006 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Marv Lachman The Heirs of Anthony Boucher
Fan Publication Jon and Ruth Jordan Crimespree Magazine
First Novel Chris Grabenstein Tilt-a-Whirl
Novel William Kent Krueger Mercy Falls
Paperback Original Reed Farrel Coleman The James Deans
Short Story Barbara Seranella "Misdirection" from Greatest Hits
Lifetime Achievement Robert B. Parker
Special Service Janet Rudolph Mystery Readers International
2007 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Jim Huang and Austin Lugar Mystery Muses
First Novel Louise Penny Still Life
Novel Laura Lippman No Good Deeds
Paperback Original Dana Cameron Ashes and Bones
Short Story Simon Wood "My Father's Secret" from Crimespree Magazine
Lifetime Achievement James Sallis
Special Service Jim Huang
Crum Creek Press
The Mystery Company
2008 Critical / Non-Fiction Work Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Charles Foley Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters
First Novel Tana French In the Woods
Novel Laura Lippman What the Dead Know
Paperback Original P. J. Parrish A Thousand Bones
Short Story Laura Lippman "Hardly Knew Her" from Dead Man's Hand
Website / Blog Lucinda Surber and Stan Ulrich Stop, You're Killing Me!
Lifetime Achievement Robert Rosenwald
Barbara G. Peters
Special Service Jon and Ruth Jordan Crimespree magazine
2009 Children's / Young-adult Novel Chris Grabenstein The Crossroads
Cover Art Peter Mendelsund The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Jeffrey Marks Anthony Boucher: A Biobibliography
First Novel Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Novel Michael Connelly The Brass Verdict
Paperback Original Julie Hyzy State of the Onion
Short Story Sean Chercover "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" from Hardcore Hardboiled
Lifetime Achievement Allen J. Hubin
Special Service Jon and Ruth Jordan Crimespree magazine


Anthony Award winners (2010-2019)[4]
Year Category Author Title Ref.
2010[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work P.D. James Talking About Detective Fiction
First Novel Sophie Littlefield A Bad Day for Sorry
Novel Louise Penny The Brutal Telling
Paperback Original Bryan Gruley Starvation Lake
Short Story Hank Phillippi Ryan On the House from Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers
Special Service award No award issued
2011[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work John Curran Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks
First Novel Hilary Davidson Damage Done
Graphic Novel Jason Starr The Chill
Novel Louise Penny Bury Your Dead
Paperback Original Duane Swierczynski Expiration Date
Short Story Dana Cameron "Swing Shift" from Crimes By Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side
Website / Blog Lucinda Surber and Stan Ulrich Stop, You're Killing Me!
Lifetime Achievement Sara Paretsky
Special Service award Ali Karim Shots
2012[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work Charlaine Harris The Sookie Stackhouse Companion
First Novel Sara J. Henry Learning to Swim
Novel Louise Penny A Trick of the Light
Paperback Original Julie Hyzy Buffalo West Wing
Short Story Dana Cameron "Disarming" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2011
2013[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work John Connolly and Declan Burke Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels
First Novel Chris Pavone The Expats
Novel Louise Penny The Beautiful Mystery
Paperback Original Johnny Shaw Big Maria
Short Story Dana Cameron "Mischief in Mesopotamia" from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2012
2014[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work Daniel Stashower The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
First Novel Matt Coyle Yesterday's Echo
Novel William Kent Krueger Ordinary Grace
Paperback Original Catriona McPherson As She Left It
Short Story John Connolly "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository"
2015[3] Critical / Non-Fiction Work Hank Phillippi Ryan (ed.) Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey
First Novel Lori Rader-Day The Black Hour
Novel Laura Lippman After I'm Gone
Paperback Original Catriona McPherson The Day She Died
Short Story Art Taylor "The Odds Are Against Us"
2016[3] Anthology or Collection Art Taylor (ed.) Murder Under the Oaks [8]
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Val McDermid Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
First Novel Glen Erik Hamilton Past Crimes
Novel Chris Holm The Killing Kind
Paperback Original Lou Berney The Long and Faraway Gone
Short Story Megan Abbott The Little Men
Young Adult Novel Joelle Charbonneau Need
2017 Anthology or Collection Greg Herren (ed.) Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Ruth Franklin Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
First Novel Joe Ide IQ
Novel Louise Penny A Great Reckoning
Novella B.K. Stevens The Last Blue Glass
Paperback Original James W. Ziskin Heart of Stone
Short Story Megan Abbott "Oxford Girl"
Young Adult Novel April Henry The Girl I Used to Be
2018[9] Anthology Gary Phillips (ed.) The Obama Inheritance
Critical / Non-Fiction Work David Grann Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
First Novel Kellye Garrett Hollywood Homicide
Novel Attica Locke Bluebird, Bluebird
Online Content Jungle Red Writers
Paperback Original Lori Rader-Day The Day I Died
Short Story Hilary Davidson "My Side of the Matter"
Bill Crider Award for Novel in a Series Sue Grafton "Y" is for Yesterday
2019[10][11] Critical / Non-Fiction Work Michelle McNamara I'll Be Gone in the Dark
First Novel Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister, the Serial Killer
Novel Lou Berney November Road
Paperback Original Lori Rader-Day Under a Dark Sky
Short Story S. A. Cosby The Grass Beneath My Feet


Year Category Author Title
2020[12] Anthology or Collection Verena Rose, Rita Owen, and Shawn Reilly Simmons (eds.) Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible
Critical / Non-Fiction Work Mo Moulton The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women
First Novel Tara Laskowski One Night Gone
Novel Hank Phillippi Ryan The Murder List
Paperback Original Gigi Pandian The Alchemist’s Illusion
Short Story Alex Segura The Red Zone
Young Adult Jen Conley Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry
2021[13][14][15] Anthology or Collection Heather Graham (editor) Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology
Critical/Non-Fiction Work Sarah Weinman Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime Murder, Deceit, and Obsession
First Novel David Heska Wanbli Weiden Winter Counts
Novel S. A. Cosby Blacktop Wasteland
Paperback Original Jess Lourey Unspeakable Things
Short Story Alex Segura "90 Miles"
Young Adult Richie Narvaez Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco
2022[16] Anthology or Collection Hank Phillippi Ryan (editor) This Time for Sure: Bouchercon Anthology 2021
Critical/Non-Fiction Work award Lee Child and Laurie R. King How To Write a Mystery: A Handbook From Mystery Writers of America
First Novel Mia P. Manansala Arsenic and Adobo
Novel S. A. Cosby Razorblade Tears
Paperback Original Jess Lourey Bloodline
Short Story S. A. Cosby “Not My Cross to Bear”
Young Adult Alan Orloff I Play One on TV


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