The Dilys Award was presented every year from 1992 to 2014 by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. It was given to the mystery title of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association is an association of retail businesses that are either wholly or substantially devoted to the sale of mystery books. The Dilys award is named after Dilys Winn, who founded the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.
Winners and nominated titles for each year:
|2014||Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger|
|2013||Before the Poison by Peter Robinson|
|2012||Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan|
|2011||Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny|
|2010||The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley|
|2009||Trigger City by Sean Chercover|
|2008||Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger|
|2007||Still Life by Louise Penny|
|2006||Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill|
|2005||Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay|
|2004||Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde|
|2003||In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming|
|2002||Mystic River by Dennis Lehane|
|2001||A Place of Execution by Val McDermid|
|2000||L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais|
|1999||Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane|
|1998||Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich|
|1997||The Poet by Michael Connelly|
|1996||The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly|
|1995||One for the Money by Janet Evanovich|
|1994||Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg|
|1993||Booked to Die by John Dunning|
|1992||Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen|
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