Anthony Awards Eligible Titles for Bouchercon 2022

This page lists the Anthony Awards Eligible* Titles for Bouchercon 2022, which will be held September 8-11, 2022, at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis.

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*Eligible means published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2021 (January 1-December 31).

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The categories are:

  • Best Hardcover Novel
  • Best First Novel
  • Best Paperback Original, E-book, Audiobooks
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Juvenile, Young Adult
  • Best Critical, Nonfiction
  • Best Anthology, Collection

Category Definitions

  • The dividing line between novels and short stories is 22,000 words.
  • Best First Novel indicates the author’s first novel that is also in the mystery/crime fiction genre. Authors who have published novels in other genres are not eligible for the Best First Novel and should be listed in either the Best Hardcover Novel or Best Paperback Original category.
  • Debut novels must be listed in the Best First Novel category.
  • Paperback Original must be listed in their own category, and NOT in the Best Novel category.

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

  • Linwood Barclay. Find You First.
  • Andrea Bartz. We Were Never Here.
  • Angeline Boulley. Firekeeper’s Daughter.
  • Eliza Jane Brazier. If I Disappear.
  • M.E. Browning. Mercy Creek.
  • Kris Calvin. All That Fall.
  • Wiley Cash. When Ghost Come Home.
  • Tracy Clark. Runner.
  • Michael Connelly. The Dark Hours.
  • Liv Constantine. The Stranger in the Mirror.
  • John Copenhaver. The Savage Kind.
  • S.A. Cosby. Razorblade Tears.
  • Matt Coyle. Last Redemption.
  • Julia Dahl. The Missing Hours.
  • Hilary Davidson. Her Last Breath.
  • Samantha Downing. For Your Own Good.
  • J.T. Ellison. Her Dark Lies.
  • Gwen Florio. The Truth Of It All.
  • Gwen Florio. Best Kept Secrets.
  • Ken Follett. Never.
  • Mariah Fredericks. Death of a Showman.
  • Sarah Gailey, The Echo Wife.
  • Lisa Gardner. Before She Disappeared.
  • Alison Gaylin. The Collective.
  • Amy Gentry. Bad Habits.
  • Robyn Gigl. By Way of Sorrow.
  • Chris Hadfield. The Apollo Murders.
  • Mette Ivie Harrison. The Prodigal Daughter.
  • Rachel Howzell Hall. These Toxic Things.
  • Jessica Hamilton. What You Never Knew.
  • Alice Henderson. A Blizzard of Polar Bears.
  • Naomi Hirahara. Clark and Division.
  • Jean Hanff Korelitz. The Plot.
  • Stephen Mack Jones. Dead of Winter.
  • Kathleen Kalb. A Fatal First Night.
  • Alma Katsu. Red Widow.
  • Caroline Kepnes. You Love Me.
  • Dharma Kelleher. TERF Wars.
  • David James Keaton. She Was Found In A Guitar Case.
  • Laurie R. King. Castle Shade.
  • Mary Kubica. Local Woman Missing.
  • Katie Lattari. Dark Things That I Adore.
  • Laura M. Lippman. Dream Girl.
  • Gale Massey. The Girl from Blind River.
  • Sujata Massey. The Bombay Prince.
  • James Han Mattson. Reprieve.
  • Laura McHugh. What’s Done in Darkness.
  • Catherine McKenzie. Six Weeks to Live.
  • Catriona McPherson. The Mirror Dance.
  • Jess Montgomery. The Stills.
  • Liane Moriarty. Apples Never Fall.
  • Walter Mosley. Blood Grove.
  • Roz Nay. The Hunted.
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Committed.
  • Chris Offutt. The Killing Hills.
  • Adele Parks. Both of You.
  • Cynthia Pelayo. Children of Chicago.
  • Sarah Penner. The Lost Apothecary.
  • Gin Phillips. Family Law.
  • Kwei Quartey. Sleep Well, My Lady.
  • James Queally. All These Ashes.
  • Lissa Redmond. The Parting Glass.
  • Lori Robbins. Murder in Second Position.
  • Kat Rosenfield. No One Will Miss Her.
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan. Her Perfect Life.
  • Joanna Schaffhausen. Gone for Good.
  • Clea Simon. Hold Me Down.
  • Wallace Stroby. Heaven’s A Lie.
  • David Swinson. City on the Edge.
  • Aggie Blum Thompson. I Don’t Forgive You.
  • Charles Todd, A Divided Loyalty.
  • Charles Todd. An Irish Hostage.
  • Catherynne Valente. Comfort Me With Apples.
  • Jeff Vandemeer. Hummingbird, Salamander.
  • P.J. Vernon. Bath Haus.
  • Paul Vidich. Ther Mercenary.
  • Caitlin Wahrer. The Damage.
  • Kathy Wang. Imposter Syndrome.
  • Kate White. The Fiancée.
  • Colson Whitehead. Harlem Shuffle.
  • Ben Winters. The Quiet Boy.

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • Alexandra Andrews. Who Is Maude Dixon?
  • Yasmin Angoe. Her Name is Knight.
  • Ashley Audrain The Push.
  • Julia Bates. Cry of the Innocent.
  • Eric P. Bishop. The Body Man.
  • Marco Carocari. Blackout.
  • Kerry K. Cox. Money Bear.
  • Catherine Dang. Nice Girls.
  • Ted Flanagan. Every Hidden Thing.
  • Lori Duffy Foster. A Dead Man’s Eyes.
  • Gabrielle St. George. How To Murder A Marriage.
  • Toni Halleen. The Surrogate.
  • Zakiya Dalila Harris. The Other Black Girl.
  • Curtis Ippolito. Burying the Newspaper Man.
  • Amanda Jayatissa. My Sweet Girl.
  • Carole Johnstone. Mirrorland.
  • Heather Levy. Walking Through Needles.
  • Mia P. Manansala. Arsenic and Adobo.
  • Wanda M. Morris. All Her Little Secrets.
  • Emilya Naymark. Hide In Place
  • Wanda M. Morris. All Her Little Secrets.
  • Hannah Morrissey. Hello, Transcriber.
  • Robbie Morrison. Edge of the Grave.
  • Leonora Nattrass. Black Drop.
  • Raquel V. Reyes. Mango, Mambo, and Murder.
  • Zhanna Slor. At The End of the World, Turn Left.
  • Sarah Sultoon. The Source.
  • Vera Kurian. Never Saw Me Coming.

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL | E-BOOK | AUDIOBOOKS

  • Cathy Ace. The Corpse with the Iron Will.
  • Cathy Ace. The Corpse with the Granite Heart.
  • J.D. Allen. Body Zoo.
  • J.D. Allen. Flat Black Ford.
  • Andrew Anselmi. Iron Butterfly.
  • Mally Becker. The Turncoat’s Widow.
  • Benna Bos. Investigating Helen.
  • Callie Browning. The Vanishing Girls.
  • Emmie Caldwell. Stitched in Crime.
  • Susanna Calkins. The Cry of the Hangman.
  • Richard Cass. Mickey’s Mayhem.
  • Aaron Philip Clark. Under Color of Law.
  • Kerry Cox. Money Bear.
  • Susan Daitch. Siege of Comedians.
  • Robyn Harding. The Perfect Family.
  • Tori Eldridge. The Ninja Betrayed.
  • Melanie Finn. The Hare.
  • Jay Forman. Excess Baggage.
  • Lee Matthew Goldberg. Stalker Stalked.
  • Cheryl Head. Warn Me When It’s Time.
  • Cate Holohan, Her Three Lives.
  • Amber Garza. Where I Left Here.
  • Greg Herren. Bury Me In Shadows.
  • Cate Holahan. Her Three Lives.
  • R. Franklin James. The Inheritance.
  • Lynn-Steven Johanson. Havana Brown.
  • James L’Etoile. Black Label.
  • Cari Hunter. Unbreakable.
  • Mary Keliioka. Denied.
  • Tom Kies. Shadow Hill.
  • Nick Kolakowski. Love & Bullets.
  • Tara Laskowski. The Mother Next Door.
  • Kerry Lonsdale. No More Words.
  • Jess Lourey. Litani.
  • Jess Lourey. Bloodline.
  • Catherine Maiorisi. A Matter of Blood.
  • Isabella Maldonado. A Different Dawn.
  • Mia P. Manansala. Arsenic and Adobo.
  • Stanton McCaffery. Neighborhood of Dead Ends.
  • William Burton McCormick with John Christmas. KGB Banker.
  • William Burton McCormick. A Stranger from the Storm.
  • Donnarae Menard. Murder in the Meadow.
  • Liz Milliron. Harm Not the Earth.
  • Judy L. Murray. Murder in the Master.
  • Linda Norlander. Death of a Starling.
  • Kerry Peresta. The Deadening.
  • Carol Pouliot. Death Rang A Bell.
  • Lori Rader-Day. Death at Greenway.
  • Lori Robbins, Murder in Second Position.
  • Kaira Rouda. The Next Wife.
  • Gabrielle St. George. How to Murder A Marriage.
  • Cathi Stoler. Straight Up: A Murder On The Rocks Mystery
  • Stephanie Marie Thornton. A Most Clever Girl.
  • Wendall Thomas. Fogged Off.
  • Julie Tizard. Free Fall at Angel Creek.
  • C.L. Tolbert. The Redemption.
  • Gabriel Valjan. Symphony Road.
  • Gabriel Valjan. The Devil’s Music.
  • LynDee Walker. No Sin Unpunished.
  • LynDee Walker. Nowhere to Hide.
  • Iona Whishaw. A Lethal Lesson.
  • Colleen Winter. The Disruptors.
  • Stacy Wise. Lie, Lie Again.

BEST SHORT STORY

  • Ritter Ames. “Frugal Lissa Needs a Break” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Donna Andrews. “A Night at the Opera” in Monkey Business.
  • Betsy Ashton. “Revenge on the Rocks” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Frances Aylor. “Malbec Gold” in Murder by the Glass.
  • E. A. Aymar. “The Search for Eric Garcia” in Midnight Hour.
  • Bill Baber. “One Way Out” in Trouble No More.
  • Christine Bagley. “Valhalla” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Frankie Y. Bailey. “Nighthawks” in Midnight Hour.
  • Leah Bailey. “A Killer in the Family” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Sharon Bader. “To Catch a Thief or Two” in This Time for Sure.
  • Frankie Y. Bailey. “Love Happy” in Monkey Business.
  • Trey Barker. “Whiskey River” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Rusty Barnes. “Number A” in Beat to a Pulp.
  • Paul A. Barra. “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Travis Wade Beaty. “The Prophet” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Donna Benedict. “Hot Box” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Paula Benson. “Reputation or Soul” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Damyanti Biswas. “Fat Mother” in This Time for Sure.
  • Melissa H. Blaine. “Not the Killing Kind” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • C.W. Blackwell. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” in Trouble No More.
  • Jerry Bloomfield. “What’s Done is Done” in Trouble No More.
  • Mary Alyce Blum. “Little White Lies” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Clark Boyd. “Providence” in This Time for Sure.
  • Michael Bracken. “Locked Mesa” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Michael Bracken. The Downeaster Alexa” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Michael Bracken. “If You’ve Got the Money, Honey” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Michael Bracken. “Tampico Trauma” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Marla Bradeen. “The Witching Hour” in Midnight Hour.
  • Susan Breen. “The Demon Valentine” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Johnathan Brown. “Pleasure Gone Bad” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Callie Browning. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in Midnight Hour.
  • M.E. Browning. “Einstein Was a Surfer” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Don Bruns. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Brenda Buchanan. “Means, Motive, and Opportunity” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • V. M. Burns. “The Vermeer Conspiracy” in Midnight Hour.
  • Lucy Burdette. “Married Seeking Married” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alafair Burke. “Seat 2C” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Karen Cantwell. “Coast Busters” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Jenny Carless. “Strange Place for a Date” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Lucy Carol. “Beach Party Body” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Marco Carocari. “All in the Planning” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Andrew Case. “The Report” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Christopher Chambers. “In the Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson” in Midnight Hour.
  • H-C Chan. “Murderers’ Feast” in Midnight Hour.
  • Jennifer Chow. “Midnight Escapade” in Midnight Hour.
  • Tracy Clark. “Lucky Thirteen” in Midnight Hour.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. “Incommunicado” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. “Murphy’s Law” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Jeff Cohen. “Zanzibar” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jeff Cohen. “Horse Feathers” in Monkey Business.
  • Michael Connelly. “Avalon” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Hans Copek. “The Visa” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • S.A. Cosby. “Solomon Wept” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • S.A. Cosby. “An Ache So Divine” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • S.A. Cosby. “Not My Cross To Bear” in Trouble No More.
  • Rhonda Crowder. “The Night the Internet Died” in Midnight Hour.
  • A.L. Dawson. “The Crossing” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Sharon Daynard. Sharon Daynard “The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” in A Plot For Any Occasion.
  • David Dean. “A Matter of Trust” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • David Dean. “Stone Cold” in EQMM (Mar/Apr).
  • David Dean. “A Season of Night” in EQMM (May/June).
  • David Dean. “Non Absolvo” in EQMM (Sept/Oct)).
  • Tina deBellagarde. “Tokyo Strangers” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Hugo de León “Dreamscape” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Lesley A. Diehl. “The Cocoanuts” in Monkey Business.
  • Karen Dionne. “The Other One” in This Time for Sure.
  • Nikki Dolson. “Low Down Dirty Mean” in Trouble No More.
  • Michael Downing. “By The Numbers” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Chris Dreith. “Unknown Male and Parts of Two Others” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Brendan Dubois. “Duck Soup” in Monkey Business.
  • Hilary Davidson. “Another Hooker” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Hector Duarte, Jr. “Prom Night Reboot” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Mary Dutta. “The Good Citizen” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Mary Dutta. “Devil’s Advocate” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jeffrey Eaton. “The Stop” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Eve Elliott. “The One” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Elisabeth Elo. “The Unappreciated Wife” in This Time for Sure.
  • Elizabeth Elwood. “The River of My Return” in This Time for Sure.
  • Christine Eskilson. “The Reunion” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Elaine Faber. “A Teeny Weeny Drop” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Terence Faherty. “The Big Store” in Monkey Business.
  • Dianne Fanning. “The Nightcap” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Katherine Fast. “Only You” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Kate Flora. “Best Served Cold” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • John M. Floyd. “Easy Money” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • John M. Floyd. “Everybody Comes to Lucille” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • John M. Floyd. “Spending Money” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • John M. Floyd. “The Big Picture” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #8.
  • John M. Floyd. “Spell Check” in Mardi Gras Mysteries, January.
  • John M. Floyd. “Twenty Minutes in Riverdale” in Pulp Modern #6.
  • John M. Floyd. “Wanted” in Mystery Weekly, (Feb 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “Friends and Neighbors” in AHMM (Mar/April 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “Fool’s Gold” in The Saturday Evening Post Mar/April 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “Tourist Trap” in Pulp Modern Flash (March 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “The Road to Bellville” in Strand Magazine (March-June 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “The Jericho Train” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #9, July 2021.
  • John M. Floyd. “The Delta Princess” in Mystery Weekly, Sep 2021.
  • John M. Floyd. “Friends” in The Saturday Evening Post (Sep/Oct 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “Trial and Error” in Whodunit (Sep 2021).
  • John M. Floyd. “The King’s Island” in Mystery Magazine (Oct 2021).
  • Judy Fowler. “The Woman of His Dreams” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Judy Fowler. “The Lady in Ghent” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Jacqueline Freimor. “Here’s to New Friends” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Adele Gardner. “Neptune Blues” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Nancy Gardner. “Death’s Door” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Michel Lee Garrett. “Born a Ramblin’ Man” in Trouble No More.
  • Barb Goffman. “A Family Matter” in AHMM (Jan/Feb 2021).
  • Barb Goffman. “A Tale of Two Sisters” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Debra H. Goldstein. “Biff’s Place” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Debra H. Goldstein. “Bucket List Dream” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Michael Gonzalez. “Graft Art Crime” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Joseph Goodrich. “Animal Crackers” in Monkey Business.
  • Alexia Gordon. “Love’s Labor” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alexia Gordon. “Happy Birthday” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Beverly Graf. “Servant of the Place of Truth” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Heather Graham. “Strange Things in the Name of Love” in This Time for Sure.
  • Judith Green. “Virtue Is Its Own Reward” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Maurissa Guilbord. “Into the Devil’s Den” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Kenneth Gwin. “The Plot Thickens” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Libby Hall. “Chimera” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Steve Hamilton. “A Different Kind of Healing” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Victoria Hamilton. “Reunion with the Devil” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Kerry Hammond. “Strangers at a Table” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • James D.F. Hannah. “No Man’s Land” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • James D.F. Hannah. “Temptation is a Gun” in Trouble No More.
  • James D.F. Hannah. “17 Year Cicadas” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Vaughn Hardacker. “Just Like Jesse James” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Sadie Hartwell. “Where the Wild Pigs Are in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. “The Ice House” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. “The Wait” in Crimeucopia, Careless Love.
  • Gar Anthony Haywood. “Return to Sender” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • G. Miki Hayden. “Coda L” in This Time for Sure.
  • Richard Helms. “Goodnight Saigon” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jeffrey Hess. “The Pascagoula Run” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Edwin Hill. “Outside” in This Time for Sure.
  • Joe Hill. “Last Fare” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Maria Hudgins. “Fly Away Gourmet” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Maria Hudgins. “Blackbeard’s Skull” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Teresa Inge. “Murder on Tap” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Teresa Inge. “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Teresa Inge. “Riverboat Revenge” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Teresa Inge. “Milepost Murder” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Curtis Ippolito. “Stand Back” in Trouble No More.
  • Tilia Klebenov Jacobs. “Perfect Strangers” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Smita Harish Jain. “Kohinoor” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Smita Harish Jain. “Keeping Up With the Jainses” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Virginia Kidd. “Murder in the Days of COVID-19” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Craig Johnson. “Music Appreciation” in This Time for Sure.
  • Zakariah Johnson. “Defense for the Prosecution” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Zakariah Johnson. “Egg on Her Face” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “Cabo San Loco” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “Brayking Glass” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Thomas Fredric Jones. “Bounty” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Sheryl Jordan. “Mama Saundra’s Shenanigans” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Tina Kashian. “Cape May Murders” in Midnight Hour.
  • Kim Keeline. “Nameless” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Maggie King. “How Do You Mend A Breaking Heart?” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Kristin Kisska. “Swiping Right” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Chris Knopf. “Rescue” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Michael Koryta. “Genius” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. “There Comes a Time” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jessica Laine. “Melissa” in Trouble No More.
  • Ellen Clair Lamb. “Night Bus” in This Time for Sure.
  • Joe R. Lansdale. “Room for One More” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Preston Lang. “The Ballad of 223” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Kristen Lepionka. “Remediation” in This Time for Sure.
  • Lisa Lieberman. “The Virgin’s Necklace” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Margaret Lucke. “The Devils-Work Ball” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Edith Maxwell. “Dark Corners” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • William Burton McCormick. “Night of Lies, Thieves and Thunder Long Ago” in AHMM (Mar/Apr 2021)
  • William Burton McCormick. “Demon in the Depths” in EQMM (Sept/Oct 2021)
  • William Burton McCormick. “The Bell Keep’s Tale” in The Ghastling #13.
  • Richie Narvaez. “Courtesy” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Susan Oleksiw. “Chuck Zanger Exceeds His Skill Set” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Oluseyi Onabanjo. “Not Their Type” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Jayne Ormerod. “Write by the Bay” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Five Orange Pipes” in (EQMM).
  • Josh Pachter. “The Illusion of Control” in Mystery Weekly.
  • Josh Pachter. “KLDI” in Mickey Finn Volume 2.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Night Movers” in Mystery Weekly.
  • Josh Pachter. “Under Water” in Mystery Magazine.
  • Josh Pachter. “Zero Hour” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Josh Pachter. “The City of Light” in (EQMM).
  • Eugenia Parrish. “A Death at the Crossroads” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Ang Pompano. “Directions to Justice” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Robert Lopresti. “Why Judy Why” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Robert Lopresti. “At the Circus” in Monkey Business.
  • Brodie Lowe. “Woman Across the River” in Trouble No More.
  • Leigh Lundlin. “Truckstop Salvation” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Sharon Lynn. “The Professor’s Lesson” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Nan Mahon. “The 27 Club” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Isabella Maldonado. “Smart Woman (in a real Short Skirt)” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Tim Maleeny. “A Cure for Madness” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Allie Marie. “Grape Minds Drink Alike” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Jeff Markowitz. “Shades of Death” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Felicia L. Mason. “The Inheritance” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Bobby Matthews. “Whipping Posts” in Trouble No More.
  • Bobby Matthews. “Trap House” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Lisa Q. Mathews. “Fly Me to the Morgue” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Mike McHone. “The Lesson of the Lamp” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • L.W. “Skip” McLamb. “Working Vacation” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Alison McMahan. “Volcano” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Adam Meyer. “Crime Rate” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jenny Milchman. “The Entertainer” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Terry Farley Moran. “Piano Man” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jennifer Morita. “Cranes in the Cemetery” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • K.L. Murphy. “EverUs” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Sandra Murphy. “Room Service” in Monkey Business.
  • Richie Narvaez. “The Good Life,” Tough (March 2021)
  • Richie Narvaez. “Doc’s at Midnight” in Midnight Hour.
  • Richie Narvaez. “Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression (December 2021)
  • Emilya Naymark. “Exit Now” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Laura Oles. “Eeverybody’s on the Run” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Rick Ollerman. “A Pirate Looks at Forty” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Stella Oni. “The Black Widow of Oshogbo” in Midnight Hour.
  • Alan Orloff. “Killing Calhoun Again” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alan Orloff. “A Taste of Murder” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Alan Orloff. “There Once Was a Man Named LaRue” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jayne Ormerod. “The Sniper Sisters” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Karen Jean Osgood. “The Hunt for the Missing Shoes” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Rita Owen. “Poetic Justice” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Josh Pachter. “Only the Good Die Young” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Great Filling Station Holdup” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Josh Pachter. “Zero Hour” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Josh Pachter. “Monkey Business” in Monkey Business.
  • Gigi Pandian. “The Diamond Vanishes” in Midnight Hour.
  • Brian Panowich. “Statesboro Blues” in Trouble No More.
  • Gary Phillips. “The Exchange” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Karen Phillips. “The Secret of Thompson’s Hill in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Rob Pierce. “No Mercy, No More” in Trouble No More.
  • Neil Plakcy. “Public Relations” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Delia C. Pitts. “Midnight Confidential” in Midnight Hour.
  • Joey R. Poole. “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” in Trouble No More.
  • Graham Powell. “A Rough Idea” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Keenan Powell. “Miss Millie Munz” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • William D. Powell. “The Dance that Damn Near Killed Jimmy Dell Braeburn” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • James Queally. “Fit The Description” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Bryan Quertermous. “Howard’s Heart” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Shari Randall. “Footprints in the Sand” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Robert Randisi. “Go West” in Monkey Business.
  • Robert J. Randisi. “Who’s the Blond Stranger?” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Martha Reed. “The Honor Thief” in This Time for Sure.
  • Lissa Marie Redmond. “If I Could Just Get It On Paper” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Raquel V. Reyes. “Multi-Colored Lady” in Trouble No More.
  • Michael D. Rigg. “The Courier” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Lori Robbins. “Accidents Happen” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Stephen D. Rogers. “The Baby Screamed Murder” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Keith Rosson. “Vigilance” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Lori Roy. “Do You Remember” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Raquel V. Reyes. “Mata Hambre” in Midnight Hour.
  • Kimberly B. Richardson. “Orchids and Chitlin Grease” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Cynthia Sabelhaus. “Exegesis” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Richard Schneider. “Intemperance” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Alex Segura. “Everybody’s Got A Cousin in Miami” in This Time for Sure.
  • Judy Penz Sheluk. “Strawberry Moon” in Moonlight & Misadventure.
  • Terry Shepherd. “Over Me” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Steve Shrott. “The Body” in This Time for Sure.
  • Nancy Cole Silverman. “The Case of the Sourdough Starter” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “Bay of Reckoning” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “From Whiskey to Wine” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “The Devil’s in the Details” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Clea Simon. “No Cities to Love” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Angela Slevin. “Touché” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Michael Farris Smith. “Blue Sky” in Trouble No More.
  • Sarah Smith. “Jane Austen’s House” Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Jeff Soloway. “Jerome” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • J.B. Stevens. “A Trailer on the Outskirts of Town” in Trouble No More.
  • Cathi Stoler. ‘The Art Of Payback” in Justice For All Murder New York Style 6.
  • Faye Snowden “Chefs” in Midnight Hour.
  • Janet Raye Stevens. “Dirty Water” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Jonathan Stone. “Russkies” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Christopher Swann. “Midnight Rider” in Trouble No More.
  • Art Taylor. “Little Martha” in Trouble No More.
  • Charles Todd. “A Matter of Duty” in This Time for Sure.
  • Marilyn Todd. “A Night in Casablanca” in Monkey Business.
  • Elaine Togneri. “Genius” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • N.B. Turner. “High Cost of Low Living” in Trouble No More.
  • Lisa Unger. “A Six-Letter Word for Neighbor” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Abby L. Vandiver. “The Bridge” in Midnight Hour.
  • Gabriel Valjan. “Burnt Ends” in This Time for Sure.
  • C.J. Verburg. “A Terrible Tragedy” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Elaine Viets. “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Scott Von Doviak. “A Dark Place” in Mystery Magazine (April).
  • Scott Von Doviak. “Late Pickup at Sonny’s Icehouse” in Tough (November).
  • Joseph S. Walker. “A Day at the Races” in Monkey Business.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Things You Used to Do” in Trouble No More.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “One Tossed Match” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Everybody Pays a Tax” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Wednesdays at Ten” (May/June AHMM
  • Joseph S. Walker. “The Last Man in Lafarge” (July/Aug EQMM)
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Herb Ecks Goes Underground” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Fiction.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Crown Jewel” in Moonlight & Misadventure.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “Give or Take a Quarter Inch” in Tough.
  • Tim P. Walker. “C.C. + Joy” in Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression.
  • Leslie Wheeler. “Watchers” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden. “Skin” in Midnight Hour.
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden. “Turning Hearts” in This Time for Sure.
  • Heather Weidner. “Out of Commission” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Andrea Wells. “Taking Umbrage” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Andrew Welsh-Huggins. “The Lake” in This Time for Sure.
  • Mark Westmoreland. “Trouble No More” in Trouble No More.
  • Elizabeth Wilkerson. “Change of Plans” in Midnight Hour.
  • Chad Williamson. “The Ocean at Their Shoulders” from Rock and a Hard Place.
  • Cathy Wiley. “Frog Days of Summer” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Ken Wingate. “Into the Fire” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Amanda Witt. “Relative Stranger” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Stacy Woodson. “The Rose” in Jukes & Tonks.

BEST JUVENILE | YOUNG ADULT

  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The Hawthorne Legacy.
  • Elizabeth C. Bunce. Cold-Blooded Myrtle.
  • Andrea Contos. Out of the Fire.
  • Ryan Douglass. The Taking of Jake Livingston.
  • Lee Matthew Goldberg. Runaway Train.
  • Jessica Goodman. They’ll Never Catch Us.
  • Courtney Gould. The Dead and the Dark.
  • Joan He. The Ones We’re Meant to Find.
  • Wendy Heard. She’s Too Pretty to Burn.
  • June Hur. The Forest of Stolen Girls.
  • Tiffany D. Jackson. White Smoke.
  • Maureen Johnson. The Box in the Woods.
  • Victoria Lee. A Lesson in Vengeance.
  • Karen M. McManus. You’ll Be the Death of Me.
  • Goldy Moldavsky. The Mary Shelley Club.
  • Alan Orloff. I Play One On TV.
  • Ash Parsons You’re So Dead.
  • Aden Polydoros. The City Beautiful.
  • Stephanie Perkins. The Woods Are Always Watching.
  • Tirzah Price. Pride and Premeditation.
  • Melinda Salisbury. Hold Back the Tide.
  • Tess Sharpe. The Girls I’ve Been.
  • Jesse Q. Sutanto. The Obsession.
  • Courtney Summers. The Project.
  • Nancy Springer. Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche.
  • Kara Thomas That Weekend.
  • Erica Waters. The River Has Teeth.

BEST CRITICAL | NON-FICTION

  • Jan Brogan. The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston’s Struggle for Justice.
  • Holly Fitzgerald Campbell. Murder Book: a graphic memoir of a true-crime obsession.
  • Julie Kavanaugh. The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England Jonah Lehrer, Mystery: A Seduction.
  • Stephen Kurczy. The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence
  • Helena Merriman. Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall.
  • Casey Michel. American Kleptocracy: How The US Created the World’s Greatest Money-Laundering Scheme in History.
  • Adam Selzer. Murder Maps USA.
  • Benjamin T. Smith. The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade.

BEST ANTHOLOGY | COLLECTION

  • Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Fiction Stories (editors: Susan Oleksiw, Leslie Wheeler, and Ang Pompano).
  • Cemetery Plots of Northern California: 2021 Capitol Crimes Anthology (editor: Stacie Giles).
  • Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea (editors: Jamie McAllister and Teresa Inge).
  • Coming Through in Waves: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Pink Floyd (editor T. Fox Dunham).
  • Die Laughing: An Anthology of Humorous Mysteries (editor: Kerry Carter).
  • Eviction of Hope: the 509 Crime Anthologies. (editor: Colin Conway).
  • Jukes & Tonks (editors: Michael Bracken and Gary Phillips).
  • Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical (editors: Verena Rose, Rita Owen, and Shawn Reilly Simmons).
  • Midnight Hour (editor: Abby L. Vandiver).
  • Monkey Business: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Films of the Marx Brothers (editor: Josh Pachter).
  • Moonlight & Misadventure: : 20 Stories of Mystery & Suspense. A Superior Shores Anthology Book 3. (editor: Judy Penz Sheluk)
  • Murder by the Glass (editors: Teresa Inge and Yvonne Saxon).
  • Murder on the Beach. (editors: Karen Cantwell and Cathy Wiley).
  • Now, There Was A Story! (editors: Tia Ja’nae and Stephen J. Golds.)
  • Only the Good Die Young (editor: Josh Pachter).
  • The Great Filling Station Holdup (editor: Josh Pachter).
  • The Man Who Solved Mysteries: More Short Fiction by William Brittain. (editor: Josh Pachter).
  • This Time for Sure (editor: Hank Phillippi Ryan).
  • Trouble No More: Crime Fiction Inspired by Southern Rock and the Blues (editor: Mark Westmoreland).
  • Under the Thumb (editor: S.A. Cosby).
  • When a Stranger Comes to Town (editor: Michael Koryta).
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Agatha Award Eligible Titles for Malice Domestic 32-33-34

This page lists the Agatha Awards Eligible* Titles for Malice Domestic 32-33-34, which will be held 22 to 24 April 2022 in Bethesda, MD.

*Eligible means published in 2021, either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or as an e-book by an e-publishing firm.

Check this site for periodic updates. Nomination ballots will be emailed to attendees registered by 12-31-2021. Nominees will be announced mid-January 2022.

Authors: Please verify that your title is eligible and in the appropriate category. Contact me via this page for Additions and/or Corrections. The categories are:

  • Best Contemporary Novel
  • Best Historical [pre-1960]
  • Best First Novel
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Children | Young Adult

The Agatha Awards celebrate the TRADITIONAL MYSTERY, best typified by the works of AGATHA CHRISTIE. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, and would not be classified as “hard-boiled.”

CONTEMPORARY

  • Cathy Ace. The Corpse with the Iron Will.
  • Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Granite Heart.
  • Ellery Adams. Ink and Shadows.
  • Ellery Adams. Murder in the Cookbook.
  • Esme Addison. A Hex for Danger.
  • Elizabeth Aden. Slay Bells.
  • Elizabeth Aden. Dune House.
  • Ellie Alexander. Mocha, She Wrote.
  • Ellie Alexander. The Cure for What Ales You.
  • Donna Andrews. Murder Most Fowl.
  • Donna Andrews. The Twelve Jays of Christmas.
  • Andrew Anselmi. Iron Butterfly.
  • Winnie Archer. Death Gone A-Rye.
  • Bree Baker. Partners in Lime.
  • Lorna Barrett. Handbook for Homicide.
  • Lorna Barrett. A Deadly Deletion.
  • Laurien Berenson. Game of Dog Bones.
  • Laurien Berenson. Pup Fiction.
  • Olivia Blacke. No Memes of Escape.
  • Ginger Bolton. Deck the Donuts.
  • Sandra Bretting. The Safecracker’s Secret.
  • Allison Brook. Death on the Shelf.
  • M.E. Browning. Mercy Creek.
  • Catherine Bruns. The Enemy You Gnocchi
  • Lucy Burdette. A Scone of Contention.
  • V.M. Burns. A Tourist’s Guide to Murder.
  • V.M. Burns. Killer Words.
  • Ellen Byron. Cajun Kiss of Death.
  • Lynn Cahoon. One Poison Pie.
  • Lynn Cahoon. Two Wicked Desserts.
  • Kate Carlisle. Little Black Book.
  • Laurie Cass. Checking Out Crime.
  • Vivien Chien. Fatal Fried Rice.
  • Laura Childs. Egg Shooters.
  • Jennifer J. Chow. Mimi Lee Cracks the Code.
  • Tracy Clark. Runner.
  • Anne Cleeves. The Heron’s Cry.
  • Stephanie Cole. Crime of the Ancient Marinara.
  • Abby Collette. A Game of Cones.
  • Abby Collette. Body and Soul Food.
  • Cate Conte. Claws for Alarm.
  • Kerry Cox. Money Bear.
  • Holly Danvers. Murder at the Lakeside Library.
  • Krista Davis. Big Little Spies.
  • Krista Davis. The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit.
  • Maddie Day. Murder at the Taffy Shop.
  • Maddie Day. Murder at the Lobstah Shack.
  • Maddie Day. No Grater Crime.
  • Devon Delaney. Double Chocolate Cookie Murder.
  • Vicki Delaney. Murder in a Teacup.
  • Hannah Dennison. Danger at the Cove.
  • Hannah Dennison. Murder in Miniature at Honeychurch Hall.
  • Maria DiRico. Long Island Iced Tina.
  • Maria DiRico. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder.
  • Leighann Dobbs. A Whisker in the Dark.
  • Candas Jane Dorsey. What’s the Matter with Mary Jane?
  • J.C. Eaton. Railroaded 4 Murder.
  • Gerald Elias. Cloudy with a Chance of Murder.
  • Tori Eldridge. The Ninja Betrayed.
  • Jessica Ellicott. Murder in an English Glade
  • Lauren Elliott. Under the Cover of Murder.
  • Alex Erickson. Dial ‘M’ for Maine Coon.
  • Kathleen Ernst. Lies of Omission.
  • Carl Filbrich. No One’s Daughter.
  • Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran. Murder She Wrote, Killing in a Koi Pond.
  • Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran. Murder She Wrote, Debonair in Death.
  • Amanda Flower. Farm to Trouble.
  • Amanda Flower. Lemon Drop Dead.
  • Amanda Flower. Marriage Can Be Mischief.
  • Joanne Fluke. Coconut Layer Cake.
  • Joanne Fluke. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder.
  • Jay Forman. Excess Baggage.
  • Agatha Frost. Toffee Apple Torment.
  • Tracy Gardner. Still Life and Death.
  • Tracy Gardner. Red Red Herring.
  • Eva Gates. Deadly Ever After.
  • Daryl Wood Gerber. A Glimmer of a Clue.
  • Debra H. Goldstein. Four Cuts Too Many.
  • Traci Hall. Murder in a Scottish Garden.
  • Sherry Harris. A Time to Swill.
  • Cheryl Head. Warn Me When It’s Time.
  • Elizabeth Heiter. Alaska Mountain Rescue.
  • Julia Henry. Wreathing Havoc.
  • Edwin Hill. Watch Her.
  • Cheryl Hollon. Draw and Order.
  • Lee Hollis. Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury.
  • Lee Hollis. Death of an Italian Chef.
  • Lee Hollis. Murder at the Bake Sale.
  • Miranda James. Cat Me If You Can.
  • Miranda James. What the Cat Dragged In.
  • R. Franklin James. The Inheritance.
  • Stephen Mack Jones. Dead of Winter.
  • Mary Keliikoa. Denied.
  • Diane Kelly. The Moonshine Shack Murder.
  • Justin Kiska. Now & Then.
  • Libby Klein. Beauty Expos Are Murder.
  • Kevin Kluesner. The Killer Sermon.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. How to Book a Murder.
  • Kate Lansing. A Pairing to Die For.
  • Kate Lansing. Mulled to Death.
  • Victoria Laurie. Coached in the Act.
  • Mark Leichliter. The Other Side.
  • James L’Etoile. Black Label.
  • Linda Lovely. With Neighbors Like This.
  • Catherine Maiorisi. A Matter of Blood.
  • Mary Marks. Knot Ready for Murder.
  • Paul Martin. Dance of the Millions.
  • Olivia Matthews. Murder by Page One.
  • G.A. McKevett. Murder at Mabel’s House.
  • G.A. McKevett. And the Killer Is…
  • Jenn McKinlay. Killer Research.
  • Leslie Meier. Irish Parade Murder.
  • Leslie Meier. Halloween Party Murder.
  • Donnarae Menard. Murder in the Meadow.
  • Liz Milliron. Harm Not the Earth.
  • Alexis Morgan. Death by Intermission.
  • Judy L. Murry. Murder In The Master.
  • Lucy Ness. Phantoms and Felonies.
  • Linda Norlander. Death of a Starling.
  • Carlene O’ Connor. Murder in an Irish Cottage.
  • Carlene O’ Connor. Murder in Connemara.
  • Elizabeth Penny. Bodies and Bows.
  • Louise Penny. The Madness of Crowds.
  • Andrea Penrose. Murder at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Kerry Peresta. The Deadening.
  • S.C. Perkins. Fatal Family Ties.
  • Carol J. Perry. Be My Ghost.
  • Amy Pershing. A Side of Murder.
  • Carol Pouliot. Death Rang the Bell.
  • Cherie Priest. Grave Reservations.
  • Lissa Redmond. The Parting Glass.
  • Lori Robbins. Murder in Second Position.
  • Barbara Ross. Shucked Apart.
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan. Her Perfect Life.
  • Sofie Ryan. Undercover Kitty.
  • Laura Scott. Dogged by Death.
  • Lida Sideris. Gambling with Murder.
  • Paige Shelton. Deadly Editions.
  • Clea Simon. A Cat on the Case.
  • Karen Rose Smith. Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea.
  • Mary Stibal. An Ex-Heiress in Emeralds.
  • Gabrielle St. George. How To Murder A Marriage.
  • Dorothy St. James. The Broken Spine.
  • Cathi Stoler. Straight Up: A Murder on the Rocks.
  • Wendall Thomas. Fogged Off.
  • C.l. Tolbert. The Redemption.
  • Diane Vallere. Fahrenheit 501.
  • Gabriel Valjan. Symphony Road.
  • Laura Jensen Walker. Hope, Faith, & a Corpse.
  • Laura Jensen Walker. Deadly Delights.
  • LynDee Walker. Nowhere to Hide.
  • Auralee Wallace. In the Company of Witches.
  • Heather Weidner. Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers.
  • Valeri Wilson Wesley. A Glimmer of Death.
  • Traci Wilton. Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress.
  • Kate Young. Southern Sass and a Battered Bride.
  • Ovidia Yu. The Cannonball Tree Mystery.

HISTORICAL [PRE-1960]

  • Neskesa Afia. Dead Dead Girls.
  • Skye Alexander. Never try to Catch a Falling Knife.
  • Tasha Alexander. The Dark Heart of Florence.
  • Mally Becker. The Turncoat’s Widow.
  • James Benn. Road of Bones.
  • Rhys Bowen. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen.
  • Rhys Bowen. The Venice Sketchbook.
  • Susanna Calkins. The Cry of the Hangman.
  • John Copenhaver. The Savage Kind.
  • Martin Edwards. Mortmain Hall.
  • Anna Lee Huber. Murder Most Fair.
  • Mariah Fredericks. Death of a Showman.
  • Dianne Freeman. A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder.
  • Naomi Hirahara. Clark and Division.
  • Kathleen Kalb. A Fatal First Night.
  • Laurie R. King. Castle Shade.
  • Susan Elia MacNeal. The Hollywood Spy.
  • Sujata Massey. The Bombay Prince.
  • Alyssa Maxwell. Murder at Wakehurst.
  • Alyssa Maxwell. A Deadly Endowment.
  • Edith Maxwell. A Changing Light.
  • Catriona McPherson. The Mirror Dance.
  • Liz Milliron. The Stories We Tell.
  • Barbara Monajem. Lady Rosamund and the Horned God.
  • Jess Montgomery. The Stills.
  • Erica Ruth Neubauer. Murder at Wedgefield Manor.
  • Kelly Oliver, High Treason at the Grand Hotel.
  • Carol Pouliot. Death Rang the Bell.
  • Lori Rader-Day. Death at Greenway.
  • Claudia Reiss. Knight Light.
  • Penny Richards. Hasten to Their End.
  • Laraine Stephens. The Death Mask Murders.
  • Victoria Thompson. City of Shadow.
  • Stephanie Marie Thornton. A Most Clever Girl.
  • Charles Todd, A Divided Loyalty.
  • Charles Todd. An Irish Hostage.
  • Marilyn Todd. Bad Blood.
  • Gabriel Valjan. The Devil’s Music.

FIRST NOVEL

  • Gabby Allan. Much Ado about Nauticaling.
  • Alexandra Andrews. Who is Maud Dixon?
  • Julie Bates. Cry of the Innocent.
  • Jennifer Bee. The Killing Carol.
  • S.J. Bennett. The Windsor Knot.
  • Marco Carocari. Blackout.
  • Kerry K. Cox. Money Bear.
  • Julie Dalton. Waiting for the Night Song.
  • Elizabeth de Veer. The Ocean in Winter.
  • Emmeline Duncan. Fresh Brewed Murder.
  • Bridget Finnegan. Odette’s: A Quality Men’s Club.
  • Max Folsom. One Bad DayAfter Another.
  • Lori Duffy Foster. A Dead Man’s Eyes.
  • David Gardner. The Journalist.
  • Mimi Granger. Death of a Red-Hot Rancher.
  • Desmond Hall. Your Corner Dark.
  • Curtis Ippolito. Burying the Newspaper Man.
  • Heather Levy. Walking Through Needles.
  • Mia P. Manansala. Arsenic and Adobo.
  • Marcy McCreaey. The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon.
  • Donna Rae Menard. Murder in the Meadow.
  • Daniel K. Miller. Fire on the Firth.
  • Ian Moore. Death and Croissants.
  • Judy L. Murray. Murder in the Master.
  • Emilya Naymark. Hide in Place.
  • Raquel V. Reyes. Mango, Mambo, and Murder.
  • Rima Riedel. Shimmy Shimmy Homicide.
  • LC Rooney. Secrets & Lies.
  • Jule Selbo. 10 Days: A Dee Rommel Mystery Book One.
  • Gabrielle St. George. How to Murder a Marriage.
  • Janet Raye Stevens. Beryl Blue, Time Copy.
  • Greg Stout. Lost Little Girl.
  • Sharon Ward. In Deep.
  • Marlie Parker Wasserman. The Murderess Must Die.
  • Richard Wood. Bayou Whispers.

NONFICTION

  • Jan Brogan. The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston’s Struggle for Justice.
  • Julie Kavanaugh. The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England
  • Stephen Kurczy. The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence.
  • Jonah Lehrer, Mystery: A Seduction.
  • Helena Merriman. Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall.
  • Chris Chan. Murder Most Grotesque: The Comedic Crime Fiction of Joyce Porter.
  • Benjamin T. Smith. The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade.
  • Chris Verner. Plots and Gunpowder: A Personal Biography of Thriller Writer Gerald Verner.

SHORT STORY

  • Ritter Ames. “Frugal Lissa Needs a Break” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Donna Andrews. “A Night at the Opera” in Monkey Business.
  • Betsy Ashton. “Revenge on the Rocks” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Frances Aylor. “Malbec Gold” in Murder by the Glass.
  • E. A. Aymar. “The Search for Eric Garcia” in Midnight Hour.
  • Frankie Y. Bailey. “Nighthawks” in Midnight Hour.
  • Leah Bailey. “A Killer in the Family” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Sharon Bader. “To Catch a Thief or Two” in This Time for Sure.
  • Christine Bagley. “Valhalla” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Frankie Y. Bailey. “Love Happy” in Monkey Business.
  • Trey Barker. “Whiskey River” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Paul A. Barra. “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Donna Benedict. “Hot Box” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Paula Benson. “Reputation or Soul” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Damyanti Biswas. “Fat Mother” in This Time for Sure.
  • Melissa H. Blaine. “Not the Killing Kind” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Mary Alyce Blum. “Little White Lies” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Clark Boyd. “Providence” in This Time for Sure.
  • Michael Bracken. “Locked Mesa” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Michael Bracken. The Downeaster Alexa” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Michael Bracken. “If You’ve Got the Money, Honey” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Michael Bracken. “Tampico Trauma” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Marla Bradeen. “The Witching Hour” in Midnight Hour.
  • Susan Breen. “The Demon Valentine” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Johnathan Brown. “Pleasure Gone Bad” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Callie Browning. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in Midnight Hour.
  • M.E. Browning. “Einstein Was a Surfer” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Don Bruns. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Brenda Buchanan. “Means, Motive, and Opportunity” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • V. M. Burns. “The Vermeer Conspiracy” in Midnight Hour.
  • Lucy Burdette. “Married Seeking Married” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alafair Burke. “Seat 2C” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Ellen. Byron. “The Artists of Chartres Street” in Suspense Magazine.
  • Karen Cantwell. “Coast Busters” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Jenny Carless. “Strange Place for a Date” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Lucy Carol. “Beach Party Body” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Marco Carocari. “All in the Planning” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Christopher Chambers. “In the Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson” in Midnight Hour.
  • H-C Chan. “Murderers’ Feast” in Midnight Hour.
  • Jennifer Chow. “Midnight Escapade” in Midnight Hour.
  • Tracy Clark. “Lucky Thirteen” in Midnight Hour.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. “Incommunicado” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. “Murphy’s Law” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Jeff Cohen. “Zanzibar” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jeff Cohen. “Horse Feathers” in Monkey Business.
  • Michael Connelly. “Avalon” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Hans Copek. “The Visa” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • S.A. Cosby. “Solomon Wept” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • S.A. Cosby. “An Ache So Divine” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Rhonda Crowder. “The Night the Internet Died” in Midnight Hour.
  • David Dean. “A Matter of Trust” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Tina deBellagarde. “Tokyo Strangers” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Hugo de León “Dreamscape” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • A.L. Dawson. “The Crossing” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • David Dean. “Non Absolvo” in EQMM (Sept/Oct).
  • Lesley A. Diehl. “The Cocoanuts” in Monkey Business.
  • Karen Dionne. “The Other One” in This Time for Sure.
  • Chris Dreith. “Unknown Male and Parts of Two Others” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Brendan Dubois. “Duck Soup” in Monkey Business.
  • Mary Dutta. “The Good Citizen” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Mary Dutta. “Devil’s Advocate” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Eve Elliott. “The One” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Elisabeth Elo. “The Unappreciated Wife” in This Time for Sure.
  • Elizabeth Elwood. “The River of My Return” in This Time for Sure.
  • Christine Eskilson. “The Reunion” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Elaine Faber. “A Teeny Weeny Drop” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Terence Faherty. “The Big Store” in Monkey Business.
  • Dianne Fanning. “The Nightcap” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Katherine Fast. “Only You” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Kate Flora. “Best Served Cold” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • John M. Floyd. “Easy Money” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • John M. Floyd. “Everybody Comes to Lucille” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • John M. Floyd. “Spending Money” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Judy Fowler. “The Woman of His Dreams” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Judy Fowler. “The Lady in Ghent” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Jacqueline Freimor. “Here’s to New Friends” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Adele Gardner. “Neptune Blues” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Nancy Gardner. “Death’s Door” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Barb Goffman. “A Family Matter” in AHMM (Jan/Feb, 2021)
  • Barb Goffman. “A Tale of Two Sisters” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Debra H. Goldstein. “Biff’s Place” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Debra H. Goldstein. “Bucket List Dream” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Joseph Goodrich. “Animal Crackers” in Monkey Business.
  • Alexia Gordon. “Love’s Labor” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alexia Gordon. “Happy Birthday” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Beverly Graf. “Servant of the Place of Truth” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Heather Graham. “Strange Things in the Name of Love” in This Time for Sure.
  • Judith Green. “Virtue Is Its Own Reward” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Maurissa Guilbord. “Into the Devil’s Den” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Kenneth Gwin. “The Plot Thickens” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Libby Hall. “Chimera” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Steve Hamilton. “A Different Kind of Healing” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Victoria Hamilton. “Reunion with the Devil” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Kerry Hammond. “Strangers at a Table” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • James D.F. Hannah. “No Man’s Land” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Vaughn Hardacker. “Just Like Jesse James” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Sadie Hartwell. “Where the Wild Pigs Are in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. “The Ice House” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. “The Wait” in Crimeucopia, Careless Love.
  • Gar Anthony Haywood. “Return to Sender” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • G. Miki Hayden. “Coda L” in This Time for Sure.
  • Richard Helms. “Goodnight Saigon” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jeffrey Hess. “The Pascagoula Run” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Edwin Hill. “Outside” in This Time for Sure.
  • Joe Hill. “Last Fare” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Maria Hudgins. “Fly Away Gourmet” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Maria Hudgins. “Blackbeard’s Skull” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Teresa Inge. “Murder on Tap” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Teresa Inge. “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Teresa Inge. “Riverboat Revenge” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Teresa Inge. “Milepost Murder” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Kim Keeline. “Nameless” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Virginia Kidd. “Murder in the Days of COVID-19” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Tilia Klebenov Jacobs. “Perfect Strangers” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Zakariah Jackson. “Egg on Her Face” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Smita Harish Jain. “Kohinoor” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Smita Harish Jain. “Keeping Up With the Jainses” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Craig Johnson. “Music Appreciation” in This Time for Sure.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “Cabo San Loco” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “Brayking Glass” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Thomas Fredric Jones. “Bounty” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Sheryl Jordan. “Mama Saundra’s Shenanigans” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Tina Kashian. “Cape May Murders” in Midnight Hour.
  • Maggie King. “How Do You Mend A Breaking Heart?” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Kristin Kisska. “Swiping Right” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Chris Knopf. “Rescue” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Michael Koryta. “Genius” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. “There Comes a Time” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Ellen Clair Lamb. “Night Bus” in This Time for Sure.
  • Joe R. Lansdale. “Room for One More” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Kristen Lepionka. “Remediation” in This Time for Sure.
  • Lisa Lieberman. “The Virgin’s Necklace” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Margaret Lucke. “The Devils-Work Ball” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Edith Maxwell. “Dark Corners” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Robert Lopresti. “Why Judy Why” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Robert Lopresti. “At the Circus” in Monkey Business.
  • Leigh Lundlin. “Truckstop Salvation” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Sharon Lynn. “The Professor’s Lesson” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Nan Mahon. “The 27 Club” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Isabella Maldonado. “Smart Woman (in a real Short Skirt)” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Tim Maleeny. “A Cure for Madness” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Allie Marie. “Grape Minds Drink Alike” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Jeff Markowitz. “Shades of Death” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Felicia L. Mason. “The Inheritance” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Lisa Q. Mathews. “Fly Me to the Morgue” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • L.W. “Skip” McLamb. “Working Vacation” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Alison McMahan. “Volcano” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Adam Meyer. “Crime Rate” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jenny Milchman. “The Entertainer” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Terry Farley Moran. “Piano Man” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Jennifer Morita. “Cranes in the Cemetery” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • K.L. Murphy. “EverUs” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Sandra Murphy. “Room Service” in Monkey Business.
  • Richie Narvaez. “Doc’s at Midnight” in Midnight Hour.
  • Richie Narvaez. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Emilya Naymark. “Exit Now” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Susan Oleksiw. “Chuck Zanger Exceeds His Skill Set” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Laura Oles. “Eeverybody’s on the Run” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Rick Ollerman. “A Pirate Looks at Forty” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Stella Oni. “The Black Widow of Oshogbo” in Midnight Hour.
  • Alan Orloff. “Killing Calhoun Again” in This Time for Sure.
  • Alan Orloff. “A Taste of Murder” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Alan Orloff. “There Once Was a Man Named LaRue” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Jayne Ormerod. “The Sniper Sisters” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Jayne Ormerod. “Write by the Bay” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
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  • Rita Owen. “Poetic Justice” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Josh Pachter. “The City of Light” in EQMM.
  • Josh Pachter. “Only the Good Die Young” in Only the Good Die Young.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Great Filling Station Holdup” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Josh Pachter. “Zero Hour” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Josh Pachter. “Monkey Business” in Monkey Business.
  • Gigi Pandian. “The Diamond Vanishes” in Midnight Hour.
  • Gigi Pandian, “The Locked room Mystery” in EQMM (July/August 2021).
  • Eugenia Parrish. “A Death at the Crossroads” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Gary Phillips. “The Exchange” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Karen Phillips. “The Secret of Thompson’s Hill in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Neil Plakcy. “Public Relations” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Delia C. Pitts. “Midnight Confidential” in Midnight Hour.
  • Ang Pompano. “Directions to Justice” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
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  • Keenan Powell. “Miss Millie Munz” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • William D. Powell. “The Dance that Damn Near Killed Jimmy Dell Braeburn” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Bryan Quertermous. “Howard’s Heart” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Shari Randall. “Footprints in the Sand” in Murder on the Beach.
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  • Robert Randisi. “Go West” in Monkey Business.
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  • Stephen D. Rogers. “The Baby Screamed Murder” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Lori Roy. “Do You Remember” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Raquel V. Reyes. “Mata Hambre” in Midnight Hour.
  • Kimberly B. Richardson. “Orchids and Chitlin Grease” in Jukes & Tonks.
  • Cynthia Sabelhaus. “Exegesis” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Richard Schneider. “Intemperance” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Alex Segura. “Everybody’s Got A Cousin in Miami” in This Time for Sure.
  • Terry Shepherd. “Over Me” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • Steve Shrott. “The Body” in This Time for Sure.
  • Nancy Cole Silverman. “The Case of the Sourdough Starter” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Clea Simon. “No Cities to Love” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “Bay of Reckoning” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “From Whiskey to Wine” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “The Devil’s in the Details” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Angela Slevin. “Touché” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Sarah Smith. “Jane Austen’s House” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Cathi Stoler. “The Art of Payback” in Justice For All Murder New York Style 6.
  • Faye Snowden “Chefs” in Midnight Hour.
  • Janet Raye Stevens. “Dirty Water” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Jonathan Stone. “Russkies” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Charles Todd. “A Matter of Duty” in This Time for Sure.
  • Marilyn Todd. “A Night in Casablanca” in Monkey Business.
  • Elaine Togneri. “Genius” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Lisa Unger. “A Six-Letter Word for Neighbor” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Abby L. Vandiver. “The Bridge” in Midnight Hour.
  • Gabriel Valjan. “Burnt Ends” in This Time for Sure.
  • C.J. Verburg. “A Terrible Tragedy” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Elaine Viets. “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About” in The Great Filling Station Holdup.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “A Day at the Races” in Monkey Business.
  • Joseph S. Walker. “One Tossed Match” in Cemetery Plots of Northern California.
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden. “Skin” in Midnight Hour.
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden. “Turning Hearts” in This Time for Sure.
  • Heather Weidner. “Out of Commission” in Murder by the Glass.
  • Andrea Wells. “Taking Umbrage” in Malice Domestic Mystery Most Diabolical.
  • Andrew Welsh-Huggins. “The Lake” in This Time for Sure.
  • Leslie Wheeler. “Watchers” in Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Elizabeth Wilkerson. “Change of Plans” in Midnight Hour.
  • Cathy Wiley. “Frog Days of Summer” in Murder on the Beach.
  • Ken Wingate. “Into the Fire” in Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea.
  • Amanda Witt. “Relative Stranger” in When a Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Stacy Woodson. “The Rose” in Jukes & Tonks.

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Guest Post: Carol Pouliot, author of the Blackwell & Watson Time-Travel Mystery Series

GV: You’ve introduced us to Detective Steven Blackwell and Olivia Watson, who work cases and share a house 80 years apart. Your mysteries are an entertaining blend of science fiction and police procedural. Book 1 in your Time-Travel Mystery, Doorway to Murder, the mystery is a murder at the local bank that includes missing money. In the second novel, Threshold of Deceit, our duo try to solve the murder of a local Casanova. What should we expect in your third outing Death Rang the Bell, out in the world September 21, 2021 from Level Best Books?

CP: Thank you, Gabriel. The stakes grow higher in Death Rang the Bell. Olivia travels from the 21st century to 1934 to attend a Halloween party with Steven, which she’s sure is going to be a lot of fun. And it is…until she witnesses the head of the Shipley Five-and-Dime empire murdered, and fears the killer saw her face. The smart move is to return to the safety of her own time, but Olivia has uncovered a secret that chills her to the bone. No stranger to taking risks, she takes the biggest one of all—defying the unwritten rules of time-travel. She convinces Steven to let her stay in his time to help unravel the motives behind the murder. On a personal level, Steven’s and Olivia’s friendship hits a rough patch for the first time in all the months they’ve known each other.

In addition to whodunit, certain questions need answers—Can Steven uncover the killer in time to save Olivia? Will Steven and Olivia resolve the setback in their friendship? Will Olivia’s involvement in the case cause their time-travel secret to be revealed?

GV: The 1930s were a dark time in world history. What made you choose this decade for your mysteries?

CP: Honestly I never even thought of the years leading up to World War II or the Depression when I chose 1934. The 1920s and 1930s are the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and also the Golden Age of Travel. I’m passionate about both. I love the classic Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Ngaio Marsh mysteries. I like their cultured and well-educated detectives—Hercule Poirot, Albert Campion, and Inspector Alleyn—who use their wits to solve crime. I modeled Steven after that type of detective. I wish I had been able to travel during that time. I’m excited by the thought of packing steamer trunks, leather suitcases, and hat boxes to take a trans-Atlantic voyage. The #1 thing on my bucket list is a trip on the Orient Express, which I actually have plans to do as soon as possible.

There was also a practical reason why I chose 1934. I needed a year where I could create characters who span both Steven’s and Olivia’s time. There are 3 characters thus far who exist in both time periods. A beloved history teacher who has recently died in the first book is a teenager when Olivia meets her in book 2. Olivia’s neighbor and unofficial grandmother, Isabel, is a baby in Threshold of Deceit. And a woman who holds the key to the entire series is a teenager in 1934 when Olivia first meets her. However, before that, Olivia has only known her as her best friend Sophie’s grandmother.

GV: In addition to juggling two timelines, you educate readers on how police conducted investigations back in the day. What kind of research did you have to do to achieve that authenticity?

CP: I read mysteries written in the early 1930s and pay close attention to what the police can and cannot do. I also watch movies from that time. I especially like Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, and The Thin Man movies, although some of them take place a bit later in the decade. I researched New York State laws on a variety of NYS websites. Interestingly, I discovered that license plates were registered with the New York Tax Commissioner in 1934. The DMV didn’t officially exist until 1961!

To ensure that my cops follow proper police procedure, I’ve always used resources in the police. I’m very lucky that my go-to cop is the county police historian, so not only does he keep me accurate in general police procedures, he’s an expert on past methods and the legal system as well.

GV: I’m a cat person. Cats are often sidekicks in cozy mysteries, and your novels are not cozies. Tell us a little about Mr. Moto.

CP: I love cats although I’ve never owned one. I was excited to give Olivia a kitten. He’s inky black with emerald eyes. He’s feisty but loving, and smart, too. He’s curious about the goings on in the neighborhood and loves watching what’s happening from his favorite spot in the bow window in Olivia’s dining room. His name is Mr. Moto. I thought that would be fun.

Mr. Moto plays a critical part in the first book. In Doorway to Murder, Olivia awakens in the middle of the night from a deep sleep to find a strange man at her bedroom door. She’s terrified until he walks through the wall and disappears. As she tries to control her shaking and settle down to go back to sleep, she can’t help but wonder if the man was somehow real or if she imagined it. Then she remembers that Mr. Moto hissed loudly and flew across the covers to the safety of her lap when the man appeared. The kitten plays an important role in Olivia discovering who the man is and what’s going on.

GV: Olive is smart, independent, and unflappable. What does Detective Blackwell think of the modern woman and what does she think of him?

CP: Olivia is unusual among the women in small-town Knightsbridge, but not for Steven. His beloved mother, who died a month before the series begins, was an artist from Paris. She was Bohemian, free-spirited, and non-judgmental. Evangéline taught Steven to accept people for who they are and to understand why they think the way they do. She raised him to be curious about the world—other cultures and their ways of life—and to have an appreciation of the arts. She’s why he doesn’t have any of the prejudices of the time.

Olivia is passionate about travel and has a nostalgia for the Golden Age of Travel. Traveling back in time is the ultimate trip for her. She is also extremely curious about people and the world. These qualities made her an excellent reporter, and have made her research agency a success. Olivia shares many of the qualities that Steven’s mother had.

When Steven and Olivia first meet, she’s curious about him as someone from her favorite time period. As they’ve gotten to know each other, she’s grown to like and appreciate him as an individual. She likes that above all else he is loyal. When Doorway to Murder opens, she’s on her own again after her ex-fiancé cheated on her. Steven is a good man, devoted to his job of chasing down killers and seeing that justice is done for the victims. He shares her interest in travel and in the world. Olivia looks past the slicked-back hair, the wide-legged trousers, and stylish (for 1934) fedoras. She sees Steven as a “swell fella.”

GV: You have a serious background in foreign language and literature. Tell us a little about that, and is there any chance readers will experience a taste of the exotic in a future Blackwell and Watson mystery?

CP: Yes, I love languages and foreign travel. I sprinkled bits of French and Italian, as well as an Irish accent in the first three books. I chose those languages to reflect the immigrants in Central New York, as well as the background of Steven’s mother. I may add some German in one of the future books because we had numerous German immigrants in Syracuse in the late 1800s before World War 1.

In book 5 which has the working title Murder at the Door of the Moulin Rouge, Steven and Olivia travel back in time to Paris in the late 1800s, when his mother was working as a young artist. Her friend Toulouse-Lautrec needs Steven’s help to solve the murder of one of his models, a young girl from the provinces. Several years earlier, Eugène-François Vidocq, a criminal turned cop, founded a fledgling police force—what would eventually become the Sûreté Nationale—but they’ve told Toulouse-Lautrec they’re too busy to be bothered with someone they believe was a prostitute and not worthy of their attention. Steven’s mother is outraged and tells Lautrec, she knows someone who can track down the killer. She contacts Steven.

Thank you so much for these interesting questions, Gabriel, and for hosting me here today. It’s been a lot of fun.

Carol is passionate about the world and other cultures. She has visited 5 continents thus far and always has her passport and suitcase at the ready.Carol Pouliot holds a BA in French and Spanish and an MA in French. She has taught French, Spanish, German, and English. She owned and operated a translating agency for 20 years. Her work has been published in Victoria magazine.

Level Best Books is the publisher for her Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, available at Amazon, or can be ordered by your local independent bookstore. Find Carol at http://www.carolpouliot.com/

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