2018 Anthony Award Eligible Titles

This list is not exhaustive. I’d suggest readers reference Steph Post’s Anthony 2018 page or Do Some Damage

(A) indicates a title also nominated for an Agatha Award. For anthologies, I name the editors. If I’ve understood the rules right, duplicates are allowed (example: Best, First, Original Paperback)

Best Novel

  • Bruce Robert Coffin, Beneath the Depths
  • Micki Browning, Adrift
  • Louise Penny, Glass Houses (A)
  • Renee Patrick, Dangerous to Know (A)
  • Steph Post, Lightwood
  • Alex Segura, Dangerous Ends
  • David Swinson, Crime Song
  • Rob Hart, The Woman from Prague
  • Allison Brook, Death Overdue (A)
  • Ellen Byron, A Cajun Christmas Killing (A)
  • Annette Dashofy, No Way Home (A)
  • Margaret Maron, Take Out (A)
  • Nik Korpon, The Rebellion’s Last Traitor
  • Ivy Pochoda, Wonder Valley
  • Claire Booth, Another Man’s Ground
  • Tom Pitts, American Static
  • James L’Etoile, Bury the Past
  • Danny Gardner, A Negro and an Ofay
  • Jordan Harper, She Rides Shotgun
  • Denise Mina, The Long Drop
  • Ann Cleeves, The Seagull
  • The Force, Don Winslow
  • Clea Simon, World Enough
  • Bill Loehfelm, The Devil’s Muse

Best First Novel

  • Micki Browning, Adrift (A)
  • Hank Early, Heaven’s Crooked Finger
  • Winnie M Li, Dark Chapter
  • M. Burns, The Plot is Murder (A)
  • Kellye Garrett. Hollywood Homicide (A)
  • Laura Oles, Daughters of Bad Men (A)
  • Kathleen Valenti, Protocol (A)
  • Kevin Catalano, Where the Shines Out
  • Chris Irwin, Ragged

Best Paperback Original

  • Eryk Pruitt, What We Reckon
  • Angel Luis Colón, Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult
  • Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died
  • Thomas Pluck, Big Bad Boogie
  • Annette Dashofy, No Way Home (A)
  • Gabriel Valjan, The Company Files: The Good Man
  • Casey Doran, The Art of Murder
  • Terrence McCauley, A Conspiracy of Ravens
  • Rhys Bowen, In Fairleigh Field (A)
  • Jessica Ellicott, Murder in an English Village (A)
  • Jon Bassoff, The Blade This Time
  • Edith Maxwell, Called to Justice (A)
  • Susan Ella MacNeal, The Paris Spy (A)
  • James Ziskin, Cast the First Stone

Best Critical or Nonfiction Book

  • Jess Lourey, Rewrite Yourself (A)
  • David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Tatiana de Rosnay, Manderley Forever (A)
  • Martin Edwards, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (A)
  • Matthias Boström, From Holmes to Sherlock (A)
  • Monica Hesse, American Fire (A)

Best Short Story

  • Bill Baber, “No One Heard” in Betrayed
  • Susanna Calkins, “Trial of Madame Pelletier” Malice Domestic: Murder Most Historical
  • Sarah M. Chen, “Missouri Waltz” in  Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash
  • Dana Cameron, “Episode IV: Raven and the Cave Girl vs. Dan Malmon!” in Killing Malmon
  • Jen Conley, “God’s Gonna Catch You Down” in Just to Watch Them Die
  • Micki Browning, “Thicker Than Water” in Busted
  • Christine Bagley, “On A Winter’s Night” in Snowbound
  • Maurissa Guibord, “The Explorer” in Snowbound
  • Greg Herren, “Keeper of the Flame” in Mystery Week Magazine
  • Renee Pickup, “Thirteen” in  Just to Watch Them Die
  • Connie Johnson Hambley, “Black Ice” in Snowbound
  • S.W. Lauden, “25 Minutes to Go” in Just to Watch Them Die
  • S.W. Lauden, “Reunion” in Killing Malmon
  • Paul D. Marks, “Bunker Hill Blues” in Ellery Queen
  • Paul D. Marks, “Windward” in Coast to Coast
  • Karen E. Olson, “The Boy” in New Haven Noir
  • Renee Pickup, “Salsa Verde” in Switchblade Issue 2
  • Debra Goldstein, “The Night They Burned Down Ms. Dixie’s Place” in AHMM. (A)
  • Art Taylor, “A Necessary Ingredient” in Coast to Coast (A)
  • Art Taylor, “Fairy Tales” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine
  • Mary Lederman Sutton, “Far End of Nowhere” in Fish Out of Water
  • Mary Lederman Sutton, “Home Front Homicide” in Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Historical
  • Mary Lederman Sutton, “A Family Affair” in Killer Wore Cranberry
  • James L’Etoile.  “When the Music Stops” in Betrayed
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons, “Burnt Orange” in Bouchercon Anthology 2017
  • Alex Segura and Dave White, “Shallow Grave”
  • Travis Richardson, “I Know They’re In There!” in The Obama Inheritance
  • Gretchen Archer, “Double Deck the Halls” (A)
  • Barb Goffman, “Crazy Cat Lady“ in Black Cat Mystery Magazine
  • Barb Goffman, “Whose Wine is it Anyway” in 50 Shades of Cabernet (A)
  • Gigi Pandian, “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” (A)

Best Anthology

  • Killing Malmon. Down & Out Books. Editors: Dan and Kate Malmon
  • Betrayed. Authors on the Air Press. Editor: Pam Stack
  • Noir at the Salad Bar. Level Best Books. Editors: Verna Rose, Harriette Sackler, Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • Snowbound. Level Best Books. Editors: Verna Rose, Harriette Sackler, Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • Just to Watch Them Die. Gutter Books. Editor: Joe Clifford
  • Malice Domestic: Murder Most Historical. Editors: Verna Rose, Rita Owen, Shawn Reilly Simmons
  • The Obama Inheritance. Three Rooms Press. Editor: Gary Phillips
  • Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents LAst Resort. Down & Out Books. Editors: Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley
  • Passport to Murder: Bouchercon Anthology 2017. Down & Out Books. Editors: John McFetridge and Janet Hutchings
  • Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea. Down & Out Books. Editors: Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks
  • Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4. Level Best Books. Editor: Elizabeth Zelvin.

Online Websites or Blogs

Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Continuing Series

(At least 3 published books in series, the book published in 2017 can be one of the 3)

  • Joe Clifford, Give Up the Dead. Jay Porter Series
  • Matt Coyle, Blood Truth. Rick Cahill Series
  • Cynthia Kuhn, The Art of Vanishing. Lila Maclean Mystery Series
  • Lynn Marron, ORR: Murder Genetically Engineered: Grace Farrington Mystery Series
  • Karen E. Olson, Betrayed. Black Hat Series
  • J.D. Rhoades, Hellbound on my Trail. Jack Keller Series
  • Patricia Smiley, Outside the Wire. Pacific Homicide Series
  • Nancy Cole Silverman, Room For Doubt
  • Dave White, Blind to Sin. Jackson Donne Series

Link to Do Some Damage for this category and other nominations.



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gabriel’s wharf is a blog on the random thoughts and writings of author Gabriel Valjan. His stories continue to appear online and in print journals. Winter Goose Publishing publishes his Roma Series.
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