2019 Anthony Awards Eligible Titles

Anthony Awards Eligible* for Bouchercon

31 October – 3 November 2019 in Dallas, TX.

Ballots due Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

Select 1-5 titles per category on your Ballot

  • Best Novel
  • Best First Novel
  • Best Paperback Original
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Critical or Nonfiction Work

*Check this site periodically, since it will be updated.

Authors: Please verify that your title is eligible and in the appropriate category. Contact me via this page for Additions/Corrections. Please review the quote below from Bouchercon Committee.

ELIGIBILITY RULES: To be eligible for the 2019 Anthony Awards, books and short stories must have been published for the first time in North America during calendar year 2018. (Exception: Titles published elsewhere are eligible based on their year of first publication or later first North American publication date.)

Best Novel

  • Lou Berney. November Road.
  • Sharon Bolton. The Craftsman.
  • Rhys Bowen.  The Tuscan Child.
  • Rhys Bowen. Four Funerals and a Wedding.
  • D.W. Buffs. Necessity.
  • Lucy Burdette. Death on the Menu.
  • Ellen Byron. Mardi Gras Murder.
  • Joe Clifford. Broken Ground.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. Beyond the Truth.
  • David Corbett. The Long Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday.
  • Matt Coyle. Wrong Light.
  • Sara Driscoll. Storm Rising.
  • Martin Edwards. Gallows Court.
  • Allen Eskens. The Shadows We Hide.
  • Alexia Gordon. Killing in C Sharp.
  • Kent Harrington. Last Ferry Home.
  • Rob Hart. Potter’s Field.
  • Cheryl Head. Wake Me When It’s Over.
  • Elly Griffiths. The Dark Angel.
  • Elly Griffiths. The Vanishing Box.
  • Jane Harper. Force of Nature.
  • J.J. Hensley. Record Scratch.
  • Jennifer Hillier. Jar of Hearts.
  • Matthew Iden. Birthday Girl.
  • Gabino Iglesias. Coyote Songs.
  • Lisa Jewell. Watching You.
  • Roger Johns. River of Secrets.
  • Stephen Mack Jones. August Snow.
  • Leslie Karst. Death al Fresco.
  • Dharma Kelleher. Extreme Prejudice.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. The Spirit in Question.
  • Shari Lapena. An Unwanted Guest.
  • Jess Lourey. Mercy’s Chase.
  • Susan Elia MacNeal. The Prisoner in the Castle.
  • Catherine Maiorsi. A Matter of Blood.
  • Helaine Mario. Dark Rhapsody.
  • Catriona McPherson. Go to My Grave.
  • Helaine Mario. Dark Rhapsody.
  • Sujata Massey. The Widows of Malabar Hill.
  • Kate Moretti. In Her Bones.
  • Paula Munier. A Borrowing of Bones.
  • Joseph Olshan. Black Diamond Fall.
  • Jill Orr. The Bad Break.
  • Dennis Palumbo. Head Wounds.
  • Eliot Parker. A Knife’s Edge.
  • Neil Plakcy. Survival is a Dying Art.
  • Steph Post. A Tree Born Crooked.
  • Steph Post. Walk in the Fire.
  • J.D. Rhoades. Fortunate Son.
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan. Trust Me.
  • Alex Segura. Blackout.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. Murder on the Rocks.
  • Clea Simon. A Spell of Murder.
  • Aidan Thorn. Rival Son.
  • Stuart Turton. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
  • Vicki Weavil, Shelved under Murder.
  • Erica Wright. The Blue Kingfisher.
  • Vincent Zandiri. The Detonator.

Best First Novel

  • Thomas Burns. Stripper!
  • Tracy Clark. Broken Places.
  • Ellison Cooper. Caged.
  • John Copenhaver. Dodging and Burning.
  • Edwin Hill. Little Comfort.
  • Aimee Hix. What Doesn’t Kill You.
  • Christopher Huang. A Gentleman’s Murder.
  • Lawrence Maddox. Fast Bang Booze.
  • Gale Massey. The Girl from Blind River.
  • Terrence McCauley. The Fairfax Incident.
  • Keenan Powell. Deadly Solution.
  • Joseph Reid. Takeoff.
  • Lissa Marie Redmond. A Cold Day in Hell.
  • Wendall Thomas. Lost Luggage.
  • P.J. Vernon. When You Find Me.
  • Scott von Doviak. Charlesgate Confidential.

Best Paperback Original

  • Patricia Abbott. I Bring Sorrow.
  • J.D. Allen. 19 Souls.
  • R.G. Belsky. Yesterday’s News.
  • Eric Beetner with Frank Zafino. The Getaway List.
  • Eric Beetner. The Devil At Your Door.
  • Mollie Cox Bryan. Assault and Battery.
  • Thomas Burns. Revenge!
  • Christine Carbo. A Sharp Solitude.
  • Ann Cleeland. Murder in Spite.
  • Ann Cleeland. Murder in Misdirection.
  • Joe Clifford. The One That Got Away.
  • Steven Cooper. Dig Your Grave.
  • Bruce Robert Coffin. Beyond the Truth.
  • Dick Cass. Burton’s Solo.
  • L.A. Chandlar. The Golden Pawn.
  • E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen. The Question of the Dead Mistress.
  • Annette Dashofy. Cry Wolf.
  • Wendy Fallon. Magnolia Murders.
  • Mary Feliz. Disorderly Conduct.
  • Mary Ellen Hughes. A Vintage Death.
  • Dharma Kelleher. Chaser.
  • Lynn McPherson. The Girls Whispered Murder.
  • Liz Milliron. Root of All Evil.
  • Lori Rader-Day. Under a Dark Sky.
  • Alison Gaylin. If I Die Tonight.
  • Kellye Garrett. Hollywood Ending.
  • James D.F. Hannah. She Talks to Angels.
  • Nick Kolakowski. Boise Longpig Hunting Club.
  • Paul D. Marks. Broken Windows.
  • Edith Maxwell. Turning the Tide.
  • Mike McCrary. Relentless.
  • Catriona McPherson. Scot Free.
  • Hannah Mary McKinnon. The Neighbors.
  • Alan Orloff. Pray for the Innocent.
  • Leigh Perry. The Skeleton Makes a Friend.
  • Eryk Pruitt. Townies And Other Stories of Southern Mischief.
  • Charles  Salzberg. Second Story Man.
  • Terry Shames. A Reckoning in the Back Country.
  • Patricia Smiley. The Second Goodbye.
  • LynDee Walker. Fear No Truth.
  • Betty Webb. The Otter of Death.
  • Frank Zafiro. Menace of the Years.
  • Frank Zafiro with Jim Wilsky. Harbinger.
  • James Ziskin. A Stone’s Throw.

Best Short Story

  • Brett Battles. “I Got You” in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Eric Beetner. “Return” in Blood Work.
  • Eric Beetner. “The Road Out of Town” in The Black Car Business. Vol. 1.
  • Michael Bracken. “Skirts” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #2.
  • Michael Bracken. “Texas Hot Flash” in Tough.
  • Michael Bracken. “The Mourning Man” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Michael Bracken. “Texas Sundown” in Down & Out Magazine#3.
  • Michael Bracken. “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Tough.
  • Michael Bracken. “Arroyo” in Malice Domestic 13: Murder Most Geographical.
  • Michael Bracken. “Good Girls Don’t” in Pulp Modern.
  • Michael Bracken. “Decision” in Flash Bang Mysteries.
  • Michael Bracken. “Suburbia” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #3.
  • Michael Bracken. “Backlit” in Blood Work.
  • Michael Bracken. “Mr. Sugarman Visits the Bookmobile” in SHHH…Murder!
  • Michael Bracken. “Dollface,” in Story & Grit.
  • Michael Bracken. “Remission” in Landfall.
  • Michael Bracken. “Going-Away Money” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Michael Bracken. “Little Bubba Visits the Roadhouse” in EconoClash Review #3.
  • Michael Bracken. “Deliver Us from Evil” in Thriller #2.
  • Richard Brewer. “Hector” in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Craig Faustus Buck, “Race to Judgment in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Leslie Budewitz. “All God’s Sparrow” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Susanna Calkins “A Postcard for the Dead” in Florida Happens.
  • Sarah M. Chen. “Strangers on the Run” in Deadlines.
  • Joe Clifford. Eel Estevez” in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Jen Conley. “Melanie” in Blood Work.
  • David Corbett. “The Financierin The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Shawn A. Cosby. “Grass Beneath My Feet in Tough.
  • Alison Gaylin. “Sister Ray” in Dirty Boulevard.
  • Barb Goffman. “Bug Appétit in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Vinnie Hansen. “Miscalculation” in Santa Cruz Noir.
  • Gar Anthony Haywood “Racklin” in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Richard Helms. “The King of Gonna in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Richard Helms. “The Man With Two Grins in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Greg Herren. “Cold Beer No Flies” in Florida Happens.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “All Accounted For at the Hooray for Hollywood Motel” in Florida Happens.
  • Jessica Kaye. “Last Dancein Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • David James Keaton. “El Kabong in Wrestle Maniac.
  • Toni L.P. Kelner. “The Adventure of the Six Sherlocks” in For the Sake of the Game.
  • Kristin Kisska. “Czech Mate” in Malice Domestic 13: Murder Most Geographical.
  • Tara Laskowski. “The Case of the Vanishing Professor” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Debra Lattanzi Shutika. “Frozen Iguana” in Florida Happens.
  • Robert Lopresti. “Nobody Gets Killed” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Robert Lopresti. “Train Tracks” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Robert Lopresti. “A Bad Day For Algebra Tests” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Bonnie MacBird. “Lady Hilda’s Story” in The Strand.
  • Paul D. Marks. “There’s An Alligator in My Purse” in Florida Happens.
  • Paul D. Marks. “The Practical Girl’s Guide to Murder” in Mysterical-E.
  • Edith Maxwell. “A Divination of Death” in Malice Domestic 13: Murder Most Geographical.
  • Laura McHugh. “Endgame” in Unloaded 2.
  • Tony McMillen. “Andy ’s Chest” in Dirty Boulevard.
  • Josh Pachter. “50” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Josh Pachter. “Not My Circus” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
  • Josh Pachter. “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Murder” in Malice Domestic 13: Murder Most Geographical.
  • Josh Pachter. “Bill Posters Will Be Prosecuted” in Mystery Weekly.
  • Josh Pachter.“The Supreme Art of War” in Fur, Feathers, & Felonies.
  • Gary Phillips. “Showdown” in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Lori Rader-Day. “Outlaws” in Unloaded 2.
  • Manuel Ramos. “Snake Farm in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Travis Richardson, “Another Statisticin Low Down Dirty Vote.
  • Charles Salzberg. “Canary in the Coal Minein Mystery Tribune.
  • Terry Shames. “You Kill Me”  in Unloaded 2.
  • Zoē Sharp. “The Wife in Culprits in The Heist Was Just the Beginning.
  • Art Taylor. “English 398: Fiction Workshop” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Travis Richardson. “Another Statistic” in Low Down Dirty Vote.
  • Gabriel Valjan. “Sardines” in Landfall.
  • LynDee Walker. “One Dish Sin and Salvation” in Landfall.
  • Holly West. “The Best Laid Plains” in Florida Happens.
  • Stacy Bolla Woodson. “Duty, Honor, Hammett” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Erica Wright. “The Right Way to Die” in Mystery Tribune.
  • Frank Zafiro. “Details in Black” in Black Car Business Vol.2.
  • Frank Zafiro. “Adam Raised a Cain” in Down & Out: The Magazine. Vol. 3.
  • James Ziskin. “Pan Paniscus” in Unloaded 2.

Best Critical or Nonfiction

  • Alison Boylin. Dead Girls Essays on Surviving an American Obsession.
  • Mikita Brottman. An Unexplained Death.
  • Jane Cleland. Mastering Plot Twists.
  • Leslie S. Klinger. Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s.
  • Jane Ann Turzillo. Wicked Women of Ohio.

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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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29 Responses to 2019 Anthony Awards Eligible Titles

  1. Hi Gabriel,
    Love this list – thank you for putting it together. Could you please add my novel The Neighbors to the Best Original Paperback category? It pubbed in March 2018 and is eligible. Thanks!

  2. joeclifford23 says:

    Hey, Gabriel. I have two novels eligible, for best Novel / paperback original. Broken Ground -‘d The One That Got Away, if you’re so inclined…

  3. vondoviak says:

    Hi, Gabriel. Charlesgate Confidential is eligible for Best First Novel. Thanks!

  4. Matt Coyle says:

    WRONG LIGHT is eligible for Best Novel.
    Thanks.

  5. lpmcpherson2016 says:

    Hi Gabriel, could you please add my novel, The Girls Whispered Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery, to the Best Paperback Original list? Thanks so much, Lynn McPherson

  6. Hello Gabriel,

    Thank you for this list and all of the wonderful work you do. Would you mind adding Travis Richardson, “Another Statistic” published in Low Down Dirty Vote on July 4, 2018?

  7. Would you add A Vintage Death to the Best Paperback Original list? Thanks!

  8. Hi Gabriel. I believe “A Gentleman’s Murder” is eligible for Best First Novel. Thanks! It’s great to have this list around.

  9. Joseph Reid says:

    Gabriel, thank you for compiling this list—I found it thru LA Chandler. My book Takeoff is eligible for First Novel. Thanks so much!

  10. Mary Feliz says:

    Hi Gabriel!

    My 4th book, DISORDERLY CONDUCT is eligible for best paperback original.

    Mary Feliz

  11. Gabriel,
    My Anthony-eligible short stories published in 2018:
    “Skirts” in BLACK CAT MYSTERY MAGAZINE #2, January 2018
    “Texas Hot Flash” in TOUGH, February 5, 2018
    “The Mourning Man” in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, March/April 2018
    “Texas Sundown” in DOWN & OUT: THE MAGAZINE #3, March 2018
    “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in TOUGH, April 23, 2018
    “Arroyo” in MALICE DOMESTIC: MYSTERY MOST GEOGRAPHICAL (Wildside Press)
    “Good Girls Don’t” in PULP MODERN, volume 2, issue 3, July 2018
    “Decision” in FLASH BANG MYSTERIES, Summer 2018
    “Suburbia” in BLACK CAT MYSTERY MAGAZINE #3, July 2018
    “Backlit” in BLOOD WORK (Down & Out Books)
    “Mr. Sugarman Visits the Bookmobile” in SHHH…MURDER! (Darkhouse Books)
    “Dollface,” in STORY AND GRIT, November 19, 2018
    “Remission” in LANDFALL (Level Best Books)
    “Going-Away Money” in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, November/December 2018
    “Little Bubba Visits the Roadhouse” in ECONOCLASH REVIEW #3, December 2018
    “Deliver Us from Evil” in THRILLER #2, December 2018

  12. mystiberry says:

    Thanks for compiling this list!

  13. Hi Gabriel,
    Would you please add my debut novel Fast Bang Booze for the the Best First Novel category? Thank You!

  14. you are the awesomest! I wish I hadn’t missed out, but I had a short story eligible “A Postcard for the Dead” in the Bouchercon Anthology Florida Happens. Thanks for doing this and being so supportive of authors.

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