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The Anthony Awards

The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees. The award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.


  • Best Novel: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
  • Best First Novel: Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Best Paperback Original: As She Left It by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
  • Best Short Story: "The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository" by John Connolly (Bibliomysteries, The Mysterious Bookshop)
  • Best Critical/Non-Fiction Work: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult's Novel: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Best Television Episode Teleplay: The Blacklist, "Pilot" by Jon Bokenkamp (NBC)
  • Best Audio Book: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith; Read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)
  • Best Novel: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: The Expats by Chris Pavone (Crown)
  • Best Paperback Original: Big Maria by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Best Short Story: "Mischief in Mesopotamia" by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2012)
  • Best Critical/Non-Fiction Work: Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly and Declan Burke, editors (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Best Novel: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
  • Best Paperback Original: Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Best Short Story: "Disarming" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) by Dana Cameron
  • Best Non-Fiction: The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris, editor (Ace)
  • Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: Damage Done by Hilary Davidson (Forge Books)
  • Best Paperback Original: Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski (Minotaur Books)
  • Best Short Story: "Swing Shift" in Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side by Dana Cameron (Berkley)
  • Best Graphic Novel: The Chill by Jason Starr (Vertigo Crime)
  • Best Critical Non-Fiction: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks by John Curran (HarperCollins)
  • Best Website/Blog: Stop, You're Killing Me
  • Best Novel: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur Books)Review of A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
  • Best Paperback Original: Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (Touchstone)Review of Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
  • Best Short Story: "On the House" (Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers) by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Level Best Books)
  • Best Critical Non-Fiction: Talking about Detective Fiction by P. D. James (Knopf)
  • Best Novel: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Best First Novel: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf)Review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Best Paperback Original: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (Berkley)Review of State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
  • Best Novel: No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
  • Best First Novel: Still Life by Louise Penny
  • Best Paperback Original: Ashes and Bones by Dana Cameron
  • Best Novel: A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
  • Best First Novel: Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
  • Best Paperback: Death Dances to a Reggae Beat by Kate Grilley
  • Best Novel: The Poet by Michael Connelly
  • Best First Novel: Death in Little Toyko by Dale Furutani
  • Best Paperback: Somebody Else's Child by Terris McMahan Grimes
  • Best Novel: Under the Beetle's Cellar by Mary Willis Walker
  • Best First Novel: Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier
  • Best Paperback: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • Best Novel: The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey
  • Best First Novel: Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry
  • Best Novel: G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
  • Best First Novel: Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  • Best Paperback: Grave Undertaking by James McCahery
  • Best Novel: The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell
  • Best First Novel: Katwalk by Karen Kijewski
  • Best Paperback: Honeymoon with Murder by Carolyn G. Hart
  • Best Novel: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
  • Best First Novel: Too Late to Die by Bill Crider
  • Best Paperback: Junkyard Dog by Robert Campbell

If present, Mystery Book Reviews by Mysterious Reviews indicates a review by Mysterious Reviews.

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