Crime Fiction Awards: The Best in Mysteries, Suspense Novels and Thrillers

• List of Awards



Arthur Ellis



Benjamin Franklin

Best Books


Bloody Scotland Crime Novel

Bloody Words

Bruce Alexander


CWA Dagger

Danish Crime Novel

Daphne du Maurier







Finnish Crime Novel


Friedrich Glauser

Glass Key

Grand Prix de Lit. Policière

Grant Allen



Harper Lee

Indie Lit

International Book


Irish Book

John Spray

LA Times





National (UK)

National Indie

Ned Kelly


Next Generation

Ngaio Marsh

Petrona Award

Poloni Prize


Premio Azzeccagarbugli

Premio Fedeli

Prix Mystère


Reader Views

Reviewers' Choice

Riverton Prize



SMM Crime Novel

SMM Private Eye

SMM Traditional

Spotted Owl

Strand Critics

Swedish Crime Novel



Tony Hillerman

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The Lovey Award

The winners of the Lovey Awards are announced at the Love is Murder conference, an annual event where fans, writers, readers and professionals meet for intrigue and mayhem, enlightenment and encouragement. The Lovey Award recognizes excellence in several categories for books published during the previous calendar year. Prior to 2007, the award was called the Reader's Choice Award.


  • Best First Novel: The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street Books)
  • Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth: Dead Between the Lines by Denise Swanson (Signet)
  • Best Suspense: Secrets and Lies by Raymond Benson (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Best Police Procedureal/PI: Retribution by Annie Rose Alexander (Intrigue Publishing)
  • Best Historical: Shall We Not Revenge by D. M. Pirrone (Allium Press of Chicago)
  • Best Thriller: Death and White Diamonds by Jeff Markowitz (Intrigue Publishing)
  • Best Paranormal/Sci-Fi: Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae (Signet)
  • Best Series: The Charlie Fox Series by Zoe Sharp
  • Best Short Story: "What We Do For Love" by Tim Chapman (Kiddieland and Other Misfortunes, Thrilling Tales)
  • Best First Novel: One Man's Castle by J. Michael Major
  • Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth: Peak Season for Murder by Gail Lukasik
  • Best Paranormal/Sci-Fi: Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie by Christine Verstraete
  • Best Suspense: The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson
  • Best Series: Close-Up On Murder (Murder, She Wrote) by Donald Bain
  • Best Short Story: "Harry's Loss of Grace" by Luisa Buehler
  • Best First Novel: Perfidy by M. E. May
  • Best Traditional/Amateur Sleuth: The Lightkeeper's Legacy by Kathleen Ernst
  • Best PI/Police Procedural: Portrait of Murder by Rob Riley
  • Best Thriller: Company Orders by David J. Walker
  • Best Paranormal/Sci-Fi: Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae
  • Best Suspense: A Bitter Veil by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Best Historical: Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
  • Best Series: Tricksters Point (Cork O'Connor) by William Kent Krueger
  • Best Short Story: "Harry's Fall From Grace" (A Prequel To The Grace Marsden Series) by Luisa Buehler
  • Best First Novel: Basic Black by Scott Doornbosch (CreateSpace)
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Murder, She Wrote: The Fine Art of Murder by Donald Bain (NAL)
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: The Towman's Daughters by David J. Walker (Severn House)
  • Best Thriller: Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)Review of Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
  • Best Historical: Terror at the Fair by Robert Goldsborough (Echelon Press)
  • Best Romantic Suspense: A Lot Like Love by Julie James (Berkley)
  • Best Suspense: ToxiCity by Libby Fischer Hellmann (Red Herrings)
  • Best Paranormal / Sci-Fi / Horror: Homefront: The Voice of Freedom by John Milius and Raymond Benson (Del Rey)
  • Best Series: The White House Chef by Julie Hyzy
  • Best Short Story: "Diamonds Aren't Forever" (Dark Things II: Cat Crimes) by Mary Welk (CreateSpace)
  • Best First Novel: Stein, Stoned by Hal Ackerman
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy Review of Grace Under Pressure by Julie Hyzy
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Hostile Takeovers by Michael Black
  • Best Thriller: Running Dark by Jamie Freveletti
  • Best Historical: Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
  • Best Romantic Suspense: Red, White, and Dead by Laura Caldwell
  • Best Series: Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  • Best Short Story: "The Sugar Cure" (Delta Blues) by Carolyn Haines
  • No Award(s) Given
  • Best First Novel: Lifelines by C. J. Lyons
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy Review of State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Best Thriller: The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
  • Best Historical: A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
  • Best Suspense: Dead Ringer by Michael Black and Julie Hyzy
  • Best Paranormal / Sci-Fi / Horror: Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson
  • Best Series: The Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver
  • Best Short Story: "The Dugout Dudes" (Cubbie Blues) by D. C. Brod
  • The Evie Award: Twilight Tales
  • Best First Novel: Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: The Lighthouse Keeper by Luisa Buehler
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
  • Best Suspense: The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
  • Best Thriller: Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
  • Best Historical: Shadows in the White City by Robert W. Walker
  • Best Paranormal / SciFi / Horror: The Diva's Fool by Silvia Foti
  • Best Series Tie:
  • Best Short Story: "My Heroes Have Always Been Shortstops" (Chicago Blues) by D. C. Brod
  • Best First Novel: The Chef Who Died Sauteing by Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Deadly Interest by Julie Hyzy
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: A Final Judgement by Michael A. Black
  • Best Suspense: The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
  • Best Thriller: Sweetie's Diamonds by Raymond Benson
  • Best Historical: The Assassin by Anne Perry
  • Best Paranormal / SciFi / Horror: Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  • Best Series: The Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen
  • Best Short Story: "A Family Affair" (Deadly Ink) by Mary Welk
  • Best First Novel: Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Artistic License by Julie Hyzy
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Death of a Thousand Cuts by Barbara D'Amato
  • Best Paranormal / SciFi / Horror: The Unseen by Sandra Tooley writing as Lee Driver
  • Best Historical Novel: The Shifting Tide by Anne Perry
  • Best Suspense Thriller: The Fall by Michael Dymmoch
  • Best Romance / Fantasy: Stolen by Kelly Armstrong
  • Best Crime-Related Non-Fiction: They Died in Vain by Jim Huang
  • Best Series: The Suze Figureroa series by Barbara D'Amato
  • Best First Novel: Artistic License by Julie Hyzy
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: A Picture of Guilt by Libby Fischer Hellmann Review of A Picture of Guilt by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: A Killing Frost by Michael Black
  • Best Paranormal / SciFi / Horror: Living Proof by Peter J. Thompson
  • Best Historical Novel: Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses by Harriette Robinet
  • Best Suspense Thriller: The Protector by David Morrell
  • Best Crime-Related Non-Fiction: Alchemy of Bones by Robert Loerzel
  • Best Series: The Suze Figureroa Series by Barbara D'Amato
  • Best First Novel: An Eye for Murder by Libby Fischer Hellmann Review of An Eye for Murder by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger
  • Best Suspense Thriller: Unnatural Instinct by Robert Walker
  • Best Series: The Cat Marsala series by Barbara D'Amato
  • Best First Novel: When the Dead Speak by S. D. Tooley
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Something Wicked in the Air by Mary V. Welk
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
  • Best Suspense Thriller: Oblivion by Jay Bonansinga
  • Best Series: The Caroline Rhodes series by Mary V. Welk
  • Best First Novel: Death is a Cabaret by Deborah Morgan
  • Best First Novel: A Deadly Little Christmas by Mary V. Welk
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Hard Evidence by Barbara D'Amato
  • Best PI / Police Procedural: Left Hand of God by Hugh Holton
  • Best Suspense Thriller: Windows to the Soul by J. M. Barlog
  • Best Series: The Malachi Foley series by David J. Walker

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