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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.

 

    2014
  • 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
    2013
  • 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
    2012
  • 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)
    2011
  • 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
    2010
  • No Award(s) Given
    2009
  • 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
    2008
  • 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
    2007
  • 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
    2005
  • Best First Novel: Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath
  • BestáTraditional / Amateur Sleuth: Artistic License by Julie Hyzy
  • BestáPI / Police Procedural: Death of a Thousand Cuts by Barbara D'Amato
  • BestáParanormal / 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
    2004
  • 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
  • BestáPI / Police Procedural: A Killing Frost by Michael Black
  • BestáParanormal / 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
    2003
  • 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
  • BestáPI / 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
    2002
  • Best First Novel: When the Dead Speak by S. D. Tooley
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Something Wicked in the Air by Mary V. Welk
  • BestáPI / 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
    2001
  • Best First Novel: Death is a Cabaret by Deborah Morgan
    2000
  • Best First Novel: A Deadly Little Christmas by Mary V. Welk
  • Best Traditional / Amateur Sleuth: Hard Evidence by Barbara D'Amato
  • BestáPI / 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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