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 Reviewers' Choice Award

The Reviewers' Choice Award is given annually by Romantic Times Book Reviews and honors the best books of the year. There are several best mystery categories, the winners of which are listed below.


  • Amateur Sleuth: Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks (Kensington)
  • Contemporary Mystery: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel (Grand Central)
  • First Mystery: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur Books)
  • Historical Mystery: Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart (Minotaur Books)
  • Suspense: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (Harlequin)
  • Thriller: Bone Labryinth by James Rollins (William Morrow)
  • Inspirational Mystery / Suspense / Thriller: Vendetta by Lisa Harris (Revell)
  • Romantic Suspense: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones (Gallery Books)
  • Paranormal Romantic Suspense: Gideon by Cherry Adair (Cherry Adair)
  • Harlequin Intrigue: SWAT Secret Admirer by Elizabeth Heiter (Harlequin)
  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Bayou Hero by Marilyn Pappano (Harlequin)
  • Love Inspired Suspense: Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan (Harlequin)
  • Amateur Sleuth: One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake (NAL)
  • Contemporary Mystery: After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
  • First Mystery: Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons (St. Martin's Press)
  • Historical Mystery: The Conterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander (Minotaur Books)
  • Suspense: The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre (Redhook)
  • Inspirational Mystery / Suspense / Thriller: Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House)
  • Romantic Suspense: Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye (Avon Books)
  • Paranormal Romantic Suspense: Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd (St. Martin's Press)
  • Harlequin Intrigue: Undercover Warrior by Aimee Thurlo (Harlequin)
  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense: When No One Is Watching by Natalie Charles (Harlequin)
  • Love Inspired Suspense: Crossfire by Jodie Bailey (Harlequin)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Bled & Breakfest by Michelle Rowen (Obsidian)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Lost by S. J. Bolton (Minotaur Books)
  • First Mystery: How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (St. Martin's Press)
  • Historical Mystery: The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau (Touchstone)
  • Suspense / Thriller: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
  • Inspirational Mystery / Suspense / Thriller: Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes (David C. Cook)
  • Romantic Suspense: Law Man by Kristen Ashley (Forever)
  • Paranormal Romantic Suspense: Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne (Mira Books)
  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Beyond Valor by Lindsay McKenna (Harlequin)
  • Love Inspired Suspense: Thread of Suspicion by Susan Sleeman (Harlequin)
  • Amateur Sleuth: The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley)
  • Contemporary Mystery: V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (Putnam)
  • First Mystery: Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (Minotaur Books)
  • Historical Mystery: A Lonely Death by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
  • Inspirational Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Blood Covenant by Lisa Harris (Zondervan)
  • Suspense / Thriller: Love You More by Lisa Gardner (Bantam Press)
  • Romantic Suspense: Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden (Forever)
  • Paranormal Romantic Suspense: Hush by Cherry Adair (Pocket Star)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines (Minotaur Books)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (William Morrow)
  • First Mystery: Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • Historical Mystery: Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
  • Inspirational Mystery: The Bishop by Steven James (Revell)Review of The Bishop by Steven James
  • Suspense / Thriller: One Grave Less by Beverly Connor (Obsidian)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington, October 2009)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Kill For Me by Karen Rose (Grand Central, February 2009)
  • First Mystery: A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur Books, August 2009)Review of A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
  • Historical Mystery: What Remains of Heaven by C. S. Harris (NAL, November 2009)
  • PI / Police Procedural Novel: A Darker Domain by Val McDermid (Harper, February 2009)Review of A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
  • Suspense / Thriller: The Messenger by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster, January 2009)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Too Pretty to Die by Susan McBride (Avon, February 2008)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Sleep Softly by Gwen Hunter (Mira, February 2008)
  • First Mystery: Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (Doubleday, July 2008)
  • Historical Mystery: Where Serpents Sleep by C. S. Harris (Obsidian, November 2008)
  • PI / Police Procedural Novel: The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner (Dutton, June 2008)
  • Suspense / Thriller: Dark Summer by Iris Johansen (St. Martin's Press, October 2008)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Bowled Over by Kasey Michaels (Kensington, October 2007)Review of Bowled Over by Kasey Michaels
  • Contemporary Mystery: I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, April 2007)
  • First Mystery: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Mira, January 2007)
  • Historical Mystery: Why Mermaids Sing by C. S. Harris (Obsidian, November 2007)
  • PI / Police Procedural Novel: The Ever-Running Man by Marcia Muller (Warner, July 2007)Review of The Ever-Running Man by Marcia Muller
  • Suspense: The Alibi man by Tami Hoag (Bantam, April 2007)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Ace, May 2006)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Snow Blind by P. J. Tracy (Putnam, August 2006)
  • First Mystery: Blown Away by Shane Gericke (Pinnacle, May 2006)Review of Blown Away by Shane Gericke
  • Historical Mystery: North by Northanger by Carrie Bebris (Forge, January 2006)
  • PI / Police Procedural Novel: The Finishing School by Michele Martinez (Wm. Morrow, January 2006)
  • Suspense: The Kill by Allison Brennan (Ballantine, March 2006)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (Berkley Prime Crime, October 2005)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Bloodlines by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster, January 2005)
  • First Mystery: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn (Warner Aspect, November 2005)
  • Historical Mystery: The Sudbury School Murders by Ashley Gardner (Berkley Prime Crime, June 2005)
  • PI / Police Procedural Novel: Entombed by Linda Fairstein (Scribner, January 2005)
  • Suspense: Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, August 2005)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (Wm. Morrow, November 2004)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Body Double by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, August 2004)
  • First Mystery: Skinny-Dipping by Claire Matturro (Wm. Morrow, November 2004)
  • Historical Mystery: The Shifting Tide by Anne Perry (Ballantine, May 2004)
  • PI Novel: By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman (Wm. Morrow, September 2004)
  • Suspense: Head Games by Eileen Dreyer (St. Martin's Press, March 2004)
  • Amateur Sleuth: A Bloodhound to Die For by Virginia Lanier (HarperCollins, August 2003)
  • Contemporary Mystery: A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter (Wm. Morrow, October 2003)
  • First Mystery: Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (Scribner, May 2003)
  • Historical Mystery: Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters (Wm. Morrow, April 2003)
  • PI Novel: The White Road by John Connolly (Atria, March 2003)
  • Suspense: The Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard (Warner, November 2003)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Ace, April 2002)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Whisper of Evil by Kay Hooper (Bantam, July 2002)
  • First Mystery: How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin (Signet, October 2002)
  • Historical Mystery: Bone of Contention by Roberta Gellis (Forge, September 2002)
  • PI Novel: The Big Dig by Linda Barnes (St. Martin's Press, October 2002)
  • Suspense: The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner (Bantam, June 2002)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Arkansas Traveler by Earlene Fowler (Berkley Prime Crime, April 2001)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Witness for the Defense by Jonnie Jacobs (Kensington, May 2001)
  • First Mystery: Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer (Signet, July 2001)
  • Historical Mystery: Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur Books, December 2001)
  • PI Novel: Total Recall by Sara Paretsky (Delacorte, November 2001)
  • Suspense: The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, August 2001)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Film Strip by Nancy Bartholomew (St. Martin's Press, October 2000)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Unbreathed Memories by Marcia Talley (Dell, June 2000)
  • First Mystery: Death on a Silver Tray by Rosemary Stevens (Berkley Prime Crime, May 2000)
  • Historical Mystery: He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters (HarperCollins, May 2000)
  • PI Novel: The Wrong Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin (Walker, October 2000)
  • Suspense: Dead Air by Rochelle Krich (HarperCollins, March 2000)
  • Amateur Sleuth: Hush Puppy by Laurien Berenson (Kensington, October 1999)
  • Contemporary Mystery: Bones by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster, September 1999)
  • First Mystery: Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews (St. Martin's Press, January 1999)
  • Historical Mystery: Search the Dark by Charles Todd (St. Martin's Press, May 1999)
  • PI Novel: O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton (Henry Holt, October 1999)
  • Suspense: Gravity by Tess Gerritsen (Simon & Schuster, August 1999)

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