Saturday, September 10, 2022

2022 Anthony, Barry, Derringer and Macavity Awards and Nominees: at the Bouchercon

Anthony Awards

courtesy and Maura Lynch @Loudmouthkid62

***indicates winner


  • Runner, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
  • ***Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • The Collective, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
  • Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
  • These Toxic Things, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)


  • Her Name Is Knight, by Yasmin Angoe (Thomas & Mercer)
  • The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Atria)
  • Walking Through Needles, by Heather Levy (Polis)
  • ***Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • All Her Little Secrets, by Wanda M. Morris (Morrow)


  • “The Search for Eric Garcia,” by E.A. Aymar (from Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction from 20 Authors of Color, edited by Abby L. Vandiver; Crooked Lane)
  • “The Vermeer Conspiracy,” by V.M. Burns (from Midnight Hour)
  • “Lucky Thirteen,” by Tracy Clark (from Midnight Hour)
  • “Doc’s at Midnight,” by Richie Narvaez (from Midnight Hour)
  • ***“Not My Cross to Bear,” by S.A. Cosby (from Trouble No More: Crime Fiction Inspired by Southern Rock and the Blues, edited by Mark Westmoreland; Down & Out)
  • “The Locked Room Library,” by Gigi Pandian (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)
  • “Burnt Ends,” by Gabriel Valjan (from This Time for Sure: Bouchercon Anthology 2021, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan; Down & Out)


  • Cold-Blooded Myrtle, by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Bury Me in Shadows, by Greg Herren (Bold Strokes)
  • The Forest of Stolen Girls, by June Hur (Feiwel & Friends)
  • ***I Play One on TV, by Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
  • Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, by Nancy Springer (Wednesday)


  • Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression, edited by S.A. Cosby (Rock & A Hard Place Press)
  • Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction from 20 Authors of Color, edited by Abby L. Vandiver (Crooked Lane)
  • Trouble No More: Crime Fiction Inspired by Southern Rock and the Blues, edited by Mark Westmoreland (Down & Out)
  • ***This Time for Sure: Bouchercon Anthology 2021, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Down & Out)
  • When a Stranger Comes to Town, edited by Michael Koryta (Hanover Square Press)


  • The Ninja Betrayed, by Tori Eldridge (Agora)
  • Warn Me When It’s Time, by Cheryl A. Head (Bywater)
  • Bury Me in Shadows, by Greg Herren (Bold Strokes)
  • The Mother Next Door, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
  • ***Bloodline, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)


  • The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston’s Struggle for Justice, by Jan Brogan (Bright Leaf Press)
  • Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession, by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell (Andrews McMeel)
  • Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, by Elon Green (Celadon)
  • ***How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. King (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Press)

The winners of two other honors have been announced in advance of the convention.


  • Ellen Hart


  • Alexander McCall Smith

Barry Awards

***indicates winner
"All readers of Deadly Pleasures are qualified to vote. Please submit votes by August 1, 2022."

Best Mystery/Crime Novel

THE DARK HOURS, Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
***RAZORBLADE TEARS, S. A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
LAST REDEMPTION, Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
CLARK AND DIVISION, Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
BILLY SUMMERS, Stephen King (Scribner)
WE BEGIN AT THE END, Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt)

Best First Mystery/Crime Novel

WHO IS MAUDE DIXON?, Alexandra Andrews (Little, Brown)
GIRL A, Abigail Dean (Viking)
DOWN RANGE, Taylor Moore (William Morrow)
FALLING, T. J. Newman (Simon & Schuster)
***SLEEPING BEAR, Connor Sullivan (Emily Bestler/Atria)
STEEL FEAR, Brandon Webb & John David Mann (Bantam)

Best Paperback Original

THE HUNTED, Gabriel Bergmoser (HarperCollins)
ARSENIC AND ADOBO, Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
BLACK CORAL, Andrew Mayne (Thomas & Mercer)
***THE GOOD TURN, Dervla McTiernan (Blackstone)
BOUND, Vanda Symon (Orenda Books)

Best Thriller

THE DEVIL’S HAND, Jack Carr (Emily Bestler/Atria)
THE NAMELESS ONES, John Connolly (Emily Bestler/Atria)
DEAD BY DAWN, Paul Doiron (Minotaur)
RELENTLESS, Mark Greaney (Berkley)
SLOUGH HOUSE, Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
***FIVE DECEMBERS, James Kestrel (HardCase Crime)

Derringer Awards

Derringer Awards Video

Golden Derringer Award: S. J. Rozan

Macavity Awards

The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in five categories.

The year listed is the year of the award, for books published in the previous year.

***indicates winner


Best Mystery Novel:

  • Michael Connelly: The Dark Hours (Little, Brown and Co.)
  • ***S.A. Cosby: Razorblade Tears (Flatiron Books)
  • Val McDermid: 1979 (Atlantic Monthly)
  • Alan Parks: Bobby March Will Live Forever (World Noir)
  • Chris Whitaker: We Begin at the End (Henry Holt)
  • Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle (Doubleday)

Best First Mystery:

  • Alexandra Andrews: Who is Maude Dixon? (Little, Brown)
  • Abigail Dean: Girl A (Viking)
  • Erin Flanagan: Deer Season (University of Nebraska Press)
  • ***Mia P. Manansala: Arsenic and Adobo (Berkley)
  • Wanda M. Morris: All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow)

Best Mystery Short Story:

  • Tracy Clark: “Lucky Thirteen” (Midnight Hour, Crooked Lane Books)
  • ***Richard Helms: “Sweeps Week” (EQMM, July/August 2021)
  • Steve Hockensmith: “Curious Incidents” (EQMM, January/February 2021)
  • R.T. Lawton: “The Road to Hana” (AHMM, May/June 2021)
  • G.M. Malliet: “The White Star” (EQMM, July/August 2021)
  • Gigi Pandian: “The Locked Room Library” (EQMM, July/August 2021)
  • Dave Zeltserman: “Julius Katz and the Two Cousins” (EQMM, July/August 2021)

Best Nonfiction/Critical:

  • Mark Aldridge: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World (HarperCollins)
  • ***Lee Child with Laurie R. King, editors: How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America (Scribner)
  • Margalit Fox: The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History (Random House)
  • Richard Greene: The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene (W.W. Norton)
  • James McGrath Morris: Tony Hillerman: A Life (University of Oklahoma)
  • John Tresch: The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Edward White: The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense (W.W. Norton)

Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery:

  • Rhys Bowen: The Venice Sketchbook (Lake Union)
  • ***Naomi Hirahara: Clark and Division (Soho Crime)
  • Susan Elia MacNeal: The Hollywood Spy (Bantam)
  • Sujata Massey: The Bombay Prince (Soho Crime)
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Velvet was the Night (Del Rey)
  • Lori Rader-Day: Death at Greenway (William Morrow)


MI6 said...

On 22 July 2022 Mick Herron’s sardonic spy thriller series called Slough House deservedly won him the Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year award. If Jackson Lamb had won it he'd have had a huge hangover this morning but let's not dwell on what that might have sounded or smelt like. Both Mick Herron's Slough House series and the Burlington Files series of espionage thrillers by Bill Fairclough were initially rejected by risk averse publishers who probably didn't think espionage existed unless it was fictional and created by Ian Fleming or David Cornwell. It is therefore a genuine pleasure to see an anti-Bond anti-establishment novelist achieving immortality in Masham. Let’s hope Beyond Enkription, the first stand-alone fact based spy thriller in The Burlington Files series, follow in the Slow Horses’ hoof prints!

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