2021 Anthony Award Nominees

Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, announced the 2021 Anthony Award nominees on April 27.

Awards voting will take place during Bouchercon, scheduled to take place August 25-29 in New Orleans. The awards will be presented on August 28.

2021 ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEES

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

  • What You Don’t See – Tracy Clark – Kensington
  • Blacktop Wasteland – S.A. Cosby – Flatiron Books
  • Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier – Minotaur Books
  • And Now She’s Gone – Rachel Howzell Hall – Forge Books
  • The First to Lie – Hank Phillippi Ryan – Forge Books

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • Derailed – Mary Keliikoa – Camel Press
  • Murder in Old Bombay – Nev March – Minotaur Books
  • Murder at the Mena House – Erica Ruth Neubauer – Kensington
  • The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman – Pamela Dorman Books
  • Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden – Ecco Press

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL / E-BOOK / AUDIOBOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL?

  • The Fate of a Flapper – Susanna Calkins – Griffin
  • When No One is Watching – Alyssa Cole – William Morrow
  • Unspeakable Things – Jess Lourey – Thomas & Mercer
  • The Lucky One – Lori Rader-Day – William Morrow
  • Dirty Old Town – Gabriel Valjan – Level Best Books

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “Dear Emily Etiquette” – Barb Goffman – EQMM – Dell Magazines
  • “90 Miles” – Alex Segura – Both Sides: Stories From the Border – Agora Books
  • “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74” – Art Taylor – AHMM (Jan-Feb) – Dell Magazines
  • “Elysian Fields” – Gabriel Valjan – California Schemin’ – Wildside Press
  • “The Twenty-Five Year Engagement” – James W. Ziskin – In League with Sherlock Holmes – Pegasus Crime

BEST JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT?

  • Midnight at the Barclay Hotel – Fleur Bradley – Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Premeditated Myrtle – Elizabeth C. Bunce – Algonquin Young Readers
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington – Janae Marks – Katherine Tegen Books
  • Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco – Richie Narvaez – Piñata Books
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall – Alex Segura – Disney Lucasfilm Press

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION WORK

  • Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy – Leslie Brody – Seal Press
  • American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI – Kate Winkler Dawson – G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club – Martin Edwards, ed. – Collins Crime Club
  • The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia – Emma Copley Eisenberg – Hachette Books
  • Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock – Christina Lane – Chicago Review Press
  • Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession – Sarah Weinman, ed. – Ecco Press

BEST ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION

  • Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology – Heather Graham, ed. – Nasty Woman Press
  • Both Sides: Stories from the Border – Gabino Iglesias, ed. – Agora Books
  • Noiryorican – Richie Narvaez – Down & Out Books
  • The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell – Josh Pachter, ed. – Untreed Reads Publishing
  • California Schemin’ – Art Taylor. ed. – Wildside Press
  • Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic – Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle, eds. – Polis Books

[Thanks to Todd Mason and Andrew Porter for the story.]

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