2021 Strand Critics Awards

The winners of the 2021 Strand Critics Awards were revealed October 5.

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the Strand Critics Awards are judged by selected group of book critics and journalists, this year including talent from NPR, USA Today, the LA Times, and Wall Street Journal.

BEST MYSTERY NOVEL (2020)

  • Snow by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)

BEST DEBUT NOVEL (2020)

  • When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow)

THE STRAND MAGAZINE’S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Josh Stanton, CEO of Blackstone Publishing

THE STRAND MAGAZINE’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

  • Stephen King
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Alexander McCall Smith

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2021 Strand Critics Awards Nominees

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the 2021 Strand Critics Awards are judged by selected group of book critics and journalists, this year including talent from NPR, USA Today, the LA Times, and Wall Street Journal.

The nominees are:

BEST MYSTERY NOVEL (2020)

  • Snow by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)
  • You Again by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco)
  • Trouble Is What I Do by Walter Mosley (Mulholland Books)
  • The Missing American by Kwei Quartey (Soho Crime)
  • A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)
  • Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger (Park Row)

BEST DEBUT NOVEL (2020)

  • Amnesty by Aravind Adiga (Scribner)
  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow)
  • Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline (William Morrow)
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf)
  • A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers (The Unnamed Press)
  • Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House)

THE STRAND MAGAZINE’S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Josh Stanton, CEO of Blackstone Publishing

THE STRAND MAGAZINE’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

  • Stephen King
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Alexander McCall Smith

The Strand Critics Awards ceremony will be held virtually in early September.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2020 Strand Critics Awards

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners of its 2020 Strand Critics Awards recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing.

Best Mystery Novel (2019)

  • The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)

Best Debut Novel (2019)

  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books, FSG)

Publisher of the Year Award

  • Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Tess Gerritsen
  • Walter Mosley

The annual Strand Critics Awards are judged by a select group of book critics and journalists. This year’s judges include talent from NPR, USA Today, LA Times, and The Washington Post.

2020 Strand Critics Award Nominees

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for its 2020 Strand Critics Awards recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing.

Best Mystery Novel (2019)

  • Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown and Co.)
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books)
  • The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
  • Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
  • Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books)
  • The Border by Don Winslow (William Morrow)

Best Debut Novel (2019)

  • Scrublands by Chris Hammer (Atria Books)
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books, FSG)
  • One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books)
  • Three-Fifths by John Vercher (Agora Books)

Publisher of the Year Award

  • Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Tess Gerritsen
  • Walter Mosley

The annual Strand Critics Awards are judged by a select group of book critics and journalists. This year’s judges include talent from NPR, USA Today, LA Times, and The Washington Post.

The Strand Critics Awards will be held virtually on September 4.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

Another Pair of Crime Fiction Awards

2019 CWA Dagger Awards: British Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) announced the winners of the 2019 CWA Dagger Awards in London, England, on October 24.

CWA Gold Dagger:

  • The Puppet Show, by M.W. Craven: (Constable)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood):

  • Scrublands, by Chris Hammer (Wildfire)

CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction:

  • The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben Macintyre (Viking)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:

  • To the Lions, by Holly Watt (Bloomsbury)

CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger:

  • Destroying Angel, by S.G. MacLean: (Quercus)

CWA International Dagger:

  • A Long Night in Paris, by Dov Alfon; translated by Daniella Zamir (Maclehose Press)

CWA Short Story Dagger:

  •  “The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing,” by Danuta Reah (from The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and Other Fantastic Female Fables, by Danuta Reah [aka Danuta Kot]; Fantastic)

Highly commended

  • “I Detest Mozart,” by Teresa Solana (from The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories, by Teresa Solana; Bitter Lemon Press)

Dagger in the Library:

  • Kate Ellis

Debut Dagger
(for the opening of a crime novel by an uncontracted writer):

  • Wake, by Shelley Burr

Highly commended

  • Hardways, by Catherine Hendricks

Diamond Dagger Recipient

  • Robert Goddard

For a career of sustained excellence and a significant contribution to the genre

Best Crime and Mystery Publisher

  • No Exit Press

STRAND CRITICS AWARD. The Strand Magazine announced the winners of its 2019 Strand Critics Awards on July 11.

Best Mystery Novel

(Tie)

  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)

Best Debut Novel

  • The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor  (Crown)

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Heather Graham
  • Donna Leon

Publisher of the Year

  • Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks

Crime Fiction Awards Season

Crime fiction awards season is in full swing. Even J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous work took one home. So did James Sallis, once a New Wave sff author with two stories in Again, Dangerous Visions, who long ago moved on from writing sff.

CRIMEFEST. The winners of seven separate prizes were announced at CrimeFest in Bristol, UK held May 7-10.

Audible Sounds of Crime Award (for the best unabridged crime audiobook)

  • Lethal White, by “Robert Galbraith,” aka J.K. Rowling; read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)

eDunnit Award (“for the best crime fiction e-book first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format”)

  • Sunburn, by Laura Lippman (Faber and Faber)

Last Laugh Award (for the best humorous crime novel)

  • A Shot in the Dark, by Lynne Truss (Bloomsbury)

H.R.F. Keating Award (for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction)

  • Difficult Lives–Hitching Rides, by James Sallis (No Exit Press)

Best Crime Novel for Children (aged 8-12)

  • Kat Wolfe Investigates, by Lauren St. John (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (aged 12-16)

  • Run, Riot, by Nikesh Shukla (Hodder Children’s Books)

Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year

  • The Katharina Code, by Jørn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)

LINDISFARNE. The winner of the inaugural Lindisfarne Prize for Debut Crime Fiction has been announced

  • The Roll Bearer’s Daughter by Cressida Downing

ELLERY QUEEN. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine posted the winners of their 2018 Readers Awards:

  • “Duty, Honor, Hammett” by Stacy Woodson
  • “50” by Josh Pachter
  • “Sofee” by David Dean

STRAND. The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for its 2019 Strand Critics Awards.

Best Mystery Novel

  • Lullaby Road by James Anderson (Crown)
  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown and Company)
  • November Road by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)
  • The Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking)
  • Sun Burn by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)

Best Debut Novel

  • Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver (Pegasus)
  • Star of the North by D.B. John  (Crown)
  • The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens (Touchstone)
  • The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Sourcebooks Landmark)
  • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward (Park Row Books)

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Heather Graham
  • Donna Leon

Publisher of the Year

  • Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]