Previous Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

Claymore Awards

2014 CLAYMORE WINNERS

Winner: Dana Chamblee Carpenter, Bohemian Gospel
1st Runner Up: Ronald Kidd, The Raven and Me
2nd Runner Up (tie, listed in alphabetical order):
Philip Cioffari, The Cold Eye of Danger
Barbara Nickless, White Line Fever

2014 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):
Ross Cavins, Barry Versus the Apocalypse
Nichole Christoff, The Kill Shot: Book 2
Steven Cooper, Desert Remains
Laine Cunningham, Break the Bow
Rick Koster, Gris Gris Gumbo
Barbara Nickless,White Line Fever
Tim O’Brien, Twelve Bricks


John Seigenthaler Legends Award

Donald Bain


Silver Falchion Award

Best Novel

Cozy / Traditional Mystery

Maggie Toussaint, Dime if I Know

Maggie Touissant Dime If I Know

Finalists:
Miriam Auerbach, Dirty Harriet
C.C. Benison, Ten Lords a’ Leaping

C. Hope Clark, Tidewater Murder
Livia Day, A Trifle Day
G.M. Mailliet, Pagan Spring

Cindy Sample, Dying for a Daiquiri

Crime Thriller

Michael Sears,  Mortal Bonds

Michael Sears Mortal Bonds

Finalists:
Linwood Barclay, A Tap On The Window
Jefferson Bass, Cut to the Bone
David Freed, Fangs Out
Val McDermid, Cross and Burn
John Sandford, Silken Prey
Preston & Child, White Fire

Historical

Anne Perry, Blind Justice

Anne Perry, Blind Justice

Finalists:
Max Allan Collins, Ask Not
Loren D. Estleman, The Confessions of Al Capone
Lyndsay Faye, Seven for a Secret

Alex Grecian, The Black Country
John Lawton, Then We Take Berlin

Priscilla Royal, Covenant with Hell

Literary Mystery / Suspense / Thriller

William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace

William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace

Finalists:
Liana Moriary, The Husband’s Secret
Thomas H. Cook, Sandrine’s Case
Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls
Anne Holt, Death of the Demon
Morag Joss, Our Picnics in the Sun

Political / Adventure / Espionage Thriller

Jeffery Deaver, The Kill Room

Jeffrey Deaver, The Kill Room

Finalists:
Jeff Abbot, Downfall
David Baldacci, King and Maxwell
John F. Dobbyns, Deadly Diamonds
Frederick Forsyth, The Kill List
Brad Thor, Hidden Order

Private Detective / Police Procedural / Mystery

Sue Grafton, “W” is for Wasted

Sue Grafton, W Is For Wasted

Finalists:
Kevin J. Anderson, Unnatural Acts
Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland
Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling
Sara Gran, Clara Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
Timothy Hallinan, Little Elvises
Joanie McDonnell, Bolero

Romantic Suspense

Lisa Jackson, Tell Me

Lisa Jackson, Tell Me

Finalists:
Sandra Brown, Deadline
Mary Burton, No Escape
Karen Robards, The Last Kiss Goodbye

Speculative / Horror / Science Fiction / Fantasy

Dean Koontz, Innocence

Dea Koontz, Innocence

Finalists:
Max Berry, Lexicon
Stephen King, Dr. Sleep
Ted Kosmatka, Prophet of Bone
Seth Patrick, Reviver
Benjamin Percy, Red Moon
Daniel Polansky, She Who Waits

Long-Form Novelty Fiction: Poetry / Graphic Novel / Experimental

Lee Child et al., Inherit the Dead

Jonathan  Santlofer, Inherit the Dead

Finalists:
NOIR: Erasure Poetry Anthology
V.M. Straka, Ship of Theseus


 Best First Novel

Cozy, Traditional, and Historical

Dee Phelps, The Disappointment Room

Dee Phelps, The Disappointment Room

Finalists:
Gretchen Archer, Double Whammy
Marilyn Bos, The Stray Pitch
Linda S. Reilly, Some Enchanted Murder: An Apple Mariani Mystery

Suzanne Rindell, The Other Typist
Susan Spann, Claws of the Cat: A Shinobi Mystery

Literary Suspense

Jamie Mason, Three Graves Full

Jamie Mason, Three Graves Full

Finalists:
Gwen Florio, Montana
Michael Guillebeau, Josh Whoever
A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife
Holly Goddard Jones, The Next Time You See Me
Jenny Milchman, Cover of Snow

Thriller, Mystery

Lisa Cutts,  Never Forget

Lisa Cutts, Never Forget

Finalists:
Mary Louise Kelly, Anonymous Sources
Barry Lancet, Japan Town
Terri Nolan, Burden of Truth
Lachlan Smith, Bear is Broken
Linda Stasi, The Sixth Station
Koethi Zan, The Never List


Best Nonfiction

Academic (Tie)

Charles J. Rzepka, Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard

Charles J. Rzepka, Being Cool

Bruce Shaw, Jolly Good Detecting: Humor in English Crime Fiction of the Golden Age

Bruce Shaw, Jolly Good Detecting

Finalists:
Pamela Bedore, Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction
Martin Clancy & Tim O’Brien, Murder at the Supreme Court: Lethal Crimes and Landmark Cases
Margaret Anne Hutton, French Crime Fiction 1945-2005: Investigating World War II
Mary Papenfuss, Killer Dads: The Twisted Drives that Compel Fathers to Murder Their Own Kids
Peter Schweizer, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
Theodore Zilkowski, The Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of the Cult and Conspiracy

Craft and Business of Writing

Chuck Wendig, The Kick-Ass Writer

Chuck Weedig, The Kick-Ass Writer

Finalists:
Editor Robert Lee Brewer, 2014 Guide to Self-Publishing – Writer’s Digest
Orson Scott Card & Philip Athan, Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction
Jeff Gerke, Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling – Write Your Novel in a Month
Adam Grant, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
K.M. Weiland, Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys to Writing an Outstanding Story

Mainstream Crime Reference

Brad Meltzer with Katie Ferrell, History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell, History Decoded

Finalists:
John Douglas & Mark Olshaker, Law & Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice
Editor Sarah Janssen, The World Almanac Book of Facts 2014
Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
Maria Konnikova, Master-Mind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
David McConnell, American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men

Memoir / Biography

Anne Serling, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling

Annie Serling, As I knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling

Finalists:
Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Earle Labor, Jack London: An American Life
Lance Parkin, Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore
Domenica Ruta, With Or Without You
Justin St.Germain, Son of a Gun

True Crime

Judith Yates, The Devil You Know

Judith Yates, The Devil You Know

Finalists:
Diana Fanning, Sleep My Darlings
Jerid M. Fisher, Upside Down
Charles Graeber, The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
M. William Phelps, Bad Girls
Hannes Rastam, Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer
Linda Rosencrance, House of Lies
Robert K. Tanenbaun, Echoes of My Soul


Best Children, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Books

Children’s Picture Book

Janice S. C. Petrie (Writer, Illustrator), Did You Make the Hole In the Shell In the Sea?

Did You Make The Hole In the Shell In the Sea?

Finalists:
Paul Czajak, Monster Needs A Costume
Denis Dowling Mortenson (Writer), Cece Bell (Illustrator), The Bug Patrol
Peggy Kochanoff (Writer, Illustrator), Be A Wilderness Detective

Spelile Rivas (Writer), Valeria Cervantes (Illustrator), The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones
Anita Yasuda (Writer), Steve Harpster (Illustrator), Dino Detectives – The Beach Bandit
Anita Yasuda (Writer), Steve Harpster (Illustrator), Dino Detectives – Ghost Stories

Children’s Chapter Book (Tie)

Annie Barrows (Writer), Sophie Blackall (Illustrator), Ivy + Bean Take the Case

Ivy + Bean Take the Case

Lewis B. Montgomery (Writer), Amy Wummer –  The Case of the Locked Box

Milo & Jazz - The Case Of the Locked Box

Finalists:
Steve Brezenoff, Ravens Pass: Cheaters
Steven Brezenoff, The Crook That Made Kids Cry
Hazel Hutchins, The Great Bike Rescue
Thomas Kingsley Troupe, Furry and Flo: The Big Hairy Secret

Middle Grade

Jessica Scott Kerrin,  The Spotted Dog Last Seen

Jessica Scott Kerrin, The Spotted Dog Last Seen

Finalists:
Blue Balliett, Hold Fast
Erin Dionne, Moxie and the Art of Rule-Breaking
Phoebe Stone, Romeo Blue
Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, The 13th Sign
Jacqueline West, The Books of Elsewhere: The Strangers

Young Adult

Elisa Nader, Escape from Eden

Elisa Nader, Escape From Eden

Finalists:
Cinda Williams Chima, The Enchanted Heir
T.L. Costa, Playing Tyler
Ashley Elston, The Rules for Disappearing
Aimee Gilchrist, The Tell-Tale Con
Amie Kaurman & Megan Spooner, These Broken Stars
Katie McGarry, Crash Into You


Best Anthology, Collection, and Attending Author

Multi-Author Anthology

Mike Ashley (Editor), Sisters In Crime: Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women

Mike Ashley (Editor), Sisters In Crime: Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women

Finalists:
Jess Faraday, Undead and the Detective
Maxim Jakubowski, The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries
Ross E. Lockhart, Tales of Jack the Ripper
George Mann, Encounters with Sherlock Holmes
Brad Meltzer, The Mystery Box
Otto Penzler, Kwik Krimes

Single-Author Collection

Barb Goffman, Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: 15 Tales Tales of Revenge and More

Don't Get Mad, Get Even: 15 Tales of Revenge and More

Finalists:
Joanne Anderton, The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories
David Fingerman, Two Degrees Closer to Hell
Edmund Glasby, The Ash Murders: Supernatural Mystery Stories
Morris Herschman, Stop at Nothing/ Vicious Circles: Classic Stories
David James Keaton, Fish Bites Cop: Stories to Bash Authorities
Lyn McConchie, Sherlock Holmes: Repeat Business

Attending Author

Don Bruns, Reel Stuff

Don Bruns, Reel Stuff

Finalists:
Sallie Bissell, Music of Ghosts
Connie Dial, Dead Wrong
Craig Faris, The Spectrum Conspiracy
Steven James, Singularity
Kay Kendall, Desolation Row
Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl


2014 Dupin Detective Award

Logan Masterson


2014 Magnolia Award

Karen McCullough


2013 Award Winners

2013 CLAYMORE WINNERS

Winner: Terri Coop, Dial 1-Pro-Hac-Vice
1st Runner Up: Jacob M. AppelThe Man Who Trounced God at Chess
2nd Runner Up: Elizabeth Visser, Profile of a Killer

2013 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):

Laura BrennanThe End of All Things
Vinnie HansenBlack Beans & Venom
Charles Kingsman, Unbelievers
John Madinger, Hot Shot
Joan Kane Nichols, A Novel By Dickens
Ray PedenOne Tenth of the Law
Shellie WilliamsDeadly Secrets


2013 SILVER FALCHION WINNERS

Winner: Sara J. HenryA Cold And Lonely Place
1st Runner Up: Alana WhiteThe Sign Of The Weeping Virgin
2nd Runner Up (tie, listed in alphabetical order)
Jamie MasonThree Graves Full
Molly MacRaeLast Wool & Testament


2013 DUPIN DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER

Lisa Anderson


2013 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Mary Saums


2012 Award Winners

2012 CLAYMORE WINNERS

Winner Jonathan Stone, “Again”
1st Runner Up V.R. Barkowski, “A Twist of Hate”
2nd Runner Up (tie, listed in alphabetical order)
Carol Baier, “Wicked Schemes”
Mark Troy, “The Law of the Splintered Paddle”

2012 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):

Anna Castle, “Murder By Misrule”
Philip Cioffari, “The Bronx Kill”
Marianna Heusler, “Hallowed Darkened Space”
Susan Lindgren “Forgotten Treasures”
Terry Shames, “The Last Death of Jack Harbin”
Maris Soule, “A Killer Past”


2012 SILVER FALCHION WINNER

C. Hope Clark, “Lowcountry Bribe”


2012 DUPIN DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER

Logan Masterson


2012 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Chester D. Campbell


2011 Award Winners

2011 CLAYMORE WINNERS

Winner Judith Dailey “Animal, Vegetable, Murder”
1st Runner Up Craig Faustus Buck, “Go Down Hard”
2nd Runner Up Joan Lipinsky Cochran, “The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter”

2011 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):

Baron R. Birtcher, “Rain Dogs”
Bryan Camp, “Where the Dead Remain”
Debora Dale’ “Canyon Road”
Jessica Ferguson, “A Bad Guy Forever”
Frank Jenkins, “An Embarrassment of Riches”
Doc Macomber, “Riff Raff”
E. Joan Sims’ “A.K.A. Love”


2011 SILVER FALCHION WINNER

Marco Conelli, “Matthew Livingston and the Politics of Death”


2011 CRIME SCENE DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER

Deborah DeLong


2011 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Clay Stafford


2010 Award Winners

2010 CLAYMORE WINNERS

Winner Tom Wallace “Gnosis”
1st Runner Up Carolyn McSparren, “A Disciplined Death”
2nd Runner Up Korey Kaul, “Jury Rig”

2010 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):

Ronnie Casella, “The Watchers”
Philip Cioffari, “Dark Road, Dead End”
Alan Lewis, “The Blood in Snowflake Garden”
E. J. Rand, “Labyrinth”
Terry Shames, “The Art of Murder”
Michael Siverling, “The Blood of Alexander”
J. J. White, “Prayer Offerings”


2010 SILVER FALCHION WINNER

Radine Trees Nehring, “Journey to Die For”


2010 CRIME SCENE DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER

Laura Hayden


2010 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Charles Todd


2009 Award Winners

2009 CLAYMORE WINNER (Inaugural Year)

Linda Black, “The Death of Noble Dancer”

2009 CLAYMORE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order by Author):

Glen Allison, “Hunka Burnin’ Death”
David Booker, “The Painted Beast”
Nancy Horgan, “The Murder Rules”
David E. Knop, “Mining Sacred Ground”
Joseph Newcum, “Cast Out of Paradise”
Sarah Parrott, “The Blonde Leading the Blonde”
Eyre Price, “An Unsolicited Manuscript”
Jonathan Sicherman, “Watchman’s Tale”
Marylee Woods, “Temporarily Dead”


2009 SILVER FALCHION WINNER

Chester Campbell


2009 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Beth Terrell


2008 Award Winners

2008 SILVER FALCHION WINNER (Inaugural Year)

Don Bruns


2008 CRIME SCENE DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER

Stephen Wherley


2008 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Margaret Maron


2007 Award Winners

2007 CRIME SCENE DETECTIVE AWARD WINNER (Inaugural Year)

Stephen Wherley


2007 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Chris Roerdan


2006 Award Winners

2006 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Gwen Hunter


2005 Award Winners

2005 SEMWA MAGNOLIA AWARD WINNER

Tamar Myers