For folks pondering Anthony Award nominations, I wanted to share some of my favorite eligible titles. If you’re not doing nominations, please consider this a list of books I’d recommend you read.

They’re in no particular order. Some of these are books I was lucky enough to work on, and all are ones I loved reading. I’m quite certain I will forget to include some books I should and I still have 2015 releases in my TBR stack, so please feel free to point these out!

Where books are eligible in multiple categories, I’ve listed those in parentheses.

  • The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block (Paperback Original and Audiobook)
  • Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (Audiobook)
  • Time of Death by Mark Billingham (Audiobook)
  • Young Americans by Josh Stallings (Paperback Original and Audiobook)
  • Come to Harm by Catriona McPherson (Paperback Original)
  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
  • The Mercy of the Night by David Corbett (Paperback Original and Audiobook)
  • Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes (Paperback Original)
  • Trust No One by Paul Cleave (Audiobook)
  • Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason (Audiobook)
  • Brush Back by Sara Paretsky (Audiobook)
  • Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman (Audiobook)
  • Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Audiobook)
  • Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Audiobook)
  • A Song of Shadows by John Connolly (Audiobook)
  • Blood Foam by Brendan DuBois
  • What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Audiobook)
  • Follow You Home by Mark Edwards (Paperback Original and Audiobook)
  • Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman (Audiobook)
  • A Killing at the Creek by Nancy Allen (Paperback Original)
  • Taking Pity by David Mark (Audiobook)
  • The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth (Audiobook)
  • No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary (Paperback Original)

(I didn’t read many of these released in 2015!)

  • Yellow Death by Alex Lettau (Novel and Paperback Original)
  • Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (Novel)
  • Concrete Angel by Patricia Abbott (Paperback Original and Audiobook)

See above


I told myself that I really should mention that the story I wrote, Old Hands, that’s in “Dark City Lights” is eligible in this category. After much debate, I’ve listened to myself. So there you go.

  • The Little Men by Megan Abbott, “Bibliomysteries”
  • The Lady Upstairs by Jill D. Block, “Dark City Lights”
  • The Safest Form of Conveyance by Jim Fusilli, “Dark City Lights”
  • The Big Snip by Thomas Pluck, “Dark City Lights”
  • Holmes On the Range by John Connolly, “Night Music”
  • The Travelling Companion by Ian Rankin, “Bibliomysteries”
  • The Crime of our Lives by Lawrence Block
  • Dark City Lights, edited by Lawrence Block

See above


I got nothin’. Suggestions welcome!