Bouchercon is an annual conference named after Anthony Boucher, a mystery author and critic who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. This event honors various segments of the mystery and crime fiction community. Take a look at the nominees and the winners for the coveted Anthony Awards. The winners (indicated in red) were announced during virtual BoucherCon in August.
Best Hardcover Novel
- What You Don’t See – Tracy Clark
- Blacktop Wasteland – S.A. Cosby
- Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier
- And Now She’s Gone – Rachel Howzell Hall
- The First to Lie – Hank Phillippi Ryan
Best First Novel
- Derailed – Mary Keliikoa
- Murder in Old Bombay – Nev March
- Murder at the Mena House – Erica Ruth Neubauer
- The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
- Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Best Paperback Original/E-Book/Audiobook Original Novel
- The Fate of a Flapper – Susanna Calkins
- When No One is Watching – Alyssa Cole
- Unspeakable Things – Jess Lourey
- The Lucky One – Lori Rader-Day
- Dirty Old Town – Gabriel Valjan
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
- Premeditated Myrtle – Elizabeth C. Bunce
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington – Janae Marks
- Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco – Richie Narvaez
- Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall – Alex Segura
Best Anthology or Collection
- Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology – Heather Graham, ed.
- Both Sides: Stories from the Border – Gabino Iglesias, ed.
- Noiryorican – Richie Narvaez
- The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell – Josh Pachter, ed.
- California Schemin’ – Art Taylor. ed.
- Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic – Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle, eds.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!