In the heart of the captivating literary world, the 2023 Anthony Awards took center stage at Bouchercon San Diego on September 2, 2023. These prestigious awards recognize and honor the finest contributions to the crime and mystery genre, providing a platform for both established and emerging talents to shine. If you wish, you can see a complete list of the finalists. Let’s take a look at the remarkable winners of the 2023 Anthony Awards.
Best Hardcover: Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett
Kellye Garrett‘s Like a Sister emerges as the victor in the Best Hardcover category, reaffirming her position as a formidable force in contemporary crime fiction. In this gripping tale, Garrett weaves a story of complex relationships and simmering tension, all set against the backdrop of a tight-knit community. The novel unfolds with layers of suspense and intrigue, as secrets are unveiled and loyalties tested. Garrett’s characters are vividly drawn, and her storytelling prowess is nothing short of extraordinary. Like a Sister takes readers on a thrilling journey, and its recognition with the Anthony Award is well-deserved.
Best Paperback: The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey
In the ever-evolving landscape of crime fiction, Jess Lourey‘s The Quarry Girls captivates readers with its impeccable storytelling and unique voice. This book, which triumphed in the Best Paperback/eBook/Audiobook category, showcases Lourey’s ability to craft a narrative that is both haunting and unforgettable. Set against the backdrop of a small-town community, the story explores the dark secrets that lie beneath the surface. Lourey’s work resonates with readers, and The Quarry Girls exemplifies the power of storytelling in the digital age.
Best First Novel: The Maid by Nita Prose
Nita Prose‘s debut novel, The Maid, continues to make waves in the literary world by securing the Best First Novel award at the 2023 Anthony Awards. This achievement follows her earlier recognition at the Barry Awards, affirming her status as a rising star in the genre. The Maid introduces readers to a world of mystery and intrigue within the walls of a luxury hotel, where the protagonist, Molly Gray, embarks on a quest for justice. Prose’s remarkable storytelling, coupled with her unique perspective, makes The Maid a standout debut in the crime fiction genre.
Best Historical: Anywhere You Run by Wanda M. Morris
Wanda M. Morris takes readers on a captivating journey through history with Anywhere You Run, the recipient of the Best Historical award. In this meticulously researched novel, Morris transports readers to a bygone era, immersing them in a world filled with vivid characters and gripping narratives. The novel’s ability to evoke a sense of time and place while delivering a riveting mystery demonstrates Morris’s exceptional talent. Anywhere You Run is a testament to the enduring appeal of historical crime fiction.
Best Short Story: “Beauty and the Beyotch” by Barb Goffman
In the world of crime fiction, short stories hold a special place, and Barb Goffman‘s “Beauty and the Beyotch” stands out as a gem. Originally published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine in February 2022, this story captivated readers with its clever plot and sharp writing. Goffman’s ability to craft a compelling narrative within the constraints of a short story format is truly commendable, and her win in the Best Short Story category is a testament to her talent.
Best Critical/Nonfiction: The Life of Crime by Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards‘s The Life of Crime delves into the fascinating world of crime fiction, unraveling the history of mysteries and their creators. This meticulously researched and engaging work of nonfiction is a must-read for aficionados of the genre. Edwards’s dedication to uncovering the rich tapestry of crime fiction’s evolution is evident in every page of this comprehensive volume. The Life of Crime offers valuable insights into the genre’s past and its enduring appeal.
Best Children’s/YA: Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer
Nancy Springer continues to enchant readers of all ages with her young adult series featuring the brilliant Enola Holmes. In Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade, Springer takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with mystery and intrigue. The book’s engaging narrative and the indomitable spirit of its young detective heroine make it a standout in the children’s and young adult category.
Best Anthology: Crime Hits Home edited by S.J. Rozan
S.J. Rozan‘s editorial prowess shines in Crime Hits Home, an anthology that brings together an array of talented writers to explore the theme of crime within the domestic sphere. This thought-provoking collection showcases the diversity of voices within the genre and offers a fresh perspective on crime fiction. Crime Hits Home is a demonstration of the power of collaboration and the enduring appeal of crime stories that hit close to home.
The 2023 Anthony Award winners represent a tapestry of exceptional talent within the crime and mystery genre. From seasoned authors like Kellye Garrett and Jess Lourey to promising newcomers like Nita Prose, these awards celebrate the diverse voices and narratives that continue to captivate readers. With each award, the Anthony Awards not only honor individual achievements but also reaffirm the enduring allure of crime fiction as a genre that continues to evolve and thrive. As we celebrate these remarkable works, we eagerly anticipate the future contributions that will undoubtedly enrich the world of crime and mystery fiction.
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