The Dilys Awards Winners and Nominees

  1. 2013

  2. Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
  3. Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill
  4. Broken Harbor by Tana French
  5. Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  6. The Expats by Chris Pavone
  7. 2012

  8. Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan
  9. When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey - Morrow
  10. Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet - Minotaur
  11. Tag Man by Archer Mayor - Minotaur
  12. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny - Minotaur
  13. 2011

  14. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
  15. Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill
  16. The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
  17. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
  18. Once a Spy by Keith Thomson
  19. Savages by Don Winslow
  20. 2010

  21. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  22. A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory
  23. The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson
  24. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  25. The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
  26. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  27. The Shanghai Moon by S. J. Rozan
  28. 2009

  29. Trigger City by Sean Chercover
  30. The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
  31. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
  32. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  33. Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow
  34. 2008

  35. Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
  36. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  37. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  38. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  39. The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey
  40. 2007

  41. Still Life by Louise Penny
  42. Billy Boyle by James R. Benn
  43. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith
  44. Mournful Teddy by John J. Lamb
  45. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  46. The Virgin of the Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
  47. 2006

  48. Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
  49. In a Teapot by Terence Faherty
  50. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  51. Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
  52. The Tenor Wore Tap Shoes by Mark Schweitzer
  53. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
  54. 2005

  55. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  56. The Enemy by Lee Child
  57. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
  58. The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert
  59. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
  60. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  61. 2004

  62. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  63. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
  64. The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick
  65. Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy
  66. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  67. 2003

  68. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  69. You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews
  70. Without Fail by Lee Child
  71. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  72. Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos
  73. 2002

  74. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  75. The Cold Blue Blood by David Handler
  76. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  77. Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger
  78. The Reaper by Peter Lovesey
  79. 2001

  80. A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
  81. The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell
  82. The Hearse You Came in On by Tim Cockey
  83. Demolition Angel by Robert Crais
  84. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
  85. 2000

  86. L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
  87. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
  88. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
  89. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
  90. California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
  91. 1999

  92. Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  93. Blind Descent by Nevada Barr
  94. The Ghosts of Morning by Richard Barre
  95. Sunset Limited by James Lee Burke
  96. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
  97. Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
  98. 1998

  99. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
  100. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  101. Back Spin by Harlan Coben
  102. Sacred by Dennis Lehane
  103. Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs
  104. The Devil in Music by Kate Ross
  105. 1997

  106. The Poet by Michael Connelly
  107. Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  108. Hearts and Bones by Margaret Lawrence
  109. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
  110. Tularosa by Michael McGarrity
  111. Moody Gets the Blues by Steve Oliver
  112. Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry
  113. A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
  114. 1996

  115. The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly
  116. Voodoo River by Robert Crais
  117. Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? by G. M. Ford
  118. If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
  119. The Codicil by Tom Topor
  120. 1995

  121. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  122. Do Unto Others by Jeff Abbott
  123. Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton
  124. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
  125. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
  126. Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell
  127. Walking Rain by Susan Wade
  128. 1994

  129. Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
  130. Death Comes As Epiphany by Sharan Newman
  131. Wolf in the Shadows by Marcia Muller
  132. By Evil Means by Sandra West Prowell
  133. Catilina's Riddle by Stephen Saylor
  134. The Sculptress by Minette Walters
  135. Way Down On The High Lonely by Don Winslow
  136. 1993

  137. Booked to Die by John Dunning
  138. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  139. Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron
  140. The Ice House by Minette Walters
  141. 1992

  142. Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
  143. A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George
  144. Book Case by Stephen Greenleaf
  145. Hour of the Hunter by J.A. Jance
  146. We Wish You A Merry Murder by Valerie Wolzien
Author Comments: 

The Dilys Award has been given annually since 1992 by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of Murder Ink (now sadly closed), the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.

The winner for the year is listed first.

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