Mystery Award Winners

Authors who excel in crafting mysteries are honored with national and/or international mystery awards.

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Barr, Nevada

Nevada Barr's award-winning series brings us to the wilds of America's National Parks with female Park Ranger Anna Pigeon.

Birmingham, Ruth

Ruth Birmingham is the pseudonym under which the award-winning Sunny Childs PI series is written.

Block, Lawrence

From hard-boiled private eye to burglar-turned-sleuth, Lawrence Block can enchant all varieties of mystery lovers.

Booth, Stephen

Stephen Booth's award-winning crime thrillers, set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District, feature young police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.

Bowen, Rhys

Rhys Bowen is the award-winning author of the constable Evan Evans mysteries and a historical series hightlighting the investigations of Irish imigrant Molly Murphy.

Bugliosi, Vincent

After rising to fame as the lead prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi has included in his career a series of bestselling and award-winning true crime books.

Burke, James Lee

Award-winning author James Lee Burke writes the Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux mysteries, as well as a series featuring former cop and Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland.

Burke, Jan

Formally a journalist herself, Jan Burke brings suspense-filled realism to her award-winning mystery series featuring newspaper reporter Irene Kelly.

Capote, Truman

Writer Truman Capote could have been a character in a classic hardboiled novel, but instead he wrote the award-winning true crime novel, In Cold Blood.

Chandler, Raymond

Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe was one of the characters who set the style for today's hard-boiled detective fiction.

Charteris, Leslie

Leslie Charteris is the creator of Simon Templar, better known as The Saint, whose stories have thrilled generations, first as magazine stories, then brought to life via radio, television and movies.

Child, Lee

Lee Child's award-winning thrillers feature ex-military policeman Jack Reacher taking on the bad guys of the world when the law no longer can.

Clark, Mary Higgins

The queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark launched onto the bestseller lists with her first thriller and has stayed on the top for decades.

Coben, Harlan

Harlan Coben is the award-winning author of the sports agent Myron Bolitar mysteries, as well as other bestselling thrillers.

Collins, Max Allan

From Dick Tracy comics to historical thrillers, Max Allan Collins is a staple in mystery fiction.

Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly is a Pulitzer Prize nominated crime reporter turned Edgar Award winning and bestselling crime fiction author.

Cornwell, Patricia

Patricia Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta series captivates its audience by providing frighteningly realistic forensic science investigation.

Crais, Robert

Following up his successful career writing for television crime shows, Robert Crais created his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series to explore themes he couldn't take on in the television realm.

Crichton, Michael

Best known as the author of The Andromedia Strain and Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton is the award-winning, bestselling author dubbed "the father of the techno-thriller."

Cussler, Clive

Clive Cussler is the bestselling author of the Dirk Pitt maritime mysteries.

Deaver, Jeffery

Bestselling and award-winning author Jeffrey Deaver is best known for his series featuring forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme.

Du Maurier, Daphne

Daphne Du Maurier is the internationally bestselling author of the classic Rebecca.

Emerson, Earl

Earl Emerson is the author of the award-winning PI Thomas Black series, as well as the Mac Fontana series.

Evanovich, Janet

Janet Evanovich's series featuring unlikely bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has earned her awards, a permanent spot on the bestseller lists and crazed fans from around the world.

Fairstein, Linda

Linda Fairstein turned her legal career as Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the NY DA's office into a bestselling series featuring ADA Alex Cooper.

Fish, Robert L.

Robert Fish is the Edgar-award winning author of over 30 novels and countless short stories.

Follett, Ken

Ken Follett is the award-winning author of bestselling espionage thrillers, as well as many other popular books.

Fowler, Earlene

Earlene Fowler is the award winning author of the Benny Harper mystery series.

George, Elizabeth

Elizabeth George's suspenseful novels have earned her numerous awards and a league of loyal readers.

Gilman, Dorothy

Dorothy Gilman has brought the world to her readers through her novels featuring unlikely spy Mrs. Pollifax.

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton is one of the best known writers of the female private eye novel.

Grisham, John

With bestselling novels (The Firm, The Pelican Brief) turned into blockbuster movies, John Grisham changed the stuffed-shirt image of attorneys into thrilling hot-shots.

Hamilton, Steve

Steve Hamilton is the award-winning author of the Alex McNight novels.

Hart, Carolyn

Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand mysteries have won her numerous awards and critical success.

Haywood, Gar Anthony

Gar Anthony Haywood has gain critical acclaim for his Aaron Gunner PI series and the Loudermilk mysteries.

Healy, Jeremiah

Jeremiah Healy is the creator of the John Francis Cuddy private-investigator series and (under the pseudonym "Terry Devane") the Mairead O'Clare legal-thriller series, both set primarily in Boston.

Highsmith, Patricia

Patricia Highsmith is best known as the author of the bestselling Tom Ripley series, which has inspired several movies.

Hillerman, Tony

Bestselling and award-winning author Tony Hillerman brings to life the Southwest and the Navajo culture in his mystery series featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn.

Hoch, Edward D.

Edward Hoch is one of most prolific and best known short mystery writers today.

Jance, J.A.

J.A. Jance is the bestselling author of 2 police procedural series: Seattle-based homicide detective J.P. Beaumont and Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady.

Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Stuart Kaminsky writes several popular series including those featuring Lew Fonesca, Abraham Lieberman, Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, and Toby Peters. He has also written two original Rockford Files novels

King, Laurie R.

Laurie King is the award-winning author of a variety of mystery styles, from historical to police procedural to suspense.

Lansdale, Joe R.

Joe Lansdale is the award-winning author of a large variety of novels: horror, suspense, humor, science fiction, Western, et al

Latour, Jose

Cuban-born author Jose Latour share his experiences in his award-winning suspense novels.

Lehane, Dennis

Dennis Lehane's dark suspense novels have brought him awards and critical acclaim.

Leonard, Elmore

Elmore Leonard's novels and screenplays are best known for their gritty realism.

Lippman, Laura

The investigations of Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan character have earned her awards and critical acclaim.

MacDonald, John D.

Author of more than 70 books during his career, John D. MacDonald is best known for his hardboiled crime series featuring Travis McGhee.

Macdonald, Ross

Ross Macdonald is best known as the creator of the Lew Archer series.

Maron, Margaret

Margaret Maron is the creator of detective Sigrid Harald, the protagonist of a series of crime novels set in New York, and Judge Deborah Knott mysteries set in rural North Carolina.

McDermid, Val

Val McDermid's award-winning crime fiction has made her a true staple amongst mystery readers.

Mosley, Walter

Walter Mosley is the bestselling and award-winning author best known for his Easy Rawlings series.

Muller, Marcia

Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone mysteries have won her awards and critical acclaim, leading to other popular mysteries, including collaberation with her husband, author Bill Pronzini.

Paretsky, Sara

Sara Paretsky's mystery series featuring VI Warshawski is a classic in the private investigator subgenre.

Parker, Robert B.

Best known for his Spenser PI series, Robert B. Parker has been compared to Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald.

Patterson, James

James Patterson's award-winning and bestselling Alex Cross series is a combination of police procedural and psychological suspense that readers can't resist.

Patterson, Richard North

To research his bestselling and award-winning thrillers, Richard North Patterson has interviewed a variety of political players, from presidents to press secretaries.

Peters, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Peters is the pseudonym used by author Barbara Mertz when writing her mysteries featuring archeologist and amateur detective Amelia Peabody.

Pronzini, Bill

Bill Pronzini is the author of the series featuring the Nameless Detective.

Queen, Ellery

Ellery Queen is the pseudonym used by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee to create their classic mysteries.

Rankin, Ian

Ian Rankin is the award-winning author of the Inspector Rebus series.

Rendell, Ruth

Ruth Rendell is the award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries.

Riordan, Rick

Rick Riordan is the author of the Tres Navarre mysteries, which have won the top three awards in the mystery genre

Robinson, Peter

Peter Robinson is the award-winning author of the Inspector Banks series.

Rozan, S.J.

S.J. Rozan is the author of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Series, which has earned several major mystery awards.

Rule, Ann

Formerly a police officer, Ann Rule's rise to true crime super-stardom came from her association seriel killer Ted Bundy (about whom she wrote her first book).

Sayers, Dorothy L.

A classic author from the golden era of mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her series featuring nobleman-detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

Slesar, Henry

Emmy Award winning screenwriter Henry Slesar was also a prolific short story writer, with more than 500 to his name.

Spillane, Mickey

Prolific in his writing for print, television and movies, Mickey Spillane is best known for his Mike Hammer character.

Stabenow, Dana

Award-winning author Dana Stabenow is best known for her Kate Shugak mysteries set in her home state of Alaska.

Stout, Rex

Rex Stout is the author of more than 70 novels, most famous of which feature his classic detective, Nero Wolfe.

Vachss, Andrew

Andrew Vachss view of the darker aspects of life have brought his gritty crime novels onto award and bestseller lists.

Walters, Minette

Minette Walters has won awards and acclaim since her very first crime novel was published.

Westlake, Donald E.

Donald E. Westlake's dark characters have been likened to those from the classic noir novels.

Woods, Stuart

Stuart Woods is the award-winning author of the cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington series.

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