The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion and Claymore Awards were given out this past weekend at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference. It was three days of great classes, great panels, and great camaraderie. Clay Stafford and his gang has been putting on the conference since 2006 in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature. There were over 800 submissions to the Silver Falchion Awards this year.

You can find last year winners here.

Best Action Adventure

The Pilate Scroll by M. B. Lewis

Best Attendee Action Adventure

Killers!: A Natalie McMasters Mystery by Thomas A. Burns, Jr.

Best Comedy

Big Fat F@!k Up by Lawrence Allan

Best Cozy

Suitable for Framing by Lori Roberts Herbst

Best Attendee Cozy

Murder in the Master: A Chesapeake Bay Mystery by Judy L. Murray

SEMWA Magnolia Award

Maggie Touissant

Best Historical

After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore

Best Book by Attending Author

Black Label by James L’Etoile

Best Investigator

Girl Missing by Kate Gable

Best Attendee Investigator

10 Days: A Dee Rommel Mystery by Julie Selbo

Best Juvenile/YA

Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter

Best Attendee Juvenile/YA

Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter

Best Mystery

An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbot

Best Attending Mystery

Bluff by John DeDakis

Best Nonfiction

The Home for Friendless Children by C. L. Olsen

Best Sci-fi/Fantasy

Tomb of the Queen by Joss Walker

Best Short Story Collection/Anthology

House of Crows by Lisa Unger

Best Southern Gothic

A Curse of Silver and Blood by Kimberly A. Banks

Best Attendee Southern Gothic

A Curse of Silver and Blood by Kimberly A. Banks

Best Supernatural

Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell

Readers’ Choice Award

Girl Missing by Kate Gable

Best Suspense

The Reunion by Kiersten Modglin

Best Attendee Suspense

The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda

Best Thriller

The General’s Briefcase by Ray Collins

Best Attendee Thriller

Fallen Star: The Divine Devils Book 2 by R. Weir

Best Book of 2021 2nd Runner Up tie

An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott

Suitable for Framing by Lori Roberts Herbst

Best Book of 2021 1st Runner Up tie

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda

Best Book of 2021 tie

Girl Missing by Kate Gable

The Reunion by Kiersten Modglin

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(From Clay Stafford’s official Facebook page.)