2023 Anthony Awards Winners

The 2023 Anthony Awards were announced at Bouchercon 2023 in San Diego, California on Saturday night after the banquet. The winners are voted on by the regular attendees of the convention.

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention that honors Anthony Boucher, a mystery fiction critic, editor and author.

The winner of each category is in bold.

If you were at Bouchercon, and you have a story of meeting a favorite writer or your biggest fan, I would love to see your story in the comments below.

And I hope you find a new favorite story. Thank you for reading.

The 2022 Anthony Awards Winners can be found here.


The 2023 Anthony Awards Finalists and winners are:


Best Critical/Non-Fiction Novel

The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators by Martin Edwards (Collins Crime Club)

The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets, and the Hollywood Story That Shocked America by James T. Bartlett (Territory Books)

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)

Promophobia: Taking the Mystery out of Promoting Crime Fiction by Diane Vallere (Sisters in Crime)

Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free by Saran Weinman (Ecco Press)

Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley (Pegasus Crime)

Best Short Story

“Beauty and the Beyotch” by Barb Goffman (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Feb. 2022, Issue 29)

“Still Crazy After All These Years” By E.A. Aymar (Paranoia Blues: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon,

Down & Out Books)

“The Impediment” By Bruce Robert Coffin (Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories 2022, Crime Spell Books)

“The Estate Sale” by Curtis Ippolito (Vautrin Magazine, Summer 2022)

“C.O.D.” by Gabriel Valjan (Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 3: The Color of My Vote, Berry Content Corporation)

Best Short Story Anthology

Crime Hits Home: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction’s Top Authors, Edited by SJ Rozan

(Hanover Square Press)

Low Down Dirty Vote Volume 3: The Color of My Vote, Edited by Mysti Berry (Berry Content Corporation)

Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Warren Zevon, Edited by Libby Cudmore and Art Taylor

(Down & Out Books)

Land of 10,000 Thrills: Bouchercon Anthology 2022, Edited by Greg Herren (Down & Out Books)

Paranoia Blues: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Paul Simon Edited by Josh Pachter (Down & Out Books)

Best YA/Childrens

Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer (Wednesday Books)

In Myrtle Peril by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonguin Young Readers)

Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley (Viking Books for Young Readers)

#shedeservedit by Greg Herren (Bold Strokes Books)

The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Sourcebooks Fire)

Vanish Me by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Wise Wolf Books)

Best Debut (First Novel)

The Maid by Nita Prose (Ballantine Books)

Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor (Soho Crime)

Shutter by Ramona Emerson (Soho Crime)

The Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra (Pegasus Books)

Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler (Crooked Lane Books)

Best Historical Novel

Anywhere You Run by Wanda Morris (William Morrow & Company)

The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks (Minotaur Books)

In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson (Mobius)

Danger on the Atlantic by Erica Ruth Neubauer (Kensington Publishing Company)

Under a Veiled Moon by Karen Odden (Crooked Lane Books)

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen (Forge)

Best Humorous Novel

Scot in a Trap by Catriona McPherson (Severn House)

Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron (Berkley Books)

Death by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J. Chow (Berkley Books)

A Streetcar Named Murder by T.G. Herren (Crooked Lane Books)

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V. Reyes (Crooked Lane Books)

Best Paperback, E-book, Audiobook Original

The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)

Real Bad Things by Kelly J. Ford (Thomas & Mercer)

Dead Drop by James L’Etoile (Level Best Books)

Hush Hush by Gabriel Valjan (Historia)

In the Dark We Forget by Sandra SG Wong (HarperCollinsPublishers)

Best Hardcover Novel

Like A Sister by Kellye Garrett (Mulholland Books)

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland Books)

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Ossman (Pamela Dorman Books)

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

The Maid by Nita Prose (Ballantine Books)

Secret Identity by Alex Segura (Flatiron Books)

3 responses to “2023 Anthony Awards Winners”

  1. I love the Enola Holmes series; so glad to see the latest with an Anthony Award.
    Our book club read Nita Prose’s The Maid this past fall, and we really enjoyed it. A very unique main character, and an interesting mystery.

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