The 2024 Shamus Awards Finalists

The 2024 Shamus Awards Finalists have been announced by the Private Eye Writers of America. The Shamus Awards are given out for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the previous year. The Shamus has been awarded since 1982. The winners will be announced at the Bouchercon Opening Ceremonies in Nashville, Tennessee, August 29, 2024, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. (Yours truly plans to be there.)

If you are like me and grew up reading Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Sam Spade, then this list of new PI tales may be just what you’re looking for. So, pick one of the 2024 Shamus Awards Finalists and learn about the latest and greatest in the PI field.


Best PI Hardcover

Hard Rain by Samantha Jayne Allen (Detective Annie McIntyre) (Minotaur Books)

Go Find Daddy by Steve Goble (Ed Runyon) (Oceanview Publishing)

The Mistress of Bhatia House by Sujata Massey (Perveen Mistry) (Soho Crime)

The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC Rosen (Evander Mills) (Forge Books)

Heart of the Nile by Will Thomas (Barker & Llewelyn) Minotaur Books)

Best PI Paperback

Drums Guns ‘N’ Money by Jonathan J. Brown (Lou Crasher) (Down & Out Books)

Gillespie Field Groove by Corey Lynn Fayman (Rolly Waters) (Konstellation Press)

The Truth We Hide by Liz Milliron (Betty Ahern) (Level Best Books)

Bring the Night by J.R. Sanders (Nate Ross) (Level Best Books)

Liar’s Dice by Gabriel Valjan (Shane Cleary) (Level Best Books)

Best PI Short Story

“Errand for a Neighbor” by Bill Bassman (January/February 2023, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; Detective Ray Zino)

“Beyond Belief” by Libby Cudmore (May 2023, Tough: Martin Wade)

“The Soiled Dove of Shallow Hollow” by Sean McCluskey (January/February 2023 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; Shane “Cutter” Caine)

“Imperfect Data” by Bob Tippee (January/February 2023, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

“Making the Bad Guys Nervous” by Joseph S. Walker (2023, Black Cat Weekly #102; Tim Chadwick)


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