Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers Choice Awards, which we have below. Congrats to everyone nominated, and make sure you vote for your favorites here! Killer Nashville kicks off on Octobe 29th.

Best Novel: Romantic Suspense


Judgment – Carey Baldwin

The Lost Key – Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Top Secret Twenty-One – Janet Evanovich

Sweet Damage – Rebecca James

Truth Be Told – Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best Novel: Cozy/Traditional

Angelica’s Smile – Andrea Camilleri

The Question of the Missing Head – E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen

The Alpine Yeoman – Mary Daheim

Designated Daughters – Margaret Maron

Hunting Shadows – Charles Todd


Best Novel: Historical

The Reckoning – Rennie Airth

An Air of Treason – P.F. Chisolm

The Johnstown Girls – Kathleen George

The Devil’s Workshop – Alex Grecian

Death on Blackheath – Anne Perry


Best Novel: Private Detective/Police Procedural

The Forsaken – Ace Atkins

The Hollow Girl – Reed Farrel Coleman

Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart – Christopher Fowler

Sorrow Bound – David Mark

Field of Prey – John Sandford


Best Novel: Speculative

The String Diaries – Stephen Lloyd Jones

Coldbrook – Tim Lebbon

Lock In – John Scalzi

Fear City – F. Paul Wilson

Yesterday’s Hero – Jonathan Wood


Best Novel: Literary Suspense

The Dead Will Tell – Linda Castillo

Red 1-2-3 – John Katzenbach

Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

The Day She Died – Catriona McPherson

The Farm – Tom Rob Smith


Best Novel: Political Thriller/Adventure

Night Heron – Adam Brookes

Dark Spies: A Spycatcher Novel – Matthew Dunn

The Hilltop – Assaf Gavron

End Game – John Gilstrap

I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

Assassin’s Game – Ward Larsen


Best Novel: Crime Thriller

The Bone Orchard – Paul Doiron

Dakota – Gwen Florio

Gangsterland – Tod Goldberg

The Keeper – John Lescroart

In the Blood – Lisa Unger


Best First Novel: Cozy/Traditional/Historical

Honor Above All – J. Bard-Collins

To Fudge or Not to Fudge – Nancy Coco

Murder at Honeychurch Hall – Hannah Dennison

The Life We Bury – Allen Eskens

Dying to Know – TJ O’Connor


Best First Novel: Literary Suspense

Dry Bones in the Valley – Tom Bouman

Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle

Deep Winter – Samuel W. Gailey

The Weight of Blood – Laura McHugh

Forty Days Without Shadow – Oliver Truc

The Devil Takes Half – Leta Serafim


Best First Novel: Mystery/Thriller

Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary

Hotlanta – Mark Neilson

The American Mission – Matthew Palmer

The Black Hour – Lori Rader-Day

The Hawley Book of the Dead – Chrysler Szarlan

The Ways of the Dead – Neely Tucker

The Martian – Andy Weir


Best Children’s Picture Book

Nine Words Max – by Dan Bar-El, Illustrated by David Huyck

The Bambino and Me – by Zachary Hyman, Illustrated by Zachary Pullen

An Armadillo in Paris – by Julie Kraulis

Spic-and-Span: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen – by Monica Kulling, Illustrated by David Perkins

Hope Springs – by Eric Walters, Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes


Best Children’s Chapter Book

Range Riders: Cassie & Jasper to the Rescue – Bryn Fleming

The Milo & Jazz Mysteries: The Case of the Buried Bones – Lewis B. Montgomery, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

The Frankenstein Journals: Volume 1 – Scott Sonneborn

The Whodunit Detective Agency: The Diamond Mystery – Martin Widmark

The Haunted Library – Dori Hillestad Butler, Illustrated by Helene Willis


Best Middle Grade

Audrey (Cow) – Dan Bar-El, Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

The Swallow: A Ghost Story – Charis Cotter

The ACB with Honora Lee – Katie De Gold, drawings by Gregory O’Brien

One Safe Place – Tania Unsworth

Still Life – Jacqueline West


Best Young Adult

How We Fall – Kate Brauning

Nearly Gone – Elle Cosimano

Grunge Gods and Graveyards – Kimberly G. Giarratano

Unaccompanied Minor – Hollis Gillespie

The Voice Inside My Head – S.J. Laidlaw


Best Nonfiction: Mainstream Crime Reference

400 Things Cops Know – Adam Plantinga

The Art of the English Murder – Lucy Worsley


Best Single-Author Collection

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Picket Country – C.J. Box

Trouble in Mind – Jeffery Deaver

Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories – Craig Johnson

High Crime Area – Joyce Carol Oates

Seeing Red – Terry Odell


Best Multi-Author Anthology

Rogue Wave: Best New England Crime Stories – Edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross, and Leslie Wheller

Faceoff – Edited by David Baldacci

Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War – Edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon – Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Fiction River Special Edition: Crime – Edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Best Long-form Novelty Fiction/Poetry/Graphic/Experimental

Notes from the Cat House – Jack Ketchum (Poems)

Undertaking of Lily Chen – Danica Novgorodoff (Graphic Novel)


Best Nonfiction: Memoir/Biography

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War – Karen Abbott

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames – Kai Bird

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby – Sarah Churchwell

The Other Side: A Memoir – Lacy M. Johnson

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe – J.W. Ocker


Best Nonfiction: Academic

The Figure of the Detective – Charles Brownson

Bloody Italy: Essays on Crime Writing in Italian Settings – Edited by Patricia Prandini Buckler

Mysteries Unlocked: Essays in Honor of Douglas G. Greene – Edited by Curtis Evans

Blood on the Stage 400 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays on Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem – Amnon Kabatchnik

The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert

James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction – James Mancall


Best Nonfiction: True Crime

Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America – Kevin Cook

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases – Deborah Halber

War of the Whales – Joshua Horwitz

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood – William J. Mann

The Killing Kind — M. William Phelps

A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention – Matt Richtel


  1. Thomas Jardine

    How in the name of every god in every pantheon did I am Pilgrim get nominated for anything other than bird cage liner? Terry Hayes is actually worse than Dan Brown, and I did not believe that such a thing was possible. Even the worst Nick Carter Killmaster epic qualifies as high litereature when compared to this dreck.

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