2014 Silver Falchion Award Winners and Finalists

Best Novel

Best First Novel

Best Nonfiction

Best Picture Book / Chapter Book / Middle Grade / Young Adult

Best Anthology / Collection

Best Attending Author


Best Novel

Cozy / Traditional Mystery

Winner Author Publisher
Dime if I Know Maggie Toussaint Cengage
Finalists Author Publisher
Dirty Harriet Miriam Auerbach BelleBooks Publishing
Tidewater Murder C. Hope Clark BelleBooks Publishing
Ten Lords a’Leaping C.C. Benison Random House
Dying for a Daquiri Cindy Sample
Cindy Sample Books
A Trifle Dead Livia Day Deadlines
Pagan Spring G.M. Mailliet Minotaur Books

Crime Thriller

Winner Author Publisher
Mortal Bonds Michael Sears G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Finalists Author Publisher
A Tap On the Window Linwood Barclay New American Library
Cut to the Bone Jefferson Bass William Morrow
Fangs Out David Freed The Permanent Press
Cross and Burn Val McDermid Atlantic Monthly Press
Silken Prey John Sandford
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
White Fire Preston & Child Grand Central Publishing


Winner Author Publisher
Blind Justice Anne Perry Ballantine
Finalists Author Publisher
The Black Country Alex Grecian G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Covenant with Hell Priscilla Royal Poisoned Pen Press
Seven for a Secret Lyndsay Faye Amy Einhorn Books
Then We Take Berlin John Lawton Grove Atlantic
Ask Not Max Allan Collins Forge Books
The Confessions of Al Capone Loren D. Estleman Forge Books

Literary Mystery / Suspense / Thriller

Winner Author Publisher
Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger Atria Books
Finalists Author Publisher
The Husband’s Secret Liana Moriarty Amy Einhorn Books
Sandrine’s Case Thomas H. Cook The Mysterious Press
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Mulholland Books
Death of the Demon Anne Holt Scribner
Our Picnics in the Sun Morag Joss Delacorte

 Political / Adventure / Espionage Thriller

Winner Author Publisher
The Kill Room Jeffery Deaver Grand Central Publishing
Finalists Author Publisher
King and Maxwell David Baldacci Grand Central Publishing
Hidden Order Brad Thor Atria Books
Downfall Jeff Abbot Grand Central Publishing
Deadly Diamonds John F. Dobbyns Oceanview Publications
The Kill List Frederick Forsyth G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 Private Detective / Police Procedural / Mystery

Winner Author Publisher
W is for Wasted Sue Grafton A Marian Wood Book/Putnam
Finalists Author Publisher
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith Mulholland Books
Little Elvises Timothy Hallinan Soho Crime
Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland Ace Atkins Penguin Group
Bolero Joanie McDonnell Thomas and Mercer
Clara Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway Sara Gran Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Unnatural Acts Kevin J. Anderson Pinnacle

Romantic Suspense

Winner Author Publisher
Tell Me Lisa Jackson Kensington Books
Finalists Author Publisher
Deadline Sandra Brown Grand Central Publishing
The Last Kiss Goodbye Karen Robards Ballantine
No Escape Mary Burton Zebra

Speculative / Horror / Science Fiction / Fantasy

Winner Author Publisher
Innocence Dean Koontz Bantam
Finalists Author Publisher
Red Moon Benjamin Percy
Grand Central Publishing
Reviver Seth Patrick Thomas Dunne
She Who Waits Daniel Polansky Hodder & Stougton
Dr. Sleep Stephen King Scribner
Lexicon Max Barry The Penguin Press
Prophet of Bone Ted Kosmatka Henry Holt and Company

 Long-Form Novelty Fiction: Poetry / Graphic / Experimental

Winner Author Publisher/ Editor
Inherit the Dead (A Progressive Group Mystery) Lee Child et All  Touchstone
Finalists Author Publisher/ Editor
NOIR: Erasure Poetry Anthology  Silver Birch Press
Ship of Theseus V.M. Straka

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Best First Novel

Cozy / Traditional / Historical

Winner  Author Publisher
The Disappointment Room Dee Phelps River City Publishing, LLC
Finalists Author Publisher
Some Enchanted Murder: An Apple Mariani Mystery Linda S. Reilly Gale / Cengage Learning
The Stray Pitch Marilyn Bos Skywater Publishing Company
Double Whammy Gretchen Archer
Henery Press
Claws of the Cat: A Shinobi Mystery Susan Spann Thomas Dunne
The Other Typist Suzanne Rindell
Penguin Group

 Literary Suspense

Winner Author Publisher
Three Graves Full Jamie Mason Simon & Schuster
Finalists Author Publisher
The Next Time You See Me Holly Goddard Jones Touchstone
Montana Gwen Florio Prometheus Books
Josh Whoever Michael Guillebeau Five Star Mystery
Cover of Snow Jenny Milchman Ballantine
The Silent Wife A.S.A. Harrison Penguin Books

Thriller / Mystery

Winner Author Publisher
Never Forget Lisa Cutts Myriad Editions
Finalists Author Publisher
The Sixth Station Linda Stasi Forge Books
The Never List Koethi Zan Viking/Pamela Dorman Books
Bear is Broken Lachlan Smith The Mysterious Press
Anonymous Sources Mary Louise Kelly Gallery Books
Japan Town Barry Lancet Simon & Schuster
Burden of Truth Terri Nolan Midnight Ink Books

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Best Nonfiction


Winner Author Publisher
Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard Charles J. Rzepka Johns Hopkins University Press
Jolly Good Detecting: Humor in English Crime Fiction of the Golden Age Bruce Shaw McFarland & Company
Finalists Author Publisher
Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction Pamela Bedore Scholarly
Murder at the Supreme Court: Lethal Crimes and Landmark Cases Martin Clancy & Tim O’Brien Seventh Street Books
French Crime Fiction 1945-2005: Investigating World War II Margaret Anne Hutton Ashgate Publishing Company
Killer Dads: The Twisted Drives that Compel Fathers to Murder Their Own Kids Mary Papenfuss Seventh Street Books
Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets Peter Schweizer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of Cult and Conspiracy Theodore Zilkowski Johns Hopkins University Press

Craft and Business of Writing

Winner Author  Publisher
The Kick-Ass Writer Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest
Finalists Author  Publisher
2014 Guide to Self-Publishing – Writer’s Digest Editor Robert Lee Brewer F+W Media
Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling –
Write Your Novel in a Month
Jeff Gerke Writer’s Digest
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story K.M. Weiland PenForASword Publishing
Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction Orson Scott Card, Philip Athan Writer’s Digest
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success Adam Grant Viking

Mainstream Crime Reference

Winner Author Publisher
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell
Workman Publishing Co.
Finalists Author Publisher
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) Chuck Klosterman Scribner
Master-Mind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Maria Konnikova viking
Law & Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice John Douglas and Mark Olshaker Kensington Publishing Corp.
American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men David McConnell Akashic Books
The World Almanac Book of Facts 2014 Edited by Sarah Janssen The World Almanac, an Infobase Learning Company

 Memoir / Biography

Winner Author Publisher
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling Anne Serling Citadel
Finalists Author Publisher
Jack London: An American Life Earle Labor Farrar, Straus and Giroux
As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling Anne Serling Citadel
With or Without You Domenica Ruta Spiegel & Grau, Random House
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Ballantine
Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore Lance Parkin Aurum Press
Son of a Gun Justin St.Germain
Random House

 True Crime

Winner  Author Publisher
The Devil You Know Judith A. Yates
True Crime
Finalists  Author Publisher
Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer Hannes Rastam
Canongate Books
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, & Murder Charles Graeber
Echoes of my Soul Robert K. Tanenbaun
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Sleep My Darlings Diana Fanning True Crime
House of Lies Linda Rosencrance Pinnacle
Bad Girls M. William Phelps Pinnacle
Upside Down Jerid M. Fisher
Pelican Publishing Company

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Best Picture Book / Chapter Book / Middle Grade / YA

Children’s Picture Book

Winner Author/ Illustrator Publisher
Did You Make the Hole In the Shell In the Sea? Janice S. C. Petrie (Writer, Illustrator) Seatales Publishing Company
Finalists Author/ Illustrator Publisher
Be a Wilderness Detective Peggy Kochanoff (Writer, Illustrator) Nimbus Publishing
Monster Needs a Costume Paul Czajak Scarletta Kids
The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones Spelile Rivas (Writer), Valeria Cervantes (Illustrator) Arte Publico Press
The Bug Patrol – Denise Dowling Mortenson Denise Dowling Mortenson (Writer), Cece Bell (Illustrator) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Dino Detectives – The Beach Bandit Anita Yasuda (Writer), Steve Harpster (Illustrator)
Dino Detectives – Ghost Stories Anita Yasuda (Writer), Steve Harpster (Illustrator)

Children’s Chapter Book

Winner Author/ Illustrator  Publisher
Ivy + Bean Take the Case Annie Barrows (Writer ), Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Chronicle Books
The Case of the Locked Box Lewis B. Montgomery (Writer), Amy Wummer (Illustrator) Kane Press, Inc.
Finalists Author/ Illustrator  Publisher
Ravens Pass: Cheaters Steve Brezenoff Capstone
Furry and Flo: The Big Hairy Secret Thomas Kingsley Troupe Capstone
The Great Bike Rescue Hazel Hutchins Orca Young Readers
The Case of the Locked Box Lewis B. Montgomery (Writer), Amy Wummer (Illustrator) Kane Press, Inc.
The Crook that Made Kids Cry Steve Brezenoff Stone Arch Books

 Middle Grade

Winner Author Publisher
The Spotted Dog Last Seen Jessica Scott Kerrin Groundwood Books
Finalists Author Publisher
The Books of Elsewhere: The Strangers Jacqueline West Penguin Young Readers Group
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase Jonathan Stroud Disney-Hyperion
Moxie and the Art of Rule-Breaking Erin Dionne Dial
The 13th Sign Kristin O’Donnell Tubb Children’s/Middle Grade
Hold Fast Blue Balliett Scholastic Press
Romeo Blue Phoebe Stone Arthur A. Levine Books

Young Adult

Winner Author  Publisher
Escape from Eden Elisa Nader Merit Press
Finalists Author  Publisher
The Rules for Disappearing Ashley Elston Hyperion
The Enchanter Heir Cinda Williams Chima Hyperion
These Broken Stars Amie Kaurman & Megan Spooner Hyperion
The Tell-Tale Con Aimee Gilchrist Gemma Halliday Publishing
Crash Into You Katie McGarry Harlequin TEEN
Playing Tyler T.L. Costa Strange Chemistry

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Best Anthology / Collection

Multi-Author Anthology

Winner  Edited By Publisher
Sisters in Crime: Early Detective and Mystery Stories by Women Mike Ashley Peter Owen Publishers
Finalists  Edited By Publisher
Tales of Jack the Ripper  Ross E. Lockhart Word Horde
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries  Maxim Jakubowski Running Press
The Mystery Box  Brad Meltzer Grand Central Publishing
Kwik Krimes  Otto Penzler Thomas and Mercer
Encounters with Sherlock Holmes  George Mann Titan Books
Undeath and the Detective  Jess Farraday Elm Books

Single-Author Collection

Winner Author  Publisher
Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: 15 Tales of Revenge and More Barb Goffman Wildside Press
Finalists Author  Publisher
Sherlock Holmes: Repeat Business Lyn McConchie Borgo Press
Fish Bites Cop: Stories to Bash Authorities David James Keaton
Comet Press
Two Degrees Closer to Hell David Fingerman
Staccato Publishing
Stop at Nothing/Vicious Circles: Classic Crime Stories Morris Herschman Borgo Press
The Ash Murders: Supernatural Mystery Stories Edmund Glasby
Borgo Press
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories Joanne Anderton FableCroft Publishing

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Best Attending Author

Winner Author Publisher
Reel Stuff Don Bruns Oceanview Publishing
Finalists Author Publisher
Music of Ghosts Sallie Bissell Midnight Ink
Dead Wrong Connie Dial The Permanent Press
The Spectrum Conspiracy Craig Faris Bella Rosa Books, LLC
Desolation Row Kay Kendall Stairway Press
The Wrong Girl Hank Phillippi Ryan
Forge Books
Singularity Steven James Revell


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