Dilys Award

The Dilys Award was presented every year from 1992 to 2014 by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. It was given to the mystery title of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.[1][2] The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association is an association of retail businesses that are either wholly or substantially devoted to the sale of mystery books. The Dilys award is named after Dilys Winn, who founded the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.[3]


Winners and nominated titles for each year:[3]

Year Winner Other nominees
2014 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Black Country by Alex Grecian
  • Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
  • Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet
  • The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstol
2013 Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
2012 Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan
2011 Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
2010 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
2009 Trigger City by Sean Chercover
2008 Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
2007 Still Life by Louise Penny[4]
2006 Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
2005 Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
2004 Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
2003 In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
2002 Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
2001 A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
2000 L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais
1999 Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
1998 Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
1997 The Poet by Michael Connelly
1996 The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly
1995 One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
1994 Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
1993 Booked to Die by John Dunning
1992 Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen


  1. ^ Clark, Candace; Charles, John; Morrison, Joanna (2002). The mystery readers' advisory: the librarian's clues to murder and mayhem. Chicago: American Library Association. p. 75. ISBN 0-8389-0811-X.
  2. ^ Tere Stouffer (2007). The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Harry Potter (Complete Idiot's Guide to). Indianapolis, IN: Alpha. pp. 107. ISBN 1-59257-599-4. Dilys award.
  3. ^ a b "The DILYS AWARD". Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  4. ^ Wilda W. Williams (2007-04-15). "Genre Spotlight 2007 "Mystery": The Killer Genre - 4/15/2007 - Library Journal". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-27.

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