Strand Critics Award Winners

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Strand Critics Award is judged by a select group of book reviewers from the nation's top d ...more

Winners

The Shining Girls

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3.54 avg rating — 47,680 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2013)
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Ghostman (Jack White #1)

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3.78 avg rating — 7,641 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2013)
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Defending Jacob

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3.99 avg rating — 287,057 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2012)
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The 500 (Mike Ford, #1)

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3.51 avg rating — 4,471 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2012)
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The Cut (Spero Lucas #1)

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3.71 avg rating — 4,592 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Buried Secrets (Nick Heller...

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3.97 avg rating — 7,783 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2011)
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Sister

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3.77 avg rating — 51,867 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2011)
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The Reversal (The Lincoln L...

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4.18 avg rating — 68,282 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2010)
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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bow...

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3.83 avg rating — 9,853 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2010)
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Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch, ...

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4.04 avg rating — 47,346 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2009)
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Starvation Lake (Starvation...

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3.68 avg rating — 2,977 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Beat the Reaper (Peter Brow...

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3.79 avg rating — 16,069 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2009)
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Lush Life

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3.73 avg rating — 14,277 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2008)
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Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)

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4.10 avg rating — 81,972 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2008)
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What the Dead Know

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3.57 avg rating — 23,171 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2007)
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The Blade Itself

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3.70 avg rating — 2,510 ratings
Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel (2007)
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nominees

Confessions on the 7:45

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3.92 avg rating — 42,064 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2021)
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After I'm Gone

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3.61 avg rating — 16,429 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles,...

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4.19 avg rating — 27,778 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Fear Nothing (Detective D.D...

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4.13 avg rating — 25,945 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Secret Place (Dublin Mu...

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3.85 avg rating — 78,063 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Jack of Spies (Jack McColl,...

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3.51 avg rating — 1,846 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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The Fever

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3.10 avg rating — 24,006 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014)
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Dry Bones in the Valley (He...

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3.46 avg rating — 2,042 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Dear Daughter

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3.44 avg rating — 15,118 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Home Place

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3.54 avg rating — 1,926 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Ice Shear (June Lyons, #1)

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3.50 avg rating — 789 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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Confessions

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4.05 avg rating — 27,346 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Good Girl

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3.82 avg rating — 225,891 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2014)
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The Girl with the Dragon Ta...

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4.16 avg rating — 3,002,832 ratings
Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2008)
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