HOUSE OF CRIME & MYSTERY'S 3RD ANNUAL READERS' CHOICE AWARDS

 
Thank you for your patience, ladies and gentlemen. Before I give you the results, here are some statistics regarding your participation. Two years ago, I had received 632 ballots and last year i received an impressive 1,117. We're down a little this time, partly due to the fact that I started the voting on December 22nd, two full weeks later than in December 2013, but also because I neglected the blog this year, especially between September and November. I intend to rectify this situation in 2015, and I hope to have time to finish my new website and put it online before end of year.

So, I still received 978 ballots. Not bad. Wanna see who won? I'll give you the shortlist of the top three vote-getters in each category; if you want to know all the nominees in every category, just go here for the full list.

Now, let's start!

Non-Fiction or Biography Category:

#3- TINSELTOWN by William J. MANN with 18.6%
#2-  GOODIS: A LIFE IN BLACK AND NIGHT by Philippe GARNIER with 22.9%
#1- 400 THINGS COPS KNOW by Adam PLANTINGA with 38.6%

A category won last year by Charles J. Rzecka for his book Being Cool: The Worksof Elmore Leonard. Plantinga's book is already becoming a useful reference work for crime writers. I highly recommend it.

Short Fiction Category:

#3- TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND various writers, edited by Joe CLIFFORD with 15.6%
#2- THE BEAT GOES ON by Ian RANKIN  with 18.4%
#1- FACE-OFF various writers, edited by David BALDACCI  with 24.5%

In the winning book, you have stories co-written by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Joseph Finder, Linwood Barclay and Raymond Khoury, Ian Rankin and Peter James, Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford, etc. An All-Star line-up. "Trouble in the Heartland" is an anthology inspired by the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen; the stories are written by an All-Star line-up of mostly indie authors like Todd Robinson, Les Edgerton, Keith Rawson, Steve Weddle, Eric Beetner, Benoit Lelievre, and others like  Hilary Davidson (one of only four women), John McFetridge, Chris F. Holm, and Peter Farris. Oh, also some guy named Dennis Lehane. A very good book by very talented writers.

INDIE or SELF-PUBLISHED Category:

#3- THE BITCH by Les EDGERTON  with 17.4%
#2- THE GUILLOTINE CHOICE by Michael J. MALONE with 20.2%
#1- BITE HARDER by ANONYMOUS-9 (aka Elaine ASH)  with 21.3%

After winning this category two years in a row, Malone is dethroned by Ash, but by a very small margin of 1.1%. Malone had won by only 3% over Chris F. Holm's The Big Reap, last year.

Crime Fiction Translated in French/Meilleur polar traduit en français:

#3- POLICE (Politi) by Jo NESBØ  (tr. Alain Gnaedig) with 16.5%
#2- LES ÂMES PERDUES DE DUTCH ISLAND (Bad Men) by John CONNOLLY (tr. Santiago ARTOZQUI) with 17.3%
#1- CEUX QUI TOMBENT (The Drop) by Michael CONNELLY (tr. Robert PÉPIN) with 20.1%
 
This category was won by Dennis Lehane, last year, with Ils vivent la nuit (a translation of Live By Night). The race was very tight this time with #4 J.K. Rowling's Le ver à soie (The Silkworm) and #5 R.J. Ellory's Les neuf cercles (The Devil and the River) finishing only 2 and 3% respectively from 3rd place. In the USA category, Connelly's The Drop had finished 3rd, two years ago, behind Lehane's Live By Night, and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl which had been the winner.

World Category (except USA, UK, and Canada):

#3- REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur INDRIDASON with 14.1% of votes
#2- THE SON by Jo NESBØ with  24.7%
#1- LIFE OR DEATH by Michael ROBOTHAM with 30.3%

It is the second year in a row that Robotham and Nesbø finish 1 and 2 in this category, although voting was a bit closer last time: 34% to 32%.

UK Category:

#3- THE SECRET PLACE by Tana FRENCH
#3- THE BONES BENEATH by Mark BILLINGHAM both received 12.7% of the votes
#2- THE FINAL SILENCE by Stuart NEVILLE with 14.2 %
#1- LONG WAY HOME by Eva DOLAN  with 14.7%

This is probably the biggest surprise here; newcomer Eva Dolan has written a very good debut novel, but to beat established writers like French, Neville, Billingham, John Connolly (who finished just 2 votes behind 3rd place), and others, clearly shows that Dolan has impressed many people. She won by only 2 votes! Another newcomer, Luca Veste and his novel Dead Gone, has placed right behind Connolly (who was the winner last year). Two votes behind Veste was J.K. Rowling, with The Silkworm, and three votes behind her was Peter May, with The Lewis Man. This was by far the most difficult category to win because it's the only one where the winner didn't receive at least 20% of the votes. Voters have spread the love almost equally among more than half of the nominees.

USA Category:

#3- THE DROP by Dennis LEHANE with 16.8%
#2- I AM PILGRIM by Terry HAYES with 17%
#1- AFTER I'M GONE by Laura LIPPMAN  with 21.1%

Another really close category here, with only a one-vote difference between Lehane and Hayes. Greg Iles, with Natchez Burning, and Michael Connelly, with The Burning Room, finished 4th and 5th respectively, with 14.5% and 14% of the votes. Michael Connelly was the winner last year with The Black Box, receiving a record 41% of the votes.

Crime Fiction in French/Meilleur polar en français:

#3- YERULDELGGER by/de Ian MANOOK with/avec 18.5%
#2- WILDWOOD by/de Johanne SEYMOUR with/avec 19.1%
#1- VIOLENCE À L'ORIGINE by/de Martin MICHAUD with/avec 22.1%

Michaud wins for the second year in a row, and again by a margin of 3% only; last year, he finished in front of France's Franck Thilliez and his novel Puzzle. This year, it is québécoise Seymour, who got very close.

CANADA Category:

#3- THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise PENNY with 17.2%
#2- BLACK ROCK by John MCFETRIDGE with 18.4%
#1- LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS by Sam WIEBE with 20.2%

It could be called a surprise, but newcomer Wiebe had already received an Arthur Ellis Award (the Unhanged Award) for best unpublished manuscript for this title. Linwood Barclay, with No Safe House, Chevy Stevens with That Night, and Hilary Davidson, with Blood Always Tell, were very close behind the top three.

And finally, the last category.

YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME NOVEL OF 2014/VOTRE POLAR FAVORI DE 2014:

#3- I AM PILGRIM by Terry HAYES  with 14.3%
#2- THE DROP by Dennis LEHANE  with  19.6%
and we have a tie in first, with the same number of votes (even after two recounts!):
#1- LIFE OR DEATH by Michael ROBOTHAM and
#1- AFTER I'M GONE by Laura LIPPMAN with 22.2% each
 

Congratulations to all the winners!
Unfortunately, no money nor trophies are attached to these awards (although I've designed a trophy and might try to get some fundings, but that's another story). Maybe bragging rights between writers and some friendly conversations. The important aspect is that the votes are by you, the readers. It's a lot of work for myself, but I truly enjoy doing it and the huge response is encouraging. With a new website later this year, voting should be much easier next time. So thank you again for participating and for spreading the word. Special thanks to J. Kingston Pierce: a mention at The Rap Sheet always helps to get an increase in trafic this way and many more voters.

Here's hoping that this can get a few more books sold. And if you'd like to see your book nominated, next year, send me a copy at the address in the info page of this blog.

And now, we announce the five winners among all the participants: Winner #1 is Gary Thaden, of Saint-Paul (Minnesota), and the five books he picked are Laura Lippman's After I'm Gone; David Thomas's Ostland; Michael Robotham's Life or Death; Stephan Talty's Hangman; and Elsebeth Egholm's Dead Souls. Winner #2 is Lois Reibach, of Blue Bell (Pennsylvania) and she chose Tess Gerritsen's Die Again; Hilary MacLeod's Bodies and Sole; and Pierre Lemaître's Irène. Winner #3 is John Stickney, of Fairview Park (Ohio), and he picked Lauren Beukes's Broken Monsters; Roberto Costantini's The Deliverance of Evil; and Malcolm Mackay's The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter. Winner #4 is Deborah Ruth, of Cincinnati (Ohio), and her choices are Dean Koontz's Saint Odd, and John Grisham's Gray Mountain. Finally, Winner #5 is Barbara Howe, of Anaheim (California) and she chose Jonathan Kellerman's Killer, and Jessica Treadway's Lacy Eye.

Félicitations to the five winners, and to all those who haven't won, don't despair, I'll have another giveaway very soon.

Cheers, merci beaucoup!

JF
13 January 2015
(updated 31 January 2015)
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JE SUIS CHARLIE

In respect for the victims of terrorist attacks, in Paris, and the special events taking place in many countries, on Sunday, I have decided to delay my scheduled post. One of my brothers is a policeman, in France (in the Gendarmerie Mobile, a military branch of the French police), so I had an additional reason for staying glued to my TV these last few days.

Tomorrow, I will be back to post the final results of the House of Crime & Mystery's 3rd Annual Readers' Choice Awards. You've voted in huge numbers again and I really enjoyed going through all the ballots. There was at least one big surprise and some really close races in a few categories.

à demain (around 8 pm, Montréal Time)

JF
12 January 2015


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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME BOOKS OF 2014



A little later than in the past two years, but THE HOUSE OF CRIME & MYSTERY'S READERS'S CHOICE AWARDS are back for a 3rd edition.(You can still check out the winners of 2013 and 2012).

I've written down a list, to help start you out, in each category, but you're under no obligation to pick one of these titles --just add your own favourites (there's a blank space at the bottom of each category). To be eligible, the books need to have been published between December 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2014 (if you're not sure, I'll verify the pub dates; but hey, this is for fun so we can be flexible).

There are still nine categories and only one minor change: the non-fiction category now includes biographies as well. You don't need to vote in every category if you don't want to. Once you're done, email me you selections (one pick per category, 10 answers max in total --you can do it quickly by just writing the authors's last names or part of the titles in your message or just copy/pasting the list) at housecrimyst@gmail.com or in the comment space below this post. Every participant will be entered automatically for a chance to win a bundle of books (some were published in 2014 --and they're all nominated here, others are advance reader's copies of 2015 titles). 

Also, every writer, agent, publicist, and publisher who would like to add a book or two to the bundle, you are welcome to send them directly to me (my mailing address is: 117 Dumou-chel street, Chateauguay (Quebec) J6J 3E8 Canada). I will give away 5 books to one winner, and 2 books to four more winners. Additional books will be given at random among all participants.

Voting closes on January 10th at 11:59 pm (Montréal time). Everyone over 18 years of age can participate --from everywhere on the planet. Don't forget to give me your full name, city and country; if you win I will contact you again for your full address. Results will be posted on Sunday, January 11th.

Help authors around the world by voting and passing the word around so more votes can come in. Let's beat last year's tally of 1,117 ballots filled (up from 632 the previous year). Thank you in advance for participating.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, whatever you celebrate, as long as it involves peace, kindness, and love! À bientôt, in 2015.


December 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2014

WORLD (except CAN, USA, UK)   
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
SPRING TIDECilla & Rolf BÖRJLINDHesperus Nova 
THE MURDER OF HARRIET KROHNKarin FOSSUMHarvill Secker 
THE SWEETNESS OF LIFEPaulus HOCHGATTERERMacLehose 
REYKJAVIK NIGHTSArnaldur INDRIDASONHarvill Secker 
THE SANDMAN Lars KEPLERMcLelland & Stewart 
BURIED ANGELSCamilla LACKBERGHarper Collins UK 
IRÈNEPierre LEMAÎTREMacLehose 
CONFESSIONSKanae MINATOMulholland Books 
THE SONJo NESBORandom House Canada 
THE GERMAN DOCTORLucia PUENZOHesperus Nova 
LIFE OR DEATHMichael ROBOTHAMSphere 
FORTY DAYS WITHOUT SHADOWOlivier TRUCGrand Central Publishing 
BED OF NAILSAntonin VARENNEQuercus 
DOG WILL HAVE HIS DAYFred VARGASRandom House UK 
DECOMPRESSIONJuli ZEHNan A. Talese/Doubleday 
other:   
UNITED KINGDOM
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
THE BONES BENEATHMark BILLINGHAMLittle, Brown 
THE WOLF IN WINTERJohn CONNOLLYAtria/Emily Bestler Books 
THE KILLING SEASONMason CROSSOrion  
LONG WAY HOMEEva DOLANHarvill Secker 
THE SECRET PLACETana FRENCHViking 
THE SILKWORMRobert GALBRAITH (aka J.K. ROWLING)Mulholland Books 
DARKNESS, DARKNESSJohn HARVEYRandom House UK/Arrow 
A SONG FOR THE DYINGStuart MACBRIDEHarper Collins UK 
THE LEWIS MANPeter MAYQuercus 
THE DEAD GROUNDClaire MCGOWANHeadline 
THE NIGHTMARE PLACESteve MOSBYOrion  
THE FINAL SILENCEStuart NEVILLESoho Crime 
NATURAL CAUSESJames OSWALDHarper Collins UK 
THE FARMTom Rob SMITHGrand Central Publishing 
DEAD GONELuca VESTEHarper Collins UK 
other:   
UNITED STATES of AMERICA
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
BLISS HOUSELaura BENEDICTPegasus Crime 
BROKEN MONSTERSLauren BEUKESMulholland Books 
ALL DAY AND A NIGHTAlafair BURKEHarper 
WAYFARING STRANGERJames Lee BURKESimon & Schuster 
ONE KICKChelsea CAINSimon & Schuster 
THE HOLLOW GIRLReed Farrel COLEMANTyrus Books 
THE BURNING ROOMMichael CONNELLYLittle, Brown 
THE SKIN COLLECTORJeffery DEAVERGrand Central Publishing 
THE COLD NOWHEREBrian FREEMANQuercus 
I AM PILGRIMTerry HAYESEmily Bestler Books 
NATCHEZ BURNINGGreg ILESWilliam Morrow 
MR MERCEDESStephen KINGScribner 
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEADMichael KORYTALittle, Brown 
THE DROPDennis LEHANEWilliam Morrow 
AFTER I'M GONELaura LIPPMANWilliam Morrow 
FOREVER'S JUST PRETENDCraig MCDONALDBetimes Books 
THE STOLEN ONESRichard MONTANARIMulholland Books 
ROSE GOLDWalter MOSLEYDoubleday 
COP TOWNKarin SLAUGHTERDelacorte Press 
IN THE BLOOD Lisa UNGERTouchstone 
 other:   
CANADA
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
PEACEFIELDPhilip David ALEXANDERNow or Never Publishing 
NO SAFE HOUSELinwood BARCLAYDoubleday Canada 
THE WOMEN OF SKAWA ISLANDAnthony BIDULKAInsomniac Press 
SQUALLSean COSTELLOScrivener Press 
BLOOD ALWAYS TELLSHilary DAVIDSONForge Books 
THE RIVER BURNSTrevor FERGUSONSimon & Schuster 
THE TWO SISTERS OF BORNEOIan HAMILTONAnansi Press 
BETRAYALJ. Robert JANESMysterious Press 
NO KNOWN GRAVESMaureen JENNINGSMcLelland & Stewart 
RIDE THE LIGHTNINGDietrich KALTEISECW Press 
KILL FEEOwen LAUKKANENPutnam 
BLACK ROCKJohn MCFETRIDGEECW Press 
THE LONG WAY HOMELouise PENNYMinotaur Books 
THAT NIGHTChevy STEVENSSt.Martin's Press 
LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTSSam WIEBEDundurn Press 
 other:   
TOP INDIE or SELF-PUBLISHED
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
BITE HARDERAnonymous-9 (Elaine ASH)Down & Out Books 
PECKERWOODJedidiah AYRESBroken River Books 
WOLF TICKETSRay BANKSBlasted Heath 
UNDERCOVERGerard BRENNANCreatespace 
STINKING RICHRob BRUNETDown & Out Books 
THE BITCHLes EDGERTONNew Pulp Press 
THE BIG UGLYJake HINKSONBeat to a Pulp 
THE GUILLOTINE CHOICEMichael J. MALONEContraband 
FOREVER'S JUST PRETENDCraig MCDONALDBetimes Books 
TUSSINLANDMike MONSONAll Due Respect Books 
GREEDDan O'SHEAExhibit A 
TWO BULLETS SOLVE EVERYTHINGRyan SAYLES & Chris RHATIGANAll Due Respect Books 
SONS OF SPARTAJeffrey SIGERPoisoned Pen Press 
MAN DOWNRoger SMITHTin Town 
THE NATIONAL TRUTHSteve TROTTERStephen Trotter 
other:   
TOP SHORT-FICTION COLLECTION
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
FACE-OFFvarious edited by David BALDACCISimon & Schuster 
TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLANDvarious edited by Joe CLIFFORDGutter Books 
13 CRIME STORIES FROM LATIN AMERICAselected by Daniel GALERAMcSweeney's (Issue #46) 
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2014edited by Laura LIPPMANMariner Books 
DARK CORNERS issue 1edited by McNeely & GallagherDark Corners Pulp Magazine 
THE BIG BOOK OF LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERIESVarious edited by Otto PENZLERBlack Lizard 
THE BEAT GOES ONIan RANKINOrion 
THUGLIT issue 11edited by Todd ROBINSONThuglit Publishing 
other:   
 
TOP NON-FICTION or BIOGRAPHY
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
GOODIS: A LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITEPhilippe GARNIERBlack Pool 
THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACEJeff HOBBSScribner 
A SPY AMONG FRIENDSBen MACINTYRECrown Publishers 
TINSELTOWNWilliam J. MANNHarper 
400 THINGS COPS KNOWAdam PLANTINGAQuill Driver Books 
 other:   
TOP CRIME FICTION in FRENCH (original)
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
LOUISE EST DE RETOURChrystine BROUILLETÉditions de l'homme 
CRYSTALJacques GOYETTEADA 
TERMINUS BELZEmmanuel GRANDLiana Levi 
YERULDELGGERIan MANOOKAlbin Michel 
L'EMPIRE DU SCORPIONSylvain MEUNIERGuy St-Jean Éditeur 
VIOLENCE À L'ORIGINEMartin MICHAUDGoélette 
DIX PETITS HOMMES BLANCSJean-Jacques PELLETIERHurtubise 
WILDWOODJohanne SEYMOURLibre Expression 
ANGORFranck THILLIEZFleuve Éditions 
LES SIRÈNES DE ZICATELAClaude VAILLANCOURTQuébec Amérique 
 autre:   
TOP CRIME FICTION in FRENCH (translated)
TITLESWRITERSPUBLISHERSVOTES
DOSSIER 64Jussi ADLER-OLSENAlbin Michel 
MARÉE D'ÉQUINOXECilla et Rolf BÖRJLINDSeuil Policiers 
LA FEMME AUX FLEURS DE PAPIERDonato CARRISICalmann-Lévy 
CEUX QUI TOMBENTMichael CONNELLYCalmann-Lévy 
LES ÂMES PERDUES DE DUTCH ISLANDJohn CONNOLLYPresses de la Cité 
LES NEUF CERCLESR.J. ELLORYSonatine 
ARRÊTEZ-MOILisa GARDNERAlbin Michel 
AVANT QUE JE ME CONSUMEGaute HEIVOLLJC Lattès 
PRAGUE FATALEPhilip KERRÉditions du Masque 
UNE MAIN ENCOMBRANTEHenning MANKELLSeuil Policiers 
KOBRADeon MEYERSeuil Policiers 
POLICEJo NESBOGallimard/Série Noire 
LE VER À SOIEJ.K. ROWLINGGrasset et Fasquelle 
ENTRE DANS MA VIEClara SANCHEZMarabooks 
LA FERMETom Rob SMITHBelfond 
 autre:   
YOUR FAVOURITE CRIME BOOK OF 2014
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