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.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.
Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. Often with a closed circle of suspects, each suspect is usually provided with a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. The central character will often be a detective who eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts presented to the reader. Sometimes mystery books are nonfictional. "Mystery fiction" can be detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle or suspense element and its logical solution such as a whodunit. Mystery fiction can be contrasted with hardboiled detective stories, which focus on action and gritty realism.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.
Winners and nominated titles for each year:
|2014||Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger|
|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|
|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|
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