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Posted by on 1 Feb, 2022 in Australian Crime Fiction, Bestseller, British Crime, British Thrillers, Classic PI, Crime, Domestic Suspense, serial killer thriller, Spy Fiction, Thriller, War novel | 1 comment



The Editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, George Easter, has revealed the Barry Award Nominees for 2022. The winners of these awards will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies at the Opening Ceremonies at the Minneapolis Bouchercon on September 8, 2022.

The nominees were chosen by panels of experts in mystery/crime fiction.  The readers/subscribers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine will determine by vote who wins each category.

The Awards are in four categories: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original and Best Thriller. Eligibility for the Awards are based on release dates and format in the United States.

The nominees, in alphabetical order, in the various categories are:


  • THE DARK HOURS, Michael Connelly
  • CLARK AND DIVISION, Naomi Hirahara
  • BILLY SUMMERS, Stephen King
  • WE BEGIN AT THE END, Chris Whitaker


  • WHO IS MAUDE DIXON, Alexandra Andrews
  • GIRL A, by Abigail Dean
  • DOWN RANGE, Taylor Moore
  • FALLING, T. J. Newman
  • SLEEPING BEAR, Connor Sullivan
  • STEEL FEAR, Brandon Webb & John David Mann


  • THE HUNTED, Gabriel Bergmoser  
  • ARSENIC AND ADOBO, Mia P. Manansala
  • BLACK CORAL, Andrew Mayne
  • THE GOOD TURN, Dervla McTiernan
  • SEARCH FOR HER, Rick Mofina
  • BOUND, Vanda Symon


  • THE DEVIL’S HAND, Jack Carr
  • THE NAMELESS ONES, John Connolly
  • DEAD BY DAWN, Paul Doiron
  • RELENTLESS, Mark Greaney
  • SLOUGH HOUSE, Mick Herron
  • FIVE DECEMBERS, James Kestrel

I think that the lists are very strong. The nominees are selected by a broad panel of experts from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, and will be voted on by crime fiction fans. I think that this makes the awards more representative of what readers think, rather than some other awards which are decided by a small handful of authors and experts.

I was particularly pleased to see Australian authors Gabriel Bergmoser and Dervla McTiernan on the list for their books The Hunted and The Good Turn, both of which were released last year in America as Paperback Originals. Likewise it is nice to see Kiwi author Vanda Symon there for her book Bound, which was finally released in America in 2021, several years after its original publication in New Zealand.

All the categories look strong, especially The Best Thriller category which features some of my favourite books of last year, including John Connolly’s The Nameless Ones, Paul Doiron’s Dead By Dawn, Mick Herron’s Slough House and James Kestrel’s Five Decembers. I have difficulty in deciding between these four and I suspect that voting will be very close in this category. Likewise, the Best Novel Category is also very competitive and nicely reflects the diversity of today’s crime fiction.

Some of my personal favourites from last year did not make it onto the lists, but overall I think it is a very good mix of nominees that represent the broad spectrum of the genre from a culinary cozy mystery to police and private eye novels to hard action thrillers and books of psychological suspense.

The lists are also a good guide to some of the best crime and thriller novels of 2021 and I encourage you to try some of the books that you are unfamiliar with. Especially those on the Best First Novel and Best Paperback Original lists, which contain some authors that are probably less well known to a lot of readers, particularly Gabriel Bergmoser and Brandon Webb & John David Mann.

Congratulations to all the nominees, it will be very interesting to see who the eventual winners are.

Personal Disclosure: I am on the Nominating Committees for the various categories.

Here is a link to George’s post on the Awards at his Deadly Pleasures site:

Here are links to my reviews of some of the award nominees:

1 Comment

  1. I know some of these but not others. I foresee more reading 🙂

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