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Dilys Award

The Dilys Award was a literary award given out each year from 1992 to 2014, by the members of 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 (IMBA) 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 (1939-2016), who founded bookstore Murder Ink in 1972 in Manhattan, the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States. Winn sold her interest in Murder Ink in 1975, and after a move to the area around Broadway, the store eventually closed in 2006. Winn, herself, eventually moved to Key West, Florida, in the 1990s, where she opened another mystery-focused bookstore, Miss Marple’s Parlour. Winn also contributed hundreds of reviews of mystery novels to the journal Kirkus Reviews, before retiring from that role in 2013. With the disappearance of more and more independent mystery booksellers in early 2000s, the IMBA lost ground and faded away, taking The Dilys Award with it, in 2014. It’s namesake, Dilys Winn, passed away on February 5, 2016.

All books on this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

2014

Book CoverWilliam Kent Krueger
Ordinary Grace


2013

Book CoverPeter Robinson
Before the Poison


2012

oregonhill-miniR.J. Rozan
Ghost Hero


2011

Book CoverLouise Penny
Bury Your Dead


2010

Book CoverAlan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie


2009

Book CoverSean Chercover
Trigger City


2008

Book CoverWilliam Kent Krueger
Thunder Bay


2007

outlanderadamson-miniLouise Penny
Still Life


2006

Book CoverColin Cotterill
Thirth-Three Teeth


2005

Book CoverJeff Lindsay
Darkly Dreaming Dexter


2004

Book CoverJasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book


2003

Book CoverJulia Spencer-Fleming
In the Bleak Midwinter


2002

Dennis Lehane
Mystic River


2001

Book CoverVal McDermid
A Place of Execution


2000

Book CoverRobert Crais
L.A. Requiem


1999

Book CoverDennis Lehane
Gone, Baby, Gone


1998

Janet Evanovich
Three to Get Deadly


1997

Michael Connelly
The Poet


1996

Book CoverMichael Connelly
The Last Coyote


1995

Janet Evanovich
One for the Money


1994

Book CoverPeter Hoeg
Smilla’s Sense of Snow


1993

mBook CoverJohn Dunning
Booked to Die


1992

Book CoverCarl Hiaasen
Native Tongue


1991

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