Best of 2019

We’re celebrating our authors’ successes in 2019 – see below for all the accolades, awards, and best-of lists!

Christmas came early this year for C.J. Box fans, who got two books from “the king of contemporary crime fiction set in the West.” WOLF PACK, the latest Joe Pickett thriller, is one of the Real Book Spy’s Best Books of 2019. And THE BITTERROOTS, the standalone featuring newly minted P.I. Cassie Dewell, is a CrimeReads Notable Selection for 2019. Both C.J. Box titles dominated a host of bestseller lists, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble, and Publishers Weekly.

Matthew Betley’s RULES OF WAR is also a Real Book Spy pick. Ryan Steck proclaimed: “One of the premier writers in the thriller genre today, Betley has never received the credit he deserves. His dialogue is second to none, and his action sequences remain among the best, while his recent infusion of emotionally impactful moments proves he can do it all.”

Critics also loved Publishers Weekly bestseller ALMOST MIDNIGHT, Paul Doiron’s latest Mike Bowditch mystery: “Almost Midnight twists between two crises like a braid being drawn ever tighter…each storyline reveals deeper truths about Bowditch and what ties him to people and things he loves…Doiron’s storycraft is razor sharp.”

THE FIELD GUIDE TO DUMB BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, which is spending its 35th (!) week on the ABA IndieBound Bestseller list, is a Goodreads Choice Award finalist. We loved this anecdote from Eric Judy, owner of Seattle’s Paper Boat Booksellers: “It’s a book that multiple times brought strangers together…More than once, there were strangers congregating in a circle and laughing out loud together as they read it. That’s the sort of thing I really like to see in our store.”

Erica Wright’s FAMOUS IN CEDARVILLE, which the New York Times’ Marilyn Stasio called “a clever little whodunit,” is a CrimeReads Notable Selection on both the crime and traditional mystery lists. It is a LitReactor staff pick for Best of 2019 – Steph Post called it “a page-turner to compulsively devour” – a Writer’s Bone 2019 pick, and a Shotgun Honey Favorite Read of 2019.


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