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Six categories of mystery awards received their first public announcement at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Denver, Colo., September 7-10. All awards honor works published in 1999.

Guests and attendees of Bouchercon voted for the Anthony Award, named after famous mystery critic Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White).
Book: Peter Robinson, In A Dry Season Best Novel: In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson
Book: Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks Best First Novel: Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Book: Laura Lippman, In Big Trouble Best Paperback Original: In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman

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Best Short Story: "Noir Lite," by Margaret Chittenden (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 1999)
Book: Wiletta Heising, Detecting Women Best Critical/Biographical: Detecting Women, 3rd Edition by Wiletta Heising
Book: Agatha Christie, Black Coffee Best Series of the Century: Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
Book: Agatha Christie, Appointment with Death Best Writer of the Century: Agatha Christie
Book: Daphne du Maruier, Rebecca Best Novel of the Century: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Gif: Star iconThe readers of Deadly Pleasures magazine select the winners of the Barry Award, named after fan Barry Gardner.
Book: Peter Robinson, In A Dry Season Best Novel: In A Dry Season by Peter Robinson
Book: Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks Best First Novel: Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
Book: Val McDermid, A Place of Execution Best British Crime Novel: A Place Of Execution by Val McDermid
  Best Paperback Original (tie)
Book: Robin Burcell, Every Move She Makes Every Move She Makes by Robin Burcell

Book: Caroline Roe, An Antidote for Avarice

An Antidote for Avarice by Caroline Roe
Gif: Star iconThe North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers presents the Hammett Prize for excellence in the field of crime writing by a Canadian or U.S. author.
Book: Martin Cruz, Havana Bay This year's prize went to Martin Cruz Smith's Havana Bay.
Gif: Star iconNamed for the fifth century B.C. historian called "The Father of History" and presented by the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society, the Herodotus Awards honor the best in historical mystery writing.
Book: Steven Saylor, Rubicon Best U.S. Historical Mystery: Rubicon by Steven Saylor
Book: Gillian Linscott, Absent Friends Best International Historical Mystery: Absent Friends by Gillian Linscott
Book: Owen Parry, Faded Coat of Blue Best First U.S. Historical Mystery: Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry
Book: Clare Curzon, Guilty Knowledge Best First International Historical Mystery: Guilty Knowledge by Clare Curzon
Book: Royal Whodunnits, Margaret Frazer et al Best Historical Short Mystery Story: "Neither Pity, Love nor Fear" by Margaret Frazer (from Royal Whodunnits)
Book: P. C. Doherty, The Death of a King Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Historical Mysteries: Paul Doherty, who writes as Anna Apostolou, Michael Clynes, P C Doherty, Ann Dukthas, C L Grace, and Paul Harding.
Gif: Star iconMembers of Mystery Readers International vote for the Macavity Awards, named for the Mystery Cat in T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
Book: Sujata Massey, The Flower Master Best Mystery Novel: The Flower Master by Sujata Massey
Book: Paula L. Woods, Inner City Blues Best First Mystery Novel: Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods
Book: Tom Nolan, Ross MacDonald Best Non-Fiction: Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan

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Best Mystery Short Story: "Maubi and the Jumbies" by Kate Grilley (Murderous Intent, Fall 1999)
Gif: Star iconThe Shamus Awards, presented by the Private Eye Writers of America, celebrate excellence in the P.I. sub-genre, in which the protagonist serves as a paid investigator, but not a police detective or government agent.
Book: Don Winslow, California Fire and Life Best P.I. Novel: California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
Book: Laura Lippman, In Big Trouble Best P.I. Paperback Original: In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman
Book: John Connolly, Every Dead Thing Best P.I. First Novel: Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

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Best P.I. Short Story: "Akitada's First Case" by I. J. Parker (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 1999)
Book: American Detective Stories The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award: Ed Hoch