Annal: 2002 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2002.

Book:Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark: A Southern Vampire Mystery

Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

Book:Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

P.J. Parrish

In the quaint town of Loon Lake, Michigan, a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies are found, brutally executed with coded death cards beside each corpse—the signature of a psychopath. Detective Louis Kincaid had come north looking for refuge to forget the horrors of his past. But now he’s landed in the middle of an investigation that’s more than a mystery.

Book:Dim Sum Dead

Dim Sum Dead: A Madeline Bean Catering Mystery

Jerrilyn Farmer

Mah-Jongg?

Yep. In hip Hollywood, that kitsch old game is fast becoming the next “new” obsession—and that calls for a party! Madeline Bean and her charming partner Wesley Westcott are determined to throw a gonzo Chinese New Year banquet. But among the hot mah-jongg tiles, the steamy dim sum, and the frosty Singapore slings, no one expects to find one of the players ice-cold dead!

Meanwhile, in one of the historic celebrity mansions that Wesley is restoring as a sideline, a well-aimed crowbar uncovers a stash of precious objects—including an antique mah-jongg set. As Madeline pieces together how these two events are connected, she must separate the yin from the yang to uncover a killer. It doesn’t take a fortune cookie to spell it out. There is always a price to pay…whether gambling at mah-jongg—or murder.

Book:The Houdini Specter

The Houdini Specter: A Harry Houdini Mystery

Daniel Stashower

In 1898, the Great Houdini’s confidence in his own abilities is matched only by the indifference of the paying public. Now the master escape artist has the opportunity to make a name for himself—by exposing the tricks of the medium Lucius Craig, darling of New York’s gullible society set. Though he can easily re-create Craig’s ghostly trickery, Harry and his brother Dash can’t explain how the medium manages to conjure up a “spirit” while tied to a chair by Houdini himself—or how the apparition is able to stab a séance attendee to death and disappear with seven other people in the room watching! Houdini’s certain someone is framing the infamous fraud for murder. But unraveling this tangled web could prove a knotty problem indeed—and it might release a ghost or two that will not go away…

Book:A Kiss Gone Bad

A Kiss Gone Bad

Jeff Abbott

Set on the Texas Gulf Coast, award-winning author Jeff Abbott’s suspenseful breakout novel is punctuated by a steamy Southern atmosphere, unforgettable characters, wicked humor, jolting plot twists, and a wry sensibility that’s getting unqualified raves from his peers…

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