True Crime Book Reviews Awards Winners

And here they are…

On December 16, 2010, we announced the top 30 nominees for the first annual True Crime Book Reviews Awards, which included (in no particular order):

  • The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Texas by Ron Franscell
  • Lost and Found:  The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction that Shocked the World by John Glatt
  • What She Always Wanted: A True Story of Marriage, Greed, and Murder by Camille Kimball
  • Murder In Italy:  The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal by Candace Demspey
  • Cry for Justice:  A Murdered Child’s Legacy by Sandra Martins-Toner
  • Our Little Secret:  The True Story of a Teenager Killer and the Silence of a Small New England Town by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
  • In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene and Hillel Levin
  • A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church by Gregg Olsen
  • Savage Son by Corey Mitchell
  • Murder in Baker Company: How Four American Soldiers Killed One of Their Own by Cilla McCain
  • Lie After Lie: The True Story of A Master of Deception, Betrayal, and Murder by Lara Bricker
  • Shattered: The True Story of a Mother’s Love, a Husband’s Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder by Kathryn Casey
  • Death Trap by M. William Phelps
  • Evil Next Door: The Untold Stories of a Killer Undone by DNA by Amanda Lamb
  • Unreasonable Inferences: The True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath by Michael Griesbach
  • Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber: The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI’s Most Elusive Criminals by Dane Batty
  • Blood Frenzy by Robert Scott
  • A Season of Darkness by Douglas Jones and Phyllis Gobbell
  • Beauty Killers:  The True Story of a Successful Businessman, His Young Lover, and Their Murderous Rampage by Kathy Braidhill
  • The Club No One Wanted To Join-Madoff Victims In Their Own Words edited by Erin Arvedlund
  • Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud
  • Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York by James D. Livingston
  • My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story by Susan Markowitz and Jenna Glatzer
  • Playing With Fire: The True Story of a Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal by John Glatt
  • Rage by Gary C. King
  • In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother’s Unceasing Quest for the Truth by Ann Rule
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
  • Trophy Kill: the Shall We Dance Murder by Dan Zupansky
  • Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family by Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose
  • The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps

True Crime Book Reviews Readers Choice AwardsThere was some fierce competition as reader’s voted for their favorites.  A total of 4,143 ballots were cast in 15 days.   Votes were tallied by computer and twice manually. 

Here are the winners, again in no particular order:

  • Murder In Italy:  The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal by Candace Demspey
  • The Devil’s Rooming House: The True Story of America’s Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps
  • In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother’s Unceasing Quest for the Truth by Ann Rule
  • Cry for Justice:  A Murdered Child’s Legacy by Sandra Martins-Toner
  • My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story by Susan Markowitz and Jenna Glatzer
  • A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church by Gregg Olsen
  • Savage Son by Corey Mitchell
  • Shattered: The True Story of a Mother’s Love, a Husband’s Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder by Kathryn Casey
  • Evil Next Door: The Untold Stories of a Killer Undone by DNA by Amanda Lamb
  • What She Always Wanted: A True Story of Marriage, Greed, and Murder by Camille Kimball

Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting!   We hope you’ll join us each year in voting for the best of the best books!

Now, on to the Editor’s choice.

True Crime Book Reviews Editors Choice AwardsEditor’s choice was done by me, Kim Cantrell, editor of this blog, and two judges who wish to remain anonymous.   The voting process was an interesting one that included numerous emails and phone calls that at times almost turned into outright arguments.  (I still love y’all though!)

Merits were given for research, originality, intensity, reader and media popularity, and style.

In the end, we prevailed.  And here are the winners of the True Crime Book Reviews Editor’s Award for 2010 (say it with me:  again, in no particular order):

  • The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Texas by Ron Franscell
  • Unreasonable Inferences:  The True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath by Michael Griesbach
  •  My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story by Susan Markowitz and Jenna Glatzer
  • A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church by Gregg Olsen
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
  • Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family by Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose
  • Shattered: The True Story of a Mother’s Love, a Husband’s Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder by Kathryn Casey
  • Murder In Italy:  The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal by Candace Demspey
  • Savage Son by Corey Mitchell
  • Death Trap by M. William Phelps

A HUGE thank you to all the writers, publishers, and readers who have made this first year of True Crime Book Awards a success.

Many authors have also expressed their thanks for an award that recognizes their hard work in this, as I once described it, very closeted genre; bringing recognition to stories that don’t otherwise get the attention they deserve.

Readers, you may not know it, but authors and publishers do appreciate your feedback.  So continue to read the books, discussion them, and, later this year, again vote for your favorites.

Till Next Time,
Kim Cantrell