• Past Crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton, Morrow (Harper Collins)
  • Crazy Mountain Kiss, Keith McCafferty, Viking
  • Night Life, David Taylor, Tor Forge
  • This Side of Midnight, Al Lamanda, Five Star Publishing
  • Hard Latitudes, Baron R. Birtcher, Permanent Press


  • Peter Pan Must Die, John Verdon, Crown Publishing Group
  • Herbie's Game, Timothy Hallinan, Soho Press
  • The Detective & The Pipe Girl, Michael Craven, HarperCollins
  • First Light, Al Lamanda, Five Star
  • The Detective, James Patrick Hunt, Cengage Gale


  • Ask Not, Max Allan Collins, Tor & Forge Books
  • Three Can Keep a Secret, Archer Mayor, St. Martins Press
  • Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell, Little, Brown & Company
  • A Study in Revenge, Kieran Sheilds, Crown Publishing Group
  • A Question of Honor, Charles Todd, William Morrow/Harper Collins


  • Antiques Disposal, Barbara Allan
  • Burning Midnight, Loren D. Estleman
  • Dead Anyway, Chris Knopf
  • Truth of All Things, Kieran Shields


  • Guilt by Association, Marcia Clark
  • The Silent Girl, Tess Gerritsen
  • The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz
  • Spiral, Paul McEuen
  • Though Not Dead,Dana Stabenow
  • Black Orchid Blues, Persia Walker


  • Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny --  St. Martin's Minotaur
  • Ice Cold, Tess Gerritsen -- Ballantine Books
  • The Book of Spies, Gayle Lynds -- St. Martin's Press
  • The Midnight Show Murders, Al Roker & Dick Lochte -- Delacorte 
  • Think of a Number, John Verdon -- Crown


All from Minotaur Books, an imprint of the St. Martin's Publishing Group




  • All Mortal FleshJulia Spencer-Fleming, St. Martin's Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
  • Kidnapped — Jan Burke, Simon & Schuster
  • A Stolen Season — Steve Hamilton, St. Martin's Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

(Sorry, we did not keep a record of finalists until 2007.)