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AWARDS

Edgar® Winner, Best Novel, 1999: Bones

Agatha Winner, Best Short Story, 2000: "The Man in the Civil Suit"

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 2001: "The Abbey Ghosts"

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 1994: "Unharmed"

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers' Award Winner: "Unharmed"

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense/Thriller: "The Messenger"

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: "Bloodlines"

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: "Bones"


NOMINATIONS

Disturbance
Left Coast Crime 2012 Golden Nugget Nominee, Best Mystery Novel Set in California

"The Fallen"
Barry Nominee, Best Short Story

Kidnapped
RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense

Bloodlines
Anthony Nominee, Best Novel
Barry Nominee, Best Novel

Nine
RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense
Macavity Nominee, Best Novel

Flight
Anthony Nominee, Best Novel
Nero Award Finalist

Bones
Anthony Nominee, Best Novel
Named one of the best mysteries of the year by Library Journal (Best Books of the Year 1999)

Liar
Agatha Nominee, Best Novel

Hocus
Agatha Nominee, Best Novel
Macavity Nominee, Best Novel
Barry Nominee, Best Novel

Goodnight, Irene
Agatha Nominee, Best First Novel
Anthony Nominee, Best First Novel

Writing Mysteries
Agatha Nominee, Best Nonfiction Book, 2002

"Devotion"
Agatha Nominee, Best Short Story, 2002

"The Abbey Ghosts"
Edgar® Nominee, Best Short Story, 2001

"The Man in the Civil Suit"
Macavity nominee, Best Short Story

"Mea Culpa"
Audie Award (as part of Malice Domestic 6 Audio edition)

"Two Bits"
Anthony nominee, Best Short Story


OTHER HONORS

Distinguished Alumna, College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach

California Forensic Science Institute Hall of Fame

Guest of Honor, Malice Domestic 2012

Guest of Honor, Left Coast Crime, Los Angeles, 2010

Burbank Public Library, Burbank READS 2010, Goodnight Irene

Guest of Honor, Mayhem in the Midlands, 2003

Guest of Honor, Deadly Ink, 2002

Romantic Times Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award for Contemporary Suspense

Nominated for a Gumshoe Award, given by Mystery Ink each year to recognize the best achievements in the world of mystery fiction.