Reprint of the Year Awards 2021 – The Results

11 days ago I opened the 2021 poll for the fourth Reprint of the Year awards. I challenged you all to see if we could beat last year’s total number of votes and I am pleased to say that this goal was accomplished within a matter of days and by the end of the voting period an additional 131 votes were cast. So everyone can give themselves a pat on the back! Votes were submitted from 19 different countries: USA, UK, Canada, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Argentina, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Russia, Australia, Italy and Portugal. (I have ordered this list beginning with the country with the most votes submitted first.) Regarding the USA, votes came from 23 different states and California and Illinois provided the most votes.

Like last year I made notes on how the voting was going, as the poll ran. However, I think it is fair to say that whilst ultimately the titles which were in the first four held on to their positions, all these positions were very much hard won. Never have I seen such a dog fight, especially over first place! I know it was felt that first place was a foregone conclusion, but you will have to see if the favourite to win managed to pull it off…

But you all know that the results go in ascending order, so to begin with, in 18th and last place is…

Then in 17th place, a firm favourite of mine, (I assume everyone else’s votes got lost in the post), is…

Sharing 16th place is…

Odor of Violets is my book group’s choice for next month, so I look forward to reading this title soon.

Meanwhile in 15th place we have two authors new to the ROY awards…

Following on from that 14th place is held by three titles…

All three titles had 8 votes each which seemed quite fitting for the John Dickson Carr novel.

In 13th place we have…

Next, 12th place is jointly shared by…

11th place is held by two titles which were slow bloomers in the polls, with the short story collection gaining crucial votes within the last 24 hours of the voting period...

We have now reached the Top 10 of the results and these next two titles share 10th place, having scraped an additional two votes each…

I was quite surprised that Nap Lombard’s Murder’s a Swine only just made it into the Top 10. This was another favourite read of mine, this year. It was briefly in 4th place on the first day, but swiftly slipped down the list and only then limped its way back up to 10th place.

In 9th place we have the seasonally apt…

This was another title which was slow to gain votes, although I assumed that due to it only being released in November, many readers might not have had a chance to read it before the voting began.

Then in 8th place we have…

One vote ahead each in joint 7th place we have…

Seven Clues in Search of a Crime by Bruce Graeme, my first nominee for the ROY award this year, was another late bloomer, with a sudden burst of votes during the middle of the voting period.

Following on from that in 6th place we have…

This title was one of the many which briefly held 4th place in the early days of the voting, but it just couldn’t quite hold on to it.

So far the difference between votes has been very small, only one or two votes between titles.

However, as we enter the Top 5, the gaps between titles jumps, with our next title, in 5th place having an extra 8 votes…

In 4th place we have…

This was one of the bigger surprises of this year’s results as despite doing well within the first day of voting, A Case for Solomon soon fell to the bottom of the pile. However, at the same time as the other Bruce Graeme title, it too had a flurry of votes. Its flurry was much bigger though, pushing it back into the Top 5, with 33 votes. It had a short tussle with the title in 3rd place, but it just couldn’t quite manage to overtake it.

So without further ado, in 3rd place we have…

Now we have reached the Top 2! The battling between these next two titles was fierce, with a lot of tit for tat voting, before one of them finally manage to surge ahead, leaving the runner up in its dust.

So in 2nd place we have…

Yes I can imagine this might have surprised some of you!

That means that in *drum roll please* 1st place with a 16 vote lead is…

Well done Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning! Another ROY victory for the Dean Street Press too! I think they might be the first publisher to manage this feat. This was by no means an inevitable win. During the first day of voting The Invisible Host took first place, but Till Death Do Us Part was close on its heels and snatched first place away from it. Then over the next three days, Carr’s title pushed ahead, but Bristow and Manning were not giving up and clawed back victory by the end of day 4 of the voting. I was wondering if Till Death Do Us Part might reclaim first place once more, but despite coming close a few times, it didn’t happen and instead in the final days of the voting, The Invisible Host consolidated its lead.

Nevertheless, this year’s list of titles was a strong one, which I think is evidenced by the close voting, as well as the reduced difference between first and second place, as last year the winner had a 32 vote lead.

So I hope everyone has enjoyed following this year’s awards and thank you to everyone who voted and/or took part in the nomination process.

Here’s hoping we have another strong year of reprints in 2022. Which titles are you looking forwarding to reading?


  1. Thank you for all the hard work you have done on our behalf yet again. I am delighted that the number of voters has increased .

    I am just amazed that my nomination did so well in face of some big hitters,and hope more readers will take a look at and enjoy Bruce Graeme as a result.

    As I said before, there are no losers in such a poll since it all adds to the glory that is GAD!

    A Happy and Healthy 2022 to you and all who participated.

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    • Hope 2022 is a good year for you too! Lots of good reads! I was impressed the Graeme titles did as well as they did. I didn’t expect it at all as they have had a smaller blog presence than other titles. I think perhaps the increase in size of the poll has enabled more people to vote, as in the past I think some people have wanted to vote but have not read any of the books.


  2. Kate – Thanks for taking the time to plan and run the poll. Given the large number of votes in total, it is great to see so many GAD enthusiasts participate. Equally I am pleased that #1, #2 and #3 were exactly the same with how I voted.

    Best wishes for success in 2022.

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  3. Thanks for running this poll, in doing so bringing several titles to my attention which will no doubt have some bearing on my GAD choices in 2022 and beyond. Missed the window but probably would have given my vote to Til Death. The misdirection with the locked room trick is on par with the Plague Court Murders, but while the latter is a punishing slog of a read, TDDUP is an effortless thrill-ride from cover to cover. Was also nice to see the very droll Murder After Christmas place fairly high. Heres to a good year of reading in 2022!

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    • I really enjoyed both TDDUP and MAC. I thought TDDUP would clinch first place, but it was nice that the results weren’t a foregone conclusion after all. I’ve never read TPCM but I have read some Carrs which have been hard going. Which titles from the poll have piqued your interest?


      • Well The Invisible Host for one, of which I became vaguely aware a month or so ago, but which the results of the poll has forced me to sit up and really take notice of. Then theres the Berkeley. I’ve been meaning to read more of his stuff post-Poisoned Chocolates Case, and its something of a mystery that I still haven’t. Murder at Monk’s Barn with its impossible shooting holds a natural appeal to me. As a locked room mystery fan its nice to have alternatives to Carr whose writing style, with few exceptions, I generally feel I endure rather than enjoy bless him, because he specialised in howdunits.

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        • I hope you enjoy further reading of Berkeley. The British Library have also reprinted Murder in the Basement, which I really enjoyed and next year they are reprinting Jumping Jenny – another good one.


  4. Long live reprint of the year! I’m so so glad that Invisible Host won as I’ve always felt that Till death is a little overrated. Besides, I think that this award should be won by a book that was hard to find and realitively unknown before getting reprinted. This clearly wasn’t the case for TDDUP.

    A couple of interesting facts:-

    1) Three of the four winners have been American even though most of the books and the bloggers nominating them are British.

    2) The British Library Crime Classic series has never won but has finished second on all four occasions!

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  5. I’m shocked and appalled! Death Among the Undead was kept off the ballot, The Listening House didn’t even crack the top 10 and Till Death Do Us Part got snubbed by a candidate for a top 10 worst mysteries, but I blame myself. This is what you get when you stop threatening people with breaking wheels and gibbet cages.


    • I take all the blame here, TomCat! I pleaded for Death Among the Undead and Kate made a minor quibble that it has nothing to do with Golden Age detective fiction. I should have sent a horde of zombies after her and written it anyway. As for The Invisible Host, evidently nobody could withstand my insouciant charms and incessant begging for votes . . . and here we are! Don’t let the disappointment spoil your New Year!! 😉


      • Well , if you had nominated Death Among The Undead instead of The Eight Of Swords, both your nominees would have come in top 3! The entire Japanese readers would have voted for Death Among The Undead !

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      • The issue there was, was that I could not find online an earlier publication date for the title, than 2017. If it was published earlier than I am sorry, but since I couldn’t find the date and neither could you Brad, I didn’t feel we could include it. Lorac’s Two-way murder was similarly not included as its first publication was 2021. However, by the sounds of things, it seems there are several eligible Japanese mysteries being reprinted/translated next year, so you best get reading them all Brad so you can be ready with your nominations lol And Tomcat you are more than welcome to join the blogging nominators cohort, so no need to build any gallows or stick any blog readers in the stock or pillory.

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  6. Well! A surprise winner if you ask me!
    I already listed what I’m looking forward to in the next year so I’ll copy some of that across here:
    British Library has Berkely’s Jumping Jenny, Brand’s Green For Danger, and Carr’s Seat of the Scornful. The short story collection is “Tales of Scottish Crime” and has stuff from Anthony Wynne and Margot Bennet. American Mystery Classics is including titles by Roger Scarlett and Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Pushkin Vertigo is doing Gokumon Island, another Seishi Yokomizo. And this is just the first half of the year!

    Since I posted that, Curtis Evans made a blog post hinting at John Rhode getting back into print as well.
    Almost too many books to keep track of – but what a great problem to have!

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      • Yes, I’d read both Til Death Do Us Part and The Plague Court Murders before this. But I’m just thrilled that they are back into mainstream circulation again! People can finally experience them easily. I love it when I can get my hands on a book thanks to a reprint, but being able to say “There’s this guy John Dickson Carr… you should read some of his books” and have someone actually able to do so makes me just as happy.
        Anyway – Happy New Year to you! Thanks for organising these awards!

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