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Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 30 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction. She's on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

Genres: Mystery
Anthologies edited
Agatha Award Best First Novel winner (2007) : Prime Time
Rita Awards Best First Book nominee (2008) : Prime Time
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2009) : Air Time
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2010) : Drive Time
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2010) : Air Time
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2011) : Drive Time
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Other Woman
Agatha Award Best Novel winner (2013) : The Wrong Girl
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : The Other Woman
Edgar Awards Mary Higgins Clark winner (2013) : The Other Woman
Agatha Award Best Novel winner (2014) : Truth Be Told
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel winner (2014) : Truth Be Told
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : The Wrong Girl
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2015) : What You See
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : Truth Be Told
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2016) : Say No More
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : What You See
Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel nominee (2018) : Trust Me

Hank Phillippi Ryan recommends
Optical Delusions in Deadwood (2011)
(Deadwood Mystery, book 2)
Ann Charles
"Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful. This fresh and feisty mystery will instantly win your heart."
Death Al Dente (2013)
(Food Lovers' Village, book 1)
Leslie Budewitz
"Clever, charming, and completely yummy. Leslie Budewitz cooks up a delectable mystery! A tempting concoction of food, fun, and fatalities that will have you racing through the suspenseful pages...then heading for the kitchen to try out the irresistible recipes. More please!"
Land of Shadows (2014)
(Detective Elouise Norton, book 1)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"Spellbinding. Gritty. Original, complex, profound and riveting. This is a voice you have never heard and will be unable to forget. Prepare to be blown away."
Ice Shear (2014)
(June Lyons, book 1)
M P Cooley
"Captivating, original and brilliant. Seamlessly natural - ICE SHEAR shines with the remarkable confidence and authority of true talent."
The Unquiet Dead (2015)
(Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak, book 1)
Ausma Zehanat Khan
"Evocative, surprising, and important. With its mesmerizingly personal voice, each lyrical sentence reveals another suspenseful layer of this complex and heartbreaking mystery. Harrowing and disturbing, its delicate strength creates tension on every page."
In Bitter Chill (2015)
(DC Childs Mystery, book 1)
Sarah Ward
"Relentless, compelling, and meticulously suspenseful. Fans of Ian Rankin and Elizabeth George will rejoice at this atmospheric and authentic debut, expertly told, where modern-day police struggle to untangle disturbing secrets of the past. Terrific."
The Case of the Dotty Dowager (2015)
(WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery, book 1)
Cathy Ace
"Charming, quirky and completely entertaining! This clever contemporary take on the traditional mystery will have you smiling on every page. The talented Cathy Ace has created an endearing quartet of heroines--hurray for WISE, and I cannot wait for the next adventure!"
This Is Not Over (2016)
Holly Brown
"Intelligently crafted and rivetingly dark, this chilling tale of two women waging psychological warfare will hook you, capture you, and keep you reading as fast as you can."
Blood On the Tracks (2016)
(Sydney Rose Parnell, book 1)
Barbara Nickless
"Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense, this terrific and original debut is unforgettable. Please do not miss Blood on the Tracks. It fearlessly explores our darkest and most vulnerable places—and is devastatingly good. Barbara Nickless is a star."
Pacific Homicide (2016)
(Detective Davie Richards, book 1)
Patricia Smiley
"[A] suspenseful, riveting thriller."
In Farleigh Field (2017)
(Rhys Bowen WW Collection, book 1)
Rhys Bowen
"Irresistible, charming and heartbreakingly authentic. Rhys Bowen’s knowing voice transports Downton fans into a unputdownable family saga—a compelling journey through history, loss, honor and love. When war gets personal, every heart is in peril."
Flamingo Road (2017)
(Fia McKee, book 1)
Sasscer Hill
"Fast paced, suspenseful, and cleverly plotted."
Protocol (2017)
(Maggie O'Malley Mystery, book 1)
Kathleen Valenti
"A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising."
Bosstown (2017)
(Bosstown, book 1)
Adam Abramowitz
"Robert B. Parker meets Hunter S. Thompson... and the result is a jet-fueled crazy-good mystery that careens through Boston with a voice that won't quit--and winds up in a place no one could ever predict. Wildly unique, this brave new take on a traditional genre is captivating, hilarious, and darkly brilliant."
Gone to Dust (2017)
(Nils Shapiro, book 1)
Matt Goldman
"Gotta love it: Spade, Spenser, and now Shapiro. The brilliant Matt Goldman has written the perfect PI novel--smart, spare, sarcastic, and completely heartbreaking."
Idyll Fears (2017)
(Thomas Lynch, book 2)
Stephanie Gayle
"Smart, spare, and insightful, this compelling procedural has it all: a uniquely endearing main character, realistic dialogue, a surprising and twisty story, and, above all, the talented and stylish storytelling of a confident and sure-handed new voice in crime fiction. Could not put it down!"
The Deep Dark Descending (2017)
(Max Rupert, book 4)
Allen Eskens
"The talented Allen Eskens fulfills the rich promise of his Edgar(R)-nominated debut with this chilling, dark, and sinister thriller. With precision and authority, Eskens's determined cop hero takes one intriguing clue--and pursues it into spiraling disaster. With a deadly surprise around every corner and a bleak undercurrent of noir-like dread, this book will haunt you."
The Vanishing Season (2017)
(Ellery Hathaway, book 1)
Joanna Schaffhausen
"Dark, disturbing, and relentlessly sinister--this intense thriller plumbs the darkest corners of terror, survival and psychological damage. Be warned: leave on the light! But start reading right now."
Glimpse (2018)
Jonathan Maberry
"So scary I wished I could close my eyes as I read it--but I didn't want to miss a word. The brilliant Jonathan Maberry--evocative, chilling and somehow terrifyingly knowledgeable about the dark necessities of the human heart--will grab you by the throat and not let go. Fair warning--leave the lights on."
Yesterday's News (2018)
(Clare Carlson Mystery, book 1)
R G Belsky
"What a terrific book! A complex and compelling non-stop cat-and-mouse chase--and you're never quite sure which one's the mouse. Even the savviest of readers will be gasping in awe at Belsky's impressive story-telling skills."
The Darkest Time of Night (2018)
(Darkest Time of Night, book 1)
Jeremy Finley
"The X-Files meets The Good Wife. With a twisty surprise on every page, this seamlessly written and captivating thriller is edgy, unique and incredibly thought-provoking. Jeremy Finley is a star."
The Disappearing (2018)
Lori Roy
"Lori Roy is an impeccable writer—original, fearless, and insightful. The Disappearing, with its dark secrets and damaged souls, is another triumph of Roy’s skill: it’s insidiously sinister, seamlessly plotted, and relentlessly haunting."
In the Vines (2018)
Shannon Kirk
"Only the crazy-brilliant mind of the super-talented Shannon Kirk could channel Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe—and create this unique and contemporary horror-mystery-love story. Only a skilled writer like Kirk could dive into the dark madness of the mind and soul—and come up with this chilling tale of broken hearts and desperately twisted love."
A Borrowing of Bones (2018)
(Mercy Carr Mystery, book 1)
Paula Munier
"This is why we read crime fiction! The immensely talented Paula Munier had me at page one with indelibly drawn characters in a heartbreaking, compelling and incredibly intelligent story. Plus, the greatest dogs on the planet. Fans of William Kent Krueger and C.J. Box will devour this terrific book."
When You Find Me (2018)
P J Vernon
"Chilling, original, and incredibly unsettling . . . You will not be able to stop reading."
You Were Always Mine (2018)
Nicole Baart
"Original, chilling, and frighteningly realistic. With a mother we adore and children we root for, this sinister and heartbreaking family drama will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Clear your schedule and prepare to be wowed!"
Fear No Truth (2018)
(Faith McClellan, book 1)
LynDee Walker
"Terrific. Surprisingly edgy and with a twist around every corner, the skilled and talented LynDee Walker sets the reader on an unstoppable ride. Authentic, witty and compelling--I could not put it down."
Forget You Know Me (2019)
Jessica Strawser
"Sinister, sophisticated, and teeming with secrets...completely irresistible."
Until the Day I Die (2019)
Emily Carpenter
"This shocking cat-and-mouse thriller will shatter your expectations—and Carpenter’s skill for brilliant and twisty storytelling will have you gasping in surprise. Buckle up for a terrific ride—this is timely, unpredictable, and irresistible!"
A Dream of Death (2019)
(Kate Hamilton , book 1)
Connie Berry
"What a treat! A modern day Outlander... Charming, authentic, surprising - and completely irresistible."
Dear Wife (2019)
Kimberly Belle
"Kimberly Belle is astonishing. DEAR WIFE is an irresistible page turner, the riveting story of a wife on the run. And yes, it's twisty, and full of secrets, and jaw-droppingly unpredictable. But what makes this read special is that it's also a deeply revealing portrait of a modern marriage. DEAR WIFE is so emotionally compelling it will haunt you long after you race through the pages."
The Hidden Things (2019)
Jamie Mason
"Relentlessly suspenseful and as hauntingly sinister as any book I have ever read. This dark domestic noir, with greed and bravery clashing over a priceless possession, is irresistibly sardonic and beautifully written, with a complex and textured cast, a twisty contemporary plot, and one of the most endearing and unforgettable main characters you will ever meet. A master class in character and a knockout of a story, this book is a rare treasure--terrifying, heartbreaking, and completely original."
The Long Call (2019)
(Two Rivers, book 1)
Ann Cleeves
"Ann Cleeves is a phenomenal talent. With unfailing skill, gorgeous setting, flawless plot and seamless voice, she brilliantly conjures new worlds in crime fiction. Her instantly iconic Detective Matthew Venn is a treasure--and we will all follow him anywhere."
Word to the Wise (2019)
(Library Lover's Mystery, book 10)
Jenn McKinlay
"Jenn McKinlay is a treasure, and Word to the Wise is superb! Her books are always charming, endearing, and instantly engaging—but McKinlay's secret sauce is her deep understanding of human nature, her superb talent for storytelling, and the most desirable of skills: her unmatched ability to entertain, enlighten, and delight."
Drowning with Others (2019)
Linda Keir
"Sinister, sophisticated, and elegantly structured, Drowning with Others is a landmine of suspense, long-held secrets, hidden histories, and haunting manipulation. When everyone has a secret, can the perfect family survive it? What a riveting and original story! I could not turn the pages fast enough."
One Night Gone (2019)
Tara Laskowski
"Absolutely gripping. This multi-layered and gorgeously structured tale of betrayal, murder, and redemption will haunt you long after the book is over. The talented Tara Laskowski, with her confident hand, beautifully drawn characters and unique style, is sure to be a major voice in crime fiction."
The Patient (2019)
Steena Holmes
"Gorgeously disturbing and endlessly surprising—an intense, thought-provoking, and riveting psychological puzzle of mind games. The Patient proves Steena Holmes’s infinite ability to create a taut, smart, and darkly captivating story. A psychiatrist with a serial killer as a patient—but which one? Terrific—and irresistible."
The Network (2019)
(Jack Logan, book 1)
L C Shaw
"Wow! Talented storyteller L.C. Shaw has perfected the vacation-airplane-beach read! Unfailingly entertaining, riveting, and breathtakingly timely--you will absolutely devour this thrilling and cautionary tale. Attention, Hollywood: this one has blockbuster written all over it."
Stories We Never Told (2020)
Sonja Yoerg
"Truth and trust relentlessly collide in this beautifully written and riveting page-turner. Talented storyteller Sonja Yoerg will ensnare you from page one—and her determined and endearing main character, twisted by love and betrayed by expectations, will keep you turning pages as fast as you can. Loved this!"
Love Sold Separately (2020)
Ellen Meister
"Completely charming! Shopaholics and mystery-lovers alike will devour this witty and irresistible behind-the-scenes look at the power plays and reality of high-stakes retail TV. Wise, hilarious, and with a determined heroine you will instantly adore, the oh-so-talented Ellen Meister brings her special chemistry to this shopping-and-the-city delight."
Rules for Being Dead (2020)
Kim Powers
"A tour de force in voice and structure, this uniquely heartbreaking novel?literary fiction meets boy detective?is somehow adorable and sinister at the same time. The brilliantly talented Kim Powers has created a poignant and remarkable story."
Tower of Babel (2021)
Michael Sears
"A contemporary Philip Marlowe comes to Queens in this wonderfully engaging caper . . . Sears absolutely nails the voice of his endearingly vulnerable tarnished-lawyer turned sleuth--Tower of Babel is a terrific book."

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