The Spotted Owl is chosen by a volunteer committee of Friends of Mystery members, and is announced in the spring of the year. Judging is currently underway for the 2020 award.
Spotted Owl Award news and updates continue below.
Congratulations to Warren Easley, winner of the Spotted Owl Award for No Witness.
Congratulations to Robert Dugoni, winner for the second year running of the Spotted Owl Award for The Last Agent.
The Friends of Mystery is proud to announce our 2019 Spotted Owl Award Winner, Mike Lawson for House Witness.
The Friends of Mystery is proud to announce our 2018 Spotted Owl Award Winner, Ingrid Thoft for Duplicity.
Join Friends of Mystery on September 28, 2017 as we present Robert Dugoni with the 2017 Spotted Award for Best Mystery for The 7th Canon.
On September 22, 2016, Friends of Mystery welcomes Jon Talton to open our the 2016-2017 Bloody Thursday season.
Chelsea Cain and Johnny Shaw have been chosen as recipients of the twentieth annual Friends of Mystery Spotted Award. Cain is receiving her award for her book, One Kick, published in August 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Johnny Shaw is receiving his award for his book,...
The winner of the 2013 Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl award is Mike Lawson for House Blood.
The winner of the 2012 Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl award is Bill Cameron for County Line. The committee also selected Dove Season by Johnny Shaw to receive a special Stan Johnson Outstanding Debut Mystery award.
The history of the Spotted Owl Award for the years 2011 and earlier, including finalists.
- 2022 Warren Easley, No Witness
- 2021 Robert Dugoni, The Last Agent
- 2019 Mike Lawson, House Witness
- 2018 Ingrid Thoft, Duplicity
- 2017 Robert Dugoni, The 7th Canon
- 2015 Jon Talton, Crashers
- 2014 Chelsea Cain, One Kick
2014 Johnny Shaw, Plaster City
- 2013 Mike Lawson, House Blood
- 2012 Bill Cameron, County Line
- 2011 Dana Haynes, Crashers
- 2010 Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
- 2009 Phillip Margolin, Executive Privilege
- 2008 Kate Wilhelm, A Wrongful Death
- 2007 Kris Nelscott, Days of Rage
2007 Mike Doogan, Lost Angel (First Mystery Novel Award)
- 2006 Kevin O’Brien, The Last Victim
- 2005 Kris Nelscott, Stone Cribs
- 2004 Lowen Clausen, Second Watch
- 2003 G. M. Ford, Black River
- 2002 Kate Wilhelm, Desperate Measures
- 2001 Marcia Simpson, Crow in Stolen Colors
- 2000 Lowen Clausen, First Avenue
- 1999 L. L. Thrasher, Charlie’s Bones
- 1998 Tom Mitcheltree, Katie’s Will
- 1997 John Straley, The Music of What Happens
- 1996 Earl Emerson, The Vanishing Smile