Whodunit Award Winners

“A mystery is a whodunit. You know what happened, but not how or who's behind it. A thriller, or a suspense, is a howdunit. You know what happened, and you usually know who did it, but you keep reading because you want to know how they pulled it off.”
- M. J. Rose

People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it.”
- R.L. Stine, 

“A whodunit or whodunnit (for ‘Who done [did] it?’) is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle is the main feature of interest. The reader or viewer is provided with clues from which the identity of the perpetrator of the crime may be deduced before the solution is revealed in the final pages of the book.”
- Goodreads

Each year Absolutely Amazing eBooks sponsores a mystery writing contest. The entrants submit the first three pages of a finished mystery novel for a blind judging. The idea behind this approach was suggested by the late Jeremiah Healy, a mystery writer who believed you had to “hook” a reader in the first three pages to get him or her to read your book. The winner of the competition receives the prestigious Whodunit Award. The prize includes getting the winning book published by AAeB. Below are winners worthy of your giving the first three pages a try … because you will keep reading to the end.

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Hemingway Was Murdered Hemingway Was Murdered - A Whodunit Award Winner
by Elizabeth Ritter, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
A fictional look at the life and death of Ernest Hemingway from the perspective of his second wife Pauline. She along with her sister Jinny put up with Papa’s brawling and affairs and contretemps, despite their souring relationship. This not-quite-true mystery poses the scenario foreshadowed by the title. Buy and/or Read More

Holding Back the DarkHolding Back the Dark- Inspired by True Events (Book 4)
by John David Bethel, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
When Acting Sheriff of the LAPD, comes across two dead bodies, little does he realize this is the work of a serial killer. The man’s corpse was nailed to the floor and castrated; the woman disemboweled. Messy. Then there’s a body found on the overpass and . . . Buy and/or Read More

I, HumanI, Human - A Whodunit Award Winner
by Richard Vetere, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
A genetically altered space traveler is awakened by one of the ship’s androids when something goes wrong. Is someone trying to sabotage his mission to populate a far-flung planet? Aside from himself and his co-pilot and the four androids, there’s no one else on the Aristotle. Buy and/or Read More

Accounting Can Be MurderAccounting Can Be Murder
by Steve McMillan, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Ben Stone is an accounting professor. His girlfriend, Sharon, is a homicide cop. Ben has helped her in some crime investigations. The murder of an attorney brings Ben back into Sharon’s world. But just another accounting exercise changes and he and Sharon must resolve this case to save Ben’s life. Buy and/or Read More

Insurance Claims can be MurderInsurance Claims can be Murder
Jeff Terrell, Private Investigator, and his partner, Bud, Series (Book 1)

by Mark Zeid, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
A laid-back private detective, Jeff Terrell, and his lazy partner, Bud, check out an insurance claim for a traffic accident, which puts them in the middle of a homicide investigation when their client ends up dead. Buy and/or Read More

Where There’s SmokeWhere There’s Smoke Whodunit Award Winner, 3rd Place
by Paul Sinor, $3.99 ebook, $14.94 paperback
After working as a deputy sheriff, then joining her father’s private investigation firm, Lacey Boyce became a smoke jumper. Lacey and a small group of others like her jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and landed in the smoke-filled mouth of Hell. Buy and/or Read More

Dog-Eared for DeathDog-Eared for Death - A Whodunit Award Winning Mystery
by Cyd Houndstooth Tweed, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Priscilla Wentworth, well known, respected, and loved conformation exhibitor and judge at The Westminster Dog Show and the Dog World at large, is found dead on a New York City bus by a Junior Handler, Molly Muldoon and her mother, Bette. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Unheard ofUnheard of -- A Whodunit Award Winner
by John David Bethel, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
A serial killer is haunting the Las Vegas Strip. The brutality is alarming. The number of victims is growing. “Blood leads” and it is being splashed across the headlines and clogging air time. Rachel West and Sheriff Joe Fontana are handed the job of putting a lid on the horror. . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Strange Disappearance of Rose StoneThe Strange Disappearance of Rose Stone
A Whodunit Award-winner

by J.E. Irvin, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Rose Stone disappears; her brother Peter receives a note and a package containing their most treasured childhood possession. He re-visits their traumatic childhood, searching for clues to solve her vanishing. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Running From LionsRunning From Lions - Whodunit Award Winner
by Erik Powell, Sr., $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
An international cast of sophisticates on safari in South Africa are harassed by a killer lion – and by a human killer – in the last days of Mandela. Two Americans visit an African wildlife reserve run by a German family. A mysterious curfew restricts their movements . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

Missing in ParadiseMissing in Paradise - A Mark Daniels Mystery (Book Four)
by Justin Maxwell, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Mark Daniels is a retired newspaper reporter turned mystery writer. He and his wife Sherry are invited to the Gangster Gala, a Keys area hospital fund raising event, where Mark meets an elderly gentleman. The man tells Mark his ex-wife is missing and asks for help locating her. . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

Everybody’s Bar in Key WestEverybody’s Bar in Key West: Tap That
The Brick Wahl Mystery Series - (Book Five)

by Wayne Gales, $3.99, ebook, $14.95 paperback
After surviving a near fatal mob hit at the hands of a hired assassin, Russell Bricklin “Bric” Wahl return’s to Key West to open a bar. While recovering, Bric and his son Brody take a vacation to the Bahamas . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

The White EnvelopeThe White Envelope - A Whodunit Award Winner
by Richard Vetere, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Every week a ten-year-old boy picks up a mysterious envelope from his aunt … then one day he discovers her dead on the floor of her dreary home, a knife plunged into her chest. The murder wasn’t solved for nearly 50 years.
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PlummetPlummet - A Whodunit Award Winner
by Patrick Yon, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Jackson Peale is a former lawyer. Ran into some trouble a few years ago. Booze. Drugs. Lost his license. Works as a private detective now. But after walking up in a strange Charleston motel, he’d not been enthusiastic about finding a guy named Khalil. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Homicide in the HeadlinesHomicide in the Headlines - A Whodunit Award Winner
by Mark Zeid, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperbook
Terry Lambert is a dwarf, who is bullied at work. Paula Stanford is a Marine Corps combat veteran dealing with nightmares from her time in Iraq and the Marines. They had nothing in common. For Terry, a morning phone call leads him into a deadly game with a serial killer. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters - A Henry “Whispering” Smith Mystery
by Candace J. Carter, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Candy Carter, a former park ranger, gives us an exciting outdoor mystery featuring a new sleuth. Henry “Whispering” Smith is a range detective for the Colorado Plateau Cattlemen’s Association . . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

The Dark End of the RainbowThe Dark End of the Rainbow
by J.E. Irvin, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Teenager Xandra Byrd plans one final drug drop. High school principal Leah Davis returns to work, so stressed by the change in routine that she forgets her infant is in the car. Then both Xandra and the baby vanish. Now Detective Joe Zetts must solve the puzzle. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Square GrouperSquare Grouper
by Lewis C. Haskell, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Key West now has its own Travis McGee, a ne’er do well Navy SEAL dropout, Ernesto 'Finn' Pilar. For fans of Key West murder mysteries, laugh out loud funny storytelling and great characters, this book delivers..
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Coronado’s Trail Coronado’s Trail - An Arizona Borderlands Mystery
by Carl and Jane Bock $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led an expeditionary force from Mexico into what is now the American Southwest. His journey provides the backdrop for this contemporary mystery novel.
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Coming soon:

“Muddy Waters”
“Homicide in the Headlines”
“Always the Blood”