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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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 >>>

Hollywood PortalThe Hollywood Portal
By E.E. King, $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
The Hollywood Portal was first prize winner in the 2018 Whodunit mystery writing competition. The judges were unanimous in their praise. E.E. King paints a colorful picture of the City of Angeles. Having lost his family, Ed Evers gets drawn into a case being investigated by his old FBI boss . . . 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”