The Herodotus Awards, begun in 1999 and sponsored by The Historical Mystery Appreciation Society, are given for excellence in the field of mystery writing. The awards were presented at Bouchercon 2000, held September 7-10th in Denver, Colorado.
The award is named after Herodotus, the author of the first great narrative history, The History of the Greco-Persian Wars. It has been said of Herodotus that he never let history stand in the way of a good story.
The Historical Mystery Appreciation Society, founded in 1998, publishes a newsletter, “Murder: Past Tense,” which features news, previews, reviews, and interviews about historical mysteries and related genres.
BEST SHORT STORY HISTORICAL MYSTERY
“Neither Pity, Love Nor Fear” by Margaret Fraze, ed. by Mike Ashley Royal – Whodunnits (Carroll & Graf)
BEST FIRST U.S. HISTORICAL MYSTERY
Faded Coat of Blue by Owen Parry (St. Martin’s)
BEST FIRST INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL MYSTERY
Guilty Knowledge by Clare Curzon
BEST U.S. HISTORICAL MYSTERY
Rubicon by Steven Saylor (St. Martin’s)
BEST INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL MYSTERY
Absent Friends by Gillian Linscott (St. Martin’s)
HERODOTUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORICAL MYSTERIES