Cozy Mystery Fiction AwardThese titles are in the running for the 5 First Place Book Awards for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Awards competition!

Congratulations to these authors for their works moving up from the 2016 M&M Finalists to the Short List. The novels will now compete for the First Place Category Positions!

These titles have moved forward in the judging rounds from SLUSH pile to FINALISTS LIST  and now has moved forward to the SHORT LIST of the 2016 M&M  Book Awards. They are now 2016 M&M Semi-Finalists as they compete for the limited First in Category Positions of the 2016 M&M Book Awards in the last rounds of judging.

Each of the titles below have earned the M&M AWARDS SHORT LIST Semi-Finalists bragging rights!

The Mystery & Mayhem Writing Competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of  Cozy Mysteries and Classic Mysteries. The M&M Awards is a division of Chanticleer International Novel Writing Competitions.

More than $30,000.00 dollars worth of cash and prizes will be awarded to Chanticleer Book Reviews 2016 writing competition winners!

The M&M Book Awards FIRST IN CATEGORY sub-genres  are:  Amateur Sleuth, Romance, Animals, Cooking/Knitting/Hobbies, Blended Genre, Medical/Lab, Travel, Humorous, Historical, Classic British, Y/A, and Senior Sleuth.

The following titles will compete for the FIRST IN CATEGORY Positions and Book Awards Packages.

NOTE: This is the Official List of the M&M 2016 SHORT LIST.

Chanticleer Short List

The Finalists Authors and Titles of Works that have made it to the Short-list (aka The Semi-Finalists) of the M&M 2016 Novel Writing Contest are:

Under English Heaven  by Alice K. Boatwright

Secrets Revealed by Kate Vale

The Body Next Door by Gay Yellen

A Scone To Die For  – H.Y. Hanna

Death Runs on Time by A. B. Michaels

Secrets, Lies, and Champagne Highs  by Jeanette Hubbard

Killer Transaction  by Catherine Bruns

Twelve for Twelve  by Dawn Rasmussen

The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin by Regina Jeffries

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox

Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman

Death Unscripted by M.K. Graff

Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai by Traci Andrighetti

Sherlock Holmes and the Dance of the Tiger -Suzette Hollingsworth 

Skyrizer # 7 by Phillip Buchanon

The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies by  Connie Spittler

Smart, but Dead by Nancy G. West

Hot Scheming Mess by Lucy Carol

The M&M Semi-Finalists will compete for the M&M First In Category Positions, which consists of Seven Judging Rounds.  First Place Category Award winners will automatically be entered into the M&M GRAND PRIZE AWARD competition, which has a cash prize purse of $200.  The CBR Grand Prize Genre Winners will compete for the CBR Overall Grand Prize for Best Book and its $1,000 purse.

All Short Listers will receive high visibility along with special badges to wear during the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Gala.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at 

Congratulations to the Finalists in this fiercely competitive contest! 

Good Luck to each of you as your works compete for the M&M  Awards  First Class Category Positions. 

Good Luck to all of the M&M Semi-Finalists as they compete for the coveted First Place Category  positions.

First In Category announcements will be made in our social media postings as the results come in. The 2016 First In Category Winners and Semi-Finalists will be recognized at the 2017 Chanticleer Annual Awards Gala and Banquet.

The M&M Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the April 1st, 2017 Chanticleer Writing Contests Annual Awards Gala, which takes place on the last evening of the Chanticleer Authors Conference that will be held in Bellingham, Wash. 

We are now accepting submissions into the 2017 M&M Awards writing competition. The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2017. Please click here for more information.