Reviews & Awards


What people are saying about Twist’s writing…

 

Edgar® Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling authors:

“Full of character and good storytelling.”
—Michael Connelly

“This book sizzles!”
—Sue Grafton

“Action-packed, with a new and capable heroine you’ll want to see again!”
—Jan Burke

“Check out this series!”
—Nelson DeMille

“Another winner! A completely satisfying drama.”
—Margaret Maron

Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal:

“Worthy heroine, harrowing adventures, and a satisfying mystery.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Fans will enjoy the brainy heroine.”
—Booklist

“Suspenseful and twisty.”
—Library Journal

“Vivid descriptions; lively, swiftly moving tale of corporate corruption and tangled, touching family relationships.”
—Publishers Weekly

The press:

“Phelan keeps us a few breaths short of hyperventilation once again.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Satisfying, well-plotted mystery.”
—Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Twist Phelan grows more skillful with each book. She is becoming one of the best—case closed.”
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine

“Keenly drawn characters and a plot that ticks along like a time bomb make Phelan’s novel a standout. Original angles and attention to detail make this story one to savor.”
—RT Bookclub

Select awards and nominations

Thriller Award (International Thriller Writers Association) – two-time winner (three nominations)

Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada) – winner (two nominations)

Book Sense “Notable Pick,” American Booksellers Association

Colorado Book Award – winner

Anthony Award – two-time nominee

 

Short Stories

“A Stab in the Heart”
(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
– Winner, Best Short Story of the Year (International Thriller Writers Association)
– Finalist, Derringer Award (Short Mystery Fiction Society)

“Footprints in Water”
(Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
– Winner, Thriller Award for Best Short Story (International Thriller Writers Association)
– Winner, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story (Crime Writers of Canada)
– Winner, Colorado Book Award, Best Short Story
– Winner, Colorado Authors League Award, Best Short Story of the Year

“Time Will Tell”
(MWA PRESENTS THE PROSECUTION RESTS)
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
– BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AND 30 MORE OF THE BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR selection
– Finalist, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story of the Year (Crime Writers of Canada)

“A Trader’s Lot”
(WALL STREET NOIR)
– “A standout.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
– Finalist, Derringer Award (Short Mystery Fiction Society)

“Strange Bedfellows”
(POLITICS NOIR)
– “A wise and funny story.” (Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune)

“Happine$$”
(MWA PRESENTS THE RICH AND THE DEAD)
– Finalist, Anthony Award for Best Short Story (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention)
– Finalist, Best Short Story of the Year (International Thriller Writers Association)

“The Fourteenth Juror”
(MWA PRESENTS VENGEANCE)
– “A standout story.” (The Post and Courier)
– Distinguished Story selection, THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES