Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016 Edgar Awards

My husband and I recently traveled to New York for the 2016 Edgar Awards. I'm thrilled to share that LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS received the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel .

Here are a few pictures from the evening...

 Photograph from Nominee Reception
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All 2016 Award Recipients

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Edgar Nominations Announced

The Mystery Writers of America recently announced the 2016 Edgar Award Nominations, and I'm thrilled to share that LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS has been nominated for Best Novel.

You will find all of the nominations here... http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html

And thought I'd share a few photos from my previous trips to the Edgars...


Monday, April 13, 2015

Some Early Praise for LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS...

June 2nd is fast approaching...the day LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit shelves...so I thought I'd share some early praise the book has received.

"The scents of Lavender and regret are heavy in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel...This powerful story...should transfix readers right up to its stunning final twist." Publishers Weekly - Starred Review

"Reading Lori Roy is a sinuous, near-physical experience, her stories so rich and well-told they twine into the reader in a manner both gentle and profoundly deep. I consider her writing a love-sonnet to American letters. Simply lovely."-
John Hart - NY Times Bestselling Author of THE LAST CHILD

"In the lavender-scented landscape of Lori Roy’s fine novel, secrets from the past emerge like long buried locusts, and the world of young Annie Holleran is changed forever. This is a beautifully observed story whose details of time, place, and character are stunning little jewels sure to dazzle the eye on every page. Annie’s journey from the comforting lies of childhood to the hard truths destined to shape her as a woman is one that readers will long remember. Quite simply put, I loved this book." William Kent Krueger - NY Times Bestselling Author of ORDINARY GRACE

“Young love, Southern folklore, family feuds, and crimes of passion . . . Roy describes life on a lavender farm in rural Kentucky in vivid detail, and the mystery of what happened years ago will keep readers engaged until the end.” – Library Journal

"Roy (Bent Road, 2011, etc.) draws a Faulkner-ian tale of sex and violence from the Kentucky hills...[Her] characters live whole on the page, especially Annie, all gawky girl stumbling her way to womanhood through prejudice and inhibition." – Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


So happy to share this beautiful cover for my upcoming novel.  LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit stores June 2, 2015.


On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory.  Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place.  At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future.  Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys.  That year, Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age.  Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers.  But then he looked into Juna's eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives.  Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served--or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started.  If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Monday, May 19, 2014

This Year's Edgar Awards

 A few pictures from this year's Edgar Awards Ceremony.  Though I didn't come home with a win this year, we had a wonder time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm thrilled to share that my second novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME (Dutton/Penguin), is among the six novels nominated for this year's BEST NOVEL award.  It's all the more exciting as some of my favorite authors are among the other nominees. 

I had a wonderful time when last I attended the Edgars, and I look forward to another terrific trip. 

From the 2012 Edgar Awards Ceremony - pictured here with Agent Jenny Bent and Editor Denise Roy