RITA Best Romantic Suspense

Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Judging guidelines: In this category, a suspense/mystery/thriller plot is blended with a love story, which is the main focus of the novel, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.


2012 selection

New York to Dallas

In Death #33

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2012

by J.D. Robb

#1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas: one that will take her all the way to the city that named her-and plunge her into...

2011 selection

Silent Scream

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2011

by Karen Rose

Four college students believed they were making a statement. They were activists, fighting to preserve the environment by burning down a new apartment complex. But they didn't realize that someone was watching....

2010 selection

Whisper of Warning

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2010

by Laura Griffin



Courtney Glass has been in trouble all her life, but nothing tops being an up-close witness to a brutal murder. Until she's accused of the crime....

2007 selection


RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2007

by Annie Solomon

A female black ops agent whose memory has been wipedclean is framed for the murder of the Deputy Director of the TerrorismControl Force - a man she doesn't remember knowing. As she tries tofigure out what happened...

2006 selection

Survivor In Death

In Death #20

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2006

by J.D. Robb

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Lieutenant Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city—not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal—but the Swisher...

2005 selection

I'm Watching You

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2005

by Karen Rose

I Know Their Crimes. Star prosecutor Kristen Mayhew has a dangerous secret admirer. He seems to know her every thought, her every move. He sends her letters. And he kills the criminals she herself is powerless...

2004 selection

Remember When

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2004

by Nora Roberts

Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. At least, that's what everyone in...

2003 selection

Three Fates

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2003

by Nora Roberts

When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century...

2001 selection

Carolina Moon

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 2001

by Nora Roberts

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—an utterly spellbinding tale about a woman who, though battered in both body and spirit, can never lose Hope…

Tory Bodeen grew up in South Carolina,...

1997 selection

See How They Run: A Loveswept Classic Romance

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1997

by Bethany Campbell

In this harrowing, pulse-pounding story of romance and danger by Bethany Campbell, two strangers race to save innocent children from a crime lord’s hit men.   A gifted teacher for special-needs children,...

1995 selection

Hidden Riches

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1995

by Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where an independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire-and the schemes of an obsessed killer......

1994 selection

Nightshade: Night Tales

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1994

by Nora Roberts

“Known for her ability to deliver a rich and satisfying story” (Publishers Weekly), #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers a classic tale of danger and desire.


1993 selection

Divine Evil

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1993

by Nora Roberts

In this gripping novel of small-town scandal and sizzling passion, New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts tells the story of a renowned artist who confronts a mystery from her past—and finds that...

1992 selection

Night Shift: Night Tales

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1992

by Nora Roberts

“A consistently entertaining writer” (USA Today), Nora Roberts spins a passionate tale about what can happen when the sun goes down.


When Detective Boyd Fletcher is assigned...