THE RED HAND: Distinguished Favorite in 2020 Independent Press Awards

When we writers sit down to compose a story, we hope we will write the best story possible with the material at hand. Then we hope other people like it. Sometimes that notice comes in the form of awards.

So I am pleased and remarkably humbled to say that THE RED HAND, Frank Nagler Mystery No. 4, has been named a DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the 2020 Independent Press Awards.

Thank you to the contest runners and the judges.

What is especially important about this award is that it recognizes the work of small, independent publishers. So this award is as much for THE RED HAND, as it is for my publisher IMZADI PUBLISHING,

Thanks guys. You gave me that chance.

I also like that this award is run by a New Jersey company. Thanks.

Here’s the announcement: “We are thrilled to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  This year included a myriad of excellent independently published books.  It is clear that independents are prospering in every corner of the earth.  We are so proud to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

In 2020, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide.  Participating authors and publishers reside in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, India, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, and others.  Books submitted included writers located in cities such as Austin to Memphis to Santa Cruz; from Copenhagen to Mumbai; from Albuquerque to Staten Island; from Boise to Honolulu, and others.




Kirkus Reviews: “A winning origin story for one of modern fiction’s expertly drawn detectives.”


The full Kirkus Review is found at this link: THE RED HAND.


THE RED HAND, the fourth Frank Nagler Mystery is a nominee for the 2020 Top Shelf Books Awards.

The multi-award winning book has been named: Distinguished Favorite in the 2019 Big NYC Book Contest; Second Place winner for mysteries in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards; a Notable 100 in the 2019 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards; Finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards.

My publisher, Imzadi Publishing, is also offering special pricing for its enter catalogue of ebooks from fine authors. Info:

The ebook versions of the Frank Nagler Mysteries are available for .99 each.

Also coming soon is the Audiobook version of THE RED HAND, read and produced by Dane Peterson.

Here’s a sample:

The audiobook version of THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY is available here:



About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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2 Responses to THE RED HAND: Distinguished Favorite in 2020 Independent Press Awards

  1. Reblogged this on Imzadi Publishing and commented:
    We are so thrilled for Mike Daigle! Not surprised, but absolutely thrilled!

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