I am honored and excited to announce that DRAGONY RISING, book 5 in the Frank Nagler Mystery Series, has been named a  DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the 2023 Big NYC  Book Awards.

Dragony Rising joins other Frank Nagler Mysteries as multi-award winning works.

The award announcement  can be found here:

My thanks to the Big NYC award committee and the Independent Press Award committee for the recognition.

And thanks to Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards, too.

Dragony Rising awards:

First Place  for Mysteries in the 2022 Royal Dragonyfly Book Awards

 A Notable 100 Indie Book in the 2022 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards;

 A Distingished Favorite in the 2023 Independent Press Awards.

 A Distinguished Favorite in the  2023 Big NYC Book Awards

What readers say about DRAGONY RISING:

“This was such a thrill! A great detective story that made me not want to put the book down!”

“Dragony Rising is more a mystery than a thriller, but it’s a great read and a compelling story. I highly recommend the novel and the series.”

“This novel is absolutely fantastic! This is the 5th book of the series, and probably my favorite one. Could not recommend it enough!”

“A very well written and highly engaging book that sucked me in right away. The author masterfully crafted a fast paced and very realistic crime story. If you are into crime drama or mysteries, this book is a must! Well done…well done indeed!”

The Frank Nagler mystery series: “The Swamps of Jersey,” “A Game Called Dead,” “The Weight of Living,” “The Red Hand,” and “Dragony Rising.”

“One of modern fiction’s expertly drawn detectives:” Kirkus Reviews

“A Game Called Dead” was named a Runner-Up in the Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book contest.

“The Weight  of Living” was awarded First Place for mysteries  in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest;

Named A Notable 100 Book, Shelf Unbound 2018 Indie Book Awards;

Named a Distinguished Favorite, 2018  Independent Press Awards.

Named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2018 Big NYC Book Contest.

Named a Finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards.

Named A Gold Star Award winner in the 2020 Elite Choice Book Awards

Named a Book Award Winner in 2021 by Maincraft Media Fiction Book Awards

“The Red Hand” was named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2019 Big NYC Book Contest

Named Second Place winner for mysteries in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

Named a Notable 100 Book in the 2019 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards

Named a Distinguished Favorite  in the 2020 Independent Press Awards

A Nominee in the 2020 TopShelf Book Awards

Named A Gold Star Award winner in the 2020 Elite Choice Book Awards Dragony Rising: A Frank Nagler Novel – Book 5: 9781944653231: Daigle, Michael Stephen: Books

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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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5 Responses to Big NYC Award for DRAGONY RISING

  1. Wow!!!! Congratulations, Michael! Let me know if you ever want to do a podcast interview! It would be awesome to share your novel and successes on my show Teaching Learning Leading K12! All best!!! Congrats! Steve

  2. Brian says:

    Congratulation, Michael. I wish you much success.

  3. Brian says:

    Congratulations Michael. I wish you all the best.


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