The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars) are presented every spring by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. Today we’re going to provide links links to the library catalog of each winner so you can easily place holds. Lists of all the nominees are available on the Edgar Awards website, theedgars.com.
Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
Best First Novel: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Best Paperback Original: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil
Best Critical/Biographical: The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
Best Short Story: “Obits” in Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Best Young Adult: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Best Juvenile: Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught
Mary Higgins Clark Award: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day
Each year since 2001, the Mystery Writers of America have given this special award to a novel written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition according to guidelines set forth by Clark herself.
- The protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded.
- She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships.
- She has an interesting job.
- She is not looking for trouble–she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow.
- She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
- The story has no on-scene violence.
- The story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes.