The Difference Between Edgars and Oranges

The Mystery Writers of America have announced their shortlist for the Edgars. Although, I wouldn’t want to have this guy leering at me everyday:

Best Novel Nominees

Missing, by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Sins of the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
The Price of Blood, by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Night Following, by Morag Joss (Random House – Delacorte Press)
Curse of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)

Best First Novel By An American Author

The Kind One, by Tom Epperson (Five Star)
Sweetsmoke, by David Fuller (Hyperion)
The Foreigner, by Francie Lin (Picador)
Calumet City, by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster – Touchstone)
A Cure for Night, by Justin Peacock (Random House – Doubleday)

Best Paperback Original

The Prince of Bagram Prison, by Alex Carr (Random House Trade)
Money Shot, by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
Enemy Combatant, by Ed Gaffney (Random House – Dell)
China Lake, by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries)
The Cold Spot, by Tom Piccirilli (Random House – Bantam)

Best Fact Crime

For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder That Shocked Chicago, by Simon Baatz (HarperCollins)
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery and the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century, by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution, by T.J. English (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez (Harcourt)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Company)

Best Short Story

“A Sleep Not Unlike Death” – Hardcore Hardboiled, by Sean Chercover (Kensington Publishing)
“Skin and Bones” – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by David Edgerley Gates (Dell Magazines)

“Scratch a Woman” – Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
“La Vie en Rose” – Paris Noir, by Dominique Mainard (Akashic Books)
“Skinhead Central” – Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Blue Religion, by T. Jefferson Parker (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)

Best Juvenile

The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Enigma: A Magical Mystery, by Graeme Base (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House Children’s Books – Wendy Lamb Books)
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow, by Riford McKenzie (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books)
Cemetery Street, by Brenda Seabrooke (Holiday House)

Best Young Adult

Bog Child, by Siobhan Dowd (Random House Children’s Books – David Fickling Books)
The Big Splash, by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Harry N. Abrams Books – Amulet Books)
Paper Towns, by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton Children’s Books)
Getting the Girl, by Susan Juby (HarperCollins Children’s Books – HarperTeen)
Torn to Pieces, by Margot McDonnell (Random House Children’s Books – Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Grand Master

James Lee Burke
Sue Grafton

The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award

Sacrifice, by S.J. Bolton (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Killer’s Wife, by Bill Floyd (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Stalking Susan, by Julie Kramer (Random House – Doubleday)
A Song for You, by Betsy Thornton (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Fault Tree, by Louise Ure (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Oh yeah, the Orange awards announced finalists as well. To the see the shortlist click here.



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