Since 1997, the editors of Deadly Pleasures magazine have given their award for excellence in crime fiction, named for deceased fan reviewer Barry Gardner. The submission guidelines are as simple (send them the book and hope they review it) as the awards are idiosyncratic: while William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace has won other awards, too, and Booklist calls Adrian McKinty’s I Hear the Sirens in the Street “crime fiction at its best,” the other two winners were unexpected. But different voices and surprise choices are exactly what make the annual crop of mystery awards so exciting. Wouldn’t it be boring if the all the writers who won the Edgar won everything else, too?
Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
Best First Mystery Novel
Japantown, by Barry Lancet
Best Paperback Original
I Hear the Sirens in the Street, by Adrian McKinty
The Doll, by Taylor Stevens