2016 Edgar Award Winners

Mystery MonthLast night at a swell gala in New York, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the Edgar Awards, considered by many the most prestigious honor in crime fiction. I regret being unable to attend, especially as this year it was my privilege to serve for the first time as an Edgar judge. With Kristi Belcamino, Joelle Charbonneau (our committee chair), Linda Joffe Hull, and Jon McGoran, I helped select the nominees and winner in the “Juvenile” category. (While we received a few picture books and early readers, most of the submissions were solidly middle-grade.) Congratulations to all the winners—and is that an Andrew Carnegie Medalist I see in the best first novel category? (Click here to see the full list of nominees.)

If you love mysteries, consider this a great start to Booklist‘s Mystery Month, which officially begins on Monday. Stay tuned!


Best Novel

Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy


Best First Novel

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen


Best Paperback Original

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

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

Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bullyby Allen Kurzweil


Best Critical/Biographical

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder, by Martin Edwards


Best Short Story

Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

“Obits,” from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King


Best Juvenile

Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazyby Susan Vaught


Best Young Adult

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis


Best TV Episode Teleplay

“Gently with the Women,” from George Gently, teleplay by Peter Flannery


Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

“Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Russell W. Johnson


Mary Higgins Clark Award

Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

Little Pretty Thingsby Lori Rader-Day


Grand Master

Walter Mosley


Raven Awards

Margaret Kinsman
Sisters in Crime


Ellery Queen Award

Janet Rudolph




About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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