2016 Edgar Awards Nominees Announced

Today, on the 207th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth (January 19, 1809), Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the awards named after him. The Edgar Awards, honoring the best books in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television, written or produced in 2015, will be presented to the winners at a banquet in New York City on April 28. To learn more about the nominees and the Edgars, visit the awards’ official website. The full list of nominees is below with Booklist reviews linked when available.

Best Novel

The Strangler VineCanary, by Duane Swierczynski

The Lady From Zagreb, by Philip Kerr

Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy

Life or Death, by Michael Robotham

Night Life, by David C. Taylor

The Strangler Vine, by M. J. Carter

Best First Novel

UnbecomingLuckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll

Past Crimes, by Glen Erik Hamilton

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm

Where All Light Tends to Go, by David Joy

Best Paperback Original

The DaughterThe Daughter, by Jane Shemilt

Gun Street Girl, by Adrian McKinty

The Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou Berney

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, by Malcolm Mackay

What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan

Woman with a Blue Pencil, by Gordon McAlpine

Best Fact Crime

Where the Bodies Were BuriedAmerican Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s  Deadliest Drug Epidemic, by John Temple

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime, by Val McDermid

Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, by Eric Bogosian

Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him, by T. J. English

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

Best Critical/Biographical

The Golden Age of MurderThe Golden Age of Murder, by Martin Edwards

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaicaby Matthew Parker

The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammettby Nathan Ward

Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue, by Frederick Forsyth

Best Short Story

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams“Every Seven Years,” from Mysterious Bookshop, by Denise Mina

“Family Treasures,” from Let Me Tell You, by Shirley Jackson

“The Little Men,” from Mysterious Bookshop, by Megan Abbott

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

“On Borrowed Time,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Mat Coward

“The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday,” from Providence Noir, by Peter Farrelly

Best Juvenile

Footer Davis Probably Is CrazyThe Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands

Catch You Later, Traitor, by Avi

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head, by Lauren Oliver & H. C. Chester

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazyby Susan Vaught

If You Find This, by Matthew Baker

Best Young Adult

Ask the Dark, by Henry Turner

EndangeredEndangered, by Lamar Giles

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis

The Sin Eater’s Daughter, by Melinda Salisbury

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

Best TV Episode Teleplay

Broadchurch“The Beating of Her Wings,” from Ripper Street, teleplay by Richard Warlow

“Elise – The Final Mystery,” from Foyle’s War, teleplay by Anthony Horowitz

“Episode 7,” from Broadchurch, teleplay by Chris Chibnall

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

“Terra Incognita,” from Person of Interest, teleplay by Erik Mountain & Melissa Scrivner Love

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

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

Mary Higgins Clark Award

A Woman Unknown

The Child Garden, by Catriona McPherson

Little Pretty Thingsby Lori Rader-Day

The Masque of a Murderer, by Susanna Calkins

Night Night, Sleep Tight, by Hallie Ephron

A Woman Unknown, by Frances Brody

Grand Master

Walter Mosley

Raven Awards

Margaret Kinsman
Sisters in Crime

Ellery Queen Award

Janet Rudolph



About the Author:

Taylor served as a Booklist intern in spring 2016. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature at Northwestern University.

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