2017 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

This morning, the Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, intended to honor “the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.” The award ceremony will be held on April 27. Until then, here’s a list of nominated titles, linked to their Booklist reviews. For a complete list of nominees, click here.


before the fall noah hawleyBest Novel

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley

The Ex, by Alafair Burke

Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye

What Remains of Me, by Alison Gaylin

Where It Hurts, by Reed Farrel Coleman



dancing with the tiger lili wrightBest First Novel by an American Author

Dancing with the Tiger, by Lili Wright

Dodgers, by Bill Beverly

The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie

IQ, by Joe Ide

The Lost Girls, by Heather Young

Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry


7th canon robert dugonBest Paperback Original

The 7th Canon, by Robert Dugoni

A Brilliant Death, by Robin Yocum

Come Twilight, by Tyler Dilts

Heart of Stone, by James W. Ziskin

Rain Dogs, by Adrian McKinty

Shot in Detroit, by Patricia Abbott


lynchiing laurence leamerBest Fact Crime

The Lynching, by Laurence Leamer

Morgue, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane, by Paul Thomas Murph

While the City Slept, by Eli Sanders

The Wicked Boy, by Kate Summerscale


alfred hitchcock peter ackroydBest Critical / Biographical 

Alfred Hitchcock, by Peter Ackroyd

Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction, by Mitzi M. Brunsdale

Shirley Jackson, by Ruth Franklin

Something in the Blood, by David J. Skal




in sunlight or shadowBest Short Story

“Autumn at the Automat,” In Sunlight or in Shadow, by Lawrence Block

“The Crawl Space,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, by Joyce Carol Oates

“The Music Room,” In Sunlight or in Shadow, by Stephen King

“Oxford Girl,” Mississippi Noir, by Megan Abbott

“A Paler Shade of Death,” St. Louis Noir, by Laura Benedict


the bad kid sarahBest Juvenile

The Bad Kid, by Sarah Lariviere

Framed! by James Ponti

OCDaniel, by Wesley King

Some Kind of Happiness, by Claire Legrand

Summerlost, by Ally Condie

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry, by Susan Vaught


Bgirl i used to be april henryest Young Adult

The Girl I Used to Be, by April Henry

Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse

My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier

Thieving Weasels, by Billy Taylor

Three Truths and a Lie, by Brent Hartinger


wendy corsi staub blue moonThe Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

Blue Moon, by Wendy Corsi Staub

The Other Sister, by Dianne Dixon

Quiet Neighbors, by Catriona McPherson

Say No More, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Shattered Tree, by Charles Todd



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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