2019 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2019 Edgar Awards were announced last night during the MWA’s seventy-third gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Here at Booklist, we’re gearing up for our tenth annual Mystery Month celebration and Mystery Showcase issue, both of which are mere days away! (Next week, be sure to keep an eye out for our own list of the year’s best crime novels.) Below you’ll find all the book-length winners for this year’s Edgars, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. 

Congrats to all the winners!

Best Novel

 Down the River Unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley

Best First Novel

Bearskin, by James A. McLaughlin

Best Paperback Original

If I Die Tonight, by Alison Gaylin

Best Fact Crime

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler

Best Critical / Biographical

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s, by Leslie S. Klinger

Best Juvenile

Otherwood, by Pete Hautman

Best Young Adult

 Sadie, by Courtney Summers

Mary Higgins Clark

 The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey


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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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