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Nominees for 2024 Edgar Awards

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) have announced their nominees for the best crime books and stories, in the categories listed below.

Readers: Let us know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them!

PS: Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, born this day in 1805.

(Sources: Mystery Tribune article and Edgar Awards website)

  • Best Novel

Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke; All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby; The Madwomen of Paris by Jennifer Cody Epstein; Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll; An Honest Man by Michael Koryta; The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger; Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

  • Best First Novel (American Author)

The Peacock and the Sparrow by I. S. Berry; The Golden Gate by Amy Chua; Small Town Sins by Ken Jaworowski; The Last Russian Doll by Kristen Loesch; Murder by Degrees by Ritu Mukerji

  • Best Paperback Novel (Original)

Boomtown by A. F. Carter; Hide by Tracy Clark; The Taken Ones by Jess Lourey; Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto; Lowdown Road by Scott Von Doviak

  • Best Fact Crime

In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America’s Child by Kim Cross; Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall by Zeke Faux; Tangled Vines: Power, Privilege, and the Murdaugh Family Murders by John Glatt; Crooked: The Roaring ’20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, a Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal by Nathan Masters; I Know Who You Are: How An Amateur DNA Sleuth Unmasked the Golden State Killer and Changed Crime Fighting Forever by Barbara Rae-Venter; The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy by Joe Sexton

  • Best Critical / Biographical Work

Perplexing Plots: Popular Storytelling and the Poetics of Murder by David Bordwell; Spillane: King of Pulp Fiction by Max Allan Collins & James L. Traylor; A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe by Mark Dawidziak; Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe by Robert Morgan; Love Me Fierce in Danger – The Life of James Ellroy by Steven Powell

  • Best Short Story

“Hallowed Ground” by Linda Castillo; “Thriller” by Heather Graham; “Miss Direction” by Rob Osler; “The Rise” by Ian Rankin; “Pigeon Tony’s Last Stand” by Lisa Scottoline

  • Best Juvenile

Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity by Elizabeth C. Bunce; The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto by Adrianna Cuevas; Epic Ellisons: Cosmos Camp by Lamar Giles; The Jules Verne Prophecy by Larry Schwarz & Iva-Marie Palmer; What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski

  • Best Young Adult

Girl Forgotten by April Henry; Star Splitter by Matthew J. Kirby; The Sharp Edge of Silence by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum; My Flawless Life by Yvonne Woon; Just Do This One Thing for Me by Laura Zimmerman

  • Best Episode in a TV Series
  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

Published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: “Errand for a Neighbor” by Bill Bassman; “The Body in Cell Two” by Kate Hohl; “The Soiled Dove of Shallow Hallow” by Sean McCluskey; “It’s Half Your Fault” by Meghan Leigh Paulk; “Two Hours West of Nothing” by Gabriella Stiteler

  • Sue Grafton Memorial Award

Hard Rain by Samantha Jayne Allen; An Evil Heart by Linda Castillo; Bad, Bad Seymour Brown by Susan Isaacs; Past Lying by Val McDermid; A Stolen Child by Sara Stewart Taylor

  • Mary Higgins Clark Award

Play the Fool by Lina Chern; The Bones of the Story by Carol Goodman; Of Manners and Murder by Anastasia Hastings; The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard by Kate Robards; Murder in Postscript by Mary Winters

  • Lilian Jackson Braun Memorial Award

Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux; Misfortune Cookie by Vivien Chien; Hot Pot Murder by Jennifer J. Chow; Murder of an Amish Bridegroom by Patricia Johns; The Body in the Back Garden by Mark Waddell

  • Grand Master

Katherine Hall Page; R. L. Stine

  • Ellery Queen Award

Michaela Hamilton (editor)

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