Wednesday, January 19, 2022

An Abundance of Edgars

Together with Monday’s news about the 2022 Lefty Awards, this is shaping up to be a big week for crime-fiction prize announcements. This morning brings word from the Mystery Writers of America about its many nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2021.” The 76th annual Edgar Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 28, at New York City’s Marriott Marquis Times Square.

Best Novel:
The Venice Sketchbook, by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Five Decembers, by James Kestrel
(Hard Case Crime)
How Lucky, by Will Leitch (Harper)
No One Will Miss Her, by Kat Rosenfield (Morrow)

Best First Novel by an American Author:
Deer Season, by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)
Never Saw Me Coming, by Vera Kurian (Park Row)
Suburban Dicks, by Fabian Nicieza (Putnam)
What Comes After, by JoAnne Tompkins (Riverhead)
The Damage, by Caitlin Wahrer (Viking/Pamela Dorman)

Best Paperback Original:
Kill All Your Darlings, by David Bell (Berkley)
The Lighthouse Witches, by C.J. Cooke (Berkley)
The Album of Dr. Moreau, by Daryl Gregory (Tor)
Starr Sign, by C.S. O’Cinneide (Dundurn Press)
Bobby March Will Live Forever, by Alan Parks (World Noir)
The Shape of Darkness, by Laura Purcell (Penguin)

Best Fact Crime:
The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History, by Margalit Fox (Random House)
Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, by Elon Green (Celadon)
Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away,
by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster)
Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice, by Ellen McGarrahan (Random House)
The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade, by Benjamin T. Smith (Norton)
When Evil Lived in Laurel: The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer, by Curtis Wilkie (Norton)

Best Critical/Biographical:
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, by Mark Aldridge (Harper360)
The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene, by Richard Greene (Norton)
Tony Hillerman: A Life, by James McGrath Morris (University
of Oklahoma Press)
The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science, by John Tresch (Farrar, Straus
and Giroux)
The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense, by Edward White (Norton)

Best Short Story:
“Blindsided,” by Michael Bracken and James A. Hearn (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine [AHMM], September/October 2021)
“The Vermeer Conspiracy,” by V.M. Burns (from Midnight Hour, edited by Abby L. Vandiver; Crooked Lane)
“Lucky Thirteen,” by Tracy Clark (from Midnight Hour)
“The Road to Hana,” by R.T. Lawton (AHMM, May/June 2021)
“The Locked Room Library,” by Gigi Pandian (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], July/August 2021)
“The Dark Oblivion,” by Cornell Woolrich (EQMM, January/
February 2021)

Best Juvenile:
Cold-Blooded Myrtle, by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin
Young Readers)
Concealed, by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic Press)
Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Dead Man in the Garden, by Marthe Jocelyn (Tundra)
Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2, by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman (Feiwel & Friends)
Rescue, by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic Press)

Best Young Adult:
Ace of Spades, by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Feiwel & Friends)
Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley (Henry Holt)
When You Look Like Us, by Pamela N. Harris (Quill Tree)
The Forest of Stolen Girls, by June Hur (Feiwel & Friends)
The Girls I’ve Been, by Tess Sharpe (Putnam)

Best Television Episode Teleplay:
“Dog Day Morning,” The Brokenwood Mysteries, written by Tim Balme (Acorn TV)
“Episode 1,” The Beast Must Die, written by Gaby Chiappe (AMC+)
“The Men Are Wretched Things,” The North Water, written by Andrew Haigh (AMC+)
“Happy Families,” Midsomer Murders, written by Nicholas
Hicks-Beach (Acorn TV)
“Boots on the Ground,” Narcos: Mexico, written by Iturri
Sosa (Netflix)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award:
“Analogue,” by Rob Osler (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021)

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award:
The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet, by Katherine Cowley
(Tule Mystery)
Ruby Red Herring, by Tracy Gardner (Crooked Lane)
Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
The Sign of Death, by Callie Hutton (Crooked Lane)
Chapter and Curse, by Elizabeth Penney (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)

The G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award:
Double Take, by Elizabeth Breck (Crooked Lane)
Runner, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
Shadow Hill, by Thomas Kies (Poisoned Pen Press)
Sleep Well, My Lady, by Kwei Quartey (Soho Crime)
Family Business, by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus Crime)

In addition, author Laurie R. King has been chosen as the MWA’s 2022 Grand Master, reviewer Lesa Holstine will receive this year’s Raven Award, and Juliet Grames of Soho Books has been named as the winner of the 2022 Ellery Queen Award. Learn more here.

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