Edgar Award nominations announced

Previous article
Next article

Nominations for the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Edgar Awards were announced today.

Winners will be revealed at the MWA’s 74th banquet in New York City on April 30 — plenty of time to read up and make your own favorite suggestions.

Here are the nominees by category. Winners were announced on April 30, 2020, and are shown in red.

Best Novel

Best First Novel by an American Author

  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  • The Good Detective by John McMahon
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Three-Fifths by John Vercher
  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Best Paperback Original

  • Dread of Winter by Susan Alice Bickford
  • Freedom Road by William Lashner
  • Blood Relations by Jonathan Moore
  • February’s Son by Alan Parks
  • The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon
  • The Bird Boys by Lisa Sandlin

Best Fact Crime

  • The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott
  • The Less People Know About Us; A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton
  • American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan
  • Norco ’80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan
  • Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall by James Polchin

Best Critical / Biographical

  • Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer
  • Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan
  • The Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club by John Curran
  • Medieval Crime Fiction: A Critical Overview by Anne McKendry
  • The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton

Best Short Story

  • “Turistas,” from Paque Tu Lo Sepas by Hector Acosta
  • “One of These Nights,” from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Passenger” from Sydney Noir by Kirsten Tranter
  • “Home at Last” from Die Behind the Wheel: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan by Sam Wiebe
  • “Brother’s Keeper” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Dave Zeltserman

Best Juvenile

  • The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan
  • Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
  • The Whispers by Greg Howard
  • All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker
  • Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught

Best Young Adult

  • Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
  • Killing November by Adriana Mather
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
  • Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Best Television Episode Teleplay

  • “Line of Duty,” Season 5, Episode 3 by Jed Mercurio
  • “Line of Duty,” Season 5, Episode 4 by Jed Mercurio
  • “Dublin Murders,” Episode 1 by Sarah Phelps
  • “Manhunt,” Episode 1 by Ed Whitmore
  • “The Wisting,” Episode 1 by Katherine Valen Zeiner & Trygve Allister Diesen

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

  • “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” from Milwaukee Noir by Derrick Harriell

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

  • The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman
  • One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski
  • Strangers at the Gate by Catirona McPherson
  • Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley
  • The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The G. P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award

  • Shamed by Linda Castillo
  • Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark
  • The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill
  • The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
  • The Alchemist’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian
  • Girl Gone Missing by Marcie R. Rendon


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here