2023 Edgar Award Nominees

The Edgar Awards, presented by Mystery Writers of America 

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 214th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the nominees for the 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2022.  The 77th Annual Edgar® Awards will be celebrated on April 27, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.

This year's Edgar Award nominees have been announced!  Check them out below.


 

Best Novel

Nominees:

Devil House by John Darnielle Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett Gangland by Chuck Hogan The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka The Maid by Nita Prose

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Best First Novel by an American Author

Nominees:

Jackal by Erin E. Adams Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor Shutter by Ramona Emerson More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

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Best Paperback Original

Nominees:

Quarry’s Blood by Max Allan Collins On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass Or Else by Joe Hart  Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence A Familiar Stranger by A.R. Torre

 

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Best Fact Crime

Nominees:

Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls by Kathleen Hale Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, D.C. by Shahan Mufti American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower

 

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 Best Critical/Biographical

Nominees:

The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators by Martin Edwards The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie by Mary Anna Evans & J.C. Bernthal The Crime World of Michael Connelly: A Study of His Works and Their Adaptations by David Geherin The Woman Beyond the Attic: The V.C. Andrews Story by Andrew Neiderman Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley

 

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Best Juvenile

Nominees:

The Swallowtail Legacy: Wreck at Ada’s Reef by Michael D. Beil The Area 51 Files by Julie Buxbaum Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Seaside Corpse by Marthe Jocelyn Adventures on Trains: Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon

 

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Best Young Adult

Nominees:

Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne Frightmares by Eva V. Gibson The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana Goodman The Red Palace by June Hur Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph

 

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Winners of the Special Awards

 

Grand Master:

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.

Michael Connelly

Joanne Fluke

 

Raven Award:

The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

Crime Writers of Color

Eddie Muller for Noir Alley and the Film Noir Foundation

 

Ellery Queen Award

The Ellery Queen Award was established in 1983 to honor “outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry.”

The Strand Magazine

 


 

 

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