2020 Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards on April 30. The award honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2019. The winners were revealed on Twitter, with videos of the winners’ acceptance remarks posted on YouTube.

BEST NOVEL

  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price (Tin House Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

  • The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

  • Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “One of These Nights,” from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers by Livia Llewellyn (Akashic Books)

BEST JUVENILE

  • Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

  • Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tom Doherty Associates – Tor Teen)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

  • “Season 5, Episode 4” – Line of Duty, Teleplay by Jed Mercurio (Acorn TV)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

  • “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” from Milwaukee Noir by Derrick Harriell (Akashic Books)

The winners of these additional non-Edgar awards were honored, too.

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

  • The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)

Mystery Writers of America also posted this video tribute to Mary Higgins Clark – the Queen of Suspense.

THE G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS SUE GRAFTON MEMORIAL AWARD

Honors the best novel in a series featuring a female protagonist

  • Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark ( Kensington Publishing)

There were also acceptance remarks from the winners of these awards announced in December.

THE ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

Honors outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry.

  • Kelly Ragland, Minotaur Books

THE RAVEN AWARD

Recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing

  • Left Coast Crime

Grand Master Award

  • Barbara Neely (died March 2)

The 2020 Edgar Awards “In Memoriam” video:

4 thoughts on “2020 Edgar Awards

  1. Congrats particularly to Kritzer; I thought it was a great book but wouldn’t have expected it to get an award I associate with mimetic mysteries.

  2. Catfishing on CatNet seems to be one of those books that cross genre boundaries, much like The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, which was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar and Pulitzer Prize.

    Anyway, I’m really happy for Naomi Kritzer. Elly Griffith is usually well worth reading as well. And I’m very happy for Barbara Neely to be recognised as Grand Master, even if she could sadly no longer accept the honour in person.

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