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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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: