2017 Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America have announced the winners of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. The awards were presented on April 27 in New York City.

BEST NOVEL

  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

  • Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)

BEST JUVENILE

  • OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

  • “A Blade of Grass” – Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan (Showtime)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • “The Truth of the Moment” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine  by E. Gabriel Flores (Dell Magazines)

GRAND MASTER

  • Max Allan Collins
  • Ellen Hart

RAVEN AWARD

  • Dru Ann Love

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

  • Neil Nyren

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THE SIMON & SCHUSTER – MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

  • The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

8 thoughts on “2017 Edgar Awards

  1. ‘Best Fact Crime’ is a disturbing title for an award.

    I’m having difficulty finding what the named awards are for. Does anyone know?

  2. The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award – Best first short story by an American author

    The Raven Award – Outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing

    The Ellery Queen Award – Honors writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery publishing industry

    The Mary Higgins Clark Award – Best women’s suspense novel of the year

  3. tigerb: Thanks for catching that — appertain yourself your favorite beverage!

  4. Rail: Thanks. Is ‘women’s suspense’ a genre, then? (It clearly doesn’t mean ‘suspense written by a woman’, since this year’s winner is a man.)

  5. “Charles Todd” is a pseudonym, for 2 people, a man and a woman, as I recall.

    edited – a mother and son team: http://www.charlestodd.com/author/

    “Mary Higgins Clark Award

    The winner will be selected by a Special MWA Committee for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark.

    The protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded.
    She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships.
    She has an interesting job.
    She is not looking for trouble–she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow.
    She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
    The story has no on-scene violence
    The story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes

    http://mysterywriters.org/edgars/edgar-award-category-information/

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  7. Heaven help us! And there are enough stories that fit that description that it makes sense to run an award for them? I’m now wondering what the SF equivalent might be, but I can’t think of anything nearly as detailed.

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