2022 Edgar Award Nominations

Mystery Writers of America today announced the nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2021. The 76th Annual Edgar® Awards will be celebrated on April 28, 2022.

BEST NOVEL

  • The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen (Amazon Publishing – Lake Union)
  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (Macmillan Publishers – Flatiron Books)
  • Five Decembers by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
  • How Lucky by Will Leitch (HarperCollins – Harper)
  • No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield (HarperCollins – William Morrow)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

  • Deer Season by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian (Harlequin Trade Publishing – Park Row)
  • Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins (Penguin Random House – Riverhead Books)
  • The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Random House – Viking Books/Pamela Dorman Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
  • The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
  • The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory (Tom Doherty Associates – Tordotcom)
  • Starr Sign by C.S. O’Cinneide (Dundurn Press)
  • Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks (Europa Editions – World Noir)
  • The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

  • The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox (Random House Publishing Group – Random House)
  • Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green (Celadon Books)
  • Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster)
  • Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice by Ellen McGarrahan (Penguin Random House – Random House)
  • The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade by Benjamin T. Smith (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • When Evil Lived in Laurel:  The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer by Curtis Wilkie (W.W. Norton & Company

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World by Mark Aldridge (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper360)
  • The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene by Richard Greene (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Tony Hillerman: A Life by James McGrath Morris (University of Oklahoma Press)
  • The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense by Edward White (W.W. Norton & Company)

 BEST SHORT STORY

  • “Blindsided,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by Michael Bracken & James A. Hearn (Dell Magazines)
  • “The Vermeer Conspiracy,” Midnight Hour by V.M. Burns (Crooked Lane Books)
  • “Lucky Thirteen,” Midnight Hour by Tracy Clark (Crooked Lane Books)
  • “The Road to Hana,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by R.T. Lawton (Dell Magazines)
  • “The Locked Room Library,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Gigi Pandian (Dell Magazines)
  • “The Dark Oblivion,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Cornell Woolrich (Dell Magazines)

BEST JUVENILE

  • Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Workman Publishing – Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)
  • Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Dead Man in the Garden by Marthe Jocelyn (Penguin Random House Canada – Tundra Books)
  • Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2 by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Feiwel & Friends)
  • Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Feiwel & Friends)
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Henry Holt and Company BFYR)
  • When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris (HarperCollins – Quill Tree Books)
  • The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur (Macmillan Children’s Books – Feiwel & Friends)
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (Penguin Young Readers – G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

  • “Dog Day Morning” – The Brokenwood Mysteries, Written by Tim Balme (Acorn TV)
  • “Episode 1” – The Beast Must Die, Written by Gaby Chiappe (AMC+)
  • “The Men Are Wretched Things” – The North Water Written by Andrew Haigh (AMC+)
  • “Happy Families” – Midsomer Murders, Written by Nicholas Hicks-Beach (Acorn TV)
  • “Boots on the Ground” – Narcos: Mexico, Written by Iturri Sosa (Netflix)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

  • “Analogue,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Rob Osler (Dell Magazines)

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THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

  • The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet by Katherine Cowley (Tule Publishing – Tule Mystery)
  • Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
  • The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)

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

  • Double Take by Elizabeth Breck (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Runner by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)
  • Shadow Hill by Thomas Kies (Sourcebooks – Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
  • Family Business by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus Books – Pegasus Crime)

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The following Special Awards were previously announced:

GRAND MASTER

  • Laurie R. King

RAVEN AWARD

  •  Lesa Holstine – Lesa’s Book Critiques; Library Journal Reviewer

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

  • Juliet Grames – Soho Books

1 thought on “2022 Edgar Award Nominations

  1. Congrats to Cornell Woolrich for being nominated, despite the fact that he’s been dead for 53 years.

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