Friday, March 6, 2015


Every year the Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, named for famed mystery author Edgar Allen Poe. This year the Awards banquet will be held in New York on April 29. There are fourteen categories, such as Best Novel, Fact Crime, short stories, Juvenile, TV show, etc.

The nominees for six of the adult Awards are:

Best Novel

THE DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Harper Collins)
WOLF by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic)
MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster)
THE FINAL SILENCE by Stuart Neville (Soho Press)
SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)
COPTOWN by Karin Slaughter (Delacorte Press)

Best First Novel

DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY, by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton)
INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl (Minotaur Books)
THE LIFE WE BURY by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books)
BAD COUNTRY by C. B. McKenzie (Thomas Dunne Books)
SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh (Crown)
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (Thomas Dunne)

Best Paperback Original

THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS by Chris Abani (Penguin Books)
STAY WITH ME by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow)
THE BARKEEP by William Lashner (Thomas and Mercer)
THE DAY SHE DIED by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
THE GONE DEAD TRAIN by Lia Turner (William Morrow)
WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

Best Fact Crime

KITTY GENOVESE by Kevin Cook (W.W. Norton)
THE SAVAGE HARVEST by Carl Hoffman (William Morrow)
THE OTHER SIDE by Lacy M. Johnson (Tin House Books)
TINSELTOWN, by William Mann (Harper Collins)
THE MAD SCULPTOR by Harold Schecter (Amazon - New Harvest)

Best Critical/Biographical

THE FIGURE OF THE DETECTIVE by Charles Brownson (McFarland & Co.)
JAMES ELLROY by Jim Mancall (McFarland & Co.)
KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS by Robert Miklitsch (U. of Ill Press)
JUDGES & JUSTICE & LAWYERS & LAW by Francis M. Nevins (Perfect Crime Books)
POE-LAND by J. W. Ocker (Countryman Press)

Young Adult

THE DOUBT FACTORY by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little Brown)
NEARLY GONE, by Elle Cosimano (Penguin - Kathy Dawson Books)
FAKE ID by Lamar Giles (Harper - Amistad)
THE ART OF SECRETS by James Klise (Algonquin)
THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson (Little, Brown)

For those of you interested in such things, here are some facts: Of the 33 authors, 8 are women, and 4 more might be women (I’m guessing about pen names). 30 publishers are well-known traditional publishers, one is a university press, and 2 are Amazon imprints.


  1. Hi Phyllis,

    I'm happy to see Steven King's name, which reminds me when I get to the library to expand my horizons and pick one of these great authors from their books on disk.


    1. Bob: Thanks for the comment. I read a few of King's early books but they got too "horror" filled for me. Before self-publishing was available, I got published in Romance and now I'm writing cozy mystery, which is my favorite to read. If you go on Kindle Scout, Mystery & suspense, you'll find my entry, DEAD MEN'S TALES. Read the blurb and excerpt and - if you like it - please nominate it.


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