Love Mysteries? Check Out These Award Winners!

Love Mysteries? Check Out These Award Winners!

‘Tis the season for genre book awards, and two of the most prestigious mystery awards were recently announced.

The Edgar (Edgar Allen Poe) Awards are awarded annually by the Mystery Writers of America to the best mystery fiction published in the U.S. during the previous year. The 2013 winners are:

In his acceptance speech, Lehane offered a special tribute to librarians, who provide “a light in the darkness for the kids from the wrong side of the tracks.”

A complete list of nominees – many of which you can find in the Rogers Public Library collection – can be seen here.
The Agatha Awards are awarded annually by Malice Domestic to honor “traditional mysteries” (as typified by the works of Agatha Christie) which contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence. The winners (published in 2012) are:
  • Best NovelThe Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • Best First NovelLowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
  • Best Non-fictionBooks to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly/Declan Burke
  • Best Short Story:  “Mischief in Mesopotamia”  (PDF) by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2012)
  • Best Children’s/Young Adult NovelThe Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner
  • Best Historical Novel Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson
A complete list of nominees – many of which you can find in the Rogers Public Library collection – can be seen here.
P.S. You want MORE? Here’s a sneak peek at the nominees for the Anthony Awards (chosen by fans at the World Mystery Convention) winners to be announced in September!