The 2016 Edgar Award Nominees have been announced!

The 2016 Edgar Award nominees have been announced!! The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 70th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, so watch this space! Congrats to all the noms!

Best Novel

  • The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
  • Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
  • Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
  • Night Life by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)

Best First Novel by an American Author

  • Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
  • Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Penguin Random House – Viking)

Best Paperback Original

  • The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by by Malcolm Mackay
    (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
  • Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
  • The Daughter by Jane Shemilt (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

Best Juvenile

  • Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
  • If You Find This by Matthew Baker (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C.Chester (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
  • Saving Kabul Corner by N.H. Senzai (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
  • Footer Davis Probably is Crazy by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)

Young Adult

  • Endangered by Lamar Giles (HarperCollins Children’s Books – HarperTeen)
  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins Publishers – Katherine Tegen Books)
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Young Readers – Workman)
  • Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Clarion Books)

Best Short Story

  • “The Little Men” – Mysterious Bookshop by Megan Abbott (Mysterious Bookshop)
  • “On Borrowed Time” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Mat Coward (Dell Magazines)
  • “The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” – Providence Noir
    by Peter Farrelly (Akashic Books)
  • “Family Treasures” – Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson (Random House)
  • “Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
  • “Every Seven Years” – Mysterious Bookshop by Denise Mina (Mysterious Bookshop)

TV Episode Teleplay

  • “Episode 7,” – Broadchurch, Teleplay by Chris Chibnall (BBC America
  • “Gently with the Women” – George Gently, Teleplay by Peter Flannery (Acorn TV)
  • “Elise – The Final Mystery” – Foyle’s War, Teleplay by Anthony Horowitz (Acorn TV)
  • “Terra Incognita” – Person of Interest, Teleplay by Erik Mountain & Melissa Scrivner Love(CBS/Warner Brothers)
  • “The Beating of her Wings” – Ripper Street, Teleplay by Richard Warlow (BBC America)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins)
  • The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan (Arcade Publishing)
  • Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker (Pegasus Books)
  • The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward (Bloomsbury Publishing – Bloomsbury USA)

Best Fact Crime

  • Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
    by Eric Bogosian (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
  • Where The Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T.J. English (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
  • Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
  • American Pain: How a Young Felon and his Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple (Rowman & Littlefield – Lyons Press)

Robert L. Fish Memorial

  • “Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
    by Russell W. Johnson (Dell Magazines)

Mary Higgins Clark

  • A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody (Minotaur Books – A Thomas Dunne Book
  • Masque of a Murderer by Suzanne Calkins (Minotaur Books)
  • Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
  • Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)

Grand Master
Walter Mosley

Raven Awards
Margaret Kinsman, Sisters in Crime

Ellery Queen Award
Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International


  1. Isn’t Eric Bogosian’s nomination for ablest Fact Crime “Operation Nemesis” about the Armenian genocide and not the American genocide?

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