Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Edgar Award Nominees

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Attention mystery and crime readers.  As you have no doubt heard, the Mystery Writers of America just announced the nominees for this year's Edgar awards.  The prestigious prize, named for Edgar Allan Poe, recognizes the best in mystery writing in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in the previous year. 

The list of nominees, which is accessible via this Edgar link, includes writers in the following categories:  best novel, best first novel, best paperback original, best fact crime, best critical/biographical, best short story, best juvenile, best young adult, and best TV episode teleplay.  The nominees are a combination of who's who and rising stars in the mystery and crime genres.

I have read one of the best novel nominees, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and one of the best first novel nominees, The Expats by Chris Pavone.  Both were among the best novels I read in 2012.  I have also seen one of the nominated TV episode teleplays, "New Car Smell" from the Showtime series, Homeland.  Suffice it to say that I am a huge Homeland fan.  Two other nominees, Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (nominated for best first novel) and The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters (nominated for best paperback original) are on my book shelf waiting to be read.

I just finished reading the short story that will receive the Robert L. Fish Memorial award, When They Are Done With Us by Patricia Smith, which was published in Staten Island Noir, a collection of short stories.  In addition to writing the story, Smith edited the collection.  Kudos to Smith for a dark, all-too-real portrait of dysfunctional family relationships.

More information about the Mystery Writers of America is available here.


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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently; I appreciate it.

    I read Gone Girl in 2012 and after all the hype, I was actually somewhat disappointed. I've read every on of Gillian Flynn's books and like each of the early ones more.

    Hope you have a nice weekend coming up.

  2. I'm enjoying being a follower of your blog. Gone Girl was the first Gillian Flynn book I ever read, which may explain why I liked it so much, not having previous works to compare it to. After I read Gone Girl I immediately put Flynn's previous novels on my TBR list--haven't gotten to them yet, though.

    Enjoy your weekend!