All Things Mysterious Volume Ninety-One A: The Edgar Award Winners edition!
It’s that time again, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the Edgar Awards last night, and here are the winners:
Best Mystery Novel
Hawley, Noah, Before the Fall, Grand Central. On a small plane headed for New York are eleven passengers, ten from the privileged class and one, a down on his luck painter. But the plane crashes, and the only survivors? The painter, Scott Burroughs, and a four year old, who is now the last remaining member of a family of media moguls. The facts begin to point to a conspiracy--or was it a coincidence that so many powerful people perished?
Best First Mystery Novel by an American author
Berry, Flynn, Under the Harrow, Penguin. Nora takes the train from London to the English countryside, expecting a pleasant holiday with her sister. But when she arrives she finds that Rachel has been the victim of a brutal murder! Completely lost, she can’t return to her old life, but neither does she want to involve the police after an unsolved assault soured her trust. As her obsession with the murder grows, she finds herself as unrecognizable as the sister she thought she knew so well. Paperback Original.
Best Paperback Original
McKinty, Adrian, Rain Dogs, Seventh St./Prometheus. Ulster cop Sean Duffy is confronted with a locked-room mystery right in the midst of The Troubles. Journalist Lily Bigelow died after a fall from a castle, but the room from which she leapt is locked and no one could have shoved her out the window. Could they?
Best Fact Crime (aka True Crime)
Summerscale, Kate, The Wicked Boy, Penguin. In the summer of 1895, the Coombes brothers, Robert and Nattie, ages 13 and 12 respectively, were seen gadding about London spending money like a couple of drunken sailors. They claimed they’d been left alone by their mother and were taking advantage of their newfound freedom. Their aunt was suspicious, however, and forced her way into the house, where she found the decomposing body of the boys’ mother. Robert quickly confessed to the murder while in police custody, but his lawyers claimed insanity. A surprise ending worthy of the best thriller will enthrall readers!
Best Critical/Biographical Work
Franklin, Ruth, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Liveright. Author Jackson (1916-1965) has been unfairly overlooked by the arbiters of American literature. Renowned for her short story ‘The Lottery’ and the novel ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ there is much more to her body of work, such as pioneering the ‘domestic horror’ story, as this in-depth biography makes clear. Biographer Franklin reveals the darker underpinnings beneath the prose. $35.00. (Non-Fiction)
Mary Higgins Clark Award was won by The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd.
Best Young Adult Novel was won by The Girl In the Blue Coat by Mary Hesse.
Best Juvenile Novel was won by OCDaniel by Wesley King.
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