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The Edgar Awards

July 4, 2013 by Reader's Connection

Thanks to Susanne for this. Plot summaries are from the publishers’ notes.

We recently posted a blog about The Agatha Awards, which are given each year for the best ‘cozy’ mysteries written in the style of Agatha Christie.

Another noted honor, The Edgars   (think Edgar Allan Poe), are bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America. Their focus is more broad in scope – the criteria for consideration is as such:

Live by Night“All books, short stories and television shows in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible for Edgar® Awards in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during the 2012 calendar year.”

The winner for 2012 in the category of Best Mystery Novel:

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.


Other nominees for Best Mystery Novel of 2012:

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Lost Ones

Newly-elected Tibbehah County sheriff Quinn Colson investigates an old friend’s gun sales when stolen military rifles are found in the possession of a Mexican drug gang, a case that is complicated by his discovery of a black market baby adoption ring.


The Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye

 The Gods of Gotham
New York City, 1845. Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed.



Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?


Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman

PotboilerArthur Pfefferkorn, is a middle-aged college professor with long dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, successful thriller writer William de Vallee, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallee not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman Pfefferkorn loved. Pfefferkorn decides to take the best-selling author’s latest manuscript and publish it as his own. Although the novel brings him great success, his life soon spirals into a series of betrayals and double-crosses torn straight from the pages of his plagiarized work.


Sunset by Al Lamanda


Bekker, a former police officer sunk in the depths of despair and alcohol, is rescued by Crist, the mob boss he thinks had his wife killed ten years ago. Crist is near death, and has a final wish– he hires Bekker to find out who really killed Bekker’s wife, so that Crist can go to the grave with a clear conscience.


All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley

All I Did Was Shoot My Man

When Zella Grisham is accused of both shooting her boyfriend and stealing more than six million dollars from the Rutgers Assurance Corp., Leonid McGill investigates, while his own family life begins to unravel around him.


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