Sunday, January 19, was Edgar Allan Poe’s 205th birthday; to celebrate the occasion, the Mystery Writers of America announced its nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.
Having garnered rave starred reviews and listings on many top ten lists, will Louise Penny’s ninth Inspector Gamache title How the Light Gets In finally garner the multi-award-winning author her first Edgar Award? Or will Matt Haig’s genre-blending The Humans steal the show? Stay tuned. The winners will be announced at the 68th Annual Edgar Awards banquet, May 1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook (Grove Atlantic – The Mysterious Press)
The Humans by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group – Reagan Arthur Books)
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA – Dutton Books)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton)
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Minotaur Books)
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (HarperCollins Publishers)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow Paperbacks)
Almost Criminal by E.R. Brown (Dundurn)
Joe Victim by Paul Cleave (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
Joyland by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (Penguin Group USA – Penguin Books)
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (Amazon Publishing – Thomas and Mercer)
For a full list of the nominees, see the Mystery Writers of America website.