Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Edgar Nominations Announced

Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2013. The winners of the  Edgar® Awards will be presented the 68th Gala Banquet, May 1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Best Novel
  • 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
  • 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)

Best Fact Crime
  • Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins (Crown Trade Group)
  • Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D'Antonio (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber (Grand Central Publishing – Twelve)
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)

Best Critical/Biographical
  • Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories by Bill Alder (McFarland & Company)
  • America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)
  • Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing by Justin Gifford (Temple University Press)
  • Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett (St. Martin's Press)
  • Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub (Palgrave Macmillan)

Best Short Story
  • "The Terminal" – Kwik Krimes by Reed Farrel Coleman (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
  • "So Long, Chief" – Strand Magazine by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (The Strand)
  • "The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository" – Bibliomysteries by John Connolly (Mysterious)
  • "There are Roads in the Water" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Trina Corey (Dell Magazines)
  • "Where That Morning Sun Does Down" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tim L. Williams (Dell Magazines)

Best Juvenile
  • Strike Three, You're Dead by Josh Berk (Random House Children's Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial)
  • P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence (Penguin Young Readers Group – Putnam Juvenile)
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney-Hyperion)
  • One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Random House Children's Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)

Young Adult
  • All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking Juvenile)
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (Random House Children's Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
  • Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse) 
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller (Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill)
  • Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

TV Episode Teleplay
  • "Episode 3" – Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC Worldwide)
  • "Episode 1" – The Fall, Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
  • "Legitimate Rape" – Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner (NBC Universal)
  • "Variations Under Domestication" – Orphan Black, Teleplay by Will Pascoe (BBC Worldwide)
  • "Pilot" – The Following Teleplay by Kevin Williamson (Fox/Warner Bros. Television)

Robert L. Fish Memorial

"The Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional
by Jeff Soloway (St. Martin's Press)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
  • There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
  • Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel (Prometheus – Seventh Street Books)
  • The Money Kill by Katia Lief (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
  • Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books)
  • The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi (Forge Books)


  1. Congrats to all the nominees and looking forward to reading those I haven't gotten to yet. Very proud to count my mother Trina Corey among the nominees for short story. A small hitch however is that the Edgar Awards page initially misspelled her name as Tina Corey, when it should have been *Trina* (They've since corrected the main page).

    1. Thanks! The post has been updated.