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...And Here Are Your 2020 Edgar Award Winners!

These are the mystery books that made waves.

The results are in! On April 30th, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly known as the Edgar Awards. Their selections honor the best mystery stories to hit shelves in all of 2019. Have you gotten a chance to explore these acclaimed books that everyone’s been buzzing about? We’re here to catch you up to speed! 

This year’s winners include Tracy Clark’s nail-biter of a detective novel Borrowed Time, Elly Griffiths’ modern Gothic tale The Stranger Diaries, and more. With different categories ranging from “Best First Novel” to “Best Short Story,” there’s something here to suit the tastes of every kind of mystery lover. Read more about each book below to see what all the hype is about. You might even discover a new favorite!

Best Novel

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The Stranger Diaries

By Elly Griffiths

A high school teacher of Gothic literature, Clare Cassidy is able to find poetic beauty in dark subjects like fear and death. But when her colleague is murdered, Clare begins to fear that one of her favorite sinister tales has come to life.

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The Stranger Diaries

By Elly Griffiths

Best First Novel By An American Author

Buy Miracle Creek at Amazon

Miracle Creek

By Angie Kim

In Angie Kim’s gripping debut novel, a horrific explosion kills two of the patients at a special treatment center in Virginia. It’s clear that this was no accident, and the small group of remaining patients is hiding more secrets than first meets the eye. 

Miracle Creek

By Angie Kim

Best Paperback Original

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The Hotel Neversink

By Adam O'Fallon Price

The grand Hotel Neversink opened to great success—until a young boy disappeared within its halls. Three generations later, with the hotel coming apart at the seams, Alice Sikorsky inherits the mysterious building and sets out to discover what really happened that fateful night.

The Hotel Neversink

By Adam O'Fallon Price

Best Fact Crime

Buy The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity at Amazon

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

By Axton Betz-Hamilton

A shocking true crime memoir: When an identity thief ruthlessly targeted Betz-Hamilton’s parents, her family became obsessed with hiding in plain sight. But the whole time, the culprit was much closer to home than they could have imagined.

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The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

By Axton Betz-Hamilton

Best Critical/Biographical

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Hitchcock and the Censors

By John Billheimer

Throughout Alfred Hitchcock’s career, he had to grapple with censorship boards who wished to redact indecencies in his work, both real and imagined. This study of the Master of Suspense explores the clever ways in which he managed to evade censorship and push the boundaries of filmmaking.

Hitchcock and the Censors

By John Billheimer

Best Short Story

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"One of These Nights" from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers

By Livia Llewellyn

In this collection of feminist crime tales, 16 women put forth their own unique interpretations of noir. Livia Llewellyn’s "One of These Nights" is a twisty read featuring two cunning adolescent girls with a dangerous agenda up their sleeves.

"One of These Nights" from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers

By Livia Llewellyn

Best Juvenile

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Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

By Susan Vaught

This book introduces young readers to Jesse, a lovable neurodiverse sleuth with a canine sidekick. When money goes missing from the school library and Jesse’s dad is considered the #1 suspect, she goes on a madcap adventure to clear his name.

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

By Susan Vaught

Best Young Adult

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Catfishing on CatNet

By Naomi Kritzer

Lonely teenage outsider Steph feels most at home in an online community of cat lovers. What she doesn’t know is that the site’s admin is a sentient A.I.—a fact that will come in handy when a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her.

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Catfishing on CatNet

By Naomi Kritzer

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

Buy "There's a Riot Goin' On" from Milwaukee Noir at Amazon

"There's a Riot Goin' On" from Milwaukee Noir

By Derrick Harriell

The seedy underbelly of Milwaukee is exposed in this collection of short fiction. Derrick Harriell’s "There's a Riot Goin' On" explores the aftermath of a racially charged protest, when a young participant explores the streets and his newfound freedom.

"There's a Riot Goin' On" from Milwaukee Noir

By Derrick Harriell

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

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The Night Visitors

By Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman’s psychological thriller takes place in Delphi, New York, where a social worker in her fifties takes in a battered woman and her precocious son. As a snowstorm worsens around them, leaving them utterly isolated, each woman reveals dark secrets from her buried past.

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The Night Visitors

By Carol Goodman

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award

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Borrowed Time

By Tracy Clark

When private investigator Cassandra Raines agrees to look into a suspicious death as a favor to a friend, at first she finds nothing out of sorts. However, she soon uncovers a number of puzzling coincidences about the case—an observation that may make her a killer’s next target.

Borrowed Time

By Tracy Clark

Published on 01 May 2020

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