The Year’s Best Crime Writing: The 2019 Edgar Awards

Pulitzers, Bookers, Nobels – bah! For crime fiction fans it’s all about the Edgars. Last night the winners in several categories of crime and thriller books were announced at the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Awards ceremony: here’s a full list of these titles in our catalog, including non-fiction, books for children and teens, and the Mary Higgins Clark Awards for less violent novels with strong heroines.

As for the felonious Best In Show, we give you the nominees for the category of Best Novel:

  • The Liar’s Girl, by Catherine Ryan Howard. You never forget your first love, especially when he turns out to have been a serial killer the whole time you were dating. Alison Smith returns to Ireland to confront her past, in order to stop a copycat killer in the future.
  • House Witness, by Mike Lawson. In his twelfth thriller featuring fixer Joe DeMarco, our hero goes up against the wealthy and powerful when one of their own is standing trial for murder, and the many witnesses to his crime suddenly find themselves on the hitlist.
  • Down the River Unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley. In this terrific new series debut by a seasoned grandmaster, we meet PI Joe King Oliver, an ex-cop and ex-con now investigating his own bogus conviction, and that of a Black militant journalist on death row.
  • Only to Sleep: A Phillip Marlowe Novel, by Lawrence Osborne. It is 1988, and the Raymond Chandler’s great sardonic detective is coaxed out of retirement in Baja for one last case, responding to “a sad summons from the depths of own wasted past.” Hardboiled gold.
  • A Treacherous Curse, by Deann Raybourn. In the third entry of this winning historical mystery series, Edwardian sleuths Veronica Speedwell and her colleague, Revelstoke “Stoker” Templeton-Vane search for a missing archeologist.

                  ….and the award goes to…?

Visit our catalog list to find out, together with all the other Edgar winners! Check out this fascinating roundtable discussion in which this year’s nominees offer their takes on the state of crime fiction, over at CrimeReads, parts 1, and 2.

     ~ Posted by David W.

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