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Today the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2021 Edgar Awards, one of the mystery world’s premier honors. This year marks the 75th annual presentation of the awards.

For more on the nominees and special award winners, check out our roundtable discussion: The State of the Crime Novel in 2021, Part One and Part Two. Congratulations to all this year’s authors.

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BEST NOVEL

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (Penguin Random House – Random House)
Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney (Poisoned Pen Press)
Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Penguin Random House – Pamela Dorman Books)
These Women by Ivy Pochoda (HarperCollins Publishers – Ecco)
The Missing American by Kwei Quartey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
The Distant Dead by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

WINNER: DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE, by Deepa Anappara

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Kwei Quartey on the role of the spiritual in African crime fiction

Richard Osman on why all British people are potential murderers

Ivy Pochoda on the books that will make your child a future crime writer

Heather Young on the town that inspired her novel and writing dual narrative mysteries

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BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

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Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March (Minotaur Books)
Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen (Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books)
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (HarperCollins Publishers – Ecco)
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (Penguin Random House – Berkley)

WINNER: PLEASE SEE US, by Caitlin Mullen

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Nev March on a family friend and a notorious murder

Caitlin Mullen on the rise and fall of a resort town reimagined as a gambling den

Elisabeth Thomas on the literature of long, eerie summer days

David Heska Wanbli Weiden on why indigenous crime fiction matters

Stephanie Wrobel on how to write perfect twist endings

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BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

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When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman (Blackstone Publishing)
Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
The Keeper by Jessica Moor (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper 360)

WINNER: WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, by Alyssa Cole

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Alyssa Cole on social justice in crime fiction

Jess Lourey on the year’s newly launched crime and mystery series

Jessica Moor on the crime obsessed who refuse to deal with the reality of domestic violence

Khurrum Rahman on making his West London youth into a spy novel

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BEST FACT CRIME

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Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America by Mark A. Bradley (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg (Hachette Book Group – Hachette Books)

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic by Eric Eyre (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch (Penguin Random House – Random House)

Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife by Ariel Sabar (Penguin Random House – Doubleday)

WINNER: DEATH IN MUD LICK: A COAL COUNTRY FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUG COMPANIES THAT DELIVERED THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, by Eric Eyre

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BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

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Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club edited by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper360/Collins Crime Club)

Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane (Chicago Review Press)

Ian Rankin: A Companion to the Mystery & Fiction by Erin E. MacDonald (McFarland)

Guilt Rules All:  Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction by Elizabeth Mannion & Brian Cliff (Syracuse University Press)

This Time Next Year We’ll be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press)

WINNER: PHANTOM LADY: HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER JOAN HARRISON, THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN BEHIND HITCHCOCK, by Christina Lane

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Christina Lane on the women behind Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’

Jacqueline Winspear on helping her father steal a Christmas tree

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BEST SHORT STORY

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“The Summer Uncle Cat Came to Stay,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Leslie Elman (Dell Magazines)
“Dust, Ash, Flight,” Addis Ababa Noir by Maaza Mengiste (Akashic Books)
“Etta at the End of the World,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by Joseph S. Walker  (Dell Magazines)
“The Twenty-Five Year Engagement,” In League with Sherlock Holmes by James W. Ziskin (Pegasus Books – Pegasus Crime

WINNER: “DUST, ASH, FLIGHT,” by Maaza Mengiste, from Addis Ababa Noir

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BEST JUVENILE

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Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Workman Publishing – Algonquin Young Readers)
Me and Banksy by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Penguin Random House Canada – Puffin Canada)
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (HarperCollins Children’s Books – Katherine Tegen Books)
Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor (Penguin Young Readers – Viking BFYR)
Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage (Random House Children’s Books – Crown BFYR)
Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders (Sourcebooks Young Readers)

WINNER: PREMEDITATED MYRTLE, by Elizabeth C. Bunce

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BEST YOUNG ADULT

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The Companion by Katie Alender (Penguin Young Readers – G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR)
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)
They Went Left by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)
Silence of Bones by June Hur (Macmillan Children’s Books – Feiwel & Friends)
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (Penguin Random House – Delacorte Press)

WINNER: THE COMPANION, by Katie Alender

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BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

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“Episode 1, The Stranger” – Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, Written by Danny Brocklehurst (Netflix)
“Episode 1, Open Water” – The SoundsWritten by Sarah-Kate Lynch (Acorn TV)
“Episode 1, Photochemistry” – Dead Still, Written by John Morton (Acorn TV)
“Episode 1” – Des, Written by Luke Neal (Sundance Now)
“What I Know” – The Boys, Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine, based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson (Amazon)

WINNER: John Morton, Episode 1 of “Dead Still”

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ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

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“The Bite,” Tampa Bay Noir by Colette Bancroft (Akashic Books)

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THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

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Death of an American Beauty by Mariah Fredericks (Minotaur Books)
The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart (Minotaur Books)
The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)
Cold Wind by Paige Shelton (Minotaur Books)

WINNER: THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE by Elsa Hart

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THE G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS SUE GRAFTON MEMORIAL AWARD

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The Burn by Kathleen Kent (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King (Penguin Random House – Ballantine Books)
Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House Books)
Dead Land by Sara Paretsky (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
The Sleeping Nymph by Ilaria Tuti (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
Turn to Stone by James W. Ziskin (Start Publishing – Seventh Street Books)

WINNER: VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY by Rosalie Knecht

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GRAND MASTER

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Jeffery Deaver

Charlaine Harris

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RAVEN AWARD

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Malice Domestic

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ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

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Reagan Arthur, Publisher – Alfred A. Knopf

 

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Michael Neff
Algonkian Producer
New York Pitch Director
Author, Development Exec, Editor

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