Edgar Awards Winners 2016

Edgar Allan Poe AwardsThe winners of the popular Edgar Allan Poe Awards are finally out for 2016. The ceremony took place yesterday, April 28 in New York at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Hundreds of people attended as the awards seeked to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and TV, all published in 2015.

Here are the winners and nominees  – congrats to all!

Best Novel:


  • Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy

Also nominated:

  • The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
  • The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr
  • Life or Death by Michael Robotham
  • Canary by Duane Swierczynski
  • Night Life by David C. Taylor

Best First Novel:


  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Also nominated:

  • Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
  • Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Best Paperback Original:


  • The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

Also nominated:

  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  • Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
  • Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
  • The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Best Fact Crime:


  • Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil

Also nominated:

  • Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide by Eric Bogosian
  • Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World that Made Him by T.J. English
  • Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid
  • American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple

Best Critical/Biographical:


  • The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

Also nominated:

  • The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth
  • Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan
  • Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker
  • The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward

Best Short Story:


  • “Obits” by Stephen King

Also nominated:

  • The Little Men” by Megan Abbott
  • On Borrowed Time” by Mat Coward
  • The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” by Peter Farrelly
  • Family Treasures” by Shirley Jackson
  • Every Seven Years” by Denise Mina

Best Juvenile:


  • Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught

Also nominated:

  • Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
  • If You Find This by Matthew Baker
  • Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester
  • Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Best Young Adult:


  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Also nominated:

  • Endangered by Lamar Giles
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  • Ask the Dark by Henry Turner

Best Television Episode Teleplay:

  • Gently with the Women”, George Gently, teleplay by Peter Flannery (Acorn TV)

Also nominated:

  • Episode 7,” Broadchurch, teleplay by Chris Chibnall (BBC America)
  • Elise,” Foyle’s War, teleplay by Anthony Horowitz (Acorn TV)
  • Terra Incognita,” Person of Interest, teleplay by Erik Mountain and Melissa Scrivner Love (CBS/Warner Brothers)
  • The Beating of Her Wings,” Ripper Street, teleplay by Richard Warlow

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award:

  • Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick” by Russell W. Johnson

Grand Master:

  • Walter Mosley

Raven Awards:

  • Margaret Kinsman and Sisters in Crime

Ellery Queen Award:

  • Janet Rudolph, founder of Mystery Readers International

Mary Higgins Clark Award:


  • Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

Also nominated:

  • A Woman Unknown by Frances Brody
  • The Masque of a Murderer by Suzanna Calkins
  • Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron
  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
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