The Best in Mystery--Edgar and Agatha Winners

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The winners of both the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were recently announced, so if you're looking to add a bit of mystery to your summer reading, look no further!

The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The Agathas, named after Agatha Christie, honor the "traditional" mystery as exemplified by Christie's works. This is the award for you if you're looking for mysteries with no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. No "hard boiled" mysteries here. Check out these lists, and maybe discover a new favorite mystery author!

The Edgar winners:

BEST NOVEL:
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR:
The Expats by Chris Pavone

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL:
The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters

BEST FACT CRIME:
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted
the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL:
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics
by James O’Brien

BEST JUVENILE:
The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo

BEST YOUNG ADULT:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD:
"When They Are Done With Us" – Staten Island Noir
by Patricia Smith (Akashic Books)

The Agatha winners:

Best Novel:
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Best First Novel:
Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

Best Non-fiction:
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly/Declan Burke

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel:

The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner

Best Historical Novel:
Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson

 

 

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