The 2021 Edgar Award® Winners

by Nyctophilia

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly called the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. Named after American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), a pioneer in the genre, the awards honor the best in mystery fictionnon-fictiontelevisionfilm, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

The 75th Annual Edgar® Awards were celebrated on April 29, 2021.

Best Novel

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)

Best First Novel

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen (Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books)

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March (Minotaur 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)

Best Paperback Original

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)

Best Fact Crime

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

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)
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)

Best Critical/Biographical

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

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

Best Short Story

“Dust, Ash, Flight,” Addis Ababa Noir by Maaza Mengiste (Akashic Books)

“The Summer Uncle Cat Came to Stay,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Leslie Elman (Dell Magazines)
“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)

Best Juvenile

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)

Young Adult

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)

TV Episode Teleplay

“Episode 1, Photochemistry” – Dead Still, Written by John Morton (Acorn TV)

“Episode 1, The Stranger” – Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, Written by Danny Brocklehurst (Netflix)
“Episode 1, Open Water” – The Sounds, Written by Sarah-Kate Lynch (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)

Robert L. Fish Memorial

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

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart (Minotaur Books)

Death of an American Beauty by Mariah Fredericks (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)

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

Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House Books)

The Burn by Kathleen Kent (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King (Penguin Random House – Ballantine 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)

Grand Master

Jeffery Deaver
Charlaine Harris

Raven Award

Malice Domestic

Ellery Queen Award

Reagan Arthur, Publisher – Alfred A. Knopf


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