The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for their 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, known as the Edgars. The 2013 Edgar nominees listed below honor books published in 2012. The Edgars are the most prestigious awards in mystery and thriller writing and they’re also the cutest ones. Look at that statuette of Poe the winners receive! I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t store that thing in the bathroom like some Oscar winners do. I’m feeling judged by that little dude. Congrats to all the nominees – the winners will be announced at the Edgar Awards banquet in New York on May 2nd.



The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

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The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman

Sunset by Al Lamanda

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley


The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay

Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The 500 by Matthew Quirk

Black Fridays by Michael Sears


Complication by Isaac Adamson

Whiplash River by Lou Berney

Bloodland by Alan Glynn

Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn

The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters


Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted

the Last Days of Old China by Paul French

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

by Gilbert King

More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered

by D.P. Lyle, MD

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre

The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from

the Streets of Tokyo – and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry


Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed

by John Paul Athanasourelis

Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest

Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

by James O’Brien

In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the

Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler


"Iphigenia in Aulis" – An Apple for the Creature by Mike Carey

"Hot Sugar Blues" – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance

by Steve Liskow

"The Void it Often Brings With It” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

by Tom Piccirilli

"The Unremarkable Heart" – Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance

by Karin Slaughter

"Still Life No. 41" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Teresa Solana


Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved

the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau

The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage


Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

Crusher by Niall Leonard

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein