Looking For The Best 2008 Mystery And Crime Books? The Edgar Nominees Are Announced

February 12, 2009

The Mystery Writers of America, the premier organization for crime and mystery writers, has announced the 2009 Edgar Award nominees. The winners will be announced at the Edgars Award Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on April 30, 2009. The nominees are:

Best Novel:
Missing by Karin Alvtegen
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box
Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno
The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes
The Night Following by Morag Joss
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Best First Novel By An American Author
The Kind One by Tom Epperson
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller
The Foreigner by Francie Lin
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock

Best Fact Crime
For The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It To The Revolution by T.J. English
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale


Best Young Adult
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Paper Towns by John Green
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
Torn to Pieces by Margot McDonnell

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One Response to “Looking For The Best 2008 Mystery And Crime Books? The Edgar Nominees Are Announced”

  1. Kevin Parker Says:

    Lovely. Great idea to have a blog letting your community know about award winning literature- the Newbery and Caldecott books this year are delicious.

    The Edgars are one of the most popular page on my suite of Literary Award sites that cover over 250 awards world wide, including http://www.bookawardsonline.com, which covers American awards. The site offers a news with updates about every award covered.

    When you consider that the Edgars are up against the Pulitzer and National Book Awards in the USA, that’s impressive and one-up for the mystery genre.

    I came across your site when I was researching the Essex Book Festival -in the county of Essex in England that is! The UK now boasts approaching 300 literary festivals per year and the County of Essex holds month long series of events in March each year. (www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/essex.html)

    Grand to stumble upon you.

    Best wishes from Australia and the UK

    Kevin Parker (aka award tragic)

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