Awards: Edgar Winners; Reading the West Shortlists

Winners of the 2024 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America and honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television, were announced last night:
Best Novel: Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Best First Novel by an American Author: The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S. Berry (Atria Books)
Best Paperback Original: Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Berkley)
Best Fact Crime: Crooked: The Roaring '20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, a Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal by Nathan Masters (Hachette Books)
Best Critical/Biographical: Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy by Steven Powell (Bloomsbury Academic)
Best Short Story: "Hallowed Ground" by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books)
Best Juvenile: The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto by Adrianna Cuevas (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Best Young Adult: Girl Forgotten by April Henry (Christy Ottaviano Books)
Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Escape from Shit Mountain"--Poker Face, written by Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman (Peacock)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "The Body in Cell Two," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May-June 2023 by Kate Hohl (Dell Magazines)
The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award: Play the Fool by Lina Chern (Bantam)
The G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award: An Evil Heart by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books)
The Lilian Jackson Braun Memorial Award: Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux (Pegasus Crime)
Grand Masters: Katherine Hall Page, R.L. Stine
Ellery Queen Award: Michaela Hamilton, Kensington Books


Shortlists have been selected for the 34th Annual Reading the West Book Awards, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and honoring the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the MPIBA states, or created by an author or artist living or working in the region. Member stores and readers will now vote, and winners will be announced on June 13. To see the shortlists in eight categories, click here.

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