2024 Edgar Award Winners Announced!

By: Brandon Williams, May 4th, 2024 3:05 pm.

The Edgar Awards, presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), celebrated its 78th edition in 2024, continuing its tradition of recognizing excellence in the genre of mystery and crime fiction. This year’s awards ceremony showcased a diverse array of talent across various categories, from established authors to promising newcomers. Let’s delve into the winners and the works that earned them this prestigious recognition.

2024 Edgar Award Winners

Best Novel: Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke‘s Flags on the Bayou captivated readers with its rich narrative tapestry woven against the atmospheric backdrop of the Louisiana bayou. In this gripping tale, Burke masterfully intertwines elements of crime, family drama, and Southern Gothic ambiance, delivering a compelling mystery that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned.

Best First Novel: The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S. Berry

The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S. Berry emerged triumphant in the category of Best First Novel, showcasing the remarkable talent of a promising new voice in American mystery fiction. Set against the backdrop of a small, close-knit community, Berry’s debut novel weaves a captivating tale of secrets, betrayal, and redemption, leaving readers eagerly anticipating future works from this talented author.

Best Paperback Original: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto‘s Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers claimed the Best Paperback Original award with its clever blend of wit, suspense, and dark humor. Through the eyes of the irrepressible Vera Wong, Sutanto delivers a fresh and entertaining take on the amateur sleuth genre, offering readers a delightful romp through the world of amateur detective work.

Best Fact Crime: Crooked by Nathan Masters

Nathan MastersCrooked earned acclaim in the Best Fact Crime category for its meticulous research and gripping storytelling. Delving into the murky world of corruption and crime, Masters sheds light on a compelling true story that exposes the dark underbelly of society, compelling readers to confront uncomfortable truths about power, justice, and the human condition.

Best Critical/Biographical: Love Me Fierce in Danger by Steven Powell

Love Me Fierce in Danger by Steven Powell stood out in the Best Critical/Biographical category, offering readers a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection between crime fiction and society. Through insightful analysis and incisive commentary, Powell delves into the enduring appeal of the genre, shedding light on its cultural significance and relevance in today’s world.

Best Short Story: Hallowed Ground by Linda Castillo

Linda Castillo‘s story Hallowed Ground captured the hearts of readers and critics alike with its haunting portrayal of loss, redemption, and the enduring power of memory. In this evocative short story, Castillo demonstrates her mastery of the form, weaving a poignant narrative that resonates long after the final sentence.

Best Juvenile: The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto by Adrianna Cuevas

The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto by Adrianna Cuevas enchanted young readers with its whimsical blend of mystery, adventure, and supernatural intrigue. Through the eyes of its intrepid young protagonist, Cuevas spins a captivating yarn that transports readers to a world where ghosts, secrets, and friendship collide in unexpected ways.

Best Young Adult: Girl Forgotten by April Henry

The winner of the YA prize was Girl Forgotten by April Henry, which captivated audiences with its gripping blend of suspense, psychological depth, and heart-pounding thrills. In this riveting young adult novel, Henry explores themes of identity, memory, and the quest for truth, delivering a compelling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Other Notable Awards

In addition to the main categories, several other notable awards were presented at the 2024 Edgar Awards ceremony:

  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: Kate Hohl for The Body in Cell Two, published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
  • Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award: Play the Fool by Lina Chern.
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award: An Evil Heart by Linda Castillo.
  • Lilian Jackson Braun Memorial Award: Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux.
  • Grand Master Awards: Katherine Hall Page and R.L. Stine were honored for their significant contributions to the genre.
  • Ellery Queen Award: Michaela Hamilton was recognized for her distinguished editing career in the mystery genre.

Congratulations to the winners and honourees!

The 2024 Edgar Awards not only celebrated the outstanding achievements of established authors but also highlighted the promise of emerging talents, reaffirming the enduring appeal and vitality of mystery and crime fiction in contemporary literature. As readers eagerly anticipate the next wave of literary gems, the legacy of the Edgar Awards continues to shine bright, illuminating the best and brightest in the world of mystery and crime fiction.

If you want to see it all for yourself, you can view the 2024 Edgar Awards ceremony that was held via Zoom.

For more on the Edgar Awards, please visit EdgarAwards.com. You can also see our list of 2024 Edgar Award nominees.

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