January 19th was Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday, and The Mystery Writers of America have just announced the nominees for the 78th annual Edgar Awards. So, it seems like a good time to highlight mysteries.
The Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television writing each year. The nominees for this year’s best novel include two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead's latest addition to his Harlem Trilogy and crime phenom S.A. Crosby's thrilling and grisly latest hit loved by Barack Obama.
Here are the seven great mystery novels nominated for the fiction award. You can see all the nominees here.
Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke
From bestselling author James Lee Burke comes a novel set in Civil War-era Louisiana as the South transforms and a brilliant cast of characters - enslaved and free women, plantation gentry, and battle-weary Confederate and Union soldiers - are caught in the maelstrom.
All the Sinner Bleed by S. A. Cosby
New York Times bestselling and LA Times Book Prize-winning author S. A. Cosby is back with a new novel about the first Black sheriff in a small Southern town , and his hunt for a killer. This socially conscious southern noir is about as violent and grizzly as novels get.
The Madwomen of Paris by Jennifer Cody Epstein
Two women fall under the influence of a powerful doctor in Paris's notorious nineteenth-century women's asylum--a gripping novel inspired by true events, from the bestselling author of Wunderland.
The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger
In 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by a shocking murder, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling novel, an instant bestseller and "a work of art." (The Denver Post)
Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll
“On one level, Bright Young Women is a breakneck thriller based on Ted Bundy's heinous crimes. It ties together the stories of two women with connections to the murders and their search for justice. On another, it functions as a sharp examination of our culture's obsession with serial killers and true crime.” (Harper's Bazaar)
Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of Harlem Shuffle continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.
An Honest Man by Michael Koryta
"Michael Koryta's best book" (Stephen King) opens with a yacht full of bodies, a woman hiding from killers on a nearby island, and a man trying to prove his innocence and save his life—in a breathtaking thriller from the bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead.