Last night the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. Five of the awards are listed below and you can find a full listing of winners and nominees at the MWA website.
Best Novel – Gone by Mo Hayder
Investigating a serial carjacker whose actual targets are young children in back seats, Jack Caffery teams up once again with police diver Sergeant Flea Marley, whose life is endangered by a discovery in an abandoned, half-submerged tunnel.
Best First Novel by an American Author – Bent Road by Lori Roy
After the 1967 riots in Detroit hit too close to home, Celia Scott and her family move back to her husband’s hometown in Kansas, where his sister died under mysterious circumstances 20 years before and where Celia and two of her children struggle to adjust–especially when a local girl disappears, sending the town into a whirlwind.
Best Paperback Original – The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett
After eleven union men are found dead in a trolley car in 1919, a man named Hayes must discover the truth behind the murders–and behind the McNaughton Corporation and the Evesden, the company town it built–before he meets a grim end.
Best Fact Crime – Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President’s political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from an assassin’s bullet.
Best Critical/Biographical - On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda
Combining memoir and appreciation, On Conan Doyle is a highly engaging personal introduction to Holmes’s creator, as well as a rare insider’s account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars, the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups.
- posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services