Investigate Some of the Best Mysteries of 2012

How many of this year's best mystery books have you read?

Mystery Writers of America is a distinguished organization of mystery writers and fans. MWA has been promoting mysterious literature since 1945, and includes some of the biggest names in the genre—recent presidents include Charlaine Harris, Laura Lippman and Lee Child. This month, MWA announced the nominees for their annual Edgar Awards. Named for Edgar Allen Poe, these prizes are presented to the authors of the best mystery and crime books published in the U.S. during the prior year. Hopefully you can handle the suspense until the winners are announced on May 2.

Check out a contender for the Edgar Awards:

Best Novel

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman

Sunset by Al Lamanda

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley

Best First Novel

The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay

Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The 500 by Matthew Quirk

Black Fridays by Michael Sears  

Best Paperback Original

Complication by Isaac Adamson

Whiplash River by Lou Berney

Bloodland by Alan Glynn

Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters  

Best Fact Crime

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD*

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre

The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry  

Best Critical/Biographical

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis*

Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke*

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien

In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero edited by Otto Penzler*  

Best Short Story

"Iphigenia in Aulis" - An Apple for the Creature by Mike Carey

"Hot Sugar Blues" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Steve Liskow

"The Void it Often Brings With It" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tom Piccirilli

"The Unremarkable Heart" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter

"Still Life No. 41" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Teresa Solana

Best Juvenile 

Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau*

The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo*

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Young Adult

Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

Crusher by Niall Leonard*

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

TV Episode Teleplay

"Pilot" - Longmire, Teleplay by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny (A&E/Warner Horizon Television)

"Child Predator" - elemeNtarY, Teleplay by Peter Blake (CBS Productions)

"Slaughterhouse" - Justified, Teleplay by Fred Golan (Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions)

"A Scandal in Belgravia" - Sherlock, Teleplay by Steven Moffat (BBC/Masterpiece)

"New Car Smell" - Homeland, Teleplay by Meredith Stiehm (Showtime/Fox21)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
For the best mystery short story by a previously unpublished author

"When They Are Done With Us" - Staten Island Noir by Patricia Smith

Mary Higgins Clark Award
For the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark

Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton

A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell

The Reckoning by Jane Casey

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Sleepwalker by Wendy Corsi Staub

*These titles are not currently available at Oakland Public Library, but can be borrowed using LinkPlus. If you’re new to LinkPlus, read this.

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