The Edgar® Awards – 2025 Submissions

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This list includes all submissions received by the MWA national office as of April 9, 2024Appearance of your work on this list does not mean you have been nominated for an Edgar® Award. It only means your work has been submitted for consideration. Only the judges on each Edgar® committee determine who is nominated and who wins. Nominations will be announced on or around Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday (January 19th) in 2025.  The winners will be announced at the Edgar® Banquet on a Thursday in either late April or early May 2025.

Best Novel

Bennett, Michael, RETURN TO BLOOD
Bennett, Robert Jackson, THE TAINTED CUP
Berry, Steve, THE ATLAS MANEUVER
Black, Cara, MURDER AT LA VILLETTE
Black, Lisa, THE DEEPEST KILL
Box, C.J., THREE-INCH TEETH
Brennan, Allison , THE MISSING WITNESS
Bruen, Ken, GALWAY CONFIDENTIAL
Campisi, Megan, THE WIDOW SPY
Carson, Scott, LOST MAN’S LANE
Cavanagh, Steve, KILL FOR ME, KILL FOR YOU
Conway, Elly, ARGYLLE
Correa, Armando Lucas, THE SILENCE IN HER EYES
Dag, Niklas Natt och, THE ORDER OF THE FURIES
de la Motte, Anders, THE MOUNTAIN KING
Dean, Abigail, DAY ONE
Dodd, Christina, EVERY SINGLE SECRET
Dolan, Harry, DON’T TURN AROUND
Donovan, Kemper, THE BUSY BODY
Dovalpage, Teresa, LAST SEEN IN HAVANA
Downing, David, UNION STATION
Elston, Ashley, FIRST LIE WINS
Ferraro, Nicolás, MY FAVORITE SCAR
Fisher, Tarryn, GOOD HALF GONE
French, Tana, THE HUNTER
Frick, Kit, THE SPLIT
Gardner, Lisa, STILL SEE YOU EVERYWHERE
Grady, James, THE SMOKE IN OUR EYES
Hallett, Janice, THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS
Handler, David, THE WOMAN WHO LOWERED THE BOOM
Hayes, Terry, THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST
Hill, Edwin, WHO TO BELIEVE
Jacobs, Nova, THE STARS TURNED INSIDE OUT
Kashiwai, Hisashi, THE KAMOGAWA FOOD DETECTIVES
Keir, Linda, THE ROYAL GAME
Kellerman, Jonathan, THE GHOST ORCHID
King, Laurie R., THE LANTERN’S DANCE
Kurian, Vera, A STEP PAST DARKNESS
Langan, Sarah, A BETTER WORLD
Lawson, Mike, KINGPIN
Lennon, J. Robert, HARD GIRLS
Lief, Katia, INVISIBLE WOMAN
Lindholm, James, CALYPSO DOWN
Littell, Robert, A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES
Mackintosh, Clare, A GAME OF LIES
Mahmood, Imran, FINDING SOPHIE
Marlantes, Karl, COLD VICTORY
Miller, C.L., THE ANTIQUE HUNTER’S GUIDE TO MURDER
Murrary, Andrew Hunter, THE SANCTUARY
Olson, Karen E., AN INCONVENIENT WIFE
Parlato, Terri, WHAT WAITS IN THE WOODS
Peguero, Robin, ONE IN THE CHAMBER
Perry, Thomas, HERO
Petrie, Nick, THE PRICE YOU PAY
Rice, Luanne, LAST NIGHT
Rickstad, Eric, LILITH
Schillace, Brandy, THE FRAMED WOMEN OF ARDEMORE HOUSE
Scott, Justin, THE SISTER QUEENS
Scottoline, Lisa, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS
Stevenson, Benjamin, EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT
Straczynski, J. Michael, THE GLASS BOX
Swierczynski, Duane, CALIFORNIA BEAR
Thornton, Chris Harding, LITTLE UNDERWORLD
Trinchieri, Camilla, THE ROAD TO MURDER
Winters, Ben H., BIG TIME

 

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Best First Novel

Brody, Kate, RABBIT HOLE
Bush, Marlee, WHEN SHE WAS ME
Flaherty, Brendan, THE DREDGE
Friedman, Terry S., BONE PENDANT GIRLS
Greer, Sierra, ANNIE BOT
Greisman, Gordon, THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER
Howard, Scott Alexander, THE OTHER VALLEY
Hutchins, Pamela Fagan, HER SILENT BONES
Kahler, Abbott, WHERE YOU END
Ma-Kellams, Christine, THE BAND
Michaelson, Kate, HIDDEN ROOMS
Ochs, Sara, THE RESORT
Pease, Amy, NORTHWOODS
Plantinga, Adam, THE ASCENT
Sierra, Tracey, NIGHTWATCHING

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Best Paperback/E-Book Original

Baker, Shannon, BULL’S EYE
Beaumont, Jack, DARK ARENA
Bock, Kris, SOMEONE ROTTEN RIDING THE RAILS
Bond, Gwenda, THE FRAME-UP
Brooks, Elizabeth, THE WOMAN IN THE SABLE COAT
Bruton, Keith, MURDER ON THE DODDER
Carlsson, Christoffer, UNDER THE STORM
Casale, Alexia, THE BEST WAY TO BURY YOUR HUSBAND
Coggins, Mark, GEISHA CONFIDENTIAL
Ferguson, Ian &, Ferguson, Will, I ONLY READ MURDER
Fleury, Clive, OFF SEASON
Mayfield, Jahmal, SMOKE KINGS
McNamara, Frances, THREE-DECKER MURDER IN A NUTSHELL
Miller, Timothy, THE STRANGE CASE OF THE PHAROAH’S HEART
Regan, Lisa, FACE HER FEAR
Richell, Hannah, THE SEARCH PARTY
Rose, Willow, DON’T LET HER GO
Simpson, Roger, HALIFAX: RESURRECTION
Taylor, Mel &, Shea, Brian, THE EXCLUSIVE
Wascom, Kent, THE GREAT STATE OF WEST FLORIDA
Wolfe, Leslie, IF I GO MISSING

 

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Best Fact Crime

Eischeid, Susan, MISTRESS OF LIFE AND DEATH: THE DARK JOURNEY OF MARIA MANDL, HEAD OVERSEER OF THE WOMEN’S CAMP AT AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Esau, Alvin A.J., 31 MURDERS: FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF SERIAL SEX KILLER EARLE NELSON
Ferrante, Louis, BORGATA: RISE OF EMPIRE: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MAFIA
Pederson, Rena, THE KING OF DIAMONDS: THE SEARCH FOR THE ELUSIVE TEXAS JEWEL THIEF
Poston, Jr., McCracken, ZENITH MAN: DEATH, LOVE, AND REDEMPTION IN A GEORGIA COURTROOM
Rose, Jonathan R., AFTER THE FLAMES: A BURN VICTIM’S BATTLE WITH CELEBRITY
Ryan, Jason, SWAMP KINGS: THE STORY OF THE MURDAUGH FAMILY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND A CENTURY OF BACKWOODS POWER
Sherman, Casey , A MURDER IN HOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF TINSELTOWN’S MOST SHOCKING CRIME

Best Critical-Biographical

Ashman, Nathan, JAMES SALLIS: A COMPANION TO THE MYSTERY FICTION
Meuel, David, JOAN CRAWFORD IN FILM NOIR: THE ACTRESS AS AUTEUR

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Best Short Story

Bracken, Michael, “BAR NONE” – MURDER, NEAT
Campbell, Melodie, “THE MOB, THE MODEL…AND THE COLLEGE REUNION,” MURDER, NEAT
Chase, Joslyn, “SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS” – MYSTERY MAGAZINE
D’Agnese, Joseph, “WHEN LILACS LAST IN THE DOORYARD BLED” – MURDER, NEAT
De Noux, O’Neil, “FLESH WOUNDS” – MURDER, NEAT
Dean, David, “THE ATONEMENT OF MICHAEL DARCY” – MURDER, NEAT
Fisher, Eve, “BAD INFLUENCE” – MURDER, NEAT
Floyd, John M., “BOURBON AND WATER” – MURDER, NEAT
Gates, David Edgerley, “SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO” – MURDER, NEAT
Goffman, Barb, “NEVER HAVE I EVER” – MURDER, NEAT
Kisska, Kristin, “NOT YO’MAMA’S IPA” – MURDER, NEAT
Law, Janice, “THE COLONEL” – MURDER, NEAT
Lawton, R.T., “THE BAR” – MURDER, NEAT
Liskow, Steve, “WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE ROOM” – MURDER, NEAT
Lopresti, Robert, “SHANK’S SUNBEAM” – MURDER, NEAT
Lundin, Leigh, “RAZING THE BAR” – MURDER, NEAT
Maddox, Lawrence, “DEEP TIME” – MURDER, NEAT
Mangeot, Robert, “NOBLE ROT” – MURDER, NEAT
O’Connor, Paul Ryan, “NO ONE WILL BELIEVE YOU” – MYSTERY MAGAZINE
Richardson, Travis, GOLDEN PARACHUTE” – MURDER, NEAT
Ross, Stephen, “ROOM OF ICE” – MURDER, NEAT
Taylor, Art , “TWO FOR ONE” – MURDER, NEAT
Thielman, Mark, “LYRICS AND MUSIC” – MURDER, NEAT
Thornton, Brian, “THE CATHERINE WHEEL” – MURDER, NEAT
Winter, Jim, “BAD WHISKEY” – MURDER, NEAT
Zelvin, Elizabeth, “A FRIENDLY GLASS” – MURDER, NEAT

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Best Juvenile

Atkinson, Cate, SUPER FRIENDS!
Majoka, Salwa &, Chung, Christine D.U., VIEWFINDER

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Best Young Adult

Albert, Melissa, THE BAD ONES
De Souza, Adam, THE GULF
Levinson, Marilyn, THE DEVIL’S PAWN
Lin, Ann Sei, REBEL SKIES
Roque, Rebecca, TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US
Wooten, Jeff, KILL CALL

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Best TV Episode

Brocklehurst, Danny, “EPISODE 8” – FOOL ME ONCE
Brocklehurst, Danny, “EPISODE 7” – FOOL ME ONCE
Brocklehurst, Danny, “EPISODE 2” – FOOL ME ONCE
Brocklehurst, Danny, “EPISODE 1” – FOOL ME ONCE
Coben, Charlotte, “EPISODE 3” – FOOL ME ONCE
Farrelly, Tom, “EPISODE 6” – FOOL ME ONCE
Metivier, Nina, “EPISODE 5” – FOOL ME ONCE
Oyefuwa, Yemi, “EPISODE 4” – FOOL ME ONCE

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Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

 

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Mary Higgins Clark Award

Dovalpage, Teresa, LAST SEEN IN HAVANA
Hill, Edwin, WHO TO BELIEVE
Michaelson, Kate, HIDDEN ROOMS
Parlato, Terri, WHAT WAITS IN THE WOODS

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Sue Grafton Award

Black, Cara, MURDER AT LA VILLETTE
Bock, Kris, SOMEONE ROTTEN RIDING THE RAILS
Brennan, Allison , THE MISSING WITNESS
Chan, Chris, SHE RUINED OUR LIVES

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Lilian Jackson Braun Award

Cahoon, Lynn, FIVE FURRY FAMILIARS
Donovan, Kemper, THE BUSY BODY
Gayle, Katie, A COUNTRY WEDDING MURDER
Norlander, Linda, THE DEATH OF GOLDIE’S MISTRESS

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