2017 Award Winning Mysteries

By Pat Gaines

Here is a list of some of last year's award winning mysteries you may have missed. Catch up on your reading so you are ready for the 2018 winners.

  • Before the Fall

    2016 by Hawley, Noah

    EDGAR AWARD, BEST NOVEL—The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash, detailing the consequences and possible conspiracies. A gritty tale of mystery and suspense.

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  • Girl in the Blue Coat

    2016 by Hesse, Monica

    EDGAR AWARD, BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL—In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke gets involved with finding a missing Jewish girl in a blue coat. Her search opens her life, her eyes, and her heart to reality and the atrocities around her.

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  • A Great Reckoning

    2016 by Penny, Louise

    AGATHA AWARD, BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL; ANTHONY AWARD, BEST NOVEL—Homicide investigator Armand Gamache follows clues found in an old map to the site of a dead professor. This latest installment of Penny’s series reveals some answers of Gamache’s past and presents a great mystery and drama. “A chilling story that's also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • IQ

    2016 by Ide, Joe

    ANTHONY AWARD, BEST FIRST NOVEL; SHAMUS AWARD, BEST FIRST PRIVATE EYE NOVEL—Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) lives in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood and solves crimes for the local disenfranchised individuals that the LAPD disregards. IQ also has to solicit business to keep his bills paid. This detective story has great characters in addition to IQ and is good enough to leave us wanting more.

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  • The Semester of Our Discontent

    2016 by Kuhn, Cynthia

    AGATHA AWARD, BEST FIRST NOVEL—English professor Lila Maclean is happy in her new university job until she finds one of her colleagues dead. Lila becomes an amateur sleuth to find the killer. This is the first in a cozy mystery series which is richly detailed and engaging.

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  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

    2016 by Franklin, Ruth

    ANTHONY AWARD, BEST CRITICAL/NONFICTION WORK; EDGAR AWARD, BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL WORK—Shirley Jackson is known for the chilling novel The Haunting of Hill House. This biography reveals tumultuous details of her life and the darkness which gave Ms. Jackson her take on the Gothic genre. It also reveals how her focus came from a place hostile to women.

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  • Speakers of the Dead

    2016 by Sanders, J. Aaron

    LAMDA AWARD, GAY MYSTERY—This mystery centers around the investigative exploits of a young reporter who navigates New York City's body-snatching industry in an attempt to exonerate his friend of a wrongful murder charge.

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  • Under the Harrow

    2016 by Berry, Flynn

    EDGAR AWARD, BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN—Nora arrives at her sister Rachel’s village farmhouse for a weekend visit and finds Rachel and her dog viciously murdered. This is a psychological thriller that tells a disturbing and compelling story.

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  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of A Victorian Child Murderer

    2016 by Summerscale, Kate

    EDGAR AWARD, BEST FACT CRIME—This is a true crime tale. Set in 1895, when Robert Coombes and his brother Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent to trial. Summerscale tells the compelling story of the 12- and 13 year-olds from the crime committed to its aftermath, uncovering a thought-provoking story.

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