Congrats to the Edgar Award Nominees!!!


We were happy to see many of our favorite books and authors nominated for this years MWA Edgar Awards. Many of the books that made it into our Top  10 lists of the year, like Reed Farrel Coleman’s lyrical noir Where It Hurts and Alison Gaylin’s tale of celebricide What Remains Of Me, made the cut. Two of our favorite debuts of the year, Flynn Berry’s Under the Harrow (a tale of sisterly revenge) and Joe Ide’s IQ (an imaginative take on Sherlock Holmes, set in South Central LA), made the list for best first novel.

This may be the first year of mother-daughter nominees, with Patricia Abbott up for Best Paperback Original for Shot in Detroit and Megan Abbott up for Best Short Story for her contribution to Mississippi Noir. Some of out favorite anthologies, including Mississippi Noir, St. Louis Noir, and In Sunlight Or In Shadow: Stories Inspired By The Painting Of Edward Hopper had at least one story nominated for Best Short Story.

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Edgar Nominations Announced!


mwaThe nominations for the 2016 Edgar Awards were announced last week. This seemed to be the year where great minds think alike – many of the nominees made in on to our best of 2015 lists, put together by Scott and Molly. 

We want to congratulate old friends and new favorites, including Duane Swierczynski, nominated for his novel Canary, David C. Taylor, for Night LifeMichael Robotham, for Life or DeathMegan Abbott, for her short story “The Little Men,” Philip Kerr, for The Lady From Zagreb, Lou Berney, for The Long and Faraway GoneLori Rader Day, for Little Pretty Things, David Joy, for Where All Light Tends To GoGordon McAlpine, for The Woman with the Blue Pencil, Jessica Knoll, for Luckiest Girl Alive, and Adrian McKinty, for Gun Street Girl.

Congratulations all the others who made it. Best of luck to everyone and have a great time in New York.

Click here for the full list of Edgar Nominees.

2014 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers Of America announced this year’s Edgar Award nominations. You can personally congratulate one of the Best Novel nominees, Ian Rankin, when he’s here at BookPeople on January 28th with his latest Rebus novel, Saints of the Shadow Bible. 


Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook
(Grove Atlantic – The Mysterious Press)

The Humans by Matt Haig
(Simon & Schuster)

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
(Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(Minotaur Books)

Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
(Hachette Book Group – Reagan Arthur Books)

Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy
(Penguin Group USA – Dutton Books)

See the nominees in all categories. Congrats to them all! 

2013 Edgar Nominees Announced


The Mystery Writers Association Of America released their nominees for the Edgar Awards this year. We want to give a special congratulations to our friends Ace Atkins, who’s in the running for Best Novel with The Lost Ones, and Craig Johnson, whose series inspired the TV show Longmire, which has had its pilot nominated for Best Screenplay.

You can see all the nominees here:

An Award to Remember…..

~Guest Post by Janice Hamrick, author of Death On Tour and Death Makes the Cut

The MWA Agents and Editor’s Cocktail Party is one of the many events making up the Edgar Awards festivities in New York City each April, and this year I got to go. I could lie and be all blasé about it, but it was pretty much as fascinating as it sounds – a room full of writers, editors, agents, and publishers at every level of experience and success sipping wine and sampling an impressive variety of bite-sized hors d’oeuvres carried by wait staff who were a great deal better dressed than I. I’m pretty sure I sampled them all – the hors d’oeuvres that is, not the wait staff. (Anything that fits in your mouth without the need to unhinge your jaw is too small to be counted as calories, right?)

This cocktail party was no evening soiree filled with tuxedoed gents and bejeweled ladies in cocktail dresses, but rather a festive business casual happy hour. Instead of a darkened glamorous room filled with hushed voices and the quiet tinkle of ice cubes floating in gin, this setting was exuberant, filled with laughter and the pearly gray light of a New York April evening. It was the kind of party where the participants stand in intimate little knots leaning toward each other with bent necks and cocked heads because it is too noisy to do otherwise. All around, little groups form and pause before breaking, swirling, and regrouping into new formations like the best kind of kaleidoscope. It’s the kind of party where friends who’d seen each other yesterday hugged, where acquaintances who hadn’t seen each other since the last Edgar Awards caught up with the happenings of a busy and fruitful year, and where strangers met for the first time, often with cries of recognition: “I’ve heard so much about you!” The energy and excitement were invigorating and…did I mention the wine and snacks?

Of course, the crowning moment of the evening was the presentation of the Mary Higgins Clark award by Mary Higgins Clark herself. The award is for a traditional mystery featuring a female amateur sleuth. This year, the nominees were

Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely

Yes, that’s my name there in the middle, and I’ll end the suspense: Learning to Swim was the deserving winner, and although winning would have rocked, I was truly honored to be among such a wonderful group of nominees. For one thing, being nominated gave me an excuse to go to New York. For another, it gave me a chance to meet and speak with some of my fellow writers. As always, I found myself both pleased and startled to observe how truly nice they all are. For a group who spends a sizable portion of their time devising ways to kill other people, almost all my fellow writers are exceptionally kind and supportive. I say “almost all” only because I haven’t met all of them and surely there are one or two bastards out there. So far, though, I’ve never come across one. (Hmmm…maybe that means it’s me.)

In any event, the party made one of the best and brightest memories in my writing career so far. Getting to meet Mary Higgins Clark and my fellow nominees didn’t hurt. Getting to go to dinner with my fabulous agent David Hale Smith and editor extraordinaire Matt Martz didn’t hurt either. They have my heartfelt thanks for creating an evening that a very new writer will treasure forever. My next stop is the Malice Domestic mystery writers conference held in Bethesda. I’m looking forward to another few days of intrigue and suspense. Wonder if there will be wine and hors d’oeuvres…


Janice Hamrick’s first novel, Death on Tour, was published after winning the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel award. The second Jocelyn Shore mystery, Death Makes the Cut, is now on shelves and she’s working on the third. Janice lives in Austin. 

Edgar Award Winners Announced

Last night the winners of the Edgar Awards were announced. Congratulations to all of these wonderful writers! Also, big congratulations to our friends Ace Atkins and Janice Hamrick on their nominations. Catch Ace here at BookPeople June 6th, and catch Janice’s Death on Tour on our shelves, we highly recommend it.

Gone by Mo Hayder


Bent Road by Lori Roy


The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

***An Austinite!!!*** 


Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard


On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda

To view all of the award winners and the nominees, visit the Mystery Writers of America website.