And the nominees are ...
The Academy Award nominees may make the headlines but what mystery readers really care about are mystery award nominees!
On January 19th, the Mystery Writers of America announced the contenders for this year’s Edgar awards.
The nominees in the Best Novel category are:
The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
The Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer
I am rooting for The Pale Blue Eye, which features Edgar Allan Poe in his West Point cadet days. Which is your favorite?
I am also rooting for The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower in the Best Fact Crime category.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if the award named in his honor was bestowed upon two books in which he is featured?
If you are a fellow fan of Poe, I would also suggest The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl and The Tell-Tale Corpse by Harold Schechter, both of which were also published in 2006. The enigmatic Poe has been the subject of many titles of crime fiction over the years each of which brings yet another interpretation of his life and accomplishments.