On April 30, in New York, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2019. This year, the 211th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar®Awards were presented via a live presentation on Twitter. Congratulations to the winners!
The Stranger Diaries by Ellie Griffiths
Winner: Best Novel
In The Stranger Diaries a high school English teacher who specializes in the works of a Gothic mystery writer starts to see the events that take place in his novels being replicated in her life. And that includes murder. People magazine says "This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Winner: Best Novel by an American Author
When an explosion in a treatment center kills two people, and it's evident the explosion was no accident, the scene is set for a powerful showdown in the courtroom. Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent) wrote: “Miracle Creek grabbed me hard right from the start. This is a terrific courtroom thriller, a sly whodunit that’s beautifully written and also full of heart.”
Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price
Winner: Best Paperback Original
The Hotel Neversink follows three generations of a Jewish family in the Catskills and the vanishings that haunt them. Lydia Kiesling (The Golden State) calls it "a gripping, atmospheric, heart-breaking, almost-ghost story. Not since Stephen King's Overlook has a hotel hiding a secret been brought to such vivid life."
The Less People Know About Us by Axton Betz-Hamilton
Winner: Best Fact Crime
A horrific true story about an entire family falling prey to an identity thief (years before it was common) who not only stole money but stole the family's sense of safety. NPR said of The Less People Know About Us: "The air of menace is palpable...A deeply compelling story of a crime that hit close to home."
Hitchcock and the Censors (Screen Classics) by John Billheimer
Winner: Best Critical/Biographical
During their review of Hitchcock's films, the censors demanded an average of 22.5 changes per film. Censors dictated the ending of Rebecca (1940) and shortened the shower scene in Psycho (1960). As a history of censorship in general and censorship of Hitchcock in particular, movie critic Leonard Maltin writes: "No more be said: this is by definition an important piece of work."
2020 Edgar Award winners