Sunday, May 2, 2010

The 2010 Edgar Award Winners

The Edgar Awards, presented annually since 1946 by the Mystery Writers of America were awarded April 29th, 2010. I've listed all of the winners here. Visit the official Mystery Writers of America Edgar page for the complete list of nominees as well. This is a great way to read some of the best novels published each year and to find new authors to read.

Edgar Himself

Winner for Best Novel is The Last Child by John Hart.

Best First Novel by an American Author goes to In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff.

Best Paperback Original was awarded to Body Blows by Marc Strange

Best Critical/Biographical Work this year is The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler

The Best Fact Crime winner is Columbine by Dave Cullen.

Voted Best Short Story: "Amapola" - Phoenix Noir by Luis Alberto Urrea

Best Young Adult novel goes to Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

Voted Best Juvenile Novel Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

Best Television Episode Teleplay this year is "Place of Execution," Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson

The Robert L. Fish Memorial Award (Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year) went to "A Dreadful Day" - Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by Dan Warthman

The Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award was awarded to Awakening by S.J. Bolton

Mrs. Pollifax author Dorothy Gilman was awarded the Grand Master Award

The Raven Award given "is a special award given for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing" (according to The recipients for 2010 are:
Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Zev Buffman, International Mystery Writers' Festival

The Ellery Queen Award (The Ellery Queen Award was established in 1983 to honor writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry) was given to Poisoned Pen Press (Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald)


  1. Thanks for the round-up the Edgars, and for including my book.

    I was really honored to win that cool bust of Edgar. What a fun night.

    Because of the interest from students and teachers/profs, we’ve created lesson plans and I’m doing phone-ins or skype to book clubs.

    An expanded paperback edition is just out. I spent a lot of time on the new material, so I hope it's OK to mention what I added:

    — A 12-page afterword: “Forgiveness.” It includes startling new revelations on the killers' parents. The purpose, though, was to look at three victims in very different places 11 years later, and how forgiving played a pivotal role in their grief. I discovered the secret meetings with the killers' parents in the process.

    — Actual journal pages from Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold.

    — Book Club Discussion Questions (also available at

    — Diagram of Columbine High School and environs.

    — A large-print edition is also now available.

    There's lots more info at my Columbine site.

    Thanks again.

  2. BTW, from your pic, it looks like the change the award slightly from year to year, which is cool.

    His jacket was blue this year. There's a pic of Luis and me with our Edgars here:!/photo.php?pid=12311174&op=1&o=global&view=global&subj=579103996&id=10150093977405357