This year’s nominees are interesting in that there are only a couple of straight-up mysteries–most of these titles fit more comfortably in Crime, even edging into the Horror end of the spectrum.
For instance, the winner for best novel was Stephen King’sMr. Mercedes, about a suicidal ex-cop who receives a letter by someone who claims to have killed eight people by running them down with a stolen Mercedes. I haven’t read this one myself yet, but knowing King’s style this novel probably has a fairly dark and suspenseful tone to it. Though I could be wrong!
The Edgar Awards, presented by Mystery Writers of America, are the most prestigious awards given for the mystery genre. This year’s winners were announced on May 2nd in New York. Click here for a full list of winners and nominees.
The winner for Best Novel of 2013 is Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night, while Chris Pavone’s The Expats won Best First Novel.
I’m sorry to say I’ve not read either one yet, so I haven’t any comments. However, having read and adored Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I’m a bit surprised she didn’t get the prize. Not that Live By Night doesn’t sound great–it’s set in the gritty crime world of the Roaring Twenties, and by all accounts is one that I should certainly put on my t0-read list. Speaking of, The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, another runner-up, has been on my to-read list for a while. I think I’ve started it twice and then put it down in favor of a thriller or something.
Years ago I used to read mysteries all the time. The literary mystery was my favorite genre. My tastes have evolved into a preference for suspense and thriller. I enjoy mystery elements, I’ve found, but I’m not in it for the puzzle or the solution. I’m in it for twists and turns and a big reveal, which sometimes occurs in mysteries, but happens more often in suspense.
The Edgar Awards honor all types and sub-genres of mystery. Here’s a link to the Edgars Database, where you can search all past winners and nominees.
Also, congratulations to one of my favorite programs, Sherlock–Steven Moffatt snagged a Best TV Episode Teleplay award for the episode “A Scandal in Belgravia.” Obsessive nerdy fangirl that I am, I have to say that was my personal least favorite episode–I thought “The Reichenbach Fall” was much better, both as an episode and as a mystery…maybe it didn’t win because there’s no solution yet?
I can’t think of a good way to end this post, so enjoy this picture of my very favorite Sherlock Holmes and John Watson team: