2018 awards – round-up of winners

As I seem to have put together a few posts around awards this year I thought it may be worth have a single post where I consolidate the results for the year. I know I’ll find it useful come December!

The Edgars are the awards of Mystery Writers of America I’ve found that a number of the winners have been books and authors that have been popular on this side to the Atlantic too so although not dedicated to UK crime fiction the winners are worth a look.

Best NovelBluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books)

Best First Novel by an American Author – She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper (HarperCollins – Ecco)

Best Paperback OriginalThe Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)review

Best Fact Crime – Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Penguin Random House – Doubleday)

Best Critical / Biographical – Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award – The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman (HarperCollins – William Morrow Paperbacks)

Best Short Story – “Spring Break”New Haven Noir by John Crowley (Akashic Books)

Best Juvenile – Vanished! By James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)

Best Young AdultLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster – Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Robert L Fish Memorial Award – “The Queen of Secrets” – New Haven Noir by Lisa D. Gray (Akashic Books)

Ellery Queen Award – Robert Pépin

The awards presented during Crimefest:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award  –  The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (Quercus), read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams & Lise Aagaard Knudsen

eDunnit Award –  The Late Show  by Michael Connelly (Orion)

H.R.F. Keating Award Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang by Mike Ripley (HarperCollins)

Last Laugh Award –  Spook Street by Mick Herron (John Murray)

Best Crime Novel for Children (aged 8-12) –  A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan (Usborne Publishing)

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (12-16)Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)

The Petrona Award –  Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito,translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles (Simon & Schuster)

Then we have the awards announcements from Theakston Old Peculier crime writing festival in Harrogate:

Crime Novel of the Year AwardThe Intrusions  by Stav Sherez (Faber & Faber)

Award for an outstanding contribution to crime fictionJohn Grisham

And also announced over the weekend were the winners of the Dead Good Reader Awards:

The Holmes and Watson Award for Best Detective Duo – Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson, Elly Griffiths

The Whodunnit Award for the Book That Keeps You Guessing – Let Me Lie, Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)

The Cabot Cove Award for Best Small Town Mystery – The Chalk Man by C J Tudor (Michael Joseph)

The Wringer Award for the Character Who’s Been Put Through It AllJack Reacher – Lee Child 

The House of Horrors Award for Most Dysfunctional FamilyThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Arrow)

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended BookThe Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths 

On 1st September the winner of the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards were announced as:

Best First Novel – All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane

Best Crime Novel Marlborough Man by Alan Carter

More updates to follow. Are there any other winners announced this year that I should add?


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