2024 Edgar Awards

The 2024 Edgar Awards were presented May 1, 2024, in New York City. This is the 78th presentation.  The Edgar Awards are given out annually by Mystery Writers of America. The winners are chosen by volunteer judges from their membership.

The Edgar Awards are named for Edgar Allan Poe and honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater from the previous year.


The 2024 Edgar Award winners are:


Best Novel: Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke (Atlantic Monthly Press)


Best First Novel by an American Author: The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S. Berry (Atria)


Best Paperback Original: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Berkley)


Best Fact Crime: Crooked: The Roaring ‘20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, A Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal by Nathan Masters (Hachette)


Best Critical/Biographical: Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy by Steven Powell (Bloomsbury Academic)


Best Short Story: Hallowed Ground by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)


Best Juvenile: The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto by Adianna Cuevas (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux BFYR)


Best Young Adult: Girl Forgotten by April Henry (Christy Ottaviano)


Best Television Episode Teleplay: Escape from Shit Mountain—Poker Face by Nora Zuckerman & Lila Zuckerman (Peacock)


Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: The Body in Cell Two by Kate Hohl, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Dell Magazines)


The Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Memorial Award: Play the Fool by Lina Chem (Bantam)


The G. P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award: An Evil Heart by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)


The Lillian Jackson Braun Memorial Award: Glory Be by Danielle Arceneaux (Pegasus Crime)


Grand Master: Katherine Hall Page; R. L. Stine


Ellery Queen Award: Michaela Hamilton; Kensington Books


Click here for the list of all the 2024 Edgar Awards nominees.


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