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It’s No Mystery… these books are great!

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Looking for a good mystery? Try an award winner!  The Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were both recently announced. Have you read these titles yet? Also see this handout with past winners of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel.

The Edgar Awards are named for the father of the modern detective novel, Edgar Allan Poe. They are awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.


The 2016 Edgar Award Winners are:

Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy

Best First Novel: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully, by Allen Kurzweil

Mary Higgins Clark: Little Pretty Things, by Lori Rader-Day


The Agatha Awards honor “traditional” or “cozy” mysteries, as typified by the works of Agatha Christie. They are chosen by the mystery fan organization Malice Domestic, Ltd.


The 2015 Agatha Award Winners (which were awarded in 2016) are:

Best Contemporary: Long Upon the Land, by Margaret Maron

Best Historical: Dreaming Spies, by Laurie R. King

Best First Novel: On the Road with Del and Louise, by Art Taylor

Best Nonfiction: The Golden Age of Murder, by Martin Edwards

If you need help finding these books, or want more suggestions of mysteries to try, drop by the library, call, or contact us online. We’re always happy to help connect you to a great read!

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