All fans of mystery books will be familiar with the Edgar Awards, which is the Oscar for the mystery book genre. The awards, which have been in existence since the mid-1940s, was named after Edgar Allan Poe, and reward the best writers in the field, as well as the best mystery books. The awards are administered by the Mystery Writers of America.
This year’s award winners have now been announced, and the top mystery novel for 2012 is by a veteran writer of mystery books. Gone, the third book in Mo Hayder’s Walking Man series featuring DI Jack Caffery won top honors this year. Hayder’s book was up against some serious competition from other well-established writers such as Anne Holt and Philip Kerr. Up-and-coming author Ace Atkins (who also now writes the late Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books) rounded out the list of nominees for top mystery novel.
Apart from best mystery novel, other awards include best paperback original, best first novel by an American Novel, and the Grand Master Award. This year’s Grand Master was none other than Martha Grimes, who is best known for her string of highly successful Richard Jury mysteries.