Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. The organization encompasses some 3,000 members, including authors of fiction and non- fiction books, screen and television writers, publishers, editors, and literary agents.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

2020 Edgar Awards Banquet

The 2020 Edgar Banquet will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (Ballroom Level).  The hotel is located on East 42nd St at Grand Central Station.  

Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm. The awards program begins after dinner and will be emceed by our current president – Meg Gardiner.  Anyone may attend as long as they purchase a ticket.*

Dress to Kill


Wed., April 29, 2020 The Edgar Symposium will be located at:   Roosevelt Hotel – Second Floor – Sutton Suite, 45 E 45 St at Madison Avenue

8:30 Registration. Panelists will all be the Award Nominees for 2020.
4:00 – 5:00    From the Writer’s Desk – Oline Cogdill (2013 Raven Award winner) interviews our 2020 Grand Master, Barbara Neely
*Schedules can be found and tickets obtained at MWA website:


2020 Edgars® Nominees:


Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing) The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The River by Peter Heller (Penguin Random House – Alfred A. Knopf)
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus Books)
Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing (Penguin Random House – Berkley) Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Farrar Straus and Giroux – Sarah Crichton Books)
The Good Detective by John McMahon (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Penguin Random House – Alfred A. Knopf) Three-Fifths by John Vercher (Polis Books – Agora Books)
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Penguin Random House – Random House)


Dread of Winter by Susan Alice Bickford (Kensington Publishing) Freedom Road by William Lashner (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer) Blood Relations by Jonathan Moore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Mariner Books) February’s Son by Alan Parks (Europa Editions – World Noir)
The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price (Tin House Books)
The Bird Boys by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press)


The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (Penguin Random House – Crown)
The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
by Maureen Callahan (Penguin Random House – Viking)
Norco ’80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History
by Peter Houlahan (Counterpoint Press)
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall
by James Polchin (Counterpoint Press)


Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan (Bloomsbury Publishing) The Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
by John Curran (Collins Crime Club)
Medieval Crime Fiction: A Critical Overview by Anne McKendry (McFarland)
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton (Hachette Book Group – Basic Books)


“Turistas,” from Paque Tu Lo Sepas by Hector Acosta (Down & Out Books)
“One of These Nights,” from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime
by Women Writers by Livia Llewellyn (Akashic Books)
“The Passenger,” from Sydney Noir by Kirsten Tranter (Akashic Books)
“Home at Last,” from Die Behind the Wheel: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan by Sam Wiebe (Down & Out Books)
“Brother’s Keeper,” from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Dave Zeltserman (Dell Magazine)


The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary Fagan
(Penguin Random House Canada – Tundra Books
Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu (HarperCollins Children’s Books – Katherine Tegen Books) The Whispers by Greg Howard (Penguin Young Readers – G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR)
All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker (Penguin Young Readers – Viking BFYR)
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books – Paula Wiseman Books)


Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tom Doherty Associates – Tor Teen)
Killing November by Adriana Mather (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR) Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Penguin Young Readers – Kokila)
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons (Tom Doherty Associates – Tor Teen)
Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury Publishing)


“Season 5, Episode 3” – Line of Duty, Teleplay by Jed Mercurio (Acorn TV) “Season 5, Episode 4” – Line of Duty, Teleplay by Jed Mercurio (Acorn TV) “Episode 1” – Dublin Murders, Teleplay by Sarah Phelps (STARZ) “Episode 1” – Manhunt, Teleplay by Ed Whitmore (Acorn TV) “Episode 1” – Wisting, Teleplay by Kathrine Valen Zeiner & Trygve Allister Diesen (Sundance Now)


“There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” from Milwaukee Noir by Derrick Harriell (Akashic Books) ******


The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman (HarperCollins – William Morrow) One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Harlequin – Graydon House) Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)
Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley (Kensington Publishing)
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tom Doherty Associates – Forge Books)



Shamed by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books) Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark ( Kensington Publishing) The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill (Kensington Publishing) The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime) The Alchemist’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian (Midnight Ink) Girl Gone Missing by Marcie R. Rendon (Cincos Puntos Press)

Join us after the Symposium for an event
at the Housing Works Bookstore

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby St
Phone: 212-334-3324
Map of area:

Join us as we celebrate the 2020 Edgar Awards at Housing Works Bookstore. In addition to meeting many of this year’s Edgar Award nominees, best-selling authors, and publisher representatives, we will be launching our latest anthology, Deadly Anniversaries, a very special anthology in honor of our 75th anniversary.

The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe. MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, and welcomes professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. 


Join Angela Zeman at ThrillerFest XV for the premier conference for Thriller Enthusiasts!
Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City July 7-11, 2020.

CONFERENCE: Bouchercon 2019

Bouchercon celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary and you needed to be there. Bouchercon Dallas 2019 brought the world’s premier annual crime fiction event. The mystery community — from authors, fans, and publishers to reviewers, booksellers, and editors — enjoyed 4 days of panels, parties, and pure mystery fun.

Check here for any scheduling changes. Find me panel on “Difference in Writing a Short Story and a Full Length Novel”. Moderator Paula Gail Benson (known for writing One Act Musicals) and panelists Carolyn Arnold,

Bess Carnan, 2019 winner of the William F. Deeck – Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers. She writes cozies and fosters kittens. Sometimes the kittens help with the writing, but usually not.

Also: Rhonda Gilliland, Mad Hildebrandt, Sandy Steen, Mary Stojak, Molly Weston, and me. With the name Zeman, I’m always last. (Hopefully far from least!)