The Mystery Writers of America announces its annual recognition of the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue genres each January.  The annual list commemorates the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe (213 years this year!), and last year borg writer Elizabeth C. Bunce won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for her book, Premeditated Myrtle.  This year’s list of 2022 Edgar Award nominees was posted today, and Elizabeth was nominated for a second year in a row, for Cold-Blooded Myrtle, the third novel in her Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series!

The 76th Annual Edgar Awards are honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2021, and will be celebrated on April 28, 2022, although the past two years have been virtual ceremonies.  You might recall (as we posted here last year) Elizabeth’s partner in crime joined her in the announcement of her award:

Boo appearance Steph acceptance speech

Past winners include Raymond Chandler, John le Carré, Donald E. Westlake, Michael Crichton, Phyllis A. Whitney, Joan Lowery Nixon, Tony Hillerman, Ken Follett, Willo Davis Roberts, Gore Vidal, Nancy Springer, Gregory Mcdonald, Lawrence Block, James Patterson, Donald P. Bellisario, Glen A. Larson, Matt Nix, Dori Hillestad Butler, Rick Riordan, Reginald Rose, Quentin Tarantino, Elmore Leonard, Stuart Woods, Stephen King–and Elizabeth.

The Mystery Writers of America has been recognizing works in the mystery genres since the 1940s.  According to the MWA, the Edgar Awards, or Edgars, as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories.  MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.  The organization encompasses some 3,000 members including authors of fiction and non-fiction books, screen, and television writers, as well as publishers, editors, and literary agents.

Find out more about the Edgar Awards, Elizabeth, and Cold-Blooded Myrtle here, here, here, and here.  Check out Elizabeth’s reviews at borg here.  Find the full slate of 2022 Edgar Award nominations here.

Congratulations, Elizabeth, and to all the 2022 nominees!

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg