Best Critical or Biographical Edgar Award Winners and Nominees – Complete Lists

Complete List of All Since Start in 1977

The Edgar Awards, which first were awarded in 1946, are given in a
number of different categories. All Best Critical or Biographical Edgar Award Winners and Nominees
since the award began in 1977 are listed below.

1999 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE WRITERS, Edited by Robin Winks and Associate Editor Maureen Corrigan (Scribners)

Nominated

  • THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS IN THE WORK OF DOROTHY SAYERS, by Janice Brown (Kent State University Press)
  • CORDIALLY YOURS, BROTHER CADFAEL, by Anne Kaler (Bowling Green University Press)
  • DARK CITY: THE LOST WORLD OF FILM NOIR, by Eddie Muller (St. Martin’s Press)
  • MIDNIGHT DREARY: THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, by John Walsh (Rutgers University Press)

1998 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

“G” IS FOR GRAFTON: THE WORLD OF KINSEY MILLHONE, by Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay (Henry Holt & Co.)

Nominated

  • THE READER AND THE DETECTIVE STORY, by George M Dove (Popular Press)
  • CRIME FICTION AND FILM IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: FLORIDA NOIR, edited by Steve Glassman and Maurice O’Sullivan (Popular Press)
  • DEADLY WOMEN: THE WOMAN MYSTERY READER’S INDISPENSABLE COMPANION, edited by Jan Grape, Dean James, and Ellen Nehr (Carroll & Graf)
  • AZ MURDER GOES CLASSIC, edited by Barbara Peters and Susan Malling (Poisoned Pen Press)

1997 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE SECRET MARRIAGE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, by Michael Atkinson (Univ of Michigan Press)

1996 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

SAVAGE ART: A BIOGRAPHY OF JIM THOMPSON, by Robert Polito (Knopf)

Nominated

  • JOHN DICKSON CARR: THE MAN WHO EXPLAINED MIRACLES by Douglas G. Greene (Otto Penzler Books)

1995 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

Encyclopedia Mysteriosa by William L. DeAndrea (Prentice Hall)

Nominated

  • THE TONY HILLERMAN COMPANION edited by Martin Greenberg (HarperCollins)
  • GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein (Greenwood)
  • DICK TRACY AND AMERICAN CULTURE by Garyn G. Roberts (McFarland)
  • BY A WOMAN’S HAND by Jean Swanson & Dean James (Berkley)

1994 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE SAINT: A COMPLETE HISTORY, by Burl Barer (McFarland & Co.)

Nominated

  • THE FINE ART OF MURDER edited, by Ed Gorman, Martin H. Greenberg, Larry Segriff with Jon L. Breen (Carroll & Graf)
  • A READER’S GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN NOVEL OF DETECTION, by Marvin Lachman (G.K. Hall)
  • THE MAN WHO WASN’T MAIGRET, by Patrick Marnham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • DOROTHY L. SAYERS: HER LIFE AND SOUL, by Barbara Reynolds (St. Martin’s)

1993 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

ALIAS S.S. VAN DINE, by John Loughery (Scribner’s)

Nominated

  • DOROTHY L. SAYERS: A CARELESS RAGE FOR LIFE, by David Coomes (Lion Publishing)

1992 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

EDGAR A. POE: MOURNFUL AND NEVER-ENDING REMEMBRANCE, by Kenneth Silverman (HarperCollins)

Nominated

  • OUT OF THE WOODPILE: BLACK CHARACTERS IN CRIME AND DETECTIVEFICTION, by Frankie E. Bailey (Greenwood Press)
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE: MURDER IN FOUR ACTS, by Peter Haining (Virgin Books)
  • TALKING MYSTERIES: A CONVERSATION WITH TONY HILLERMAN, by Tony Hillerman and Ernie Bulow (Univ. of New Mexico Press)
  • JIM THOMPSON: SLEEP WITH THE DEVIL, by Michael J. McCauley (Mysterious Press)

1990 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

  • JOHN DICKSON CARR: A CRITICAL STUDY, by S. T. Joshi (Bowling Green Popular Press)
  • THE REMARKABLE CASE OF DOROTHY L. SAYERS, by Catherine Kenney (Kent State U. Press)
  • ERIC AMBLER, by Peter Lewis (Continuum)
  • HILLARY WAUGH’S GUIDE TO MYSTERIES AND MYSTERY WRITING, by Hillary Waugh (Writer’s Digest Books)

1989 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

CORNELL WOOLRICH: FIRST YOU DREAM, THEN YOU DIE, by Francis M. Nevins, Jr. (Mysterious Press)

Nominated

  • THE DIME DETECTIVES, by Ron Goulart (Mysterious Press)
  • SILK STALKINGS: WHEN WOMEN WRITE OF MURDER, by Victoria Nichols and Susan Thompson (Black Lizard)
  • SISTERS IN CRIME: FEMINISM AND THE CRIME NOVEL, by Maureen T. Reddy (Continuum)

1988 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

INTRODUCTION TO THE DETECTIVE STORY, by Leroy Lad Panek (Popular Press)

Nominated

  • CAMPION’S CAREER: A STUDY OF THE NOVELS OF MARGERY ALLINGHAM, by B. A. Pike (Bowling Green Popular Press)
  • CORRIDORS OF DECEIT, THE WORLD OF JOHN le CARRÉ, by Peter Wolfe (Popular Library)
  • CRIME & MYSTERY, THE 100 BEST BOOKS, by H. R. F. Keating (Carroll & Graf)

1987 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

HERE LIES: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by Eric Ambler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Nominated

  • THE MYSTERY LOVER’S COMPANION, by Art Bourgeau (Crown)

1001 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE SECRET OF THE STRATEMEYER SYNDICATE: NANCY DREW, THE HARDY BOYS & THE MILLION DOLLAR FICTION FACTORY, by Carol Billman (Ungar)

  • 13 MISTRESSES OF MURDER, by Elaine Budd (Ungar)

1986 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

JOHN LE CARRÉ, by Peter Lewis (Ungar)

Nominated

  • AGATHA CHRISTIE, by Janet Morgan (Knopf)
  • THE AMERICAN PRIVATE EYE: THE IMAGE IN FICTION, by David Geherin (Ungar)
  • THE LORD PETER WIMSEY COMPANION, by Stephan P. Clarke (Mysterious Press)
  • PRIVATE EYES: 101 KNIGHTS, A SURVEY OF AMERICAN FICTION, by Robert A. Baker and Michael T. Nietzel (Bowling Green Popular Press)

1985 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

NOVEL VERDICTS: A GUIDE TO COURTROOM FICTION, by Jon L. Breen (Scarecrow Press)

Nominated

  • INWARD JOURNEY: ROSS MACDONALD Ralph B. Sipper, editor (Cordelia Editions)
  • THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, by Raymond Benson (Dodd, Mead)
  • ONE LONELY KNIGHT: MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER, by Max Allan Collins and James L. Traylor (Bowling Green Popular Press)
  • ROSS MACDONALD, by Matthew J. Bruccoli (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

1984 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE DARK SIDE OF GENIUS: THE LIFE OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK, by Donald Spoto (Little, Brown)

Nominated

  • DASHIELL HAMMETT, by Diane Johnson (Random House)
  • THE MYSTERY OF GEORGES SIMENON, by Fenton Bresler (Beaufort)
  • THE POETICS OF MURDER Glenn W. Most and William W. Stowe, editors (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)

1983 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

CAIN, by Roy Hoopes (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)

Nominated

  • GUN IN CHEEK, by Bill Pronzini (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)
  • MODUS OPERANDI, by Robin W. Winks (David R. Godine)
  • THE POLICE PROCEDURAL, by George N. Dove (Bowling Green Popular Press)

1982 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

WHAT ABOUT MURDER?, by Jon L. Breen (Scarecrow Press)

Nominated

  • THE ANNOTATED TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE Stephen Peithman, editor (Doubleday)
  • SELECTED LETTERS OF RAYMOND CHANDLER Frank MacShane, editor (Columbia U. Press)
  • TV DETECTIVES, by Richard Meyers (A.S. Barnes & Co.)
  • THE WHODUNIT, by Stefano Benvenuti and Gianni Rizzoni (Macmillan)

1981 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

TWENTIETH CENTURY CRIME AND MYSTERY WRITERS, by John Reilly (St. Martin’s)

1980 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

DOROTHY L. SAYERS, A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY, by Ralph E. Hone (Kent State U. Press)

Nominated

  • THE SECRETS OF GROWN-UPS, by Vera Caspary (McGraw-Hill)
  • AS HER WHIMSEY TOOK HER Margaret Hannay, editor (Kent State U. Press)
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE MAN AND HIS WORLD, by H. R. F Keating (Scribner’s)

1979 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE MYSTERY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, by Gwen Robins (Doubleday)

Nominated

  • ERLE STANLEY GARDNER: THE CASE OF THE REAL PERRY MASON, by Dorothy B. Hughes (Wm. Morrow)
  • THE TELL-TALE HEART: THE LIFE AND WORK OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, by Julian Symons (Harper & Row)
  • THE DETECTIVE IN HOLLYWOOD, by John Tuska (Doubleday)

1978 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

REX STOUT, by John McAleer (Little, Brown)

Nominated

  • AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by Agatha Christie (Dodd, Mead)
  • THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHERLOCKIANA, by Jack Tracy (Doubleday)

1977 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYSTERY AND DETECTION, by Chris Steinbrunner, Otto Penzler, Marvin Lachman and Charles Shibuk (McGraw Hill)

Nominated

  • THE DANGEROUS EDGE, by Gavin Lambert (Grossman)
  • THE LIFE OF RAYMOND CHANDLER, by Frank McShane (Dutton)
  • THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MYSTERY, by Derrick Murdoch (Pagurian Press)
  • THE MYSTERY STORY John Ball, editor (UC at San Diego Publishers)

1955 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

THE CADFAEL COMPANION: THE WORLD OF BROTHER CADFAEL by Robin Whiteman (Mysterious/Warner)

1940 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

A TALENT TO DECEIVE: AN APPRECIATION OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, by Robert Barnard (Dodd, Mead)

1939 Edgar Award Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Winner and Nominees

  • FILM NOIR: REFLECTIONS IN A DARK MIRROR, by Bruce Crowther (Continuum)
  • MYSTERIUM AND MYSTERY: THE CLERICAL CRIME NOVEL, by William David Spencer (UMI Research Press)
  • THE PERFECT MURDER: A STUDY IN DETECTION, by David Lehman (Free Press/Macmillan)
  • MURDER ON THE AIR, by Ric Meyers (Mysterious Press)

 

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