The best detective novels, detective stories and thrillers of the past year


To accompany you to the television adaptation of the novel Edgar Award by Stephen King Mr. Mercedes is coming to the Audience network this fall, check out the best mystery, crime and thriller books of 2016. The Mystery Writers of America announced the 2017 Edgar Awards winners Thursday, and the eight titles awarded for the highest honor in detective fiction are the perfect reading material to get you through the long wait to the next hot thriller series.

Since the creation of the organization in 1945, the Mystery Writers of America presented the annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards to the best books and authors of detective, detective and thriller novels. Although Poe is best known for his horror shorts, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”, his police hero, C. Auguste Dupin, “established Poe as ‘The Father of Crime History.'” Among the first recipients were Watch the night, the first novel by Julius Fast, and Murder, my sweet, the film adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s film Goodbye my beautiful.

Below you will find the winners of this year’s Edgar Awards, Best Mystery, Crime & Thriller Books of 2016. Under each winner I have listed the other shortlisted titles in that category, so you have even more of books to explore.


Charles Todd’s “The Broken Tree”

Click here to buy

The eighth Bess Crawford Mystery centers on a nurse investigating the case of an allegedly French patient who is revealed to be fluent in German before disappearing into the fog of World War I.

at Charles Todd The broken tree won the 2017 Mary Higgins Clark Award, beating:


“The Girl in the Blue Coat” by Monica Hesse

Click here to buy

Set in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, this novel follows an undertaker’s assistant tasked with finding a 15-year-old Jewish teenager who has disappeared from her hiding place in the attic.

that of Monica Hesse Girl in blue coat won the 2017 Edgar Award in the Young Adult category. The other shortlisted titles were:


‘OCDaniel’ by Wesley King

Click here to buy

Daniel Leigh, a grade 8 student with OCD who just wants to be neurotypical, finds his life turned upside down after having the chance to play football and investigate the disappearance of a silent classmate’s father.

Wesley king’s OCDaniel won the 2017 Edgar Award in the Best Juvenile category, ahead of:


“Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life” by Ruth Franklin

Click here to buy

The author of The Haunting of Hill House and “The Lottery” comes to life in this famous biography of A thousand shadows author Ruth Franklin.

Shirley Jackson: A rather haunted life won the 2017 Edgar Award in the Best Review / Biography category. The other books in the running were:


‘The Wicked Boy: Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer’ by Kate Summerscale


“Rain dogs” by Adrian McKinty

Click here to buy

Set during the Irish unrest, this novel centers on a detective inspector whose investigation into a robbery case quickly turns sour when a journalist talking about it is found dead.

Adrian McKinty’s Rain dogs won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Pocket Original. The other shortlisted titles were:


“Under the Harrow” by Flynn Berry

Click here to buy

When she arrives to visit her sister, Nora finds the woman and her dog brutally murdered and becomes part of the investigation, which gives more questions than answers.

Flynn berry’s Under the harrow won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, ahead of:


“Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley

Click here to buy

One of only two passengers to emerge from the wreckage of a plane crash, a painter seeks the reason for his survival under suspicious circumstances.

Noah Hawley’s Before the fall won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel. The other main contenders were:

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.