Edgar Allan Poe Awards – Best Novel

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

Mystery Writers of America honour the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in the previous year. Listed below are the winners of the Edgar for Best Novel. Visit The Edgars website for more information.

See more literary prize winners, including Genre prize winners.

2020

Catalogue search for The stranger diariesThe Stranger Diaries Elly Griffiths

2019

Down the River Unto the Sea Walter Mosley

2018

Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 

2017

Before the Fall Noah Hawley

2016

Let Me Die in His Footsteps Lori Roy

2015

Mr. Mercedes Stephen King

2014

Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger

2013

Live by night Dennis Lehane

2012

Mo Hayder

2011

The lock artist Steve Hamilton

2010

The last child John Hart

2009

Blue heaven C. J. Box

2008

Down river John Hart

2007

Cover of The Janissary TreeThe janissary tree Jason Goodwin

2006

Citizen Vince Jess Walter

2005

California girl T. Jefferson Parker

2004

Resurrection men Ian Rankin

2003

Winter and night S. J. Rozan

2002

Silent Joe T. Jefferson Parker

2001

The Bottoms Joe R. Lansdale

2000

Cover of Mr White's ConfessionBones Jan Burke

1999

Mr White’s confession Robert Clark

1998

Cimarron Rose James Lee Burke

1997

The Chatham School affair Thomas A. Cook

1996

Come to grief Dick Francis

1995

The red scream Mary Willis Walker

1994

The sculptress Minette Walters

1993

Cover of Bootlegger's DaughterBootlegger’s daughter Margaret Maron

1992

A dance at the slaughterhouse Lawrence Block

1991

New Orleans mourning Julie Smith

1990

Black cherry blues James Lee Burke

1989

A cold red sunrise Stuart M. Kaminsky

1988

Old bones Aaron Elkins

1987

A dark-adapted eye Barbara Vine

1986

A dark-adapted eyeCover of A Dark-Adapted EyeThe suspect L. R. Wright

1985

Briar patch Ross Thomas

1984

La Brava Elmore Leonard

1983

Billingsgate shoal Rick Boyer

1982

Peregrine William Bayer

1981

Whip hand Dick Francis

1980

The Rheingold route Arthur Maling

1979

Cover of The Eye of the NeedleThe eye of the needle Ken Follett

1978

Catch me: kill me William Hallahan

1977

Promised land Robert Parker1976

Hopscotch Brian Garfield

1975

Peter’s pence Jon Cleary

1974

Dance hall of the dead Tony Hillerman

1973

The Lingala code Warren Kiefer

1972

Cover: The Day of the JackalThe day of the jackal Frederick Forsyth

1971

The laughing policeman Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

1970

Forfeit Dick Francis

1969

A case of need Jeffery Hudson

1968

God save the mark Donald E. Westlake

1967

The king of the rainy country Nicolas Freeling

1966

The Quiller memorandum Adam Hall

1965

Cover: The Spy Who Came In from the ColdThe spy who came in from the cold John Le Carré

1964

The light of day Eric Ambler

1963

Death and the joyful woman Ellis Peters

1962

Gideon’s fire J. J. Marric

1961

The progress of a crime Julian Symons

1960

The hours before dawn Celia Fremlin

1959

The eighth circle Stanley Ellin

1958

Room to swing Ed Lacy

1957

A dram of poison Charlotte Armstrong

1956

Beast in view Margaret Millar

1955

The long goodbye Raymond Chandler

1954

Beat not the bones Charlotte Jay

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