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2022 Edgars® Nominees

2022 Edgars® Nominees

Here are the nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction and non-fiction published or produced in 2021. Brought to you by the Mystery Writers of America, the 76th Annual Edgar® Awards will be celebrated on April 28, 2022.

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No One Will Miss Her

A Novel

By Kat Rosenfield
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sophie Amoss & Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes


"Blade-sharp, whip-smart, and genuinely original — a thriller to refresh your faith in the genre, your belief that a story can still outpace and outsmart you."— A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in The Window

"Clever and surprising...The superb character-driven plot delivers an astonishing, believable jolt."—Publishers...

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How Lucky

A Novel

By Will Leitch
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

2022 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel

“A fantastic novel. . . . You are going to like this a lot.”—Stephen King

“What’s more thrilling than a fictional character speaking to us in a voice we haven’t heard before, a voice so authentic and immediate—think Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Mattie Ross—that we suspect it must’ve been there all along,...

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

Razorblade Tears

“At once gritty and graphic, tender and heart wrenching, Razorblade Tears is the story of two fathers hardened by life circumstances and their respective prejudices who seek vengeance against those who killed their gay sons. The audio was perfection. We NEED this novel to be on the big screen, with Denzel Washington playing Ike. ”

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Chicago Mystery: Book #4

By Tracy Clark
Narrated by: Shari Peele
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark.

Chicago in the dead of winter can be brutal, especially when you're scouring the frigid streets for a missing girl. Fifteen-year-old Ramona Titus has run away from her foster home. Her biological... Read more »

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Double Take

A Madison Kelly Mystery: Book #2

By Elizabeth Breck
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

It's a perfect San Diego fall—cool and crisp with bright blue skies. But not everything is right in the sunny idyll dubbed America's Finest City. Young journalist Barrett Brown has been missing for a week, and her boyfriend hires private investigator Madison Kelly to find her. Right away, Barrett reminds Madison of a younger version of herself:... Read more »

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The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock

An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense

By Edward White
Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

In The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock, Edward White explores the Hitchcock phenomenon―what defines it, how it was invented, what it reveals about the man at its core, and how its legacy continues to shape our cultural world. The book’s twelve chapters illuminate different aspects of Hitchcock’s life and work: “The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up,”... Read more »

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The Reason for the Darkness of the Night

Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

By John Tresch
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 14 hours 12 minutes

Decade after decade, Edgar Allan Poe remains one of the most popular American writers. He is beloved around the world for his pioneering detective fiction, tales of horror, and haunting, atmospheric verse. But what if there was another side to the man who wrote "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

In The Reason for the Darkness of... Read more »

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Tony Hillerman

A Life

By James Mcgrath Morris
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

The author of eighteen spellbinding detective novels set on the Navajo Nation, Tony Hillerman simultaneously transformed a traditional genre and unlocked the mysteries of the Navajo culture to an audience of millions. His best-selling novels added Navajo Tribal Police detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee to the pantheon of American fictional... Read more »

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The Unquiet Englishman

A Life of Graham Greene

By Richard Greene
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 18 hours 27 minutes

One of the most celebrated British writers of his generation, Graham Greene's own story was as strange and compelling as those he told of Pinkie the Mobster, Harry Lime, or the Whisky Priest. A journalist and MI6 officer, Greene sought out the inner narratives of war and politics across the world; he witnessed the Second World War, the Vietnam... Read more »

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Agatha Christie's Poirot

The Greatest Detective in the World

By Mark Aldridge
Length: TBA

In celebration of the centennial of one of the world’s greatest literary characters, a beautiful exploration and history of Agatha Christie’s legendary detective, Hercule Poirot in books, theater, television, and film.

For a century, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has maintained a near-permanent presence in world...

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When Evil Lived in Laurel

The "White Knights" and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer

By Curtis Wilkie
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

One of NPR's Best Books of the Year
A finalist of the for the 2022 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime

The inside story of how a courageous FBI informant helped to bring down the KKK organization responsible for a brutal civil rights–era killing.

By early 1966, the work of Vernon Dahmer was well known in south Mississippi. A light-skinned Black...

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The Dope

The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade

By Benjamin T. Smith
Narrated by: John Curless
Length: 17 hours 48 minutes

The Mexican drug trade has inspired prejudiced narratives of a war between north and south, white and brown; between noble cops and vicious kingpins, corrupt politicians and powerful cartels. In this first comprehensive history of the trade, scholar Benjamin T. Smith tells the real story of how and why this once-peaceful industry turned... Read more »

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Two Truths and a Lie

A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice

By Ellen McGarrahan
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

EDGAR AWARD FINALIST • A private investigator revisits the case that has haunted her for decades and sets out on a deeply personal quest to sort truth from lies.
 
CLUE AWARD FINALIST • “[A] haunting memoir, which also unfolds as a gripping true-crime narrative . . . This is a powerful, unsettling story, told with bracing honesty and skill.”—The... Read more »

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Sleeper Agent

The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away

By Ann Hagedorn
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

This must-listen book tells the chilling story of an American-born Soviet spy in the atom bomb project in World War II, perfect for fans of The Americans.

George Koval was born in Iowa. In 1932, his parents, Russian Jews who had emigrated because of anti-Semitism, decided to return home to live out their socialist ideals. George, who was as... Read more »

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Last Call

A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

By Elon Green
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

"This true-crime gem—Green's first full-length work, sensitively and incisively narrated by Pittu—is an illuminating and deeply humanizing testament to victims overlooked by the media and forgotten in cultural memory...An insightful and essential conversation among author, narrator, and producer concludes this highly recommended recording." --...

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The Confidence Men

How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

By Margalit Fox
Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

The Great Escape for the Great War: the astonishing true story of two World War I prisoners who pulled off one of the most ingenious escapes of all time.

FINALIST FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR • “Fox unspools Jones and Hill’s delightfully elaborate scheme in nail-biting episodes that... Read more »

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What Comes After

A Novel

By JoAnne Tompkins
Narrated by: Mark Deakins, Kristen DiMercurio & Kirby Heyborne
Length: 13 hours

What Comes After

“Abandoned and homeless, a pregnant 16-year-old finds shelter in the home of a man who has recently lost his son and his faith. Achingly poignant, What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins brims with raw emotions and conflicting feelings. A redemptive story of loss and love. Keep tissues nearby.”

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The Damage

A Novel

By Caitlin Wahrer
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“A rollercoaster of terror, marked by whip-fast twists and turns.”—The New York Times
  
“Pulled me in from the first page... Put this one high on your summer list.”—Stephen King
 
When a small-town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own? An edgy, propulsive read about what we will do in the name of love... Read more »

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Suburban Dicks

By Fabian Nicieza
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

A finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
 
From the cocreator of Deadpool comes a highly entertaining debut featuring two unlikely and unforgettable amateur sleuths. An engrossing murder mystery full of skewering social commentary, Suburban Dicks examines the racial tensions exposed in a New Jersey suburb after the murder of a gas...
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Kill All Your Darlings

By David Bell
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

A Most Anticipated Summer Read by SheReads * Motherly * Palm Beach Daily News * Frolic * Crime Reads and more!

"Fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot may want to check this one out."--Publishers Weekly

 
"With hints of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is a riveting thriller."--Palm Beach Daily News
 
"Grabs you by the throat...
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