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Every MayThe Mystery Writers of America award the Edgar to their picks for the best crime books of the year. This year they also published The Mystery Writers Cookbook filled with recipes from many Edgar-winning authors. A slice of James Patterson's Grandma's Killer Chocolate Cake and a cup of Lee Child's coffee make a great Mother's Day treat for all those mayhem-loving moms and grannies.
- Best Novel: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
- Best Fact Crime: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William Mann
- Best First Novel: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
- Best Paperback Original: The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
- Mary Higgins Clark Award: The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
- Past Grand Master Ruth Rendell's last book Dark Corners, is scheduled for release in December 2015. Rendell passed away on May 2, 2015.
- Want a three course mystery meal? Recipes for Lee Child's Coffee, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone's Famous Peanut butter & Pickle Sandwiches, and Gillian Flynn's Beef Skillet Fiesta are available at The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.
The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.