So, I’m feeling pretty smug – I may not have batted 1000 on my Edgar rankings this year, but it was pretty dang close. I called it 100% one time, been completely wrong once, and otherwise tend to get one right and the other one wrong. Since I’m not actually trying to predict the outcome, but to review and rank by my own standards (I’m not actually sure what standards the Edgars judges actually use!), it’s not surprising that I am not in perfect alignment. Still, MWA and Literary Lunchbox agree way more often than random chance would dictate.
First up, kudos to ADA pal and FB friend Jim Klise, whose young adult mystery The Art of Secrets took home an Edgar. I read The Art of Secrets and enjoyed it very much! Not in middle school? Read it anyway!
My call for Best First Novel was Tom Bouman’s Dry Bones in the Valley. An assured debut, it stood out for me among the other worthy nominees. And indeed, it won the Edgar. My good friend Addy Whitehouse reviewed this category as well – her call was The Life We Bury. I enjoyed that book, but it wasn’t my favorite.
And you all know just how difficult the call was for Best Novel this year. Of the six nominees, I truly felt that five of them were 5-star books. Ultimately, I gave Mo Hayder’s Wolf the nod because it was a more complex narrative, in my estimation, than Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. I ranked that #2, and dang it, Mr. King’s Mr. Mercedes took home the Edgar. Still, if this were horseshoes, I’d be the big winner.
The Edgar excitement is all over for another year! Colleagues in my workplace find it all super-geeky, but hey, geek is chic.