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2021 Edgars® Winners

Here are the winners for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction and non-fiction published or produced in 2020. Brought to you by the Mystery Writers of America.

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

A Novel

By Deepa Anappara
Narrated by: Indira Varma, Himesh Patel & Antonio Aakeel
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Discover the “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) debut novel that “announces the arrival of a literary supernova” (The New York Times Book Review),“a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate” (Chigozie Obioma).

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Please See Us

By Caitlin Mullen
Narrated by: Corey Brill, Piper Goodeve, Hillary Huber & Dara Rosenberg
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

Winner of the 2021 Edgar Award for Best First Novel

In this sophisticated, suspenseful debut reminiscent of Laura Lippman and Megan Miranda, two young women become unlikely friends during one fateful summer in Atlantic City as mysterious disappearances hit dangerously close to home.

Summer has come to Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of... Read more »

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When No One Is Watching

A Thriller

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

When No One Is Watching

“Cole’s thriller exposes the underbelly of gentrification and prosperity, taking a searing look at systemic racism. When a pharmaceutical firm plans to move its headquarters to a historically Black Brooklyn neighborhood, an influx of rich white people displace Black residents from their homes and their roots. Timely, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking, When No One Is Watching is essential reading for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

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Death in Mud Lick

A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic

By Eric Eyre
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

A New York Times Critics’ Top Ten Book of the Year * 2021 Edgar Award Winner Best Fact Crime * A Lit Hub Best Book of The Year

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a “powerful,” (The New York Times) urgent, and heartbreaking account of the corporate greed that pumped millions of pain pills into... Read more »

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Phantom Lady

Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman behind Hitchcock

By Christina Lane
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 11 hours

Phantom Lady chronicles the untold story of Hollywood’s most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s.

In 1933 Joan Harrison was a twenty-six-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling down with one of the local boys. A few short years later, she was Alfred Hitchcock’s...

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Premeditated Myrtle

Myrtle Hardcastle: Book #1

By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Narrated by: Bethan Rose Young
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD MYRTLE HARDCASTLE has a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science. Armed with her father’s law books and her mum’s microscope, Myrtle studies toxicology, keeps abreast of the latest developments in crime scene analysis, and Observes her neighbors in the quiet village of Swinburne, England. ... Read more »

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The Companion

By Katie Alender
Narrated by: Taylor Meskimen
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

Winner of the Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction!

The other orphans say Margot is lucky.
Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family.
Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night.
And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate.
But it wasn't luck... Read more »

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The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

A Mystery

By Elsa Hart
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

From the author of the acclaimed Li Du novels comes Elsa Hart's new atmospheric mystery series.

London, 1703. In a time when the old approaches to science coexist with the new, one elite community attempts to understand the world by collecting its wonders. Sir Barnaby Mayne, the most formidable of these collectors, has devoted his life to...

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Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery

The Vera Kelly Series: Book #2

By Rosalie Knecht
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 6 hours 46 minutes

The “splendid genre-pushing” (People) Vera Kelly series returns in full force as our recently out-of-the-spy-game heroine finds herself traveling from Brooklyn to a sprawling countryside estate in the Caribbean in her first case as a private investigator.

When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she...

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