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Edgar Awards : Best Critical/Biographical Work (Since 1977): Home

Edgar Awards

Best Critical / Biographical Work

(1977- )

1970s

Winner

Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection by Marvin Lachman, et. al.

Winner

Rex Stout by John McAleer

Winner

The Mystery of Agatha Christie by Gwen Robins

1980s

Winner

Dorothy L. Sayers, a Literary Biography by Ralph E. Hone

Winner

Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers by John Reilly

Winner

What About Murder? by Jon L. Breen

Winner

Cain by Roy Hoppes

Winner

The Dark Side of Genius : the Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto

Winner

Novel Verdicts : a Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen

Winner

John le Carre by Peter Lewis

Winner

Here Lies : an Autobiography by Eric Ambler

Winner

Introduction to the Detective Story by Leroy Lad Panek

Winner

Cornell Woolrich : First You Dream, The You Die by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.

1990s

Winner

The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry

Winner

Trouble is Their Business : Private Eyes in Fiction, Film, and Television, 1927-1988 by John Conquest

Winner

Edgar A. Poe : Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman

Winner

Alias S. S. Van Dineby John Loughery

Winner

The Saint : a Complete Mystery by Burl Barer

Winner

Encyclopedia Mysteriosa by William L. DeAndrea

Winner

Savage Art : a Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito

Winner

The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Atkinson

Winner

G is for Grafton : the World of Kinsey Millhone by Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay

2000s

Winner

Teller of Tales : the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower

Winner

Conundrums for the Long Week-End by Ethan Lewis, and Robert Kuhn McGregor

Winner

Edgar Allan Poe : A to Z by Dawn B. Sova

Winner

Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley

Winner

Beautiful Shadow : a Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson

Winner

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes : the Complete Short Stories by Leslie S. Klinger

Winner

Girl Sleuth : Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

Winner

The Science of Sherlock Holmes : from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases by E. J. Wagner

Winner

Arthur Conan Doyle : a Life in Letters by Charles Foley, John Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower

Winner

Edgar Allan Poe : an Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Harry Lee Poe

2010s

Winner

The Lineup : the World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler

Winner

Charlie Chan : the Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

Winner

On Conan Doyle : Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda

Winner

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes : Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien

Winner

America is Elsewhere : the Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere

Winner

Poe-Land : the Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J. W. Ocker

Winner

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

Winner

Shirley Jackson : a Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

Winner

Chester B. Himes : a Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson

Winner

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s by Leslie S. Klinger

2020s

Winner

Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Finalists

  • Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps by Ursula Buchan
  • The Hooded Gunman by John Curran
  • Medieval Crime Fiction by Anne McKendry
  • The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Mouton
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
The Hooded Gunman
Medieval Crime Fiction
The Mutual Admiration Society

WINNER

Phantom Lady : Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane

FINALISTS

  • Howdunit : a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club by Martin Edwards
  • Ian Rankin : a Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Erin E. MacDonald
  • Guilt Rules All : Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction by Elizabeth Mannion & Brian Cliff
  • This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

Howdunit


Ian Rankin


Guilt Rules All


This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing