2005 Edgar® Nominees and Winners

Winners are marked in red. (Updated 4/28/05)
Nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards® 2005
, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2004.

  • Evan's Gate by Rhys Bowen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
  • Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney (Atria Books)
  • California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker (William Morrow)
  • Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's Minotaur)

  • Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas (Five Star)
  • Relative Danger by Charles Benoit(Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan (Delacorte Press)
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Country of Origin by Don Lee (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Bahamarama by Bob Morris (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original

  • The Librarian by Larry Beinhart (Nation Books)
  • Into the Web by Thomas H. Cook (Bantam)
  • Dead Men Rise Up Never by Ron Faust (Dell)
  • Twelve-Step Fandango by Chris Haslam (Dark Alley)
  • The Confession by Domenic Stansberry (Hard Case Crime)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories edited by Leslie S. Klinger (W.W. Norton)
  • Latin American Mystery Writers: An A-to-Z Guide by Darrell B. Lockhart (Greenwood Press)
  • Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel by Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe (McFarland & Co.)
  • The Life of Graham Greene, Vol. 3: 1956-1991 by Norman Sherry (Viking Books)

Best Fact Crime

  • Ready for the People: My Most Chilling Cases as Prosecutor by Marissa N. Batt (Arcade Publishing)
  • Conviction: Solving the Moxley Murder: A Reporter and a Detective's Twenty-Year Search for Justice by Leonard Levitt (Regan Books)
  • Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle, MD (Wiley Publishing - For Dummies)
  • Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates by Suzanne O'Malley (Simon & Schuster)
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein (Little, Brown)
  • Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer -- America's Deadliest Serial Murderer by Ann Rule (Free Press)

Best Short Story

  • "Something About a Scar" - Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You by Laurie Lynn Drummond (HarperCollins)
  • "The Widow of Slane" by Terence Faherty (EQMM - March/April 2004)
  • "The Book Signing" - Brooklyn Noir by Pete Hamill (Akashic Books)
  • "Adventure of the Missing Detective" - Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years by Gary Lovisi (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • "Imitate the Sun" by Luke Sholer (EQMM - November 2004)

Best Young Adult

  • Story Time by Edward Bloor (Harcourt Children's Books)
  • In Darkness, Death by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler (Philomel Books)
  • Jude by Kate Morgenroth (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
  • The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick (Wendy Lamb Books)
  • Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly (David Fickling Books)

Best Juvenile

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)
  • Assassin: The Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • Abduction! by Peg Kehret (Dutton Children's Books)
  • Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater (HarperCollins Children's Books)
  • The Unseen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Best Play

  • Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) by Neal Bell (Playwrights Horizons)
  • Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life by Max Allan Collins (The Art House)
  • An Evening of Murder and the Like by Edward Musto (Barrow Group Studio Theatre)

Best Television Episode Teleplay

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - "Want", Teleplay by Elizabeth Benjamin. Story by René Balcer & Elizabeth Benjamin
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - "Conscience", Teleplay by Gerry Conway Story by René Balcer & Gerry Conway
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - "Consumed", Teleplay by Warren Leight Story by René Balcer & Warren Leight
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - "Pas De Deux", Teleplay by Warren Leight Story by René Balcer & Warren Leight
  • Monk - "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf", Teleplay by Hy Conrad

Best Television Feature Or Mini-Series Teleplay

  • State of Play by Paul Abbott (BBC America)
  • Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness by Peter Berry (Granada TV & WGBH Boston)
  • Death in Holy Orders by Robert Jones, based on the novel by P.D. James (BBC Worldwide)
  • Amnesia by Chris Lang (BBC America)
  • "The Darkness of Light" - Wire in the Blood by Alan Whiting (Coastal Productions)

Best Motion Picture Screenplay

  • A Very Long Engagement - Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, based on the Novel by Sébastien Japrisot (2003 Productions)
  • The Bourne Supremacy - Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, based on the Novel by Robert Ludlam (The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Universal Pictures, Hypnotic)
  • Collateral by Stuart Beattie (DreamWorks SKG)
  • I'm Not Scared - Screenplay by Francesca Marciano, based on the Novel by Niccolò Ammaniti (Miramax Films)
  • Maria Full of Grace - Screenplay by Joshua Marston (HBO Films)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award

Thomas Morrissey
"Can't Catch Me" - Brooklyn Noir (Akashic Books)

Grand Master

Marcia Muller

Ellery Queen

Carolyn Marino, Vice President/Executive Editor, HarperCollins


  • Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theatre (founded by Steve Oney)
  • DorothyL listserv (founded by Diane Kovacs and Kara Robinson
  • Murder by the Book Houston, TX (Martha Farrington, Owner)

Special Edgar Awards

  • David Chase (writer/producer - The Sopranos, The Rockford Files, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and many other breakthrough TV shows)
  • Tom Fontana (writer/producer - Homicide: Life on the Street, Oz, and The Jury and many other breakthrough TV shows)

The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award

  • Perfect Sax by Jerrilyn Farmer (William Morrow/Avon)
  • The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman (Ballantine Books)
  • Scent of a Killer by Christiane Heggan (MIRA Books)
  • Grave Endings by Rochelle Krich (Ballantine Books)
  • Murder in a Mill Town by P.B. Ryan (Berkley Prime Crime)