The 2017 Best Novel Edgar Award - My Choice
Five novels published in 2016 have been nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. The winner will be announced on April 27, 2017. I have read and reviewed the five novels on this blog and now will pick my winner. I will up date this blog on the 28th and we will see if I agree with the experts!
These are the five nominees, hyperlinked to my reviews:
The reality is that I liked all of these books. There was not a single dud in the bunch. I would recommend them all. But, somebody has to win and somebody has to lose this award, so here are my rankings:
This book was really good. I appreciated the way the author incorporated a lot of modern technology into the story. The characters were well developed but not very likable. The plot was a bit convoluted for me, but the ending made sense. All in all, a worthy nominee, but not my winner.
What Remains of Me was clever with interesting characters but I thought suffered from a bit of a convoluted plot. The resolution of the story was surprising. Again, a worthy nominee, but not my winner
This book pretty much had it all: interesting and sympathetic characters, a well paced and believable plot and a satisfying conclusion. My only gripe here was that the ending was a bit predictable. I also thought that the media types presented here were a bit stereotypical. Nit-picky complaints, though, given the great quality of this book.
This book had great characters but could have had maybe a little tighter plot. I thought that it dragged in sections. That said, I probably would have picked this as my Edgar winner in most years.
Update: The Mystery Writers of American announced that Noah Hawley's Before the Fall won the Best Novel Edgar for 2017. I can't argue with that at all. Again, I thought all five books were excellent and would recommend them all! T.C.