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The 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Announced Their Winners

Last week the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2020 were honored at the 75th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards organized by Mystery Writers of America.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara was announced the best mystery novel of the year. The book, based on real incidents and disappearances in metropolitan India, tells a story of a nine-year-old Jai who inspired by TV police shows is determined to find his missing classmate with a help of his two friends Pari and Faiz. But soon the engaging game turns into more sinister reality, as more children start disappearing.

Djinn Patron on the Purple Line competed with the following novels in the Best Mystery Novel category: Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney, Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, These Women by Ivy Pochoda, The Missing American by Kwei Quartey, and The Distant Dead by Heather Young.

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen was honored as the Best First Novel by an American Author, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole - as the Best Paperback Original, “Episode 1, Photochemistry” – Dead Still - as the Best Television Episode Teleplay.

Last year the Best Mystery Novel award was handed to The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths.

See the full list of nominees and winners here.

Source: press release by Mystery Writers of America


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