MWA 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at the 71st Gala Banquet on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Winners of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honored the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. I am the recipient of the Raven Award which recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing..

The evening was very nice. My co-workers from my “Daytime Situation” attended as well as the five guests that I invited. Also attending was another friend who came all the way from Virginia to see me get this award. Thank you LynDee!

The best part was seeing the ad that my daytime situation placed in the program book and then discovering one of my favorite and nicest author/friend, Alafair Burke was doing the introduction for the award and she also wrote up the piece in the program book as well. All in all, I had a terrific and memorable evening that I will not forget.

Here is my introduction and my speech.

BEST NOVEL: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

BEST FACT CRIME: The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

BEST SHORT STORY: “Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block

BEST JUVENILE: OCDaniel by Wesley King

BEST YOUNG ADULT: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY: “A Blade of Grass” – Penny Dreadful, Teleplay by John Logan

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD: “The Truth of the Moment” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by E. Gabriel Flores

GRAND MASTER: Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart




21 responses to “MWA 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

  1. mariagswan

    The raw emotion in your voice was very touching and liked your remark about wearing a dress…well done!

  2. Gail Meredith

    Dru Ann, Congrats! I agree with Maria’s comments.

  3. It was thrilling to see you accept your well deserved Raven Award, Dru. Hooray for you!!

  4. So glad you got your recognition.

  5. That was so moving. Dru, you’re a rock star. When you agreed to let me do my first “Day in the Life,” I jumped up and down in my office. Congratulations! And thank you for being you.

  6. So happy for you. and I can remember you in a beautiful navy blue dress and fascinator to match at a tea. Gorgeous. I loved the jacket you were wearing in this video. But most of all I loved the heartfelt speech you gave.

  7. That was wonderful! Congratulations!

  8. tinawhittle

    Congratulations, and thank you SO MUCH! You were one of the first to reach out to this here brand new, totally nerve-wracked new author six years ago. You welcomed me into the family, and I am ever so grateful. All the best, and ever forward.

  9. What a wonderful speech and many, many congrats (again). Loved seeing the Raven at Malice. When you invited me to do “Day in the Life,” I kind of stared at my computer for five minutes thinking, “Me? She wants me?” Thanks for all that you do for our community.

  10. Barbara Hackel

    A beautiful public appreciation for all you do Dru Ann! Your emotions allows me to see the “real” you. The spots of humor (love the dress comment and the shout-out to Amy’s upcoming book) help me get to know you as more than just my favorite blogger. You are a treasure and I want you to know that many of us who are not associated with your award, could not have chosen better! Congratulations! You are so deserving of the recognition for all your dedication and hard work! ❤

  11. Wonderful, heartfelt, speech. And the absolutely perfect dress. You are awesome!

  12. Way to go, Dru!!!! Loved your speech! Yours is the first site I visit each day. I always look forward it. You have introduced me to so many new authors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  13. Ann Zeigler

    So, so much deserved, Dru!

  14. Celia Fowler

    What a lovely and heartfelt speech for a much-deserved award. Thank you for all your support of mystery writers, though A day in the life as well as your Book Musings which introduce us to authors we may never have discovered. Congratulations!

  15. So glad you posted this clip, Dru Ann. I got weepy with you, watching it. As Alafair said, you make so much of what we do possible, sharing our work with other readers and celebrating with us, and it’s such a thrill to see you celebrated in return.


  16. Oh Dru! What a perfect introduction! Yes, that’s exactly you. And as you said in your acceptance speech, when you are among writers and readers, you are definitely in your element and precisely where you were meant to be. Heartfelt congratulations!

  17. Kristin A.

    From one introvert to another — YAY YOU!!! Thank you for sharing the video link and hooray for putting a dress on! I don’t know if I would’ve been able go that far! 🙂 You are a rock star and I so appreciate all the books and series you have introduced me to! Thank you!

  18. Jan Nelson

    Yay for you, Dru! I think it is a well deserved honor. Your speech was great. (I would have died of stage fright!) Your dress was beautiful. It must have been a wonderful night for you. I hope you know how much I appreciate you and your blog. I’ve found new to me writers through your musings. Thanks for all you do!

  19. Abby Fabian

    That is fantastic!!! You totally deserve it! I love you blog, and I visit it daily. Your speech was terrific! Congratulations!!!!

  20. Congrats to you and everyone who won an award

  21. Thanks for sharing. So very exciting!