The Super Bowl, the Oscars, the Golden Globes—as mystery readers, we know these awards pale in comparison. Where is the perfectly crafted whodunit? The intricately plotted crime? The impossible-to-put-down and stay-up-all-night thriller? The awards show where “dressed to kill” isn’t just a metaphor?

The 2014 Edgar Awards are right around the corner, and to celebrate, we’re spotlighting the crème de la crème of past Edgar winners. Read excerpts from masters in the genre, including Ruth Rendell, Michael Crichton, Stuart Kaminsky, Lawrence Sanders, and more.

To explore more Edgar winners, as well as nominees and Grand Masters, visit

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