Cozy Mystery List
A Guide to Cozy Mystery (and Other Favorite) Books and DVDs
 

 

 EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD
BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL WORK

2014:
Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories by Bill Alder
America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere
Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing by Justin Gifford
Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett
Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction by Melissa Schaub

2013: The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien (Winner)
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by Declan Burke & John Connolly
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed by John Paul Athanasourelis
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of and American Hero by Otto Penzler

2012: On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Winner)
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, & John-Henri Holmberg
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck & Walter Srebnick

2011:  Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang (Winner)
The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez
Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Stephen Doyle & David A. Crowder
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell & Hank Wagner

2010: The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler (Winner)
Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James
Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King by Lisa Rogak
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar
The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent

2009:  Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to his Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Winner)
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories by Leonard Cassuto
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction by David Geherin
The Rise of True Crime by Jean Murley

2008:  Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, & Charles Foley   (Winner)
The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson
A Counter-History of Crime Fiction: Supernatural, Gothic, Sensational by Maurizio Ascari
Deviance in Contemporary Crime Fiction by Christiana Gregoriou
Chester Gould: A Daughter's Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O'Connell

2007:  The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear by E.J. Wagner (Winner)
Unless the Threat of Death is Behind Them: Hard-Boiled Fiction and Film Noir by John T. Irwin

2006:  Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Winner)
Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Discovering the Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade: The Evolution of Dashiell Hammett's Masterpiece by Richard Layman
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels by Leslie S. Klinger
Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'em Dead with Style by Hallie Ephron

2005:  The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories by Leslie S. Klinger (Winner)
Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel by Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe
Latin American Mystery Writers: An A-to-Z Guide by Darrell B. Lockhart
The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry


2004:  Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson (Winner)
Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light… Patrick McGilligan
Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium… Elizabeth Peters & Kristen Whitbread
Mystery Women, Volume 3… Colleen Barnett
The American Police Novel: A History… Leroy Lad Panek

2003:  Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley (Winner)
Art of Noir by Eddie Muller
Classic Era of Crime Fiction by Peter Haining
Crime Films by Thomas Leitch

2002:  Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z by Dawn B. Sova (Winner)
Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers by Jo Hammett
My Name's Friday by Michael J. Hayde
Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett: 1921-1960 by Richard Layman & Julie M Rivett
The History of Mystery by Max Allan Collins
Who Was That Lady? by Jeffrey Marks

2001:  Conundrums for the Long Week-End by Ethan Lewis & Robert Kuhn McGregor  (Winner) 
The Doctor & the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Martin Booth 
The Red-Hot Typewriter: The Life & Times of John D. Macdonald by Hugh Merrill

Women of Mystery: The Lives & Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists by Martha Hailey Dubose & Margaret Caldwell Thomas

2000:  Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower (Winner)
A Suitable Job for a Woman by Val McDermid
Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing by Rosemary Herbert
Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan 
The Web of Inquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women by Catherine Ross Nickerson

1999: Mystery and Suspense Writers by Maureen Corrigan & Robin W. Winks (Winner)
Cordially Yours, Brother Cadfael by K. Anne Kaler
Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir by Eddie Muller
Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
The Seven Deadly Sins in the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers by Janice Brown

1998: G is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay(Winner)
AZ Murder Goes...Classic by Susan Malling & Barbara Peters
Crime Fiction and Film in the Sunshine State: Florida Noir by Steve Glassman & Maurice O'Sullivan Deadly Women: The Woman Mystery Readers' Indispensable Companion by Jan Grape, Dean James, & Ellen Nehr
The Reader and the Detective Story by George M. Dove

1997: The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Atkinson (Winner)
Agatha Christie: A to Z by Dawn B. Sova
Detecting Women 2: A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women by Willetta L. Heising
Elusion Aforethought: The Life and Writing of Anthony Berkeley Cox by Malcolm J. Turnbull
The Blues Detective: A Study of African-American Detective Fiction by Stephen F. Soitos

1996: Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito (Winner)
John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles by Douglas G. Greene
The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael by Robin Whiteman
The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry

1995: Encyclopedia Mysteriosa by William L. DeAndrea (Winner)
By a Woman's Hand by Dean James & Jean Swanson
Dick Tracey and American Culture by Garyn G. Roberts
Great Women Mystery Writers by Kathleen Gregory Klein
The Tony Hillerman Companion by Martin Greenberg

1994: The Saint: A Complete History by Burl Barer (Winner)
A Reader's Guide to the American Novel of Detection by Marvin Lachman
Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul by Barbara Reynolds
The Fine Art of Murder by Jon L. Breen, Ed Gorman, Martin Greenberg & Larry Segriff
The Man Who Wasn't Maigret by Patrick Marnham

1993: Alias S. S. Van Dine by John Loughery (Winner)
Dorothy L. Sayers: A Careless Rage for Life by David Coomes
Doubleday Crime Club Compendium by Ellen Nehr
Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Meyers

1992: Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman (Winner)
Agatha Christie: Murder in Four Acts by Peter Haining
Jim Thompson: Sleep with the Devil by Michael J. McCauley
Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction by Frankie E. Bailey
Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman by Ernie Bulow & Tony Hillerman

1991: Trouble is Their Business: Private Eyes in Fiction, Film, and Television, 1927-1988 by John Conquest (Winner)
Eric Ambler by Peter Lewis
Hillary Waugh's Guide to Mysteries and Mystery Writing by Hillary Waugh
John Dickinson Carr: A Critical Study by S.T. Joshi
The Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers by Catherine Kenney

1990: The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry (Winner)
Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror by Bruce Crowther
Murder on the Air by Ric Meyers
Mysterium and Mystery: The Clerical Crime Novel by William David Spencer
The Perfect Murder: A Study in Detection by David Lehman

1989: Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
Silk Stalkings: When Women Write of Murder by Victoria Nichols & Susan Thompson
Sisters in Crime: Feminism and the Crime Novel by Maureen T. Reddy
The Dime Detectives by Ron Goulart

1988: Introduction to the Detective Story by Leroy Lad Panek (Winner)
Campion's Career: A Study of the Novels of Margery Allingham by B. A. Pike
Corridors of Deceit, The World of John le Carre by Peter Wolfe
Crime and Mystery, The 100 Best Books by H.R.F. Keating

1987: Here Lies: An Autobiography by Eric Ambler (Winner)
1001 Midnights: The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery Fiction by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
13 Mistresses of Murder by Elaine Budd
The Mystery Lover's Companion by Art Bourgeau
The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and the Million Dollar Fiction Factory by Carol Billman

1986: John le Carre by Peter Lewis (Winner)
Agatha Christie by Janet Morgan
Private Eyes: 101 Knights, A Survey of American Fiction by Robert A. Baker & Michael T. Nietzel
The American Private Eye: The Image in Fiction by David Geherin
The Lord Peter Wimsey Companion by Stephan P. Clarke

1985: Novel Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen (Winner)
Inward Journey: Ross MacDonald by Ralph B. Sipper
One Lonely Knight: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer by Max Allan Collins & James L. Traylor
Ross Macdonald by Matthew J. Bruccoli
The James Bond Bedside Companion by Raymond Benson

1984: The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto (Winner)
Dashiell Hammett by Diane Johnson
The Mystery of Georges Simenon by Fenton Bresler
The Poetics of Murder by Glen W. Most & William W. Stowe

1983: Cain by Roy Hoopes (Winner)
Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini
Modus Operandi by Robin W. Winks
The Police Procedural by George M. Dove

1982: What About Murder? by Jon L. Breen (Winner)
Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler by Frank MacShane
The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe by Stephen Peithman
The Whodunit by Stefano Benvenuti & Gianni Rizzoni
TV Detectives by Richard Meyers

1981: Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers by John Reilly (Winner)
A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie by Robert Barnard
Watteau's Shepherds: The Detective Novel in Britain 1914-1940 by Leroy Lad Panek

1980: Dorothy L. Sayers, A Literary Biography by Ralph E. Hone (Winner)
As Her Whimsey Took Her by Margaret Hannay
Sherlock Holmes, The Man and His World by H.R.F. Keating
The Secret of Grown-Ups by Vera Caspary

1979: The Mystery of Agatha Christie by Gwen Robins (Winner)
Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason by Dorothy B. Hughes
The Detective in Hollywood by John Tuska
The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe by Julian Symons

1978: Rex Stout by John McAleer (Winner)
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana by Jack Tracy

1977: Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection by Marvin Lachman, Otto Penzler, Charles Shibuk, & Chris Steinbrunner (Winner)
The Agatha Christie Mystery by Derrick Murdoch
The Dangerous Edge by Gavin Lambert
The Life of Raymond Chandler by Frank McShane
The Mystery Story by John Ball