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Psychics win 2 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

In Books, Travel on 1 May, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Poe's Raven

Poe's Raven

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) held their 65th Gala Banquet last week at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Edgars® Banquet, as it is known, recognizes and celebrates the best crime writing (fiction, non-fiction, TV and playwriting) of the previous year. An Edgar is one of he most prestigious awards in the genre. This year the preternatural collected one Edgar and Simon & Schuster’s Mary Higgins Clark Award.

The Psychic by Sam Bobrick took home the Edgar Award for Best Play. As the name implies, this comic mystery takes audiences on an entertaining ride through the life of a down-on-his-luck writer, Adam Webster, who tries to make ends meet by offering psychic readings. He gets more than he bargained for and so do audiences. As luck, and basic mathematical odds, have, some of his prognostications turn out to be accurate (no, we aren’t sharing which ones). Surprise twists and an entire school of red herrings keep everyone guessing. The winning performance of the script was at The Falcon, a 130-seat performing arts space founded by Garry Marshall in Burbank, CA USA.

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths received the Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award. When archaeologist Ruth Galloway gets tangled up in a murder case, she’s quickly out of her depth. Something the murderer counts on as he (or she) deftly manipulates the situation to present a villain, and a crime, outside the norm for such heinous events. Is it just a predator’s uncanny skill at reading people and situations or is some thing more, something preternatural, at work here as well. You’ll have to read it and find out!

MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers. A non-profit organization, members include the entire spectrum of individuals involved in writing crime fiction or non-fiction including, editors, publishers, authors, journalists, screenwriters, librarians, directors, dramatists, booksellers, agents, producers, attorneys, publicists and more.

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