I guess you all know next week is Edgar week: the most famous mystery awards in the world will be given on Thursday. As a way to commemorate this event (and, hopefully, boost this blog’s traffic) I’m launching tomorrow a six-part series on the Edgars focusing on the top prize, the Best Novel Award, over its half-century of existence. For better or worse, the MWA’s choices and non-choices provide a fascinating overview of the definetely nonlinear evolution of the genre during the last five decades. Which period was the most female-friendly? Why were Donald E. Westlake’s and Robert B. Parker’s wins near-historical events? Are series more popular with voters than standalones? You will find answers to these questions and many others you didn’t even think of asking in this breathtaking series (being modest never helped getting more readers)
See ya tomorrow.