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The Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery — books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie — and are awarded annually by Malice Domestic, Ltd. Winners are chosen by attendees of the annual Malice Domestic convention.

In 1994, the organization began awarding grants to authors of unpublished mysteries.

 

    2013
  • Best Contemporary Novel Nominee:
  • Best First Novel Nominee:
  • Best Non-Fiction Nominee:
    • Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen, editors (Wildside Press)
    • Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books)
    • Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking)
    • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
  • Best Short Story Nominee:
    • "Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
    • "Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
    • "The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
    • "Bread Baby" in Best new England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)
    • "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult's Novel Nominee:
  • Best Historical Nominee:
    • Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
    • Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
    • A Friendly Game of Murder by J. J. Murphy (Signet)
    • Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)
    • A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
  • Grant: Design for Dying by Vince and Rosemarie Keenan
    2012
  • Best Novel: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • Best First Novel: Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
  • Best Non-Fiction: Books to Die For by John Connolly and Declan Burke, editors
  • Best Short Story: "Mischief in Mesopotamia" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) by Dana Cameron
  • Best Children's/Young Adult's Novel: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner
  • Best Historical: Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson
  • Grant: Florida Is Burning by Sarah E. Bewley
  • Grant: Trite but True by Cynthia M. Sabelhaus
    2011
  • Best Mystery Novel: Three Day Town by Margaret Maron
  • Best First Mystery Novel: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
  • Best Non-Fiction: Books, Crooks and Counselors by Leslie Budewitz
  • Best Short Story: "Disarming" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2011) by Dana Cameron
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein
  • Best Historical Novel: Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
  • Grant: Double Exposure by Robin Templeton
    2010
  • Best Mystery Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Mystery Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames (Berkley)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (Harper)
  • Best Short Story: "So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith (Atheneum)
  • Grant: Standing on the Promises by Stephanie Evans
  • Grant: Lies My Professor Told Me by Patricia A. Gouthro
    2009
  • Best Mystery Novel: A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Mystery Novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)Review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie  by Alan Bradley
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Dame Agatha's Shorts by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)
  • Best Short Story: "On the House" (Quarry) by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Level Best Books)
  • Grant: Ghost of a Chance by Kimberly Gray
    2008
  • Best Novel: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)Review of Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet
  • Best Non-Fiction: How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perserverance Press)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  • Best Short Story: "The Night Things Changes" (Wolfsbane & Mistletoe) by Dana Cameron (Penguin)
  • Grant: One Sweet Pickle by Robin Hewitt
  • Grant: Bricks and Murder by Linda Reeder
    2007
  • Best Novel: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Harlequin)Review of Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: A Light in the Cellar by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Charles Foley (Penguin)
  • Best Short Story: "A Rat's Tale" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2007) by Donna Andrews
  • Grant: Faux Finish by Dawn Dixon Cotter
  • Grant: Artifact by Gigi Morrissett Pandian
    2006
  • Best Novel: The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard (Random House)
  • Best First Novel: The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden (Bella Rosa Books)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: Pea Soup Poisonings by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard & Harris)
  • Best Short Story: "Sleeping with the Plush" (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 2006) by Toni L. P. Kelner
  • Grant: Dead Posh by Elizabeth Duncan
  • Grant: Gideon's Inn by Joseph W. Richardson
    2005
  • Best Novel: The Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page (William Morrow)
  • Best First Novel: Better Off Wed by Laura Durham (Avon Books)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: Down The Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (Laura Geringer Books)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
  • Best Short Story: "Driven to Distraction" (Chesapeake Crimes II) by Marcia Talley (Quiet Storm Publishing)
  • Grant: Sign of the Messenger by Stacy Leigh Juba
  • Grant: A Cottage with a View by Hilary McGowan
    2004
  • Best Novel: Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press)
  • Best First Novel: Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak (Doubleday)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Private Eye-Lashes: Radio's Lady Detectives by Jack French (Bear Manor Media)
  • Best Short Story: "Wedding Knife" (Chesapeake Crimes) by Elaine Viets (Quiet Storm Publishing)
  • Grant: Blood Is Stickier Than Holy Water by Shirley Folwarski
  • Grant: Hypothesis for Murder by Heidi Vornbrock Roosa
    2003
  • Best Novel: Letter From Home by Carolyn Hart (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Best First Novel: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press Inc.)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult Novel: The 7th Knot by Kathleen Karr (Marshall Cavendish)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Amelia Peabody's Egypt by Elizabeth Peters and Kristin Whitbread (William Morrow)
  • Best Short Story: "No Man's Land" (Blood on Their Hands) by Elizabeth Foxwell (Berkley)
  • Grant: Lilac Time by Thomas E. Bonsall
  • Grant: She Who Listens by Martha Crites
  • Grant: Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliett
    2002
  • Best Novel: You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Best First Novel: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
  • Best Non-Fiction: They Died in Vain by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult Novel: Red Card by Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot (Top Publications)
  • Best Short Story Tie:
    • "The Dog That Didn't Bark" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2002) by Margaret Maron
    • "Too Many Cooks" (Much Ado About Murder) by Marcia Talley (Berkley)
  • Grant: Inn Sight by Elizabeth Berry
    2001
  • Best Novel: Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen (St Martin's Minotaur Books)
  • Best First Novel: Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer (Dutton)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins)
  • Best Children's/Young Adult Novel: Mystery of the Haunted Caves by Penny Warner (Meadowbrook Press)
  • Best Short Story: "The Would-Be-Widower" (Malice Domestic X) by Katherine Hall Page (Avon Books)
  • Grant: George Washington Died Here by Kyle Z. Bell
  • Grant: Sweet Alice by Terry Hoover
    2000
  • Best Novel: Storm Track by Margaret Maron (Mysterious Press)
  • Best First Novel: Death on a Silver Tray by Rosemary Stevens (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Best Non-Fiction: 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
  • Best Short Story: "The Man in the Civil Suit" (Malice Domestic 9) by Jan Burke (Avon Books)
  • Grant: Canvas Shroud by Susan Wrona Gall
  • Grant: Through a Shooter's Eye by Carolyn Kourofsky
    1999
  • Best Novel: Mariner's Compass by Earlene Fowler (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • Best First Novel: Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower (Henry Holt)
  • Best Short Story: "Out of Africa" (Mom, Apple Pie, and Murder) by Nancy Pickard (Berkley)
  • Grant: Murder Underfoot by Claire M. Johnson
  • Grant: An Affinity for Murder by Anne White
    1998
  • Best Novel: Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman (Avon Books)
  • Best First Novel: The Doctor Digs a Grave by Robin Hathaway (Minotaur Books)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Mystery Readers Walking Guide — Washington D.C. by Alzina Stone Dale (Passport Books)
  • Best Short Story: "Of Course You Know That Chocolate Is a Vegetable" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) by Barbara D'Amato
  • Grant: Sing It To Her Bones by Marcia Talley
  • Grant: Breakfast at Madeline's by Matt Witten
    1997
  • Best Novel: The Devil In Music by Kate Ross (Viking)
  • Best First Novel: The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Detecting Men by Willetta L. Heising (Purple Moon Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Tea for Two" (Funnybones) by M. D. Lake (Penguin)
  • Grant: Avenging Angels by Carol Hauswald
    1996
  • Best Novel: Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron (Mysterious Press)
  • Best First Novel: Murder on a Girl's Night Out by Anne George (Avon Books)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Detecting Women 2 by Willetta L. Heising (Purple Moon Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Accidents Will Happen" (Malice Domestic 5) by Carolyn Wheat (Pocket Books)
  • Grant: The Internet Murderer by Joan C. Curtis
  • Grant: The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey
    1995
  • Best Novel: If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb (Ballantine)
  • Best First Novel: The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams (Walker)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Mystery Readers Walking Guide — Chicago by Alzina Stone Dale (Passport Books)
  • Best Short Story: "The Dog Who Remembered Too Much" (Malice Domestic 4) by Elizabeth Daniels Squire (Pocket Books)
  • Grant: A Cousin Once Removed by LeeAnna Lawrence
    1994
  • Best Novel: She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb (Scribner)
  • Best First Novel: Do Unto Others by Jeff Abbott (Fawcett)
  • Best Non-Fiction: By a Woman's Hand by Jean Swanson and Dean James (Berkley)
  • Best Short Story: "The Family Jewels" (Malice Domestic 3) by Dorothy Cannell (Pocket Books)
  • Grant: The Scent of Murder by Jeffrey Marks
    1993
  • Best Novel: Dead Man's Island by Carolyn Hart (Bantam)
  • Best First Novel: Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (Putnam)
  • Best Non-Fiction: The Doctor, The Murder, The Mystery by Barbara D'Amato (Noble Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Kim's Game" (Malice Domestic 2) by M. D. Lake (Pocket Books)
    1992
  • Best Novel: Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron (Mysterious Press)
  • Best First Novel: Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely (St. Martin's Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Nice Gorilla" (Malice Domestic 1) by Aaron and Charlotte Elkins (Pocket Books)
    1991
  • Best Novel: I.O.U. by Nancy Pickard (Pocket)
  • Best First Novel: Zero at the Bone by Mary Willis Walker (St. Martin's Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Deborah's Judgment" (A Woman's Eye) by Margaret Maron (Delacorte Press)
    1990
  • Best Novel: Bum Steer by Nancy Pickard (Pocket )
  • Best First Novel: The Body In the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page (St. Martin's Press)
  • Best Short Story: "Too Much to Bare" (Sisters in Crime 2) by Joan Hess (Berkley)
    1989
  • Best Novel: Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters (Warner)
  • Best First Novel: Grime and Punishment by Jill Churchill (Avon Books)
  • Best Short Story: "A Wee Doch and Doris" (Mistletoe Mysteries) by Sharyn McCrumb (Mysterious Press)
    1988
  • Best Novel: Something Wicked by Carolyn G. Hart (Bantam)
  • Best First Novel: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (Bantam)
  • Best Short Story: "More Final than Divorce" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, October 1988) by Robert Barnard

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