The Agatha Awards honor books written in the “traditional mystery” style exemplified by the works of Agatha Christie.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap.
These books have no explicit sex, gratuitous gore or extreme violence.
All attendees that registered by December 31, 2015 receive a nomination form in January asking for their ranked choices for nominees in each Agatha Award category. The books or short stories must be first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2015 (January 1-December 31). They can be published in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.
Attendees at Malice Domestic will vote to select the winners, and the awards will be presented at the annual awards banquet on April 30, 2016.
Malice Domestic 28 will be at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD on April 29-May 1, 2016.
Winners are noted by an *
The nominees are:
Best Contemporary Novel
Annette Dashofy, Burned Bridges (Henery Press)
Margaret Maron, Long Upon the Land (Grand Central Publishing) * Winner
Catriona McPherson, The Child Garden (Midnight Ink)
Louise Penny, Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)
Hank Phillippi Ryan, What You See (Forge Books)
Best Historical Novel
Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley)
Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)
Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam) * Winner
Susan Elia Macneal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Bantam)
Victoria Thompson, Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Berkley)
Best First Novel
Tessa Arlen, Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (Minotaur Books)
Cindy Brown, Macdeath (Henery Press)
Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
Julianne Holmes, Just Killing Time (Berkley)
Art Taylor, On the Road with Del and Louise (Henery Press) * Winner
Zack Dundas, The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Martin Edwards, The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story (HarperCollins) * Winner
Kathryn Harkup, A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (Bloomsbury USA)
Jane Ann Turzillo, Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio (Arcadia Publishing)
Kate White (Editor), Harlan Coben (Contributor) and Gillian Flynn (Contributor), The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For (Quirk Books)
Best Short Story
Barb Goffman, “A Year Without Santa Claus?” (AHMM) * Winner
Edith Maxwell, “A Questionable Death” History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
Terri Farley Moran, “A Killing at the Beausoleil” (EQMM)
Harriette Sackler, “Suffer the Poor” History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
B.K. Stevens, “A Joy Forever” (AHMM)
Best Children’s/Young Adult
Blue Balliett, Pieces and Players (Scholastic Press)
Joelle Charbonneau, Need (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Amanda Flower, Andi Unstoppable (Zonderkidz) * Winner
Spencer Quinn, Woof (Scholastic Press)
B.K. Stevens, Fighting Chance: A Martial Arts Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press)