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Malice Domestic Has Announced the Agatha Award Winners This Year!

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The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery," books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as "hard-boiled."  Here are this year's Agatha Award Nominees and Winners!  Winners are indicated with the Agatha Teapot Graphic 

The 2017 Agatha Award Nominees and 2018 Winners!


Best Contemporary Novel

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook (Crooked Lane Books)

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)

No Way Home: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy  (Henery Press)

Take Out by Margaret Maron  (Grand Central Publishing)

 Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny  (Minotaur Books)


Best Historical Novel

 In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen  (Lake Union Publishing)

Murder in an English Village: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott  (Kensington)

Called to Justice: A Quaker Midwife Mystery by Edith Maxwell  (Midnight Ink)  [being ordered]

The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal  (Bantam)

Dangerous to Know: A Lillian Frost and Edith Head Novel by Renee Patrick  (Forge)

Best First Novel

Adrift: A Mer Cavallo Mystery by Micki Browning  (Alibi-Random House) 

The Plot is Murder: Mystery Bookshop by V.M. Burns  (Kensington)

 Hollywood Homicide: A Detective by Day Mystery by Kellye Garrett  (Midnight Ink)

Daughters of Bad Men by Laura Oles  (Red Adept Publishing)

Best Nonfiction

 From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women who Created an Icon by Mattias Boström  (Mysterious Press)

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards  (Poisoned Pen Press)

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse  (Liveright Publishing Corp.)

Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction by Jess Lourey  (Conari Press)

Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay  (St. Martin’s Press)

Best Short Story * 

*these links are from the Malice Domestic web site.

"Double Deck the Halls" by Gretchen Archer (Henery Press)

Whose Wine is it Anyway” by Barb Goffman in 50 Shades of Cabernet (Koehler Books)

The Night They Burned Miss Dixie’s Place” by Debra Goldstein in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017)

 “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)

A Necessary Ingredient” by Art Taylor in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Seat (Down & Out Books)

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