Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2008 Agatha Award Nominees

These are the nominees for the 2008 Agatha Awards. These are my kind of awards - books I've actually read, and recommended to my readers. Congratulations to the nominees. There are some authors on this list that I consider friends, and a number we've hosted at the Velma Teague Library in the last year. Thank you for your books!

2008 Agatha Nominees

Best Novel:

Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews (St. Martin's Minotaur)
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen (Penguin Group)
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Press)
Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry (Random House)
I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's Minotaur)

Best First Novel:

Through a Glass, Deadly by Sarah Atwell (Berkley Trade)
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis (Penguin Group)
Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris (St. Martin's Press)
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan (Midnight Ink)

Best Non-fiction:

African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study
by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland & Co.)
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perseverance Press)
Anthony Boucher, A Bibliography by Jeff Marks (McFarland & Co.)
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Metro Books)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whitcher by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Co.)

Best Short Story:
"The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron, Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (Penguin Group)
"Killing Time" by Jane Cleland, Alfred Hitchock Mystery Magazine - November 2008
"Dangerous Crossing" by Carla Coupe, Chesapeake Crimes 3 (Wildside Press)
"Skull & Cross Examination" by Toni Kelner, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - February 2008
"A Nice Old Guy" by Nancy Pickard, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2008

Best Children's/Young Adult:

Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams (Harper Collins)
A Thief in the Theater (A Kit Mystery) by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl Publishers)
The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children's Books)
The Great Circus Train Robbery by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard & Harris)

Congratulations, again!


Anonymous said...

This is a great list and will make some great selections for my mystery book group. We spend our July meeting talking about that year's award nominated books that each of us have read. It's a lot of fun and is a change of pace. I can definitely read PUSHING UP DAISIES for that. Yea!

caryn said...

This is such a comforting list for me. I've read most of these and the ones I haven't several are on my TBR pile.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Lesa, thanks for sharing this with your readers. I'm beyond being excited. I can't wait to tell the book clubs I've been visiting about my nomination! This is such fun news--and I've spotted a few new books I simply must add to my TBR before the conference in May.

Sheila Connolly said...

Thank you, Lesa, for highlighting this. I'm thrilled (or Sarah Atwell is) to be in such good company, both past and present.

Lesa said...


I agree with you! This is a list with books on it that I've read, and they're worth discussing. I've read books or authors in every one of these categories, including nonfiction and short stories. It's a good, practical list, with good authors.

Lesa said...

Me, too, Caryn. It always makes me feel good to see books and authors I recognize on the list!

Lesa said...

Congratulations, Joanna!

You should be proud and excited! It's terrific to be nominated for this award. In my opinion, these are the books and authors our traditional mystery readers are looking for. Congratulations on making a terrific list!

Lesa said...

Congratulations, Sheila!

In case readers don't know, Sheila is also Sarah Atwell, author of Through a Glass, Deadly. Thanks for stopping in.

I enjoyed the book, with the glassblowing, and, of course, the Arizona setting!

Congratulations on making a terrific list!