Saturday, February 20, 2010

Agatha Award Nominees

I don't expect that I'll actually be back to posting regularly until Tuesday, after my family leaves, and I'm back to work. But, I wanted to post the Agatha Award nominees. I always enjoy knowing what authors are nominated for the various mystery awards, but these awards are ones I really appreciate. I've read many of these books, unlike the nominees for other awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Malice Domestic® was established in 1989. It's an annual convention held in the Washington, D.C. area, honoring the traditional mystery, which Malice describes as, "books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie." This year, it's 22nd year, it's being held April 30-May 2, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.

A ballot listing each category's nominees is given to all attendees at the convention. Attendees vote by secret ballot; the ballots are tabulated and the winners announced at the Agatha Awards banquet, which will be held this year on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Here are this year's Agatha Award nominees:

Best Novel:

Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (Berkley Prime Crime)
Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (MIRA)

Best First Novel:

For Better For Murder by Lisa Bork (Midnight Ink)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)
Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan (St. Martin’s Press)
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur Books)

Best Non-fiction:

Duchess of Death by Richard Hack (Phoenix Books)
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James (Knopf)
Blood on the Stage by 1925-1950 by Amnon Kabatchnik (Scarecrow Press)
Dame Agatha’s Shorts by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)
The Talented Miss Highsmith by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s Press)

Best Short Story:

“Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron, Boston Noir (Akashic Books)
“Handbaskets, Drawers and a Killer Cold” by Kaye George, Crooked ezine
“The Worst Noel” by Barb Goffman, The Gift of Murder (Wolfmont Press)
“On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry (Level Best Books)
“Death Will Trim Your Tree” by Elizabeth Zelvin, The Gift of Murder (Wolfmont Press)

Best Children's/Young Adult:

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford (Viking Juvenile)
The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
The Case of the Poisoned Pig by Lewis B. Montgomery (Kane Press)
The Other Side of Blue by Valerie O. Patterson (Clarion Books)
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer (Philomel)


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm going! :) Can't wait to see who wins. Thanks for posting the list, Lesa.


bermudaonion said...

This is off topic, but I met Beth Hoffman yesterday and gave her a hug for you. I thought you might like to know that she mentioned you while she was speaking. I was thrilled since I "know" you! I hope you're doing as well as you can be.

Lesa said...


I can't wait to see who wins either. I've read these books!

Lesa said...


I'm so pleased you told me you met Beth. I get to meet her in June. She's very special. I hope you had a fun time when you met her. That's so neat, Kathy. Thank you for telling me.

Inside A Book said...

Still thinking of you and going to the Poisoned Pen on this rainy day in your husband's honor!! I'm amazed at you and your dedication to us as your blog followers!! Thanks for still keeping us in the loop and know that we are keeping you in our hearts!

Lesa said...

Ahh, thank you, Inside a Book. And, I'm taking my Mom and my sister to the Poisoned Pen tomorrow so they can see the bookstore I talk about all the time. As I said, I won't be back regularly until next week.

Oh, and Jim told me he wanted me to keep up the blog. I'll be back next week.