Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Agatha Award Nominees

Ah, the Agatha Award nominees! My type of mystery awards. Now, these I've read. I've read four out of five of the Best Novel nominees, some of the Best First Novel nominees, some of the Best Historical Novel nominees, and even one of the Best Children's/Young Adults. (Nothing against any of the other nominees for that last award, but I loved Chris Grabenstein's The Black Heart Crypt.)

According to the website for Malice Domestic, "The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery." That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others." Attendees at the Malice Domestic convention in April vote on the nominees, and the winners will be announced on April 28.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Best Novel:
The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis (Berkley)
Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Best First Novel:
Dire Threads by Janet Bolin (Berkley)
Choke by Kaye George (Mainly Murder Press)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab (Berkley)
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley)

Best Non-fiction:
Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure by Leslie Budewitz (Linden)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran (Harper)
On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel by A. B. Emrys (McFarland)
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris (Ace)

Best Short Story:
"Disarming" by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - June 2011
"Dead Eye Gravy" by Krista Davis, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press)
"Palace by the Lake" by Daryl Wood Gerber, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press)
"Truth and Consequences" by Barb Goffman, Mystery Times Ten (Buddhapuss Ink)
"The Itinerary" by Roberta Isleib, MWA Presents the Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing)

Best Children's/Young Adult:
Shelter by Harlan Coben (Putnam)
The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (EgmontUSA)
The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key by Penny Warner (EgmontUSA)

Best Historical Novel:
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy (Signet)
Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)


Karen C said...

Oh, my. I haven't read any on them - she said hanging her head!

Lesa said...

That's OK. A whole new list of possibilities for the future!

Jane R said...

What a great list of books. I have read some of them already and I must say it will be difficult to choose the 'best novel. All of the ones I've read were terrific! And the ones I haven't read yet are on my book list.

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Tina said...

Have read several of these...they're all good, but it must be hard to be a committee to try to pick something that comes even close to Louise Penny.