Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Agatha Award Nominees

It's award season! If it's not the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Grammys, with the Oscars coming up, it's the Edgars and, my favorite book awards, the Agathas. The Agatha Awards, honoring the best traditional mysteries, will be presented on May 3 at Malice Domestic. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Best Historical Novel

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy (Signet)
Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow)

Best Children's/YA Nominations

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)
Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)

Best Contemporary Novel

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Nonfiction

Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors) (Wildside Press)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel

Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime)
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)
Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Kensington)
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (Henery Press)

Best Short Story

"Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
"Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
"The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
"Bread Baby" in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)
"The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)


Mark Baker said...

These are the awards I always pay the most attention to since I love cozies. Glad to see a few I've read an enjoyed on the lists. Maybe I can sneak one or two of the nominations in before the winner are announced.

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Mark. If I haven't read the Agatha nominees, at least I recognize the authors and titles. Sometimes I've never even heard of the Edgar nominees. These are my favorites, too.

Karen C said...

Oh dear. Several are on my TBR, but I haven't had the opportunity read them yet.

Leslie Budewitz said...

Thanks for posting, Lesa. I'm so thrilled to be nominated -- and I've got a lot of reading to do before Malice!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

I am embarrassed to say I get goosebumps whenever I see this list. Thank you, dear Lesa, for posting..and thank you --ah, everyone in the world won made this happen. So thrilled~and see you soon, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Glad you're doing that, and not me, Leslie.

Lesa said...

Hank, I can understand the goosebumps. You're welcome. And, I'm looking forward to March - seeing you, the Sisters in Crime panel, and, if we're lucky, a little warmer weather!