The Agatha Awards were presented tonight at Malice Domestic. Congratulations to all the winners!
And, a big hug along with those congratulations to Chris Grabenstein, winner of the Agatha for Best Children's/YA mystery for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Random House Books).
Best Short Story went to "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine).
Best Nonfiction went to The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books). Good weekend for that book, and Edgar and an Agatha!
Best First Novel went to Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime).
Best Historical Novel went to A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow).
And, another big hug to one of the nicest people out there, Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel for The Wrong Girl (Forge Books). This was a tough category for me. Glad I didn't vote. Too many friends in this one!
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! And, thank you to Julia Spencer-Fleming who tweeted from the banquet.