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Agatha Awards

2007 Winners

The winners of the 2007 Agatha Awards were announced on April 26, 2008, during the Malice Domestic XX convention held in Arlington Virginia.

The winners include:

BEST NOVEL
A FATAL GRACE by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Minotaur)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
PRIME TIME by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Harlequin)

BEST NONFICTION
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: A Life in Letters (Penguin Press)

BEST SHORT STORY
"A Rat's Tale" by Donna Andrews, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

BEST CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
A LIGHT IN THE CELLAR by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl)

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2006 Winners

BEST NOVEL
THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS by Nancy Pickard (Random House)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

THE HEAT OF THE MOON by Sandra Parshall (Poisoned Pen Press)

BEST NONFICTION

DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY by Chris Roerden (Bella Rosa Books)

BEST SHORT STORY
"Sleeping with the Plush" by Toni Kelner, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

BEST CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

PEA SOUP POISONINGS by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard and Harris)

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2005 Winners

On April 30, 2005 the Agatha Awards were presented at the Malice Domestic Awards Banquet. The winners are as follows:

BEST NOVEL
BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
DATING DEAD MEN by Harley Jane Kozak (Doubleday)

BEST NONFICTION
PRIVATE EYE-LASHES: Radio's Lady Detectives, by Jack French (Bear Manor Media)

BEST SHORT STORY
"Wedding Knife" by Elaine Viets (from CHESAPEAKE CRIMES; Coordinating Editor: Donna Andrews; Quiet Storm Publishing)

BEST CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)

And the Golden Hatpin Award for humor (given in the name of Charlotte MacLeod) was awarded to Joan Hess

For more information about the Agatha Awards, visit http://www.malicedomestic.org.

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2005 Nominees

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2005 Agatha Awards, which will be given in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Nonfiction, and Best Children's/Young Adult Novel. The awards will be presented at the Malice Domestic XVII convention during the awards banquet on April 30, 2005

The Agatha Awards, named after Agatha Christie, honor traditional mysteries --- those that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence. The stories usually feature an amateur detective, a confined setting, and characters who know one another

BEST NOVEL
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARROTS by Donna Andrews (Thomas Dunne Books)
BY A SPIDER'S THREAD by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)
HIGH COUNTRY FALL by Margaret Maron (Mysterious Press)
THE PEARL DIVER by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)
BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
TILL THE COWS COME HOME by Judy Clemens (Poisoned Pen Press)
ARSON AND OLD LACE by Patricia Harwin (Pocket Books)
I DREAMED I MARRIED PERRY MASON by Susan Kandel (HarperCollins)
DATING DEAD MEN by Harley Jane Kozak (Doubleday)
THE CLOVIS INCIDENT: A Mystery by Pari Noskin Taichert (University of New Mexico Press)

BEST NONFICTION
PRIVATE EYE-LASHES: Radio's Lady Detectives, by Jack French (Bear Manor Media)
THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Complete Short Stories, edited with notes by Leslie Klinger (W.W. Norton & Company)

BEST SHORT STORY
"The Butler Didn't Do It" by Maria Y. Lima (from CHESAPEAKE CRIMES; Coordinating Editor: Donna Andrews; Quiet Storm Publishing)
"The Two Marys" by Katherine Hall Page (from MISTLETOE AND MAYHEM; Avon Books)
"Wedding Knife" by Elaine Viets (from CHESAPEAKE CRIMES; Coordinating Editor: Donna Andrews; Quiet Storm Publishing)

BEST CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)
BETRAYAL AT CROSS CREEK by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl)
GREEN STREAK: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery, by Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot (Top Publications)

For more information about the Agatha Awards, visit http://www.malicedomestic.org

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2002 Winners

Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual convention in metropolitan Washington, DC, saluting "mysteries of manners", books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The mystery genre is loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex nor excessive gore or violence; and feature an amateur detective (usually), a confined setting, and characters who know one another.

Best Novel:
MURPHY'S LAW by Rhys Bowen

Best First Mystery Novel:
BUBBLES UNBOUND by Sarah Strohmeyer

Best Short Story:
"The Would-Be Widower" by Katherine Hall Page in MALICE DOMESTIC X

Best Non-fiction:
SELDOM DISAPPOINTED: A Memoir by Tony Hillerman

Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery Novel:
THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED CAVES (A Troop 13 Mystery) by Penny Warner

Lifetime Achievement Award (for 2002):
Tony Hillerman

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