Agatha Awards Announced

May 12, 2008

This is a popular time of year for book awards and the Agathas, presented by Malice Domestic, announced their winners recently. The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery–books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Agatha Awards will be given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year in hardcover, as paperback originals, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.

Nominees & Winners of Agatha Awards-Malice Domestic XX

BEST NOVEL

(Winner) A FATAL GRACE by Louise Penny

THE PENGUIN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Donna Andrews
HER ROYAL SPYNESS by Rhys Bowen
HARD ROW by Margaret Maron
MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS by Elaine Viets

BEST FIRST NOVEL

(Winner) PRIME TIME by Hank Phillippi Ryan

A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH by Charles Finch
A REAL BASKET CASE by Beth Groundwater
SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn

BEST NON-FICTION

(Winner) ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: A LIFE IN LETTERS by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley

BEST CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT

(Winner) A LIGHT IN THE CELLAR by Sarah Masters Buckey

BRAVO ZULU, SAMANTHA! by Kathleen Benner Duble
COVER-UP: MYSTERY AT THE SUPER BOWL by John Feinstein
THE FALCONER’S KNOT by Mary Hoffman
THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS by R.L. LaFevers

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