Agatha Award Winners and Nominees

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Below is a list of Agatha Award Nominees and Winners. The 2013 winners were announced on May 3, 2014. A * denotes a winner.

According to the Malice Domestic website, the Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery." They choose the books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For the purposes of the Agatha Awards, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:

  • contain no explicit sex
  • contain no excessive gore or gratuitous violence

Materials generally classified as "hard-boiled" are not appropriate.

We do not have all of the Agatha Award Nominees or Winners on our website because we concentrate on cozy mysteries. We may also not have added that particular series/author yet. If the book title does not display as a link that means we do not have that book/author on our website. (* denotes the winner)

2013

Best Contemporary Novel:

Through the Evil Days Julia Spencer-Fleming
Pagan Spring (Max Tudor Mysteries Series #3) Malliet, G. M.
Clammed Up (Maine Clambake Mystery Series #1) Ross, Barbara
How the Light Gets In (Armand Gamache Series #9) Penny, Louise
*The Wrong Girl Phillippi Ryan, Hank

Best First Novel:

*Death Al Dente (Food Lovers' Village Mystery #1) Budewitz, Leslie
You Cannoli Die Once (Italian Restaurant Mystery Series #1) Costa, Shelley
Board Stiff (Elliott Lisbon Mystery #1) Lynn, Kendel
Kneading to Die (Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series #1) Mugavero, Liz
Front Page Fatality (Headlines in High Heels Mystery #1) Walker, LynDee

Best Historical Novel

Heirs and Graces (Royal Spyness Series #7) Bowen, Rhys
A Friendly Game of Murder (Algonquin Round Table Mystery #3) Murphy, J.J.
Murder In Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery Series #15) Thompson, Victoria
*A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford Series #5) Todd, Charles
Death in the Time of Ice George, Kaye

2012

Best Novel:

The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (Domestic Diva Series #6) Davis, Krista
A Fatal Winter (Max Tudor Mysteries Series #2) Malliet, G. M.
The Buzzard Table Maron, Margaret
*The Beautiful Mystery (Armand Gamache Series #8) Penny, Louise
The Other Woman Phillippi Ryan, Hank

Best First Novel:

*Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery Series #1) Boyer, Susan
Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop Mystery Series #1) Brown, Duffy
Scrapbook of Secrets (Cumberland Creek Mystery Series #1) Bryan Cox, Mollie
A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery Series #1) Chase, Erika
Faithful Unto Death Evans, Stephanie Jaye

Best Historical Novel

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness Series #6) Bowen, Rhys
*Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder (Dandy Gilver Mystery #6) McPherson, Catriona
Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Series #14) Thompson, Victoria
An Unmarked Grave Todd, Charles
Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs Series #9) Winspear, Jacqueline

2011

Best Novel:

The Real Macaw (Meg Langslow Series #13) Andrews, Donna
The Diva Haunts the House (Domestic Diva Series #5) Davis, Krista
Wicked Autumn (Max Tudor Mysteries Series #1) Malliet, G. M.
* Three-Day Town Maron, Margaret

Best First Novel:

Dire Threads (Threadville Mystery Series #1) Bolin, Janet
Choke George, Kaye
* Learning to Swim (Troy Chance Mystery #1) Henry, Sara J.
Who Do, Voodoo? (Mind Over Murder Mystery Series #1) Staab, Rochelle
Tempest in the Tea Leaves (Fortune Teller Series #1) Townsend, Kari Lee

Best Historical Novel

* Naughty in Nice (Royal Spyness Series #5) Bowen, Rhys
Murder Your Darlings Murphy, J.J.
Mercury's Rise Parker, Ann
Troubled Bones Westerson, Jeri

2010

Best Novel:

Stork Raving Mad (Meg Langslow Series #12) Andrews, Donna
* Bury Your Dead (Armand Gamache Series #6) Penny, Louise
The Scent of Rain and Lightning Pickard, Nancy
Drive Time Phillippi Ryan, Hank
Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine Series #1) Webber, Heather

Best First Novel

*The Long Quiche Goodbye Aames, Avery
Murder at the PTA (PTA Mystery Series #1) Alden, Laura
Maid of Murder (India Hayes Mystery Series #1) Flower, Amanda
Full Mortality Hill, Sasscer
Diamonds for the Dead Orloff, Alan