This past weekend was the Malice Domestic conference, whose motto is “If traditional mysteries are your cup of tea...” And, as they do annually, they gave out the Agatha Awards for the best published in 2011:
Best Novel: Three Day Town by Margaret Maron
Best First Novel: Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Best Non-Fiction: Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure by Leslie Budewitz
Best Short Story: “Disarming” by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein
Best Historical Novel: Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
This is always a fun conference with a special appeal for cozy and traditional mystery lovers, and the winners are voted by attendees. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!