Announcing the 2014 Agatha Award Nominees!

The Malice Domestic convention celebrating traditional mysteries will be held for the 26th year, from May 2nd through May 4th, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland. And keeping to tradition, they'll also be honoring some of the fan favorite reads of the year, as voted upon by attendees. Without further ado, here's the shortlist of nominees for the Agatha Awards!

Best Historical Novel

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George

A Friendly Game of Murder by J.J. Murphy

Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd


Best Children's/YA Nominations

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst

Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner


Best Contemporary Novel

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan


Best Nonfiction

Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen, editors

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before The Civil War by Daniel Stashower


Best First Novel

Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz

You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa

Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn

Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero

Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker


Best Short Story

“Evil Little Girl” in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman

“Nightmare” in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman

“The Hindi Houdini” in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian

“Bread Baby” in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross

“The Care and Feeding of House Plants” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine by Art Taylor

Congratulations to all the nominees and very good luck in May!

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