Malice Domestic—an annual convention held in Washington, D.C., honoring the best of the traditional/cozy mystery genre—has announced the nominees for 2018's Agatha Awards. Loosely defined as “mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence,” the Agatha Award salutes the books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.
This year, the annual banquet will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. As always, it's a fantastic list of great work that deserves to be checked out! What have you read already?
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Best Contemporary Novel
Best Historical Novel
Best First Novel
– From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women who Created an Icon by Mattias Boström
– The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards
– American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
– Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction by Jess Lourey
– Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
Best Short Story
– “Double Deck the Halls” by Gretchen Archer
– “Whose Wine is it Anyway” by Barb Goffman in 50 Shades of Cabernet
– “The Night They Burned Miss Dixie’s Place” by Debra Goldstein in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017)
– “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn” by Gigi Pandian
– “A Necessary Ingredient” by Art Taylor in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea
Best Children’s/Young Adult
– City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino
– Sydney Mackenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan
– The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson
– Audacity Jones Steals the Show by Kirby Larson
– The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
Congratulations to all the nominees, and good luck!