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Feb 2 2015 10:15am

Announcing 2015’s Agatha Award Nominees

The groundhog and awards season are upon us! The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others, loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence. The 2014 Agatha Awards will be given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2014. The awards will be voted upon by conference attendees and given during the Malice Domestic convention from May 1-3, 2015.

Best Contemporary Novel:
The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews
A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron

Best Historical Novel:
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
Wouldn't it Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson

Best First Novel:
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Finding Sky by Susan O'Brien
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber

Best Nonfiction:
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates

Best Short Story:
“The Odds are Against Us” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014
“Premonition” by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“The Shadow Knows” by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“Just Desserts for Johnny” by Edith Maxwell
“The Blessing Witch” by Kathy Lynn Emerson, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel:
Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait
The Code Buster's Club, Case #4: The Mummy's Curse by Penny Warner
Found by Harlen Coben

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Terrie Farley Moran
1. Terrie
Thanks so much for posting the list of Agatha nominees. I am sure every single nominee is as grateful as I am for the acknowledgement.
Terrie Farley Moran
2. maryagnes
Victoria Thompson's Murder in Murray Hill for the winner
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