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Agatha Awards

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The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery—-books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The Awards are nominated and voted upon by the members of the annual Malice Domestic mystery convention. Agatha winners are generally characterized as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Novels and stories featuring police officers and private detectives may qualify for the Agatha, but materials generally classified as “hard boiled” are not appropriate. Candidates for the Best First Mystery award must be for the first mystery novel by the author. If the author has written novels in any of the subgenres of the mystery field, such as romantic suspense, this author would not be eligible in the Best First Mystery category. In the Best Non-Fiction award category, the Agatha Committee will consider any biography, essay collection, bibliography, or other reference or nonfiction book that is primarily centered on the Malice theme, a Malice-eligible author, or the detective(s) of a Malice-eligible series. True crime works are not appropriate for this award. Novels for the Best Children’s/Young Adult category should be aimed at audiences 18 and younger. The first Agathas were presented in 1988 in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel and Best Short Story. Best Non-Fiction was added in 1993, and Best Childrens/Young-Adult was added in 2001. Please visit the official Agatha Awards page on the Malice Domestic website for additional information.

The titles in this list are “hotlinked” to our library’s catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Please note that several of the Agatha-winning novels are no longer in our collection. They appear here for the sake of providing a complete list. If there is a title you are interested in which we no longer own, and you are a Lincoln City Libraries customer, please consider requesting it through our Interlibrary Loan service. With regards to the winners in the Short Stories award category, please note that the Lincoln City Libraries does not own individual issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and we only carry limited back issues of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. However, numerous stories which originally saw print in these two periodicals have since been reprinted in anthologies under the Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock banners, and the library does own many of these reprint volumes.

Best Contemporary Novel

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Margaret Maron
Long Upon the Land


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Hank Phillippi Ryan
Truth Be Told


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Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Wrong Girl


Best Novel

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Louise Penny
The Beautiful Mystery


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Margaret Maron
Three-Day Town


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Louise Penny
Bury Your Dead


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Louise Penny
A Brutal Telling


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Louise Penny
The Cruelest Month


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Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace


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Nancy Pickard
The Virgin of Small Plains


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Katherine Hall Page
The Body in the Snowdrift


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Jacqueline Winspear
Birds of a Feather


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Carolyn G. Hart
Letter From Home


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Donna Andrews
You’ve Got Murder


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Rhys Bowen
Murphy’s Law


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Margaret Maron
Storm Track


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Earlene Fowler
Mariner’s Compass


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Laura Lippman
Butchers Hill


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Kate Ross
The Devil in Music


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Margaret Maron
Up Jumps the Devil


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Sharyn McCrumb
If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him


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Sharyn McCrumb
She Walks These Hills


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Carolyn G. Hart
Dead Man’s Island


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Margaret Maron
Bootlegger’s Daughter


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Nancy Pickard
I.O.U.


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Nancy Pickard
Bum Steer


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Elizabeth Peters
Naked Once More


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Carolyn G. Hart
Something Wicked


Best First Novel

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Art Taylor
On the Road With Del and Louise


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Terrie Farley Moran
Well Read, Then Dead


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Leslie Budewitz
Death al Dente


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Susan Boyer
Lowcountry Boil


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Sara J. Henry
Learning to Swim


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Avery Aames
The Long Quiche Goodbye


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Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie


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G.M. Malliett
Death of a Cozy Writer


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Hank Phillippi Ryan
Prime Time


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Sandra Parshall
The Heat of the Moon


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Laura Durham
Better Off Wed


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Harley Jane Kozak
Dating Dead Men


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Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs


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Julia Spencer-Fleming
In the Bleak Mid-Winter


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Sarah Strohmeyer
Bubbles Unbound


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Rosemary Stevens
Death on a Silver Tray


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Donna Andrews
Murder With Peacocks


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Robin Hathaway
The Doctor Digs a Grave


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Sujata Massey
The Salaryman’s Wife


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Anne George
Murder on a Girl’s Night Out


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Jeanne M. Dams
The Body in the Transept


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Jeff Abbott
Do Unto Others


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Nevada Barr
Track of the Cat


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Barbara Neely
Blanche on the Lam


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Mary Willis Walker
Zero at the Bone


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Katherine Hall Page
The Body in the Belfry


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Jill Churchill
Grime and Punishment


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Elizabeth George
A Great Deliverance


BEST SHORT STORY

[Honoring the best in shorter mystery works, often reprinted in anthologies or collections in later years]

2015
Barb Goffman
A Year Without Santa Claus?” [in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015] (available as a PDF online)

2014
Art Taylor
The Odds Are Against Us” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2014]

2013
Art Taylor
The Care and Feeding of Houseplants” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mar/Apr 2013] (available as a PDF online)

2012
Dana Cameron
Mischief in Mesopotamia” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov 2012] (available as a PDF online)

2011
Dana Cameron
Disarming” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Jun 2011] (available as a PDF online)

2010
Mary Jane Maffini
So Much In Common” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sep/Oct 2010] (available on the EQMM website)

2009
Hank Phillippi Ryan
“On the House” [in Quarry, 2009]

2008
Dana Cameron
“The Night Things Changed” [appeared in Wolfsbane & Mistletoe collection, 2008]

2007
Donna Andrews
“A Rat’s Tale” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Oct/Nov 2007]

2006
Toni L.P. Kelner
“Sleeping With the Plush” [in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May 2006]

2005
Marcia Talley
“Driven to Distraction” [in Chesapeake Crimes II anthology, 2004]

2004
Elaine Viets
“Wedding Knife” [in Chesapeake Crimes anthology, 2003]

2003
Elizabeth Foxwell
“No Man’s Land” [in Blood on Their Hands anthology, 2003]

2002 [tie] Margaret Maron
“The Dog That Didn’t Bark” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dec 2002]

2002 [tie] Marcia Talley
“Too Many Cooks” [in Much Ado About Murder anthology, 2002]

2001
Katherine Hall Page
“The Would-Be Widower” [in Malice Domestic X anthology, 2001]

2000
Jan Burke
“The Man in the Civil Suit” [reprinted in Eighteen collection, 2002/2004]

1999
Nancy Pickard
“Out of Africa” [in Mom, Apple Pie and Murder anthology, 1999]

1998
Barbara D’Amato
“Of Course You Know That Chocolate is a Vegetable” [reprinted in Of Course You Know That Chocolate is a Vegetable, and Other Stories collection, 2000]

1997
M.D. Lake
“Tea for Two” [reprinted in Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, Vol. 7 anthology, 1998]

1996
Carolyn Wheat
“Accidents Will Happen” [in Malice Domestic 5 anthology, 1996]

1995
Elizabeth Daniels Squire
“The Dog Who Remembered Too Much” [in Malice Domestic 4 anthology, 1995]

1994
Dorothy Cannell
“The Family Jewels” [reprinted in Family Jewels, and Other Stories collection, 2001]

1993
M.D. Lake
“Kim’s Game” [in Malice Domestic 2 anthology, 1996]

1992
Aaron and Charlotte Elkins
“Nice Gorilla” [in Malice Domestic 1 anthology, 1992]

1991
Margaret Maron
“Deborah’s Judgement” [in A Woman’s Eye anthology, 1991]

1990
Joan Hess
“Too Much to Bare” [in Sisters in Crime 2 anthology, 1990]

1989
Sharyn McCrumb
“A Wee Doch and Doris” [in Mistletoe Mysteries anthology, 1989]

1988
Robert Barnard
“More Final Than Divorce” [in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine]

Best Non-Fiction

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Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Mystery: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story


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Hank Phillippi Ryan
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey


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


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John Connolly and Declan Burke
Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels


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Leslie Budewitz
Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure


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John Curran
Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making


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Elena Santangelo
Dame Agatha’s Shorts


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Kathy Lynn Emerson
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries


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Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters


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Chris Roerden
Don’t Murder Your Mystery: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript From Turning Up D.O.A.


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Melanie Rehak
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her


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Jack French
Private Eye-Lashes: Radio’s Lady Detectives


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Elizabeth Peters and Kristen Whitbread
Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium


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Jim Huang
They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels


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Tony Hillerman
Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir


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Jim Huang
100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century


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Daniel Stashower
Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle


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Alzina Stone Dale
Mystery Reader’s Walking Guide to Washington D.C.


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Willetta L. Heising
Detecting Men (Pocket Guide)


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Willetta L. Heising
Detecting Women 2


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Alzina Stone Dale
Mystery Readers Walking Guide – Chicago


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Jean Swanson and Dean James
By a Woman’s Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women


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Barbara D’Amato
The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery


Best Historical Novel

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Laurie R. King
Dreaming Spies


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Rhys Bowen
Queen of Hearts


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Charles Todd
A Question of Honor


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Catriona McPherson
Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder


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Rhys Bowen
Naughty in Nice


Best Children’s/Young-Adult

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Amanda Flower
Andi Unstoppable


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Penny Warner
The Code Buster’s Club #4: The Mummy’s Curse


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Chris Grabenstein
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library


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Penny Warner
The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse


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Chris Grabenstein
The Black Heart Crypt


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Sarah Smith
The Other Side of Dark


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Chris Grabenstein
The Hanging Hill


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Chris Grabenstein
The Crossroads


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Sarah Masters Buckley
A Light in the Cellar


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Nancy Means Wright
Pea Soup Poisonings


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Peter Abrahams
Down the Rabbit Hole


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Carl Hiaasen
Flush


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Blue Balliett
Chasing Vermeer


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Kathleen Karr
The 7th Knot


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Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot
Red Card: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery


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Penny Warner
Mystery of the Haunted Caves: A Troop 13 Mystery

Last updated December 2016 sdc