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The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre (i.e. closed setting, no sex or violence, amateur detective). At an annual convention in Washington, D.C.,[1] the Agatha Awards are handed out by Malice Domestic Ltd, in six categories: Best Novel; Best First Mystery; Best Historical Novel; Best Short Story; Best Non-Fiction; Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery. Additionally, in some years the Poirot Award is presented to honor individuals other than writers who have made outstanding contributions to the mystery genre, but it is not an annual award.

Malice Domestic Ltd was established in 1989, and was incorporated in 1992. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.[2]


Winners and, where known, nominated titles for each year:

Best First Novel[edit]

2014 - Terrie Farley Moran, Well Read, Then Dead
  • Annette Dashoffy, Circle of Influence
  • Sherry Harris, Tagged for Death
  • Susan O'Brien, Finding Sky
  • Tracy Weber, Murder Strikes a Pose
2013 - Leslie Budewitz, Death Al Dente
2012 – Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Boil
2011 – Sara J. Henry, Learning to Swim
2010 – Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye
2009 – Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Delacorte Press)
2008 – G. M. Malliet, Death of a Cozy Writer (Midnight Ink)
2007 – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Prime Time (Harlequin)
2006 – Sandra Parshall, The Heat of the Moon (Poisoned Pen Press)
2005 – Laura Durham, Better Off Wed (HarperCollins Publishers)
Harley Jane Kozak
2004 – Harley Jane Kozak, Dating Dead Men (Doubleday)
2003 – Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs (Soho Press Inc.)
2002 – Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter (St. Martin's Minotaur)
2001 – Sarah Strohmeyer, Bubbles Unbound (Dutton)
2000 – Rosemary Stevens, Death on a Silver Tray (Berkley Prime Crime)
1999 – Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks (Thomas Dunne Books)
1998 – Robin Hathaway, The Doctor Digs a Grave (St. Martin's Minotaur)
1997 – Sujata Massey, The Salaryman's Wife (HarperCollins)
1996 – Anne George, Murder on a Girl's Night Out (Avon Books)
1995 – Jeanne M. Dams, The Body in the Transept (Walker)
Jeff Abbott
1994 – Jeff Abbott, Do Unto Others (Ballantine)
Nevada Barr
1993 – Nevada Barr, Track of the Cat (Putnam)
1992 – Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam (St. Martin's Press)
1991 – Mary Willis Walker, Zero at the Bone (St. Martin's Press)
1990 – Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Belfry (St. Martin's Press)
1989 – Jill Churchill, Grime and Punishment (Avon Books)
1988 – Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance (Bantam)

Best Contemporary Novel[edit]

2014 - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Truth Be Told'
2013 - Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl

Best Novel[edit]

Louise Penny
2012 – Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery
Margaret Maron
2011 – Margaret Maron, Three-Day Town
2010 – Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead
2009 – Louise Penny, A Brutal Telling (Minotaur Books)
2008 – Louise Penny, The Cruelest Month (Minotaur Books)
2007 – Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Nancy Pickard
2006 – Nancy Pickard, The Virgin of Small Plains (Random House)
2005 – Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Snowdrift (William Morrow)
2004 – Jacqueline Winspear, Birds of a Feather (Soho Press)
2003 – Carolyn Hart, Letter From Home (Berkley Prime Crime)
2002 – Donna Andrews, You've Got Murder (Berkley Prime Crime)
2001 – Rhys Bowen, Murphy's Law (St Martin's Minotaur)
2000 – Margaret Maron, Storm Track (Mysterious Press)
1999 – Earlene Fowler, Mariner's Compass (Berkley Publishing Group)
Laura Lippman
1998 – Laura Lippman, Butchers Hill (Avon Books)
1997 – Kate Ross, The Devil In Music (Viking)
1996 – Margaret Maron, Up Jumps The Devil (Mysterious Press)
1995 – Sharyn McCrumb, If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him (Ballantine)
1994 – Sharyn McCrumb, She Walks These Hills (Scribner)
1993 – Carolyn Hart, Dead Man's Island (Bantam)
1992 – Margaret Maron, Bootlegger's Daughter (Mysterious Press)
1991 – Nancy Pickard, I.O.U. (Pocket)
1990 – Nancy Pickard, Bum Steer (Pocket)
1989 – Elizabeth Peters, Naked Once More (Warner)
1988 – Carolyn G. Hart, Something Wicked (Bantam)

Best Historical Novel[edit]

2014 - Rhys Bowen, Queen of Hearts
  • DE Ireland, Wouldn't It Be Deadly
  • Victoria Thompson, Murder in Murray Hill
  • Charles Todd, Hunting Shadows
  • Charles Todd, An Unwilling Accomplice
2013 - Charles Todd, A Question of Honor
  • Rhys Bowen, Heirs and Graces
  • Kaye George, Death in the Time of Ice
  • JJ Murphy, A Friendly Game of Murder
  • Victoria Thompson, Murder in Chelsea
2012 – Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder
2011 – Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice

Best Non-Fiction[edit]

2014 - Hank Phillippi Ryan, editor, Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey
  • Stephen Bates, The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor
  • Kate Flora, Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice
  • Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman
  • Lucy Worsley, The Art of the English Murder
2013 - Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
John Connolly
2012 – John Connolly, Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels
  • Joseph Goodrich, Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947–1950
  • D.P. Lyle More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered
  • Ben Macintyre, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • Mathew Prichard, The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie
2011 – Leslie Budewitz, Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure
  • John Curran, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
  • Michael Dirda On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
  • A. B. Emrys, Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel
  • Charlaine Harris, The Sookie Stackhouse Companion
2010 – John Curran, Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making
2009 – Elena Santangelo, Dame Agatha's Shorts (Bella Rosa Books)
2008 – Kathy Lynn Emerson, How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries (Perseverance Press)
  • Frankie Y. Bailey, African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study (McFarland & Co.)
  • Jeffrey Marks, Anthony Boucher: A Biobibliography (McFarland & Co.)
  • Dr. Harry Lee Poe, Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories (Metro Books)
  • Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr. Whitcher, or The Murder at Road Hill House (Walker & Co.)
2007 – Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley, Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters (Penguin Press)
  • Penny Warner, The Official Nancy Drew Handbook (Quirck Productions)
2006 – Chris Roerden, Don't Murder Your Mystery (Bella Rosa Books)
2005 – Melanie Rehak, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her (Harcourt)
2004 – Jack French, Private Eye-Lashes: Radio’s Lady Detectives (Bear Manor Media)
  • Leslie Klinger (editor), The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories (W.W. Norton & Company)
2003 – Elizabeth Peters and Kristen Whitbread (editors) and Dennis Forbes (design), Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium (William Morrow & Company)
  • Colleen A. Barnett, Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction, Volume 3 (Parts 1 & 2) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl (editors), A Second Helping of Murder: More Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Jeffrey Marks, Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s and 1950s (Delphi Books)
2002 – Jim Huang (editor), They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels (Crum Creek Press)
  • Mike Ashley (editor), The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction (Avalon Publishing Group)
  • Colleen Barnett, Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Mary Higgins Clark, Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir (Simon and Schuster)
  • Sue Grafton (editor) with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman, Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America (Writer's Digest Press)
2001 – Tony Hillerman, Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir (HarperCollins)
  • Max Allan Collins, The History of the Mystery (Collector's Press)
  • G. Miki Hayden, Writing the Mystery: A Start-To-Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional (Intrigue Press)
  • Jeffrey Marks, Who Was That Lady? (Delphi Books)
  • The Sisters Wells, Food, Drink, and the Female Sleuth (Authors Choice Press/
2000 – Jim Huang (editor), 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Crum Creek Press)
1999 – Daniel Stashower, Teller of Tales: the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle (Henry Holt & Company)
1998 – Alzina Stone Dale, Mystery Reader's Walking Guide to Washington D.C. (Passport Books)
1997 – Willeta L. Heising, Detecting Men (Pocket Guide) (Purple Moon Press)
1996 – Willetta L. Heising, Detecting Women 2 (Purple Moon Press)
  • Elaine Raco Chase and Anne Wingate, Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases (Writer's Digest)
  • Ron Miller, Mystery: A Celebration (KQED Books)
  • Barbara Reynolds (editor), The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: The Making of a Detective Novelist (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Jean Swanson and Dean James, By a Woman's Hand, Second Edition (Berkley Publishing Group)
1995 – Alzina Stone Dale, Mystery Readers Walking Guide-Chicago (Passport Books, NTC Publishing Group)
1994 – Jean Swanson and Dean James, By a Woman's Hand (Berkley Publishing Group)
1993 – Barbara D'Amato, The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery (Noble Press)

Best Short Story[edit]

Anne Perry
Aaron Elkins

Best Children/Young Adult Fiction[edit]

Blue Balliett

Special Awards[edit]

Sue Grafton
Angela Lansbury
David Suchet

Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement[edit]

Malice Domestic Poirot Award[edit]


  1. ^ Malice Domestic
  2. ^ "Malice Domestic Ltd: Agatha Awards". Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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