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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]

Awards[edit]

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

Best First Novel[edit]

2015 - Art Taylor, On the Road with Del and Louise
  • Tessa Arlen, Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman
  • Cindy Brown, Macdeath
  • Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders
  • Julianne Holmes, Just Killing Time
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
  • Shelley Costa, You Cannoli Die Once
  • Kendel Lynn, Board Stiff
  • Liz Mugavero, Kneading to Die
  • LynDee Walker, Front Page Fatality
2012 – Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Boil
  • Duffy Brown, Iced Chiffon
  • Mollie Cox Bryan, A Scrapbook of Secrets
  • Erika Chase, A Killer Read
  • Stephanie Jaye Evans, Faithful Unto Death
2011 – Sara J. Henry, Learning to Swim
  • Janet Bolin, Dire Threads
  • Kaye George, Choke
  • Rochelle Staab, Who Do, Voodoo?
  • Kari Lee Townsend, Tempest in the Tea Leaves
2010 – Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye
2009 – Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Delacorte Press)
  • Lisa Bork, For Better, for Murder (Midnight Ink)
  • Meredith Cole, Posed for Murder (St Martins Minotaur)
  • Elizabeth J. Duncan, The Cold Light of Mourning (St. Martin's Press)
  • Stefanie Pintoff, In the Shadow of Gotham (Minotaur Books)
2008 – G. M. Malliet, Death of a Cozy Writer (Midnight Ink)
  • Sarah Atwell, Through a Glass, Deadly (Berkley Trade)
  • Krista Davis, The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Penguin Group)
  • Rosemary Harris, Pushing Up Daisies (Minotaur Books)
  • Joanna Campbell Slan, Paper, Scissors, Death (Midnight Ink)
2007 – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Prime Time (Harlequin)
2006 – Sandra Parshall, The Heat of the Moon (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Jane Cleland, Consigned to Death (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily, The Chef Who Died Sauteing (Hilliard & Harris)
  • Hailey Lind, Feint of Art (Signet)
  • Karen MacInerney, Murder on the Rocks (Midnight Ink)
2005 – Laura Durham, Better Off Wed (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Laura Bradford, Jury of One (Hilliard & Harris)
  • Shirley Damsgaard, Witch Way to Murder (Avon Books)
  • Maggie Sefton, Knit One, Kill Two (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • Lisa Tillman, Blood Relations (Hilliard & Harris)
Harley Jane Kozak
2004 – Harley Jane Kozak, Dating Dead Men (Doubleday)
  • Judy Clemens, Till the Cows Come Home (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Patricia Harwin, Arson and Old Lace (Pocket Books)
  • Dorothy Salisbury Davis and Jerome Ross, God Speed the Night
  • Susan Kandel, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason (HarperCollins)
  • Pari Noskin Taichert, The Clovis Incident: A Mystery (University of New Mexico Press)
2003 – Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs (Soho Press Inc.)
  • Elaine Flinn, Dealing in Murder (Avon)
  • Erin Hart, Haunted Ground (Scribner)
  • S.W. Hubbard, Take the Bait (Pocket)
  • Maddy Hunter, Alpine for You (Pocket)
  • Joyce Kreig, Murder off Mike (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Sarah Stewart Taylor, O’ Artful Death (St. Martin's Press)
2002 – Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Pip Granger, Not All Tarts Are Apple (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Roberta Isleib, Six Strokes Under (Berkley)
  • Claire M. Johnson, Beat Until Stiff (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Nancy Martin, How to Murder a Millionaire (Signet)
  • Lea Wait, Shadows at the Fair (Scribner)
2001 – Sarah Strohmeyer, Bubbles Unbound (Dutton)
  • Tim Myer, Innkeeping with Murder (Berkley)
  • Charlie O'Brien, Mute Witness (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Andy Straka, A Witness Above (Signet)
2000 – Rosemary Stevens, Death on a Silver Tray (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Julie W. Herman, Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death (Overmountain Press)
  • Irene Marcuse, Death of an Amiable Child (Walker & Company)
  • Denise Swanson, Murder of a Small Town Honey (Signet)
1999 – Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • April Henry, Circles of Confusion (HarperTorch)
  • Kris Neri, Revenge of the Gypsy Queen (Rainbow Books)
  • Elena Santangelo, By Blood Possessed (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Marcia Talley, Sing It to Her Bones (Dell)
1998 – Robin Hathaway, The Doctor Digs a Grave (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Jerrilyn Farmer, Sympathy for the Devil (Avon)
  • Jacqueline Fiedler, Tiger's Palette (Pocket)
  • Judy Fitzwater, Dying to Get Published (Fawcett)
  • Sharon Kahn, Fax Me a Bagel (Scribner)
1997 – Sujata Massey, The Salaryman's Wife (HarperCollins)
1996 – Anne George, Murder on a Girl's Night Out (Avon Books)
  • Dale Furutani, Death in Little Tokyo : A Ken Tanaka Mystery (St. Martin’s)
  • Terris Grimes, Somebody Else's Child (Onyx Books)
  • Teri Holbrook, The Grass Widow (Bantam Books)
  • Margaret K. Lawrence, Hearts and Bone: A Novel of Historical Suspense (Avon Books)
  • Lillian M. Roberts, Riding for a Fall (Gold Medal)
1995 – Jeanne M. Dams, The Body in the Transept (Walker)
  • Teri Holbrook, A Far and Deadly Cry
  • Jody Jaffe, Horse of a Different Killer
  • Virginia Lanier, Death in Bloodhound Red
  • Martha C. Lawrence, Murder in Scorpio
Jeff Abbott
1994 – Jeff Abbott, Do Unto Others (Ballantine)
  • Janet Evanovich, One for the Money (Scribner)
  • Earlene Fowler, Fool's Puzzle
  • Barbara Burnett Smith, Writers of the Purple Sage
  • Polly Whitney, Until Death
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)
  • Mary Cahill, Carpool
  • Mary Daheim, Just Desserts
  • Rebecca Rothenberg, The Bulrush Murders
  • Ann Williams, Flowers for the Dead
1990 – Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Belfry (St. Martin's Press)
  • Pat Burden, Screaming Bones
  • Diane Mott Davidson, Catering to Nobody
  • William F. Love, The Chartreuse Clue
  • Janet L. Smith, Sea of Troubles
1989 – Jill Churchill, Grime and Punishment (Avon Books)
  • Eleanor Boylan, Working Murder
  • Frances Fyfield, A Question of Guilt
  • Melanie Johnson Howe, The Mother Shadow
  • Edith Skom, The Mark Twain Murders
1988 – Elizabeth George, A Great Deliverance (Bantam)

Best Contemporary Novel[edit]

2015 - Margaret Maron, Long Upon the Land
  • Annette Dashofy, Bridges Burned
  • Catriona McPherson, The Child Garden
  • Louise Penny, Nature of the Beast
  • Hank Phillipi Ryan, What You See
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)
  • Donna Andrews, Owls Well That Ends Well (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Margaret Maron, Rituals of the Season(Mysterious Press & Warner Books)
  • Pari Noskin Taichert, The Belen Hitch (University of NM Press)
  • Heather Webber, Trouble in Spades (Avon/HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Jacqueline Winspear, Pardonable Lies (Henry Holt Books)
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]

2015 - Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies
  • Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace
  • Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer
  • Susan Elia Macneal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante
  • Victoria Thompson, Murder on Amsterdam Avenue
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
  • J. J. 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]

2015 - Martin Edwards, The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story
  • Zack Dundas, The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
  • Kathryn Harkup, A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
  • Jane Ann Turzillo, Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio
  • Kate White (Editor), Mystery Writers of America, The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For
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
  • Jennifer Kloester, Georgette Heyer
  • Maria Konnikova, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
  • Verena Rose and Rita Owen, Editors, Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years
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
  • Deborah Blum, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • Stephen Doyle & David A. Crowder Sherlock Holmes for Dummies
  • Katherine Hall Page, Have Faith in Your Kitchen
  • Yunte Huang, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History
2009 – Elena Santangelo, Dame Agatha's Shorts (Bella Rosa Books)
  • Richard Hack, Duchess of Death (Phoenix Books)
  • P. D. James, Talking About Detective Fiction (Knopf)
  • Amnon Kabatchnik, Blood on the Stage 1925–1950 (Scarecrow Press)
  • Joan Schenkar, The Talented Miss Highsmith (St Martin's Press)
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)
  • Jim Huang and Austin Lugar, Mystery Muses (The Crum Creek Press)
  • Daniel Stashower, The Beautiful Cigar Girl (Dutton)
2005 – Melanie Rehak, Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her (Harcourt)
  • Stuart Kaminsky, Behind the Mystery—Top Mystery Writers (Hothouse Press)
  • Marvin Lachman, The Heirs of Anthony Boucher (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Leslie S. Klinger, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes (W.W. Norton)
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/iUniverse.com)
2000 – Jim Huang (editor), 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Crum Creek Press)
  • Marvin Lachman (editor), The American Regional Mystery
  • Matthew Bunson, The Complete Christie (Pocket)
  • Helen Windrath (editor), They Wrote the Book
  • Martha Dubose (editor), Women of Mystery
1999 – Daniel Stashower, Teller of Tales: the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle (Henry Holt & Company)
  • Kate Derie, The Deadly Directory (Deadly Serious Press)
  • Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl, A Taste of Murder: Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Willetta L. Heising, Detecting Women III (Purple Moon Press)
  • Rosemary Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (Oxford University Press)
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)
  • Nina King and Robin Winks, Crimes of the Scene (St. Martin's)
  • Ian Ousby, Guilty Parties (Thames & Hudson)
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)
  • Douglas G. Greene, John Dickson Carr: the Man Who Explained Miracles
  • B.J. Rahn, Ngaio Marsh: the Woman and Her Work
  • Kate Stine, The Armchair Detective Book of Lists, 2nd edition
  • Robin Whiteman, The Cadfael Companion', 2nd edition
1994 – Jean Swanson and Dean James, By a Woman's Hand (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • William L. DeAndrea, Encyclopedia Mysteriosa
  • Allen J. Hubin, Crime Fiction II
  • Kathleen Gregory Klein, Great Women Mystery Writers
  • Charlotte MacLeod, Had She But Known: Mary Roberts Rinehart
1993 – Barbara D'Amato, The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery (Noble Press)
  • Alzina Stone Dale, Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Michael C. Gerald, The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie
  • Edward Gorman, The Fine Art of Murder
  • Marvin Lachman, A Reader's Guide to the American Novel of Detection
  • Ellen A. Nehr, The Doubleday Crime Club Compendium 1928–91

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]

References[edit]

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

See also[edit]