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Agatha Christie

The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the traditional mystery subgenre: "books typified by the works of Agatha Christie . . . loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as 'hard-boiled.'"[1] At an annual convention in Washington, D.C.,[2] 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.

Early meetings of the Malice Domestic Committee occurred in fall 1987, with the first convention held on April 21–23, 1989, in Silver Spring, MD.[3][4] Malice Domestic Ltd was incorporated in 1992. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors.[5]


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

Best First Novel[edit]

2020 - Erica Neubauer, Murder at the Mena House

  • Esme Addison, A Spell for Trouble
  • Tina DeBellegarde, Winter Witness
  • Mary Keliikoa, Derailed
  • Laura Jensen Walker, Murder Most Sweet

2019 - Tara Laskowski, One Night Gone

  • Connie Berry, A Dream of Death
  • S. C. Perkins, Murder Once Removed
  • Ang Pompano, When It’s Time for Leaving
  • Grace Topping, Staging is Murder
2018 – (Tie) Dianne Freeman, A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder and Shari Randall, Curses, Boiled Again
  • Edwin Hill, Little Comfort
  • Aimee Hix, What Doesn't Kill You
  • Keenan Powell, Deadly Solution
2017 – Kellye Garrett, Hollywood Homicide
  • Micki Browning, Adrift
  • V.M. Burns, The Plot is Murder
  • Laura Oles, Daughters of Bad Men
  • Kathleen Valenti, Protocol
2016 – Cynthia Kuhn, The Semester of Our Discontent
  • Marla Cooper, Terror in Taffeta
  • Alexia Gordon, Murder in G Major
  • Nadine Nettmann, Decanting a Murder
  • Renee Patrick, Design for Dying
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)
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]

2020 - Louise Penny, All the Devils Are Here

  • Donna Andrews, The Gift of the Magpie
  • Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
  • Sherry Harris, From Beer to Eternity
  • Lori Rader-Day, The Lucky One

2019 - Ann Cleeves, The Long Call

2018 – Ellen Byron, Mardi Gras Murder
2017 – Louise Penny, Glass Houses
  • Allison Brook, Death Overdue
  • Ellen Byron, A Cajun Christmas Killing
  • Annette Dashofy, No Way Home
  • Margaret Maron, Take Out
2016 – Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning
  • Ellen Byron, Body on the Bayou
  • Catriona McPherson, Quiet Neighbors
  • Barbara Ross, Fogged Inn
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan, Say No More
2015 – Margaret Maron, Long Upon the Land
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]

2020 - Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

  • Susanna Calkins, The Fate of a Flapper
  • Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder
  • Edith Maxwell, Taken Too Soon
  • Catriona McPherson, The Turning Tide

2019 - Edith Maxwell, Charity’s Burden

  • Rhys Bowen, Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
  • Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice
  • L. A. Chandlar, The Pearl Dagger
  • Gabriel Valjan, The Naming Game
2018 – Sujata Massey, The Widows of Malabar Hill
  • Rhys Bowen, Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding,
  • LA Chandlar, The Gold Pawn
  • Edith Maxwell, Turning the Tide
  • Victoria Thompson, Murder on Union Square
2017 – Rhys Bowen, In Farleigh Field
2016 – Catriona McPherson, The Reek of Red Herrings
  • Jessica Estevao, Whispers Beyond the Veil
  • D.E. Ireland, Get Me to the Grave on Time
  • Edith Maxwell, Delivering the Truth
  • Victoria Thompson, Murder in Morningside Heights
2015 – Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies
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]

2020 - Christina Lane, Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock

  • Leslie Brody, Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy
  • Kate Winkler Dawon, American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
  • Martin Edwards, Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club
  • Sheila Mitchell, H.R.F. Keating: A Life of Crime

2019 - Mo Moulton, The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women

  • Laird R. Blackwell, Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story
  • Julia Bricklin, Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrified Los Angeles
  • Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
  • Hallie Rubenhold. The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
2018 - Jane Cleland, Mastering Plot Twists
  • Nancy J. Cohen, Writing the Cozy Mystery
  • Margalit Fox, Conan Doyle for the Defense
  • Laura Thompson, Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life
  • Jane Ann Turzillo, Wicked Women of Ohio
2017 – Mattias Bostrom, From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon
  • Martin Edwards, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
  • Monica Hesse, American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land
  • Jess Lourey, Through the Healing Power of Fiction
  • Tatiana de Rosnay, Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier
2016 – Jane K. Cleland, Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories that Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats
  • Roger Guay with Kate Clark Flora, A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden's 25 Years in the Maine Woods
  • Margaret Kinsman, Sara Paretsky: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction
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
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)
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)
  • 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
  • 2020 - "Dear Emily Etiquette" by Barb Goffman, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2020
    • "The Red Herrings at Killington Inn" by Shawn Reilly Simmons, Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories (Level Best Books)
    • "The Boy Detective & the Summer of '74" by Art Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020
    • "Elysian Fields" by Gabriel Valjan, California Schemin': the 2020 Bouchercon Anthology (Wildside Press)
    • "The 25 Year Engagement" by James Ziskin, In League with Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon (Pegasus Crime)
  • 2019 - "The Last Word" by Shawn Reilly Simmons, Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)
  • 2018 (Tie) – "All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018, and "The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018
  • 2017 – "The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn" by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
    • "Double Deck the Halls" by Gretchen Archer (Henery Press)
    • "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" by Barb Goffman, 50 Shades of Cabernet (Koehler Books)
    • "The Night They Burned Miss Dixie's Place" by Debra H. Goldstein, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2017
    • "A Necessary Ingredient" by Art Taylor, Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea (Down & Out Books)
  • 2016 – "Parallel Play" by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside Press)
    • "Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short Story" by Gretchen Archer (Henery Press)
    • "The Best-Laid Plans" by Barb Goffman, Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (Wildside Press)
    • "The Mayor and the Midwife" by Edith Maxwell, Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 (Down & Out Books)
    • "The Last Blue Glass" by B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 2016
  • 2015 – "A Year Without Santa Claus?" by Barb Goffman, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2015
    • “A Questionable Death” by Edith Maxwell, History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
    • "A Killing at the Beausoleil" by Terrie Farley Moran, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2015
    • "Suffer the Poor" by Harriette Sackler, History & Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
    • "A Joy Forever" by B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2015
  • 2014 – "The Odds Are Against Us" by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014
    • "The Blessing Witch" by Kathy Lynn Emerson, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave (Level Best Books)
    • "The Shadow Knows" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays (Wildside Press)
    • "Just Desserts for Johnny" by Edith Maxwell, Kings River Life Magazine
    • "Premonition" by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays (Wildside Press)
  • 2013 – "The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013
    • "Evil Little Girl" by Barb Goffman, Don't Get Mad, Get Even (Wildside Press)
    • "Nightmare" by Barb Goffman, Don't Get Mad, Get Even (Wildside Press)
    • "The Hindi Houdini" by Gigi Pandian, Fish Nets: The Second Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press)
    • "Bread Baby" by Barbara Ross, Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold (Level Best Books)
  • 2012 – "Mischief in Mesopotamia" by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2012
    • "Kept in the Dark" by Sheila Connolly, Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon (Level Best Books)
    • "The Lord is My Shamus" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder (Wildside Press)
    • "Thea's First Husband" by B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 2012
    • "When Duty Calls" by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder (Wildside Press)
  • 2011 – "Disarming" by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2011
    • "Dead Eye Gravy" by Krista Davis, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press)
    • "Palace by the Lake" by Daryl Wood Gerber, Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press)
    • "Truth and Consequences" by Barb Goffman, Mystery Times Ten (Buddhapuss Ink)
    • "The Itinerary" by Roberta Isleib, Mystery Writers of America Presents the Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing)
  • 2010 – "So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2010
    • "Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron, Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side (Berkley)
    • "Size Matters" by Sheila Connolly, Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books)
    • "Volunteer of the Year" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin' (Wildside Press)
    • "The Green Cross" by Elizabeth Zelvin, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Aug. 2010
  • 2009 – "On the House" by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Level Best Books)
  • 2008 – "The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (Penguin Group)
  • 2007 – "A Rat's Tale" by Donna Andrews Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  • 2006 – "Sleeping with the Plush" by Toni Kelner Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
  • 2005 – "Driven to Distraction" by Marcia Talley (Chesapeake Crimes II, Quiet Storm Publishing)
  • 2004 – "Wedding Knife" by Elaine Viets (Chesapeake Crimes, Coordinating Editor: Donna Andrews, Quiet Storm Publishing)
  • 2003 – "No Man’s Land" by Elizabeth Foxwell in Blood On Their Hands (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • 2002 – "The Dog That Didn't Bark" by Margaret Maron, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 2002 and "Too Many Cooks" by Marcia Talley, Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • 2001 – "The Would-Be-Widower" by Katherine Hall Page, Malice Domestic X (Avon Books)
  • 2000 – "The Man in the Civil Suit" by Jan Burke, Malice Domestic 9 (Avon Books)
  • 1999 – "Out of Africa" by Nancy Pickard, Mom, Apple Pie, and Murder (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • 1998 – "Of Course You Know That Chocolate Is A Vegetable" by Barbara D'Amato, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 1998
  • 1997 – "Tea for Two" by M.D. Lake, Funnybones (Penguin)
  • 1996 – "Accidents Will Happen" by Carolyn Wheat, Malice Domestic 5 (Pocket)
  • 1995 – "The Dog Who Remembered Too Much" by Elizabeth Daniels Squire, Malice Domestic 4 (Pocket)
  • 1994 – "The Family Jewels" by Dorothy Cannell, Malice Domestic 3 (Pocket)
  • 1993 – "Kim's Game" by M.D. Lake, Malice Domestic 2 (Pocket)
  • 1992 – "Nice Gorilla" by Aaron and Charlotte Elkins, Malice Domestic 1 (Pocket)
  • 1991 – "Deborah's Judgment" by Margaret Maron, A Woman's Eye (Delacourte Press)
  • 1990 – "Too Much To Bare" by Joan Hess, Sisters in Crime 2 (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • 1989 – "A Wee Doch And Doris" by Sharyn McCrumb, Mistletoe Mysteries (Mysterious Press )
  • 1988 – "More Final Than Divorce" by Robert Barnard, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Best Young Adult Mystery[edit]

  • 2018 - Potion Problems (Just Add Magic) by Cindy Callaghan
    • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
    • A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi

Best Children/Young Adult Fiction[edit]

Blue Balliett
  • 2020 - Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco by Richie Narvaez (Piñata Books)
    • Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley (Viking Books for Young Readers)
    • Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin Young Readers)
    • Saltwater Secrets by Cindy Callaghan (Alladin)
    • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (Katherin Teagen Books)
  • 2019 - The Last Crystal by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press)
    • Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak (Disney Hyperion)
    • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen MacManus (Delacorte Press)
    • Top Marks for Murder by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
    • Jada Sly, Artist and Spy by Sherri Winston (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • 2017 – Sydney Mackenzie Knocks 'Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
    • City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino
    • The World's Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson
    • Audacity Jones Steals the Show by Kirby Larson
    • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
  • 2016 – The Secret of the Puzzle Box: The Code Busters Club by Penny Warner (Darby Creek)
    • Trapped: A Mei-hua Adventure by P.A. DeVoe (Drum Tower Press)
    • Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster)
    • Tag, You're Dead by J C Lane (Poisoned Pen Press)
    • The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos (Balzer & Bray)
  • 2015 – Andi Unstoppable by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
    • Pieces and Players, Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)
    • Need, Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    • Woof, Spencer Quinn (Scholastic Press)
    • Fighting Chance, B.K. Stevens (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • 2014 – The Code Buster's Club, Case #4: The Mummy's Curse by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)
    • Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower (ZonderKidz)
    • Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion Books)
    • Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait (Islandport Press)
    • Found by Harlan Coben (Putnam Juvenile)
  • 2013 – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)
    • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    • Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
    • Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
    • Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)
  • 2012 – The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)
    • Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
    • The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
    • Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
    • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • 2011 – The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
    • Shelter by Harlan Coben (Putnam)
    • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
    • The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (EgmontUSA)
    • The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key by Penny Warner (EgmontUSA)
  • 2010 – The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith (Atheneum)
    • Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (Dutton Children's)
    • Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)
    • The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (Candlewick)
    • Virals by Kathy Reichs (Razorbill)
  • 2009 – The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  • 2008 – The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
  • 2007 - A Light In The Cellar by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl)
  • 2006 – Pea Soup Poisonings by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard & Harris)
  • 2005 – Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams, HarperCollins Publishers and Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • 2004 – Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press)
  • 2003 – The 7th Knot by Kathleen Karr (Marshall Cavendish)
  • 2002 – Red Card: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery (The Zeke Armstrong Mysteries, 1) by Daniel J. Hale & Matthew LaBrot (Top Publications)
  • 2001 – Mystery Of The Haunted Caves: A Troop 13 Mystery by Penny Warner (Meadowbrook Press)

Special Awards[edit]

Sue Grafton
Angela Lansbury
David Suchet

Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement[edit]

Malice Domestic Poirot Award[edit]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Malice History at a Glance". Ten Years of Malice (Domestic). Bethesda, MD: Malice Domestic Ltd.: 10 1998.
  5. ^ "Malice Domestic Ltd: Agatha Awards". Archived from the original on 2017-01-21. Retrieved 2012-06-05.