Macavity Awards

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The Macavity Awards are a literary award for mystery writers. Nominated and voted upon annually by the members of the Mystery Readers International, the award is named for the "mystery cat" of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.[1] The award is given in four categories—best novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, and best short story. In recent years a new award, the Sue Feder Historical Mystery, has been given in conjunction with the Macavity Awards.


Best Mystery Novel[edit]

Best First Mystery (Novel)[edit]

Best Mystery Nonfiction/Critical[edit]

Note: Until 2004, this category was named "Best Critical/Biographical Mystery Work"

  • 2021 – H.R.F. Keating: A Life of Crime, Sheila Mitchell
  • 2020 – Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer
  • 2019 – The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
  • 2018 – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards
  • 2017 – Sara Paretsky: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Margaret Kinsman
  • 2016 – The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards
  • 2015 – Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • 2014 – The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War[2] by Daniel Stashower
  • 2013 – Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
  • 2012 – The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris (Ace)
  • 2011 – Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins)
  • 2010 – Talking About Detective Fiction by P. D. James (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • 2009 – African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland)
  • 2008 – The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians edited by Roger Sobin (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • 2007 – Mystery Muses: 100 Classics That Inspire Today's Mystery Writers edited by Jim Huang and Austin Lugar (Crum Creek)
  • 2006 – Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
  • 2005 – Forensics for Dummies by D. P. Lyle, MD (Wiley Publishing)
  • 2004 – Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction by Gary Warren Niebuhr (Libraries Unlimited)
  • 2003 – They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
  • 2002 – Writing the Mystery: A Start to Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional by G. Miki Hayden (Intrigue)
  • 2001 – The American Regional Mystery by Marvin Lachman (Crossover Press)
  • 2000 – Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan (Scribner)
  • 1999 – Killer Books by Jean Swanson & Dean James (Berkley)
  • 1998 – Deadly Women by Jan Grape, Dean James and Ellen Nehr (Carroll & Graf)
  • 1997 – Detecting Women 2 by Willetta Heising (Purple Moon Press)
  • 1996 – Detecting Women by Willetta Heising (Purple Moon)
  • 1995 – By a Woman's Hand by Dean James & Jean Swanson
  • 1994 – The Fine Art of Murder edited by Ed Gorman
  • 1993 – Doubleday Crime Club Compendium by Ellen Nehr
  • 1992 – Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman by Tony Hillerman & Ernie Bulow
  • 1991 – Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries by Gillian Gill
  • 1990 – The Bedside Companion to Crime by H. R. F. Keating
  • 1989 – Silk Stalkings by Victoria Nichols & Susan Thompson
  • 1988 – Son of Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini
  • 1987 – 1001 Midnights by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

Best Mystery Short Story[edit]

Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery[edit]


  1. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mystery Readers Journal. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  2. ^ "The Hour of Peril". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-02-26.

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