Agatha Award

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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]
Categories…
Best First Novel
Best Contemporary Novel
Best Novel
Best Historical Novel
Best Non-Fiction
Best Short Story
Best Children/Young Adult Fiction
Special Awards
          Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement
          Malice Domestic Poirot Award
Winner’s…
Best First Novel
               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)
               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)
               1994 – Jeff Abbott, Do Unto Others (Ballantine)
               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
               2013 – Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl
Best Novel
               2012 – Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery
               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)
               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)
               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
               2013 – Charles Todd, A Question of Honor
               2012 – Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder
               2011 – Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice
Best Non-Fiction
               2013 – Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
              2012 – John Connolly, Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels
          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
               2009 – Elena Santangelo, Dame Agatha’s Shorts (Bella Rosa Books)
               2008 – Kathy Lynn Emerson, How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries (Perseverance Press)
           2007 – Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley, Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters (Penguin Press)
               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)
               2003 – Elizabeth Peters and Kristen Whitbread (editors) and Dennis Forbes (design), Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium (William Morrow & Company)
           2002 – Jim Huang (editor), They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels (Crum Creek Press)
              2001 – Tony Hillerman, Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir (HarperCollins)
              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)
              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
               2013 – “The Care and Feeding of House Plants” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013
               2012 – “Mischief in Mesopotamia” by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2012
               2011 – “Disarming” by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
               2010 – “So Much in Common” by Mary Jane Maffini
               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 Children/Young Adult Fiction
               2013 – “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein
               2012 – The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner
               2011 – The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein
               2010 – The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
               2009 – The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
               2008 – The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
               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
Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement
               2014 – Dorothy Cannell, Joan Hess & Margaret Maron 2013 – None
               2012 – Simon Brett
               2011 – Sue Grafton
               2010 – Mary Higgins Clark
               2009 – Anne Perry
               2008 – Peter Lovesey
               2007 – Carolyn Hart
               2005 – H.R.F. Keating
               2004 – Marian Babson
               2003 – Barbara Mertz, Elizabeth Peters, and Barbara Michaels
               2002 – Tony Hillerman
               2001 – Mildred Wirt Benson
               2000 – Dick Francis
               1999 – Patricia Moyes
               1998 – Charlotte MacLeod
               1997 – Emma Lathen
               1996 – Mary Stewart
               1994 – Mignon G. Eberhart
               1990 – Phyllis A. Whitney
Malice Domestic Poirot Award
               2014 – Tom Schantz
               2013 – None
               2012 – Lee Goldberg
               2011 – Janet Rudolph
               2010 – William Link
               2009 – Kate Stine and Brian Skupin, publishers of Mystery Scene Magazine
          2008 – Janet Hutchings, editor of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and Linda Landrigan, editor of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
               2007 – None
               2006 – Douglas Greene, publisher of Crippen & Landru Press
               2005 – Angela Lansbury
               2004 – Ruth Cavin, editor of Thomas Dunne Books
               2003 – David Suchet
External link’s…
.         Malice Domestic (http://www.malicedomestic.org/aboutmalice.html)
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Notes…
2. ^ “Malice Domestic Ltd: Agatha Awards” (http://www.malicedomestic.org/agathaawards.html). Malicedomestic.org. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
References…
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