Monday, April 30, 2012

Agatha Awards

The winners of the Agatha Awards were announced Saturday night at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland.

Congratulations to the winners! Here's the slate of nominees, with Killer Character authors highlighted in red, and stars beside the winning titles.

Best Novel:

The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis (Berkley)
Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
**Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Best First Novel:

Dire Threads by Janet Bolin (Berkley)
Choke by Kaye George (Mainly Murder Press)
**Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab (Berkley)
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley)

Best Non-fiction:

**Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure by Leslie Budewitz (Linden)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran (Harper)
On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel by A. B. Emrys (McFarland)
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris (Ace)

Best Short Story:

**"Disarming" by Dana Cameron, Ellery Queen 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, MWA Presents the Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing)

Best Children's/Young Adult:

Shelter by Harlan Coben (Putnam)
**The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
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)

Best Historical Novel:

**Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy (Signet)
Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)


  1. Congratulations to the winners and also to all the fab Killer Character authors on the lists!!! Every name was a winner.

  2. Great job, guys! Congratulations!!! :D

  3. Congratulations to all the winners! =)

  4. Congrats to everyone for all their hard work!

  5. Congrats to all the winners and nominees!

  6. There are some good books in there and I own some of them, including the ones by Rhys Bowen, J. J. Murphy, Kari Lee Townsend, and Janet Bolin. I also own John Curran's book about Agatha Christie's notebooks (the first one). I like Donna Andrews' books but haven't read the last few.

  7. So awesome just to be nominated, and huge congrats to the winners! What a great time we all had :-)