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Agatha Awards

The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre. The Awards are handed out in Washington, D.C., by Malice Domestic Ltd.  Click here to visit the official website.

Agatha Awards

Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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  • A Dream of Death by Connie Berry
  • Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins
  • When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano
  • Staging is Murder by Grace Topping

Best Nonfiction

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Best Children/YA

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Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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  • Little Comfort by Edwin Hill
  • What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix
  • Deadly Solution by Keenan Powell

Best Nonfiction

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  • Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen
  • Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
  • Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson
  • Wicked Women of Ohio by Jane Ann Turzillo

Best Children/YA

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  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  • A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi

Best Contemporary Novel

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  • Death Overdue by Allison Brook
  • A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron
  • No Way Home Annette Dashofy
  • Take Out by Margaret Maron

Best Historical Novel

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  • Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott
  • Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell
  • The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • Adrift by Micki Browning
  • The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns
  • Daughters of Bad Men by Laura Oles
  • Protocol by Kathleen Valenti

Best Nonfiction

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Best Children/YA

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Best Contemporary Novel

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  • Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron
  • Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson
  • Fogged In by Barbara Ross
  • Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

  • Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estavo
  • Get Me to the Grave on Time by D.E. Ireland
  • Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell
  • Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper
  • Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  • Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann
  • Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

Best Nonfiction

Finalists

  • A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden's 25 Years in the Maine Woods by Roger Guay with Kate Clark Flora
  • Sara Paretsky: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Margaret Kinsman

Best Children/YA

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Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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Best Nonfiction

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  • The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes - Zack Dundas
  • A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup
  • Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio - Jane Ann Turzillo
  • The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts To Die For - Kate White (editor)

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel

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Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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Best Nonfiction

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  • The Poisoner: the Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor - Stephen Bates
  • Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice - Kate Flora
  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman - Adam Plantinga
  • The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock - Lucy Worsley

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel

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Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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Best Nonfiction

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  • Georgette Heyer - Jennifer Kloester
  • Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes - Maria Konnikova
  • Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years - Verena Rose and Rita Owen (Editors)

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel

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Best Contemporary Novel

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Best Historical Novel

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Best First Novel

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Best Nonfiction

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  • Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950 - Joseph Goodrich (Editor)
  • More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered - D.P. Lyle
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies - Ben Macintyre
  • The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie edited by Mathew Prichard

Best Children's/Young Adult Novel

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