Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nominees for the 2014 Agatha Awards Announced by Malice Domestic

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Book Awards

The nominees for the 2014 Agatha Awards recognizing the best traditional mystery has been announced by the organizers of Malice Domestic. The winners, chosen by attendees to this year's conference, will be announced on May 2nd, 2015.

The nominees are …

Best Contemporary Mystery Novel:

The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
A Demon Summer by G. M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)

Best First Mystery Novel:

Circle of Influence by Annette Riggle Dashofy (Henery Press)
Tagged for Death by Sherry Novinger Harris (Kensington Publishing)
Finding Sky by Susan O'Brien (Henery Press)
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran (Berkley Prime Crime)
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink)

Best Non-Fiction:

400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga (Quill Driver Books)
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, editor (Henery Press)
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora (New Horizon Press)
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley (Pegasus Books)
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates (Overlook Hardcover)

Best Short Story:

• "The Odds are Against Us" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
• "Premonition" by Art Taylor (Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays, Wildside Press)
• "The Shadow Knows" by Barb Goffman (Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays, Wildside Press)
• "Just Desserts for Johnny" by Edith Maxwell (Kings River Life Magazine)
• "The Blessing Witch" by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, Level Best Books)

Best Children's/Young Adult:

And Under Pressure by Amanda Flower (ZonderKidz)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion Books)
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait (Islandport Press)
The Code Buster's Club, Case #4, The Mummy's Curse by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)
Found by Harlan Coben (Putnam Juvenile)

Best Historical Novel:

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D. E. Ireland (Minotaur Books)
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)


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