Sunday, May 02, 2010

Agatha Award Winners 2010

The Brutal Telling (An Armand Gamache Novel)The 2009 Agatha Awards were handed out at Malice Domestic on May 1.The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery" -- mystery fiction typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others that contain no explicit sex, no excessive gore, or gratuitous violence. Here are the results -- winners are in bold:

BEST NOVEL
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (Berkley Prime Crime)
Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (MIRA)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)
For Better For Murder by Lisa Bork (Midnight Ink)
Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan (St. Martin’s Press)
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur Books)

BEST NON-FICTION
Dame Agatha’s Shorts by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)
Duchess of Death by Richard Hack (Phoenix Books)
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James (Knopf)
Blood on the Stage by 1925-1950 by Amnon Kabatchnik (Scarecrow Press)
The Talented Miss Highsmith by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s Press)

BEST SHORT STORY
"On the House" by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry (Level Best Books)
“Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron, Boston Noir (Akashic Books)
“Handbaskets, Drawers and a Killer Cold” by Kaye George, Crooked ezine
“The Worst Noel” by Barb Goffman, The Gift of Murder (Wolfmont Press)
“Death Will Trim Your Tree” by Elizabeth Zelvin, The Gift of Murder (Wolfmont Press)

BEST CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT:
The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford (Viking Juvenile)
The Case of the Poisoned Pig by Lewis B. Montgomery (Kane Press)
The Other Side of Blue by Valerie O. Patterson (Clarion Books)
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer (Philomel)

Past Agatha Winners (1988-2008)

Winners of the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Poirot Award are listed on the About Malice page.
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