Monday, March 02, 2009

Agatha Nominees Announced

In case you haven't seen this yet ... I hadn't, but I've recently discovered that I'm seriously, sadly out of touch with the news. Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2009 Agatha Awards (named in honor of Agatha Christie) for works published in 2008. Winners are voted on by attendees of Malice XXI (21): May 1-3, 2009 and will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on May 2. The Agatha Award honors the best in "cozy" or traditional mystery. The 2008 Agatha Nominees are: Best Novel: Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books) A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen (Penguin Group) The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books) Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry (Random House) I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books) Best First Novel: Through a Glass, Deadly by Sarah Atwell (Berkley Trade) The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis (Penguin Group) Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris (Minotaur Books) Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink) Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan (Midnight Ink) Best Non-fiction: African American Mystery Writers: A Historical & Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland & Co.) How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perseverance Press) Anthony Boucher, A Bibliography by Jeff Marks (McFarland & Co.) Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Metro Books) The Suspicions of Mr. Whitcher by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Co.) Best Short Story: "The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron, Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (Penguin Group) "Killing Time" by Jane Cleland, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine - November 2008 "Dangerous Crossing" by Carla Coupe, Chesapeake Crimes 3 (Wildside Press) "Skull & Cross-Examinations" by Toni L.P. Kelner, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - February 2008 "A Nice Old Guy" by Nancy Pickard, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2008 Best Children's/Young Adult: Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams (Harper Collins) A Thief in the Theater (A Kit Mystery) by Sarah Masters Buckey (American Girl Publishers) The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children's Books) The Great Circus Train Robbery by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard & Harris) Best of luck to all