Sunday, February 25, 2007

Forget the Oscars. Hail the Agathas!

Malice Domestic has announced its nominees for the 2007 Agatha Awards, to be handed out during the Malice Domestic XIX convention in Arlington, Virginia, May 4-6. Featured are books by mostly familiar authors, but with a handful of newcomers thrown in to spice things up. And the nominees are ...

Best First Novel
Consigned to Death, by Jane Cleland (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Feint of Art, by Hailey Lind (Signet)
Murder on the Rocks, by Karen MacInerney (Midnight Ink)
The Chef Who Died Sautéing, by Honora Finklestein and Susan Smiley (Hilliard & Harris)
The Heat of the Moon, by Sandra Parshall (Poisoned Pen)

Best Novel
All Mortal Flesh, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Messenger of Truth, by Jacqueline Winspear (Holt)
The Saddlemaker’s Wife, by Earlene Fowler (Penguin Group)
The Virgin of Small Plains, by Nancy Pickard (Random House)
Why Casey Had to Die, by L.C. Hayden (Five Star)

Best Non-fiction
Don’t Murder Your Mystery, by Chris Roerden (Bella Rosa)
Mystery Muses: 100 Classics That Inspire Today’s Mystery Writers, by Jim Huang and Austin Lugar (Crum Creek Press)
The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder, by Daniel Stashower (Dutton)

Best Short Story
Disturbance in the Field,” by Roberta Isleib (from Seasmoke: Crime Stories by New England Writers, edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty, and Susan Oleksiw; Level Best Books)
Provenence,” by Robert Barnard (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], March/April 2006)
Sleeping with the Plush,” by Toni L.P. Kelner (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May 2006)
The Old Couple,” by Robert Barnard (EQMM, July 2006)
Yankee Swap,” by Maurissa Guibord (EQMM, March/April 2006)

Best Young Adult
Behind the Curtain: An Echo Falls Mystery, by Peter Abrahams (HarperCollins)
Pea Soup Poisonings, by Nancy Means Wright (Hilliard & Harris)
Room One: A Mystery or Two, by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster)
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas, by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin (Scholastic)

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