The Agatha Awards honor the “Traditional Mystery".These are books that are in the tradition of Agatha Christie which contain no explicit sex and no excessive gore or gratuitous violence. These books are now termed “Malice Domestic” replacing the older term of “Cozy Mysteries”.
The 2013 Agatha Awards will be given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2013 (January 1-December 31), either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.
Attendees of Malice Domestic 26, which will be held May 2-4, 2014 will vote for the winners. The winners will be announced at the 2013 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Updated 3/20/2014 for links to short stories.
Updated 5/3/2014 for winners
Winners noted with an asterisk (*)
Best Historical Novel
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy (Signet)
Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow) *
Best Children's/YA Nominations
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books) *
Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate's Treasure by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)
Best Contemporary Novel
Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books) *
Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors) (Wildside Press)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books) *
Best First Novel
Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime) *
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)
Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Kensington)
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (Henery Press)
Best Short Story
"Evil Little Girl" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
"Nightmare" in Don't Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
"The Hindi Houdini" in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
"Bread Baby" in Best new England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)
"The Care and Feeding of House Plants" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) *
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