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The Agatha Awards

June 13, 2013 by Reader's Connection

Thanks to Susanne for sending this one.

Each year a group of mystery enthusiasts who call themselves Malice Domestic gathers together to bestow honors upon writers who follow the traditional mystery style of Agatha Christie (i.e., no gratuitous sex, violence, or offensive language). “Hard-boiled” crime is not considered, but good writing and a nice plot-twist is just their cup of tea.

Nominees for Best Novel of 2012, along with descriptions from their publishers:

The Diva Digs Up the Dirt – Krista Davis

The Diva Digs Up the Dirt“While replacing a dead rosebush in her perennial boyfriend Wolf’s backyard, Sophie Winston digs up a purse belonging to his missing wife, a discovery that causes Wolf to head for the hills, leaving Sophie behind to clean up the ensuing mess.”


A Fatal Winter – G. M. Malliet

A Fatal Winter“Max–Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob–investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder.”


The Buzzard Table – Margaret Maron

The Buzzard Table“A mysterious ornithologist staying at Mrs. Lattimore’s Victorian home and doing research on Southern vultures seems familiar to Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, especially after a murderer strikes.”


The Other Woman – Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Other Woman“Tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress days before a pivotal Senate election, reporter Jane Ryland discovers links between her story and a serial killer investigation by detective Jake Brogan, with whom she partners to stop a killer in the face of dirty politics and betrayal.”


And remember: Hank will be the Banquet Speaker at the Magna cum Murder mystery conference  this October, at the Columbia Club downtown.



and the winner is ….

A Beautiful Mystery – Louise Penny

A Beautiful Mystery“When a peaceful monastery in Québec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sãurete du Québec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.”


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