From The Booking Desk:

Below is the list of the nominations for this year’s Agatha Awards.  Eligible nominees were published in 2012 and winners will be announced at this year’s Malice Domestic Conference to be held in Bethesda, Maryland on May 3-5, 2013.  You will notice that several of the nominees also appeared on my Top 12 of 12 blog post.  Congratulations to all the nominees.  Good luck in May!


Best Novel

  • The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista DavisA Beautiful Mystery
  • A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet
  • The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron
  • The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanThe Other Woman

Best First Novel:

  • Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
  • Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown
  • A Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan
  • A Killer Read by Erika Scrapbook of SecretsChase
  • Faithful Unto Death by Stephanie Jaye Evans

Best Non-fiction:

  • Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly/Declan BurkeBooks To Die For
  • Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950 by Joseph Goodrich, Editor
  • More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
  • The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie by Mathew Prichard, Editor

Best Short Story:

  • “Mischief in Mesopotamia” by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • “Kept in the Dark” by Shelia Connolly (Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon Anthology)
  • “The Lord is My Shamus” by Barb Goffman (Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder)
  • “Thea’s First Husband” by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
  • “When Duty Calls”, by Art Taylor (Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder)

Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel:The Edge of Nowhere

  • Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
  • The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
  • Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  • The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Best Historical Novel:

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowenrhys-christmas
  • Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson
  • Murder on Fifth Avenue by Victoria ThompsonDandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
  • An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
  • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear