From the Booking Desk:

The Agatha Award nominations have been announced.  Followers of BOLO Books will note that many of the books and authors covered here have been nominated.  I congratulate all the contenders and wish them all the best of luck.  The Agatha Awards will be presented during this year’s Malice Domestic conference.

Best Historical Novel

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)   Heirs and Graces

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)  Question of Honor


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)  The Testing

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)  How The Light Gets In

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)  The Wrong Girl


Best Nonfiction

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)Cup of Tea Cover

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)  Board Stiff

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)  dontgetmadrevised

“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)