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Agatha Awards

2013 Nominees
(awarded in 2014 for books published in 2013)

Best Contemporary Novel
  °  Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet
  °  How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny [review]
  °  Clammed Up by Barbara Ross
  °  The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]
  °  Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Best Historical Novel
  °  Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
  °  Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George
  °  A Friendly Game of Murder by J.J. Murphy
  °  Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson
  °  A Question of Honor by Charles Todd [review]

Best First Novel
  °  Death al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
  °  You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
  °  Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn
  °  Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero
  °  Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker

Best Short Story
  °  “Evil Little Girl” by Barb Goffman
  Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
  °  “Nightmare” by Barb Goffman
  Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
  °  “The Hindi Houdini” by Gigi Pandian
  Fish Nets: The Second Guppy Anthology
  °  “Bread Baby” by Barbara Ross
  Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold
  °  “The Care and Feeding of House Plants” by Art Taylor
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013

Best Non-fiction
  °  Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
  °  Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
  °  Not Everyone's Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic's First 25 Years edited by Verena Rose and Rita Owen
  °  The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Best Children’s/Young Adult
  °  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  °  Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst
  °  Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower
  °  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  °  The Code Busters Club, Case #3: The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner

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2012
(awarded in 2013 for books published in 2012)

Best Novel
  * The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny [review]
  °  The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis
  °  A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet [review]
  °  The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron
  °  The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]

Best First Novel
  * Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer [review]
  °  Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown
  °  A Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan
  °  A Killer Read by Erika Chase
  °  Faithful unto Death by Stephanie Jaye Evans

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 Non-fiction
  * Books To Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
  °  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 edited by Mathew Prichard

Best Children’s/Young Adult
  * The Code Busters Club, Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse by Penny Warner
  °  Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
  °  The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
  °  Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  °  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Best Historical Novel
  * Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson [review]
  °  The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen [review]
  °  Murder on Fifth Avenue by Victoria Thompson
  °  An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
  °  Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear [review]

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2011
(awarded in 2012 for books published in 2011)

Best Novel
  * Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron
  °  The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
  °  The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis
  °  Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet [review]
  °  A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny [review]

Best First Novel
  * Learning To Swim by Sara J. Henry [review]
  °  Dire Threads by Janet Bolin [review]
  °  Choke by Kaye George
  °  Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab
  °  Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend

Best Short Story
  * “Disarming” by Dana Cameron
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2011
  °  “Dead Eye Gravy” by Krista Davis
  Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology
  °  “Palace by the Lake” by Daryl Wood Gerber
  Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology
  °  “Truth and Consequences” by Barb Goffman
  Mystery Times Ten
  °  “The Itinerary” by Roberta Isleib
  MWA Presents the Rich and the Dead

Best Non-fiction
  * Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure by Leslie Budewitz
  °  Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran
  °  On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda
  °  Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook Novel by A.B. Emrys
  °  The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris

Best Children’s/Young Adult
  * The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein
  °  Shelter by Harlan Coben
  °  Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  °  The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
  °  The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key by Penny Warner

Best Historical Novel
  * Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
  °  Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy [review]
  °  Mercury’s Rise by Ann Parker [review]
  °  Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson
  °  A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear [review]

Top | 2013 | 2012| 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 |

2010
(awarded in 2011 for books published in 2010)

Best Novel
  * Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny [review]
  °  Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews [review]
  °  The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
  °  Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]
  °  Truly, Madly by Heather Webber [review]

Best First Novel
  * The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
  °  Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
  °  Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
  °  Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
  °  Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Best Short Story
  * “So Much in Common” by Mary Jane Maffini
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010
  °  “Swing Shift” by Dana Cameron
  Crimes by Moonlight
  °  “Size Matters” by Sheila Connolly
  Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers
  °  “Volunteer of the Year” by Barb Goffman
  Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin
  °  “The Green Cross” by Liz Zelvin
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best Non-fiction
  * Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
  °  The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
  °  Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Stephen Doyle & David A. Crowder
  °  Have Faith in Your Kitchen by Katherine Hall Page
  °  Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

Best Children’s/Young Adult
  * The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
  °  Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
  °  Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R.L. LaFevers
  °  The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
  °  Virals by Kathy Reichs

Top | 2013 | 2012| 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 |

2009
(awarded in 2010 for books published in 2009)

Best Novel
  * The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny [review]
  °  Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews [review]
  °  Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
  °  Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen [review]
  °  Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]

Best First Novel
  * The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley [review]
  °  For Better For Murder by Lisa Bork
  °  Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole
  °  The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan [review]
  °  In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff [review]

Best Short Story
  * “On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  Quarry
  °  “Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron
  Boston Noir
  °  “Handbaskets, Drawers and a Killer Cold” by Kaye George
  Crooked ezine
  °  “The Worst Noel” by Barb Goffman
  The Gift of Murder
  °  “Death Will Trim Your Tree” by Elizabeth Zelvin
  The Gift of Murder

Best Nonfiction
  * Dame Agatha’s Shorts by Elena Santangelo
  °  Duchess of Death by Richard Hack
  °  Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James
  °  Blood on the Stage by 1925-1950 by Amnon Kabatchnik
  °  The Talented Miss Highsmith by Joan Schenkar

Best Children’s/Young Adult
  * The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein
  °  The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
  °  The Case of the Poisoned Pig by Lewis B. Montgomery
  °  The Other Side of Blue by Valerie O. Patterson
  °  The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer

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2008
(awarded in 2009 for books published in 2008)

Best Novel
  * The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
  °  Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews
  °  A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
  °  Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry
  °  I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Best First Novel
  * Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet [review]
  °  Through a Glass, Deadly by Sarah Atwell [review]
  °  The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
  °  Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris [review]
  °  Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan

Best Short Story
  * “The Night Things Changed” by Dana Cameron
  Wolfsbane & Mistletoe
  °  “Killing Time” by Jane Cleland
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine , November 2008
  °  “Dangerous Crossing” by Carla Coupe
  Chesapeake Crimes 3
  °  “Skull & Cross Examination” by Toni Kelner
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 2008
  °  “A Nice Old Guy” by Nancy Pickard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, August 2008

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2007

Lifetime Achievement: 
Peter Lovesey

Best Novel
  * A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  °  The Penguin Who Knew Too Much by Donna Andrews
  °  Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  °  Hard Row by Margaret Maron
  °  Murder with Reservations by Elaine Viets

Best First Novel
  * Prime Time by Hank Phillipi Ryan [review]
  °  A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
  °  A Real Basket Case by Beth Groundwater
  °  Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn [review]

Best Short Story
  * “A Rat’s Tale” by Donna Andrews
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October. 2007
  °  “Please Watch Your Step” by Rhys Bowen
  The Strand, Spring 2007
  °  “Casino Gamble” by Nan Higginson
  Murder New York Style
  °  “Death Will Clean Your Closet” by Elizabeth Zelvin
  Murder New York Style

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2006

Best Novel
  * The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
  °  The Saddlemaker’s Wife by Earlene Fowler
  °  Why Casey Had To Die by L.C. Hayden
  °  All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  °  Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear

Best First Novel
  * The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall
  °  Consigned to Death by Jane Cleland
  °  The Chef Who Died Sautéing by Honora Finkelstein & Susan Smily
  °  Feint of Art by Hailey Lind
  °  Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney

Best Short Story
  * “Sleeping with the Plush” by Toni L.P. Kelner
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
, May, 2006
  °  “The Old Couple” by Robert Barnard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2006
  °  “Provenance” by Robert Barnard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2006
  °  “Yankee Swap” by Maurissa Guibord
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April, 2006
  °  “Disturbance in the Field” by Roberta Isleib
  Seasmoke

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2005

Best Novel
  * The Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page
  °  Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews
  °  Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron
  °  The Belen Hitch by Pari Noskin Taichert
  °  Trouble in Spades by Heather Webber
  °  Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Best First Novel
  * Better Off Wed by Laura Durham
  °  Jury of One by Laura Bradford
  °  Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard
  °  Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton [review]
  °  Blood Relations by Lisa Tillman

Best Short Story
  * “Driven to Distraction” by Marcia Talley
  Chesapeake Crimes II
  °  “House Rules” by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  Murder in Vegas
  °  “Mother Love” by Harriette Sackler
  Chesapeake Crimes II
  °  “Murder at Sleuthfest” by Barb Goffman
  Chesapeake Crimes II
  °  “Rear View Murder” by Carla Coupe
  Chesapeake Crimes II

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2004

Best Novel
  * Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
  °  We’ll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews
  °  By a Spider’s Thread by Laura Lippman
  °  High Country Fall by Margaret Maron
  °  The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey

Best First Novel
  * Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak
  °  Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens
  °  Arson and Old Lace by Patricia Harwin
  °  I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel
  °  The Clovis Incident by Pari Noskin Taichert

Best Short Story
  * “Wedding Knife” by Elaine Viets
  Chesapeake Crimes
  °  “The Butler Didn’t Do It” by Maria Y. Lima
  Chesapeake Crimes
  °  “The Two Marys” by Katherine Hall Page
  Mistletoe and Mayhem

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2003

Best Novel
  * Letter from Home by Carolyn Hart
  °  Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
  °  Mumbo Gumbo by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  Dream House by Rochelle Krich
  °  Last Lessons of Summer by Margaret Maron
  °  Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets [review]

Best First Novel
  * Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  °  Dealing in Murder by Elaine Flinn
  °  Haunted Ground by Erin Hart [review]
  °  Take the Bait by S.W. Hubbard
  °  Alpine for You by Maddy Hunter
  °  Murder Off Mike by Joyce Krieg
  °  O’ Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor

Best Short Story
  * “No Man’s Land” by Elizabeth Foxwell
  Blood on Their Hands
  °  “Doppelganger” by Rhys Bowen
  Blood on Their Hands
  °  “Safety First” by Marcia Talley
  Blood on Their Hands
  °  “Red Meat” by Elaine Viets
  Blood on Their Hands
  °  “Sex and Bingo” by Elaine Viets
  High Stakes

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2002

Best Novel
  * You’ve Got Murder by Donna Andrews
  °  Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen
  °  Blues in the Night by Rochelle Krich
  °  The Body in the Bonfire by Katherine Hall Page
  °  The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  °  Not All Tarts Are Apple by Pip Granger
  °  Six Strokes Under by Roberta Isleib
  °  Beat Until Stiff by Claire M. Johnson
  °  How To Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin [review]
  °  Shadows at the Fair by Lea Wait

Best Short Story
  * “The Dog That Didn’t Bark” by Margaret Maron
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2002
  * “Too Many Cooks” by Marcia Talley
  Much Ado About Murder
  °  “Dognapped” by Robert Barnard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2002
  °  “Devotion” by Jan Burke
  Eighteen
  °  “What He Needed” by Laura Lippman
  Tart Noir

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2001

Best Novel
  * Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
  °  Arkansas Traveler by Earlene Fowler
  °  Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  °  Shadows of Sin by Rochelle Krich
  °  The Bride’s Kimono by Sujata Massey

Best First Novel
  * Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer
  °  Innkeeping with Murder by Tim Myers
  °  Mute Witness by Charles O’Brien
  °  A Witness Above by Andy Straka
  °  An Affinity for Murder by Anne White

Best Short Story
  * “The Would-Be-Widower” by Katherine Hall Page
  Malice Domestic X
  °  “Bitter Waters” by Rochelle Krich
  Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery and Detective Fiction
  °  “The Peculiar Events on Riverside Drive” by Maan Meyers
  Mystery Street
  °  “Juggernaut” by Nancy Springer
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2001
  °  “Virgo in Sapphires” by Margaret Maron
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2001

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2000

Best Novel
  * Storm Track by Margaret Maron
  °  Guns and Roses by Taffy Cannon
  °  Killer Wedding by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
  °  He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * Death on a Silver Tray by Rosemary Stevens
  °  Death Dances to a Reggae Beat by Kate Grilley
  °  Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death by Julie Wray Herman
  °  The Death of an Amiable Child by Irene Marcuse
  °  Murder of a Small-Town Honey by Denise Swanson

Best Short Story
  * “The Man in the Civil Suit” by Jan Burke
  Malice Domestic 9
  °  “Nothing to Lose” by Robert Barnard
  Malice Domestic 9
  °  “The Seal of the Confessional” by Rhys Bowen
  Unholy Orders
  °  “Amish Butter” by Jacqueline Fiedler
  Unholy Orders
  °  “Miss Parker & the Cutter-Sanborn Tables” by Gay Toltl Kinman
  A Deadly Dozen
  °  “Widow’s Peak” by Rochelle Krich
  Unholy Orders

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1999

Best Novel
  * Mariner’s Compass by Earlene Fowler
  °  Immaculate Reception by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  Death on the River Walk by Carolyn Hart
  °  In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman
  °  The Flower Master by Sujata Massey

Best First Novel
  * Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
  °  Circles of Confusion by April Henry
  °  Revenge of the Gypsy Queen by Kris Neri
  °  By Blood Possessed by Elena Santangelo
  °  Sing It to Her Bones by Marcia Talley

Best Short Story
  * “Out of Africa” by Nancy Pickard
  Mom, Apple Pie, and Murder
  °  “Maubi and the Jumbies” by Kate Grilley
  Murderous Intent Magazine, Fall 1999
  °  “The Golden Rounds” by Susan Holtzer
  Malice Domestic 8
  °  “With Thanks to Agatha Christie” by Sarah J. Mason
  Mom, Apple Pie, and Murder
  °  “With Love, Marjorie Ann” by Marcia Talley
  Murderous Intent Magazine, Fall 1999

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1998

Best Novel
  * Butchers Hill by Laura Lippman
  °  Liar by Jan Burke
  °  Dove in the Window by Earlene Fowler
  °  Blind Bloodhound Justice by Virginia Lanier
  °  Home Fires by Margaret Maron
  °  The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * The Doctor Digs a Grave by Robin Hathaway
  °  Sympathy for the Devil by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  Tiger’s Palette by Jacqueline Fiedler
  °  Dying to Get Published by Judy Fitzwater
  °  Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn

Best Short Story
  * “Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable” by Barbara D’Amato
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine November 1998
  °  “Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Laurien Berenson
  Canine Crimes
  °  “A Simple Philosophy” by Harlan Coben
  Malice Domestic 7
  °  “The Village Vampire and the Oboe of Death” by Dean James
  Malice Domestic 7
  °  “A Deliberate Form of Frenzy” by Daniel Stashower
  Malice Domestic 7

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1997

Best Novel
  * The Devil in Music by Kate Ross
  °  Hocus by Jan Burke
  °  Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
  °  Goose in the Pond by Earlene Fowler
  °  Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey
  °  Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson
  °  The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman
  °  Dead Body Language by Penny Warner
  °  Death Brims Over by Barbara Jaye Wilson

Best Short Story
  * “Tea for Two” by M.D. Lake
  Funnybones
  °  “Heavenly Bodies” by Simon Brett
  Funnybones
  °  “Come To Tea” by Janet Laurence
  Murder They Wrote
  °  “Corbett Correspondence” by Edward Marston & Peter Lovesey
  Malice Domestic 6
  °  “Two Ladies of Rose Cottage” by Peter Robinson
  Malice Domestic 6

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1996

Best Novel
  * Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron
  °  Kansas Troubles by Earlene Fowler
  °  The Grass Widow by Teri Holbrook
  °  Hearts and Bones by Margaret Lawrence
  °  Strong as Death by Sharan Newman

Best First Novel
  * Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George [review]
  °  Biggie and the Poisoned Politician by Nancy Bell
  °  Death in Little Tokyo by Dale Furutani
  °  Somebody Else's Child by Terris McMahan Grimes
  °  Riding for a Fall by Lillian Roberts

Best Short Story
  * “Accidents Will Happen” by Carolyn Wheat
  Malice Domestic 5
  °  “The Bun Also Rises” by Jill Churchill
  Malice Domestic 5
  °  “The Death Of Erik The Redneck” by Toni L.P. Kelner
  Malice Domestic 5
  °  “A Parrot Is Forever” by Peter Lovesey
  Malice Domestic 5
  °  “Bugged” by Eve K. Sandstrom
  Malice Domestic 5

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1995

Best Novel
  * If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb
  °  Miracles in Maggody by Joan Hess
  °  The Wandering Arm by Sharan Newman
  °  Twilight by Nancy Pickard
  °  Escapade by Walter Satterthwait

Best First Novel
  * The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams
  °  A Far and Deadly Cry by Teri Holbrook
  °  Horse of a Different Killer by Jody Jaffe
  °  Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier
  °  Murder in Scorpio by Martha C. Lawrence

Best Short Story
  * “The Dog Who Remembered too Much” by Elizabeth Daniels Squire
  Malice Domestic 4
  °  “Rule Of Law” by K.K. Beck
  Malice Domestic 4
  °  “Cupid’s Arrow” by Dorothy Cannell
  Crimes of the Heart
  °  “A Contest Fit for a Queen” by Susan Dunlap
  Crimes of the Heart
  °  “The Murder Game” by Jean Hager
  Malice Domestic 4

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1994

Best Novel
  * She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
  °  Scandal in Fair Haven by Carolyn Hart
  °  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  °  Angel of Death by Rochelle Krich
  °  Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * Do Unto Others by Jeff Abbott
  °  One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  °  Fool’s Puzzle by Earlene Fowler
  °  Writers of the Purple Sage by Barbara Burnett Smith
  °  Until Death by Polly Whitney

Best Short Story
  * “The Family Jewels” by Dorothy Cannell
  Malice Domestic 3
  °  “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” by Deborah Adams
  Malice Domestic 3
  °  “The Gentleman in the Lake” by Robert Barnard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 1994
  °  “Soon To Be a Minor Motion Picture” by Barbara D’Amato
  Partners in Crime
  °  “The Dying Light” by Taylor McCafferty
  Malice Domestic 3

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1993

Best Novel
  * Dead Man’s Island by Carolyn Hart
  °  Old Scores by Aaron Elkins
  °  O Little Town of Maggody by Joan Hess
  °  Fair Game by Rochelle Krich
  °  Southern Discomfort by Margaret Maron
  °  To Live and Die in Dixie by Kathy Hogan Trocheck

Best First Novel
  * Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
  °  Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke
  °  A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie [review]
  °  Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharan Newman
  °  Child of Silence by Abigail Padgett

Best Short Story
  * “Kim’s Game” by M.D. Lake
  Malice Domestic 2
  °  “A Romance in the Rockies” by K.K. Beck
  Malice Domestic 2
  °  “Sax And The Single Cat” by Carole Nelson Douglas
  Cat Crimes IV
  °  “Checkout” by Susan Dunlap
  Malice Domestic 2
  °  “…That Married Dear Old Dad” by Margaret Maron
  Malice Domestic 2

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1992

Best Novel
  * Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron
  °  Southern Ghost by Carolyn Hart
  °  The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb
  °  Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
  °  The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
  °  All the Great Pretenders by Deborah Adams
  °  Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
  °  Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
  °  Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo

Best Short Story
  * “Nice Gorilla” by Aaron and Charlotte Elkins
  Malice Domestic 1
  °  “The Jersey Lily” by P.M. Carlson
  Malice Domestic 1
  °  “Country Hospitality” by Jean Hager
  Sisters in Crime 5
  °  “The Last To Know” by Joan Hess
  Malice Domestic 1
  °  “Happiness Is a Dead Poet” by Sharyn McCrumb
  Malice Domestic 1

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1991

Best Novel
  * I.O.U. by Nancy Pickard
  °  Make No Bones by Aaron Elkins
  °  The Christie Caper by Carolyn Hart
  °  An Owl Too Many by Charlotte MacLeod
  °  The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters

Best First Novel
  * Zero at the Bone by Mary Willis Walker
  °  Carpool by Mary Cahill
  °  Just Desserts by Mary Daheim
  °  The Bulrush Murders by Rebecca Rothenberg
  °  Flowers for the Dead by Ann M. Williams

Best Short Story
  * “Deborah’s Judgment” by Margaret Maron
  A Woman’s Eye
  °  “The Habit of Widowhood” by Robert Barnard
  The Habit of Widowhood and Other Murderous Proclivities
  °  “The January Sales Stowaway” by Dorothy Cannell
  Christmas Stalkings
  °  “The Crime Of Miss Oyster Brown” by Peter Lovesey
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 1991
  °  “Long Live The Queen” by Ruth Rendell
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 1991

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1990

Best Novel
  * Bum Steer by Nancy Pickard
  °  Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
  °  Deadly Valentine by Carolyn Hart
  °  The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
  °  The Potter’s Field by Ellis Peters

Best First Novel
  * The Body in the Belfry by Katherine Hall Page
  °  Screaming Bones by Pat Burden
  °  Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
  °  The Chartreuse Clue by William F. Love
  °  Sea of Troubles by Janet L. Smith

Best Short Story
  * “Too Much To Bare” by Joan Hess
  Sisters in Crime 2
  °  “The High Cost Of Living” by Dorothy Cannell
  Sisters in Crime 3
  °  “Proxime Accessit” by Reginald Hill
  Armchair Detective
  °  “A Family Affair” by Janet Neel
 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 1990
  °  “The Wearing of Purple” by Anne Woodward
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 1990

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1989

Best Novel
  * Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters
  °  The Sirens Sang of Murder by Sarah Caudwell
  °  A Little Class on Murder by Carolyn Hart
  °  Corpus Christmas by Margaret Maron
  °  Philly Stakes by Gillian Roberts

Best First Novel
  * Grime & Punishment by Jill Churchill
  °  Working Murder by Eleanor Boylan
  °  A Question of Guilt by Frances Fyfield
  °  The Mother Shadow by Melodie Johnson Howe [review]
  °  The Mark Twain Murders by Edith Skom

Best Short Story
  * “A Wee Doch and Doris” by Sharyn McCrumb
  Mistletoe Mysteries
  °  “Live It Up, Bert” by Patricia Derozier
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 1989
  °  “Amanda” by Ellie Grossman
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, October 1989
  °  “A Cozy For Christmas” by Charlotte MacLeod
  Mistletoe Mysteries
  °  “Afraid All The Time” by Nancy Pickard
  Sisters in Crime

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1988

Best Novel
  * Something Wicked by Carolyn Hart
  °  The Widow’s Club by Dorothy Cannell
  °  Mischief in Maggody by Joan Hess
  °  Paying the Piper by Sharyn McCrumb
  °  Dead Crazy by Nancy Pickard

Best First Novel
  * A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
  °  The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham
  °  The J. Alfred Prufrock Murders by Corinne Holt Sawyer
  °  Goodbye, Nanny Gray by Susannah Stacey
  °  Dead Men Don’t Give Seminars by Dorothy Sucher

Best Short Story
  * “More Final Than Divorce” by Robert Barnard
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, October 1988
  °  “Prodigal Grandson” by Elizabeth Byrd
  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, August 1988
  °  “Father Of The Bride” by P.M. Carlson
  Mr. President, Private Eye
  °  “Double Vision” by Mary Higgins Clark
  Woman’s Day, August 23, 1988
  °  “Dutiful Son” by Ralph McInerny
  Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May 1988

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