2009 AGATHA Nominees

The 2009 Agatha Awards will be given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2009 (January 1-December 31), either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.

The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:

•contain no explicit sex
•contain no excessive gore or gratuitous violence
Materials generally classified as “hard-boiled” are not appropriate.

A ballot listing each category’s nominees will be given to all attendees of Malice Domestic 22, which will be held April 30 – May 2, 2010. Attendees will vote by secret ballot, the ballots will be tabulated and the winners will be announced at the 2009 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

Best Novel

Swan for the Money, Donna Andrews, St. Martin’s Minotaur

Bookplate Special, Lorna Barrett, Berkley Prime Crime

Royal Flush, Rhys Bowen, Berkley Prime Crime

A Brutal Telling, Louise Penny, Minotaur Books

Air Time, Hank Phillippi Ryan, MIRA

Best First Novel

For Better For Murder, Lisa Bork, Midnight Ink

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley, Delacorte Press

Posed for Murder, Meredith Cole, St. Martin’s Minotaur

The Cold Light of Mourning, Elizabeth Duncan, St. Martin’s Press

In the Shadow of Gotham, Stefanie Pintoff, Minotaur Books

Best Nonfiction

Duchess of Death, Richard Hack, Phoenix Books

Talking About Detective Fiction, P.D. James, Knopf

Blood on the Stage, 1925 – 1950, Amnon Kabatchnik, Scarecrow Press

Dame Agatha’s Shorts, Elena Santangelo, Bella Rosa Books

The Talented Miss Highsmith, Joan Schenkar, St. Martin’s Press

Best Short Story

“Femme Sole,” Dana Cameron, Boston Noir, Akashic Books

“Handbaskets, Drawers and Killer Cold,” Kaye George, Crooked

“The Worst Noel,” Barb Goffman, The Gift of Murder, Wolfmont Press

“On the House,” Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry, Level Best Books

“Death Will Trim Your Tree,” Elizabeth Zelvin, The Gift of Murder, Wolfmont Press

Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel

The Morgue and Me, John C. Ford, Viking Juvenile

The Hanging Hill, Chris Grabenstein, Random House

The Case of the Poisoned Pig, Lewis B. Montgomery, Kane Press

The Other Side of Blue, Valerie O. Patterson, Clarion Books

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, Nancy Springer, Philomel