[PW] Agatha Award winners and shortlists

Todd Mason foxbrick at yahoo.com
Mon May 6 13:28:17 PDT 2019

Announcing the 2018
Agatha Award Nominees (and ***Winners, including ties)
Best Contemporary Novel
***Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse)
Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Historical Novel  
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
The Gold Pawn by LA Chandlar (Kensington)
***The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

Best First Novel
***A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Little Comfort by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Deadly Solution by Keenan Powell (Level Best Books)
***Curses Boiled Again by Shari Randall (St. Martin's)

Best Short Story (links to reading online at http://malicedomestic.org/agathas.html)
***"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
"A Postcard for the Dead"  by Susanna Calkins in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
***"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)

Best Children's/YA Mystery
***Potion Problems (Just Add Magic) by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson (Henry Holt)
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda Books)

Best Nonfiction
***Mastering Plot Twists by Jane Cleland (Writer's Digest Books)
Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen (Orange Grove Press)
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (Random House)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
Wicked Women of Ohio by Jane Ann Turzillo (History Press)
The Agatha Awards will be presented on May 4, 2019 
during Malice Domestic 31.   

--forward by Todd Mason

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