2019 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestics has announced the nominees for the 2019 Agatha Awards as

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 Ladies 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:
“All God’s Sparrows,” by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery
Magazine, May/June 2018)
“A Postcard for the Dead,” by Susanna Calkins (in Florida Happens; Three
Rooms Press)
“Bug Appetit,” by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine,
November/December 2018)
“The Case of the Vanishing Professor,” by Tara Laskowski (Alfred
Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018)
“English 398: Fiction Workshop,” by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen’s Mystery
Magazine, July/August 2018)

Best Young Adult 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)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Parnell Hall

The winners will be announced on May 04 during Malice Domestic 31 to held
in Bethesda, Maryland.