Feb 26, 2012

Sunday Salon: Agatha Award Nominees for Best Mysteries in 2011

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Malice Domestic has announced the Agatha Award Nominees for the Agatha Award, which honors Agatha Christie and the traditional mystery. Nominees do not include hard boiled fiction or fiction with "explicit sex or gratuitous violence." Here are some of the nominees for books written in 2011.

2011
Best Novel:
The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis (Berkley)
Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Best First Novel:
Dire Threads by Janet Bolin (Berkley)
Choke by Kaye George (Mainly Murder Press)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab (Berkley)
Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend (Berkley)

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


Best Historical Novel:
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy (Signet)
Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)

Winners will be announced April 28 during Malice Domestic 24 Convention in Bethesda, Maryland. For a complete list of nominees, visit Agatha Awards Nominees 2011. I've read only two on the list and have a couple more in my TBR pile, so I have a lot of good books to look forward to!

Want to visit other mystery blogs?
These were recently selected as the 50 Spine-Tingling Murder Mystery Blogs, chosen by Crime Scene Investigation School. I was in the list a few years ago, but have since branched out to include other genres!

Which 2011 mystery novels  would you have chosen for the Awards?

8 comments:

  1. I feel bad to admit that I have not read any of these, but now I have a list of where to get started! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  2. This is a great list of mysteries. I've read a few of these and also have a couple in my TBR stack to look forward to. Glad I don't have to select a winner. Thanks for the link to the 50 mystery sites, sounds fun.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  3. I don't read mysteries so I have no idea what to read first! Happy reading.

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  4. With my huge interest in AC right now this is a cool list to check out!

    BTW..I love the cat in the lower left hand corner!

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    1. Click on the middle of it's collar, and see if the cat will purr...

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  5. I usually don't read mysteries, but I agree with Zibilee that these lists are a great starting point. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I haven't read any Agatha Christie books. I'd like to change that soon.

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  7. I don't read many mysteries (only a few a year), but I do plan to read my first Agatha Christie next month. Can you believe it's taken me so long?

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