By Oline H. Cogdill

The award season continues with nominations for the 2020 Agatha Awards, which will be awarded during the Malice Domestic conference (May 1-3, 2020), and which is celebrating its 32nd year.

The nominated works are books published in 2019.

The Agatha ballots will be included in registration bags at Malice Domestic and will be chosen by those attending the conference.

Malice Domestic is a fun conference and I highly recommend it.

Mystery Scene congratulates all the nominees.

The 2019 Agatha Award Nominees

Best Contemporary Novel
Fatal Cajun Festival, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
Fair Game, by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
The Missing Ones, by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
A Better Man, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Murder List, by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge)

Best First Mystery Novel
A Dream of Death, by Connie Berry (Crooked Lane Books)
One Night Gone, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House, a division of Harlequin)
Murder Once Removed, by S. C. Perkins (Minotaur)
When It’s Time for Leaving, by Ang Pompano (Encircle Publications)
Staging for Murder, by Grace Topping (Henery Press)

Best Historical Mystery
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, by Rhys Bowen (Penquin)
Murder Knocks Twice, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger, by L. A. Chandlar (Kensington)
Charity’s Burden, by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
The Naming Game, by Gabriel Valjan (Winter Goose Publishing)

Best Nonfiction
Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story, by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)
Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrified Los Angeles, by Julia Bricklin (Lyons Press)
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep (Knopf)
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women, by Mo Moulton (Basic Books)
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

Best Children/Young Adult
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers, by Shauna Holyoak (Disney Hyperion)
Two Can Keep a Secret, by Karen MacManus (Delacorte Press)
The Last Crystal ,by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press)
Top Marks for Murder (A Most Unladylike Mystery), by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
Jada Sly, Artist and Spy, by Sherri Winston (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Best Short Story
"Grist for the Mill," by Kaye George in A Murder of Crows (Darkhouse Books)
"Alex’s Choice," by Barb Goffman in Crime Travel (Wildside Press)
"The Blue Ribbon," by Cynthia Kuhn in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)
"The Last Word," by Shawn Reilly Simmons, Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)
"Better Days," by Art Taylor in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine




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