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A hearty congratulations to all the nominees of this year's Agatha Awards! The Agatha Awards celebrate traditional mysteries, loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence. Winners will be announced Saturday, April 27, 2024, during Malice Domestic 36 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Best Contemporary Mystery Novel

Wined and Died in New Orleans, by Ellen Byron (Berkley)
Helpless, by Annette Dashofy (Level Best Books)
The Weekend Retreat, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House Books)
Case of the Bleus, by Korina Moss (St. Martins Press)
The Raven Thief, by Gigi Pandian (Minotaur Books)

Best Historical Mystery Novel

Death Among the Ruins, by Susanna Calkins (Severn House)
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord, by Celeste Connally (Minotaur Books)
I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died, by Amanda Flower (Berkley)
Time's Undoing, by Cheryl A. Head (Dutton)
The Mistress of Bhatia House, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)

Best First Mystery Novel

Glory Be, by Danielle Arceneaux (Pegasus Crime)
The Hint of Light, by Kristin Kisska (Lake Union Publishing)
Dutch Threat, by Josh Pachter (Genius Book Publishing)
Crime and Parchment, by Daphne Silver (Level Best Books)
Mother-Daughter Murder Night, by Nina Simon (William Morrow)

Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery Novel

Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity, by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin Young Readers)
The Sasquatch of Hawthorne Elementary, by K. B. Jackson (Reycraft Books)
Araña and Spider-Man 2099, by Alex Segura (Marvel Press)
The Mystery of the Radcliffe Riddle, by Taryn Souders (Sourcebooks Young Readers)
Enola Holmes and the Mark of the Mongoose, by Nancy Springer (Wednesday Books)

Best Mystery Short Story

"The Knife Sharpener," by Shelley Costa (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August 2023)
"A Good Judge of Character," by Tina deBellegarde, Malice Domestic 17: Murder Most Traditional, ed. by Verena Rose, Rita Owens, and Shawn Reilly Simmons (Wildside Press)
"Real Courage," by Barb Goffman (Black Cat Mystery Magazine #14)
"Ticket to Ride," by Dru Ann Love and Kristopher Zgorski, Happiness is a Warm Gun, ed. by Josh Pachter (Down & Out Books)
"Shamu, World's Greatest Detective," by Richie Narvaez, Killin' Time in San Diego, Bouchercon Anthology 2023, ed. by Holly West (Down & Out Books)

Best Mystery Nonfiction

Finders: Justice, Faith, and Identity in Irish Crime Fiction, by Anjili Babbar (Syracuse University Press)
Perplexing Plots: Popular Storytelling and the Poetics of Murder, by David Bordwell (Columbia University Press)
A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe, by Mark Dawidziak (St. Martins Press)
Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe, by Robert Morgan (LSU Press)