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Friday, February 18, 2011

Agatha Award Nominations 2010

Agatha Award Nominees

* denotes winner. Congratulations to all the nominees!


Best Novel:

Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard (Ballantine)

Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mira)

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (St. Martin's Paperbacks)

Best First Novel:

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames (Berkley)

Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden (Signet)

Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower (Five Star/Gale)

Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill (Wildside Press)

Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff (Midnight Ink)

Best Non-fiction:

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (Penguin)

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran (Harper)

Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Stephen Doyle & David A. Crowder (For Dummies)

Have Faith in Your Kitchen by Katherine Hall Page (Orchises Press)

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Best Short Story:

"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron, Crimes by Moonlight (Berkley)

"Size Matters" by Sheila Connolly, Thin Ice (Level Best Books)

"Volunteer of the Year" by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin' (Wildside Press)

"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Sept./Oct. 2010

"The Green Cross" by Liz Zelvin, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - August 2010

Best Children's/Young Adult:

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (Dutton Children's)

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)

The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (Candlewick)

Virals by Kathy Reichs (Razorbill)

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith (Atheneum)

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