Agatha Award Winners
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Award given to mystery and crime writers who write in cozy mystery sub-genre (no sex/violence, amateur detective)in six categories: Novel, First Mystery, Historical Novel, Short Story, Nonfiction, YA Mystery. Award is given in May for works published the previous calendar year. This list is of the winners in the Novel category since 2000. (we're working on adding them all)
**When a book we review is a winner in one of the other categories, we'll note it in the review.
2018 - Mardi Gras Murder, Ellen Byron, 304 pages
Cajun Country #4 - B&B owner Maggie is back in action as a flood, murder, and unusual mardi gras all come together at her southern plantation B&B
2017 - Glass Houses, Louise Penny, 391 pages
Inspector Gamache #13 - Mysterious figure appears in the village but doesn't do anything, then disappears. Months later a trial for murder begins and Gamache must struggle with his conscience.
2016 - A Great Reckoning, Louise Penny, 391 pages
Also Anthony winner, Inspector Gamache #12 - An old mysterious map, cadets at the academy, a dead professor, a stained glass window with terrible secrets; Gamache becomes a suspect as he struggles to find answers.
2015 - Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron, 320 pages
Deborah Knott #20 - Judge Knott married to local sheriff, investigates a death over a land dispute where Knott helps to clear her brothers and father from suspicion.
2014 - Truth be Told, Hank Phillippi Ryan, 400 pages
Jane Ryland #3 - A reporter finds the truth behind a home eviction scheme while her police partner is dealing with a confession to a 20 year old crime that he thinks is a lie.
2013 - The Wrong Girl, Hank Phillippi Ryan, 368 pages
Jane Ryland #2 - Reporter Jane and cop boyfriend become embroiled in a murder, the foster care system, and an agency that's falsifying info.
2012 - The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny, 390 pages
Also Anthony winner, Inspector Gamache #8 - Though they've taken a vow of silence, cloistered monks are renowned for their choir; choir director is murdered and Inspector Gamache discovers the disquiet underneath the silence.
2011 - Three-Day Town, Margaret Maron, 288 pages
Deborah Knott #17 - Judge Deborah and new husband sheriff Dwight go to NYC for a getaway, encounter a murder & work with local cops to find killer.
2010 - Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny, 371 pages
Also Anthony winner, Inspector Gamache #6 - Though on leave, Gamache is embroiled in murder in Quebec City and receiving letters from Three Pines regarding a local friend who has been convicted of murder.
2009 - The Brutal Telling, Louise Penny, 372 pages
Also Anthony winner, Inspector Gamache #5 - A murder in the Three Pines bistro calls Gamache back to town where he discovers secrets and all clues seem to lead back to beloved local owner.
2008 - The Cruelest Month, Louise Penny, 310 pages
Inspector Gamache #3 - Three Pines villagers celebrate Easter with a séance where someone dies - helped along? Gamache is called to investigate in a town where secrets are more dangerous than they seem.
2007 - A Fatal Grace, Louise Penny, 311 pages
Inspector Gamache #2 - Disliked woman is murdered by electrocution in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire town; Gamache discovers dangerous secrets in the town and more self discoveries.
2006 - The Virgin of Small Plains, Nancy Pickard, 335 pages
During a blizzard a naked, frozen body of young girl is found and in 20 yrs following her death, strange miracles happen but when a man returns home after 15 yrs he finds simmering tensions and powerful men feeling threatened; three families and three friends find their lives altered in one night and now must face consequences.
2005- The Body in the Snowdrift, Katherine Hall Page, 336 pages
Faith Fairchild #15 - Caterer Faith and her family celebrate father-in-law's birthday but one catastrophe after another puts lives in danger; disappearance, break in, sabotage of a chairlift, and more.
2004 - Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear, 320 pages
Maisie Dobbs #2 - 1930 Maisie hired to find runaway heiress and when three of heiress' s friends are found dead, Maisie must figure out who wants to kill respectable young women; answer lies in agony of Great War.
2003 - Letter From Home, Carolyn Hart, 272 pages
World renowned journalist tries not to think of her past but when she gets letter from home, memories return of people she knew and loved and the summer that her life changed forever.
2002 - You've Got Murder, Donna Andrews, 304 pages
Turing Topper #1 - AI personality is in a panic; her creator has missed work and she's worried. Unlike other AI, she's sentient and she senses foul play; though her deduction is perfect, it'll take more than that to catch a criminal.
2001 - Murphy's Law - Rhys Bowen, 226 pages
Molly Murphy #1 - When Molly kills in self defense, she escapes to NYC but then is a suspect in a murder after landing in NYC; she must clear her name or be sent back to Ireland and certain jail.
2000 - Storm Track, Margaret Maron, 304 pages
Deborah Knott #7 - Judge Knott is up for reelection but hurricane is on track to hit the county. A prominent wife has been killed and killer thinks hurricane is perfect time to strike again.