2016 Agatha Award Winners
Oline H. Cogdill

The Agatha Awards for work published during 2015 were given on April 30, 2016, during the Malice Domestic conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland.

This is the 28th year that Malice Domestic has been celebrating the traditional mystery.

Mystery Scene congratulates all the winners and nominees, who are already winners in the minds of readers.

The Agathas Award winners are listed first in each category and are in bold.


Best Contemporary Novel
Margaret Maron,  Long Upon the Land (Grand Central Publishing)
Annette Dashofy, Bridges Burned (Henery Press)
Catriona McPherson, The Child Garden (Midnight Ink)
Louise Penny, Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)
Hank Phillipi Ryan, What You See (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel
Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam)
Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley)
Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)
Susan Elia Macneal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Banntam)
Victoria Thompson, Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Berkley)

Best First Novel
Art Taylor, On the Road With Del and Louise (Henery Press)
Tessa Arlen, Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (Minotaur Books)
Cindy Brown, Macdeath (Henery Press)
Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
Julianne Holmes, Just Killing Time (Berkley)

Best Nonfiction
Martin Edwards,  (HarperCollins) The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story
Zack Dundas, The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Kathryn Harkup, A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (Bloomsbury USA)
Jane Ann Turzillo, Unsolved Murders and Disappearances in Northeast Ohio (Arcadia Publishing)
Kate White (Editor), Mystery Writers of America, The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For (Quirk Books)

Best Short Story
Barb Goffman, “A Year Without Santa Claus?” – AHMM

Edith Maxwell, “A Questionable Death” – History and Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
Terri Farley Moran, “A Killing at the Beausoleil” – EQMM
Harriette Sackler, “Suffer the Poor” – History and Mystery, Oh My (Mystery & Horror, LLC)
B.K. Stevens, “A Joy Forever” – AHMM

Best Children’s/Young Adult
Amanda Flowers, Andi Unstoppable (Zonderkidz)
Blue Balliett, Pieces and Players (Scholastic Press)
Joelle Charbonneau, Need (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Spencer Quinn, Woof (Scholastic Press)
B.K. Stevens, Fighting Chance: A Martial Arts Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press)

Oline Cogdill
2016-04-30 10:05:00