Lots of our customers like mysteries and all different types: cozy mysteries, hard boiled mysteries, police procedurals, to name but a few. The genre is so popular in fact that there are a mind-boggling number of mystery awards given out each year. (Don’t believe me? Click here. Mind boggling, right?)
The shortlist for this year’s Agatha Award was announced recently. Like Agatha Christie’s own works, these novels eschew graphic sex, language and violence. Canada’s own Louise Penny has won four consecutive Agatha Awards (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) before losing out last year to Margaret Maron’s Three-Day Town. She and Maron are both nominated again this year. Does Penny deserve to win for a fifth time? Or should Maron rack up her second consecutive win? Read the shortlist and decide for yourself. Here are the nominees:
The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis: Sixth in the popular Domestic Diva series (with book 7, Diva Frosts a Cupcake, due out in June of this year), and Davis’ third Agatha nomination, The Diva Digs Up The Dirt tells what happens when the Domestic Diva finds the purse of her boyfriend’s dead ex-wife buried in his backyard.
A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet: A Fatal Winter is the second book in the Max Tudor series and Malliet’s second Agatha nom for this series. Max is a man with an interesting past – he’s formerly of the MI5 – and an interesting present – he’s the village hunk and the local Anglican priest.
The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron: Southern family secrets abound in The Buzzard Table, the 18th book of the Judge Deborah Knott series and Maron’s 12th Agatha nomination.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny: Gamache and Beauvoir team up once again. This time to solve the murder of a prior whose order have all taken vows of silence. Sounds like a winner to me.
The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan: Call me naive, but I didn’t expect someone named Hank to look like this. I’m betting that there are twists to spare in The Other Woman. A disgraced reporter and a homicide detective team up in this tale of betrayal and dirty politicians. This is Ryan’s third Agatha nomination in the Best Novel category.
The winner of this year’s Agatha Award will be announced at the Malice Domestic conference being held in Bethseda, MD, from May 3-5.