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Murder Among Friends

The 2020 Agatha Award Winners Have Announced!

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The Agatha Award Nominees

(for works published in 2019)

MAF members should be pleased to see several nominees who are friends with our group! The winners have an Agatha Teapot next to ther book on the list!

*NOTE: If you are a Lisle resident card holder, please see staff to get books that do not have links, as interlibrary loans.

Best Contemporary Novel

Fatal Cajun Festival book cover  Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
The Long Call book cover  The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur) Agatha Winner! Best Contemporary Novel
Fair Game book cover  Fair Game by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press) 
The Missing Ones book cover  The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
A Better Man book cover  A Better Man by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Murder List book cover  The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge) 

Best First Mystery Novel

A Dream of Death book cover  A Dream of Death by Connie Berry (Crooked Lane Books)
One Night Gone book cover  One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski Best First Novel Agatha winner
(Graydon House, a division of Harlequin) 
Murder Once Removed  Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins (Minotaur)
When It's Time For Leaving Book link  When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano (Encircle Publications)
On Order graphic Staging is Murder by Grace Topping (Henery Press)

Best Historical Mystery

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs  Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Penquin)
Murder Knocks Twice  Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger book cover  The Pearl Dagger by L. A. Chandlar (Kensington)
Charity's Burden book cover  Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink) Best Historical Agatha winner
On Order graphic  The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan (Winter Goose Publishing)


Best Nonfiction

Request Through InterLibrary Loan  Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)
Request Through InterLibrary Loan  Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrified Los Angeles by Julia Bricklin (Lyons Press)
Furious Hours book cover  Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf)
Mutual Admiration Society book cover  The Mutual Admiration Society: Best Non-Fiction Work Agatha winner
How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton (Basic Books) 
The Five book cover  The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

Best Children/Young Adult

Kazy Jones and the Denver Dognappers  Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak (Disney Hyperion)
Two Can Keep a Secret  Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus (Delacorte Press)
Request Through InterLibrary Loan  The Last Crystal by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press) Agatha winner for Best Children/Youn Adult Mystery
Request Through InterLibrary Loan  Top Marks for Murder (A Most Unladylike Mystery)
by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
Jada Sly, Artist and Spy  Jada Sly, Artist and Spy by Sherri Winston (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Best Short Story 

"Grist for the Mill" by Kaye George in A Murder of Crows (Darkhouse Books)

"Alex’s Choice" by Barb Goffman in Crime Travel (Wildside Press)

"The Blue Ribbon" by Cynthia Kuhn in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)

"The Last Word" by Shawn Reilly Simmons, Malice Domestic 14: Agatha winner for Best Short Story
Mystery Most Edible (Wildside Press)


"Better Days" by Art Taylor in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


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