The Agatha Award for Best Novel

The Agatha Awards, named in honor of Agatha Christie, honor the traditional mystery and are given annually at the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention.
Award Year Authors(s) Title
2011 Margaret Maron Three-Day Town While in New York, Judge Deborah Knott has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment with her husband to pick up the box, but when they reach the apartment, they discover that the box is missing and the doorman has been murdered.
2010 Louise Penny Bury Your Dead Haunted by a botched investigation, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache retreats to in Quebec City for some rest. However, the murder of Samuel de Champlain, a historian obsessed with finding the remains of Quebec's founder, leaves Gamache reluctant to return home. Meanwhile, an old friend has been convicted of murder in Three Pines, forcing Gamache to come to terms with his past.
2009 Louise Penny The Brutal Telling A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried--but not forgotten.
2008 Louise Penny The Cruelest Month Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate the death of a villager at an Easter séance that was held at the Old Hadley House.
2007 Louise Penny A Fatal Grace Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Surete du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder - or brilliant enough to succeed?
2006 Nancy Pickard The Virgin of Small Plains Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father's pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. It is a moment that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone around him. The mysterious dead girl - the "Virgin of Small Plains" - inspires local reverence: In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.
2005 Katherine Hall Page The Body in the Snowdrift Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family go to Pine Slopes Ski resort to celebrate her father-in-law's 70th birthday. Faith has mixed feelings to begin with about the celebration, but then the dead start piling up.
2004 Jacqueline Winspear Birds of a Feather Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's missing daughter. The case is complicated by the violent deaths of three of the heiress' friends. Maisie discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
2003 Carolyn Hart Letter From Home World-renowned journalist G. G. Gilman does her best not to think of the past. But one day she gets a letter - sent from the small Oklahoma town where she grew up - that brings it all back. Memories of people she had once known and loved dearly - and of the sultry summer when her life changed forever...
2002 Donna Andrews You've Got Murder The first mystery to feature a computer with a mind like Miss Marple and hardware that hides a suspiciously human heart.
2001 Rhys Bowen Murphy's Law Introduces Irish immigrant Molly Murphy, who flees her turn-of-the-century homeland after killing a person in self-defense. When a man is murdered on Ellis Island--a man Molly was seen arguing with--Molly pounds the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side to find the killer and clear her name before her deadly past comes back to haunt her new future.
2000 Margaret Maron Storm Track Judge Deborah Knott blows the lid off a murder investigation with gale force winds in this newest entry in the award-winning series. As Hurricane Fran strikes the North Carolina coast, Judge Knott seeks clues to a motel murder and a determined killer finds a perfect time to strike again.
1999 Earlene Fowler Mariner's Compass When Jacob Chandler dies, he leaves his home in Morro Bay to Benni Harper--the only stipulation being that she must stay in the house for two weeks alone before the inheritance becomes hers. To discover whether he is her guardian angel or personal demon, she must follow the scavenger hunt clues he has set up for her throughout his home.
1998 Laura Lippman Butchers Hill Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out the shingle as a P.I.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Her first client is Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car, just sprung from jail. He wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime for his own peace of mind, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses she locates start dying.
1997 Kate Ross The Devil in Music While traveling the Continent with his friend, Dr. MacGregor, English dandy Julian Kestrel reads of the recent uncovering of a four-year-old murder involving the aristocratic Malvezzi family and decides to try out his investigating skills once again.
1996 Margaret Maron Up Jumps the Devil After someone murders one of Deborah Knott's childhood friends, and then another, suspicion falls on Deborah's father.
1995 Sharyn McCrumb If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him Elizabeth MacPherson, Southern sleuth and forensic anthropologist, investigates a pair of murders for her brother's Virginia law firm.
1994 Sharyn McCrumb She Walks These Hills A historian backpacking on the Appalachian Trail--attempting to trace the tragic final journey of a young woman kidnapped by the Shawnee in 1789--is unaware that the woman's spirit has been seen wandering these hills.
1993 Carolyn G. Hart Dead Man's Island Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, known affectionately as Henrie O, writes novels after working 50 years as a journalist. Longtime friend Chase Prescott, multimillionaire media magnate, begs her to visit his private island near Charleston so that she can deduce which of the people there wants him dead.
1992 Margaret Maron Bootlegger's Daughter Unconventional, North Carolina attorney Deborah Knott has done the unthinkable: tossed her hat into the heated race for district judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. While she's defending indigent clients and reeling in voters, the young daughter of Janie Whitehead begs her to investigate her mother's never-solved eighteen-year-old murder. Deborah takes on the case: following twisted Southern bloodlines; turning up dangerous, decades-old secrets; and inspiring someone to go on an all-out campaign to derail her future . . .
1991 Nancy Pickard I.O.U.
1990 Nancy Pickard Bum Steer Jenny Cain, director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, goes to Kansas City where she hopes to discover why a dying millionaire has willed a vast cattle ranch to her little-known foundation.
1989 Elizabeth Peters Naked Once More Jacqueline Kirby, former librarian turned bestselling novelist, is selected to write the sequel to the greatest blockbuster of all time, "Naked in the Ice". The original author, Kathleen Darcy, is missing and presumed dead.
1988 Carolyn G. Hart Something Wicked "Arsenic and Old Lace" may be everybody's favorite play, but someone on Broward Rock has spotted its murderous potential. When the corpses on stage in the local amateur production become real ones, bookshop owner Annie Laurance must move fast to save her fiance, Max, from a murder charge.