Agatha Award Eligible Titles for Malice Domestic 32

Agatha Award Eligible* titles for Malice Domestic 32, May 1-3, 2020 in Bethesda, MD. Eligible means published in 2019.

  • Best Contemporary Novel
  • Best Historical [pre-1960]
  • Best First Novel
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Children/ Young Adult

*Check this site periodically, since it will be updated. Nominations are due electronically by 10 January 2020; the link has been sent to voters.

Authors: Please verify that your title is eligible and in the appropriate category. Contact me via this page for Additions/Corrections. Please review the quote below from Malice Domestic.

The Agatha Awards will be awarded at Malice Domestic 32 for books and stories first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2019 (January 1-December 31), either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or as an e-book by an e-publishing firm.

The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery,” books typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore or gratuitous violence, and are not classified as “hard-boiled.”

Best Contemporary Novel

  • Cathy Ace. The Wrong Boy.
  • Donna Andrews. Terns of Endearment.
  • Mary Angela. Coming Up Murder.
  • R.G. Belsky. Below the Fold.
  • Connie Berry. A Legacy of Murder.
  • Allison Brooks. Buried in the Stacks.
  • Catherine Bruns. Penne Dreadful.
  • Leslie Budewitz. Chai Another Day.
  • Lucy Burdette. A Deadly Feast.
  • V.M. Burns. Wed, Read & Dead.
  • Ellen Byron. Fatal Cajun Festival.
  • Donna Walo Clancy. Seashells and Christmas Bells.
  • Ellison Cooper. Buried: A Novel.
  • E.J. Copperman. Bones Behind the Wheel.
  • Annette Dashofy. Fair Game.
  • Vicki Delany. Silent Night, Deadly Night.
  • Hannah Dennison. Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall.
  • P.A. De Voe. No Way to Die.
  • Elizabeth J. Duncan. Remembering the Dead.
  • Kaitlyn Dunnett. Clause & Effect (Deadly Edits)
  • Sharon Farrow. Mulberry Mischief.
  • Mary Feliz. Cliff Hanger.
  • G.P. Gardner. Murder At Royale Court.
  • G.P. Gardner. Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival.
  • Eva Gates. Read and Buried.
  • Eva Gates. Something Read, Something Dead.
  • Victoria Gilbert. Past Due for Murder.
  • Debra Goldstein. One Taste Too Many.
  • Carol Goodman. The Night Visitors.
  • Alexia Gordon. Fatality in F.
  • Marni Graff. Death at the Dakota.
  • Lena Gregory. Spirited Away.
  • Sherry Harris. The Gun Also Rises.
  • Sherry Harris. Let’s Fake A Deal.
  • Sherry Harris. Sell Low, Sweet Harriet.
  • Jenna Harte. Death of a Debtor.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. The Things That Are Different.
  • Julia Henry. Pruning the Dead.
  • Julia Henry. Tilling the Truth.
  • Edwin Hill. The Missing Ones.
  • Aimee Hix. Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs.
  • Cheryl Hollon. Down in Flames.
  • Mary Ellen Hughes. A Curio Killing.
  • Leslie Karst. Murder from Scratch.
  • Tina Kashian. One Feta in the Grave.
  • J.C. Kenney. A Genuine Fix.
  • Thomas Kies. Graveyard Bay.
  • Kylie Logan. The Scent of Murder.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. The Subject of Malice.
  • Kathryn Long. Buried in Sin.
  • Alice Loweecey. Better than Nun.
  • Meg Macy. Have Yourself A Beary Little Murder.
  • Catherine Maiorisi. The Blood Runs Cold.
  • Liz Milliron. Heaven Has No Rage.
  • Catriona McPherson. Strangers at the Gate.
  • Gigi Pandian. The Glass Thief.
  • Carol J. Perry. Late Checkout.
  • Carol J. Perry. Final Exam.
  • Leigh Perry. The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking.
  • Keenan Powell. Hemlock Needle.
  • Lissa Redmond. A Means to An End.
  • Barbara Ross. Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody.
  • Barbara Ross. Sealed Off.
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan. The Murder List.
  • Alex Segura. Miami Midnight.
  • Terry Shames. A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary.
  • Nancy Cole Silverman. The House on Hallowed Ground.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. Murder on the Chopping Block.
  • Triss Stein. Brooklyn Legacies.
  • Cathi Stoler. Out of Time.
  • Wendy Tyson. Ripe for Vengeance.
  • Kathleen Valenti. As Directed.
  • Lea Wait. Thread and Buried.
  • LynDee Walker. Deadly Politics.
  • LynDee Walker. Leave No Stone.
  • Lynn Chandler Willis. Tell Me no Secrets.
  • Lynn Chandler Willis. Tell Me You Love Me.
  • Marty Wingate. The Bodies in the Library.
  • Erica Wright. Famous in Cedarville.

Best Historical [Note: pre-1960]

  • Rhys Bowen. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.
  • Susanna Calkins. Murder Knocks Twice.
  • L.A. Chandlar. The Pearl Dagger.
  • Peg Cochran. Murder, She Uncovered.
  • Peg Cochran. Murder, She Encountered.
  • Lyndsay Faye. Paragon Hotel.
  • Mariah Fredericks. Death of a New American.
  • Dianne Freeman. A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder.
  • Nancy Herriman. A Fall of Shadows.
  • Jennifer Kincheloe. The Body in Griffith Park.
  • Bonnie MacBird. The Devil’s Due.
  • Alyssa Maxwell. Murder at Crossways.
  • Edith Maxwell. Charity’s Burden.
  • Clara McKenna. Murder at Morrington Hall.
  • Allison Montclair. The Right Sort of Man.
  • Jess Montgomery. The Widows.
  • Catriona McPherson. A Step So Grave.
  • Sarah Shaber. Louise’s Crossing.
  • Cathi Stoler. Out of Time.
  • Vicki Thompson. Murder on Trinity Place.
  • Jeri Westerson. Traitor’s Codex.
  • Gabriel Valjan. The Naming Game.

Best First Novel

  • Nicole Asselin. Murder at First Pitch.
  • Connie Berry. A Dream of Death.
  • Kelly Brakehoff. Death by Dissertation.
  • Sharon Daynard. Murder Points North.
  • Nancy Good. Killer Calories.
  • J.C. Kenney. A Literal Mess.
  • Tara Laskowski. One Night Gone.
  • Richie Narváez. Hipster Death Rattle.
  • S.C. Perkins. Murder Once Removed.
  • Ang Pompano. When It’s Time for Leaving.
  • Cynthia Tolbert. Out from Silence.
  • Grace Topping. Staging for Murder.
  • Kate Young. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings.

Best Nonfiction

Best Short Story

  • Tina de Bellegarde. “Second Chances” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Micki Browning. “Revisions” in Writers at Work.
  • Leslie Budewitz. “A Death in Yelapa” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Leslie Budewitz. “Miss Starr’s Good-bye” in AHMM
  • Susanna Calkins. “Tea Leaf” in Trouble & Strife.
  • Dara Carr. “Emily and Elodie” in Black Cat Mystery.
  • Bruce Coffin. “Old-Fashioned” in Dark Yonder: Tales & Tabs.
  • David Dean. “Reyna” in Crime Travel.
  • T.Y. Euliano. “The Choices We Make” in The Society of Misfit Stories Present…(Vol. 1 Issue 3)
  • Tracy Falenwolfe. “Partners in Crime” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #5.
  • Kaye George. “Grist for the Mill” in A Murder of Crows.
  • Barb Goffman. “Alex’s Choice” in Crime Travel.
  • Barb Goffman. “Punching Bag” in Flash Bang Mysteries.
  • Barb Goffman. “Power Behind the Throne” in Deadly Southern Charm.
  • Debra Goldstein. “Pig Lickin’ Good” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Debra Goldstein. “Nova, Capers, and a Shmear of Cream Cheese” in Fishy Business.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. “Pretty Dreams” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Kristin Kiska. “Snowbirding” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Eleanor Cawood Jones. “O Crime, In Thy Flight” in Crime Travel.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. “The Blue Ribbon” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Joan Long. “The Extra Ingredient” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Ramona DeFelice Long. “Moe’s Seafood” in Black Cat Mystery Magazine, vol. 4.
  • G.M. Malliet. “Whiteout” in EQMM.
  • Edith Maxwell. “Sushi Lessons” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Ruth McCarty. “Killer Chocolate Chips” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Adam Meyer. “The Fourteenth Floor” in Crime Travel.
  • M.A. Monin. “Bad Ju-Ju” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Terrie Farley Moran. “Flamingo Road” in AHMM.
  • Richie Narvaez. “None of This Is On the Map” in EQMM.
  • Laura Oles. “The Deed” in Diamonds, Denim and Death: Bouchercon 50th Anniversary Anthology.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Secret Lagoon” in EQMM.
  • Josh Pachter. “A Study in Scarlett” in EQMM.
  • Josh Pachter. “Cremains of the Day” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Josh Pachter. “The Two-Body Problem” in Mystery Weekly Magazine.
  • Ang Pompano. “Stringer” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Ang Pompano. “Diet of Death” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Merrilee Robson. “Stealth” in The Desperate and the Damned.
  • Merrilee Robson. “A Locked Co-op Mystery” in Mystery Weekly.
  • Harriette Sackler. “Honor Thy Father” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Harriette Sackler. “If I Should Die” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Terry Shames. “Bring it” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Nancy Cole Silverman. “The Gourmand” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. “The Last Word” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • J.B. Stevens. “Earning” at Mystery Tribune.
  • J.B. Stevens. “Clean By” at Mystery Tribune.
  • Gerald So. “Fred” at Mystery Tribune.
  • Cathi Stoler. “That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It” in Mysterical-E.
  • Cynthia Sabelhaus. “Soup” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Art Taylor. “Better Days” in EQMM.
  • Gabriel Valjan. “Monsters Don’t Sleep At Night” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Heather Weidner. “Art Attack” in Deadly Southern Charm.
  • Vicki Weisfeld. “New Energy” in EQMM.
  • Vicki Weisfeld. “The Ghost Who Read the Newspaper” in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories.
  • Stacy Woodson. “The Secret Blend” in Malice Domestic 14:  Mystery Most Edible.
  • Stacy Woodson. “The Retirement Plan” in EQMM.
  • Jeri Westerson. “Last Pole on the Left: A Santa Noir Story” Dragua Press.

Best Children/Young Children

  • Sheila Scobba Banning. Lockdown.
  • Mary Downing Hahn. Guest: A Changeling Tale.
  • Shauna Holyoak. Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers.
  • Karen MacManus. Two Can Keep a Secret…If One of Us Is Dead.
  • Rodman Philbrick. Wildfire.
  • Robin Stevens. Top Marks for Murder.
  • Matthew Swanson. The Real McCoys: Wonder Undercover.
  • Krista Van Dolzer. The Multiplying Mysteries of Mount Ten.
  • Sherri Winston. Jada Sly, Artist and Spy.

About gabrielswharf

gabriel’s wharf is a blog on the random thoughts and writings of author Gabriel Valjan. His stories continue to appear online and in print journals. Winter Goose Publishing publishes his Roma Series.
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89 Responses to Agatha Award Eligible Titles for Malice Domestic 32

  1. Mary Feliz says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    My book, CLIFF HANGER, is also eligible for Best Contemporary and fits the Agatha’s demand for a traditional mystery with no gore.

    I’d also recommend Lindsay Faye’s Paragon Hotel in the Historical category.

    Thanks for compiling this list!

  2. says:

    Please enter my short stories “New Energy,” published in the Jul-Aug 2019 issue of EQMM and “The Ghost Who Read the Newspaper,” published in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories (11/19). Many thanks, and Happy New Year!

  3. Heather Weidner says:

    Thanks so much for compiling this awesome list!

  4. Thomas Kies says:

    My book GRAVEYARD BAY is eligible for Best Contemporary and should fit the bill. It’s dark, but no gore or excessive violence.

  5. My Gilded Newport Mystery, Murder at Crossways, is eligible for Best Historical. Thank you!

  6. Sheila Banning says:

    Lockdown by Sheila Scobba Banning would fit in the Children’s category if that includes YA/MG books.

  7. My Murder at Morrington Hall is eligible for best historical. Thanks! Clara McKenna

  8. Gabriel, my book, A FALL OF SHADOWS, is eligible for Best Historical.

  9. kaitlynkathy says:

    My Clause and Effect, the second “Deadly Edits Mystery” is eligible for contemporary. By Kaitlyn Dunnett. Published by Kensington.

  10. kaitlynkathy says:

    Also the late Lea Wait’s Thread and Buried

  11. Susanna Calkins says:

    Thank you! My book, MURDER KNOCKS TWICE is eligible for Best Historical. I also have a short story eligible “TEA LEAF” in TROUBLE & STRIFE

  12. Meg Mims says:

    Please add for Best Contemp — Have Yourself A Beary Little Murder by Meg Macy, and Mulberry Mischief by Sharon Farrow. Thanks!

  13. Barbara Ross says:

    Hi Gabriel! My books Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody and Sealed Off are eligible for Best Contemporary. Thanks for doing this!

  14. Gabriel, I have a few eligible for everything this year:
    2 books eligible, but I think the first in the series, One Taste Too Many (Jan. 2019 – Kensington) would be the one to nominate for Malice under best contemporary novel and for Left Coast Crime under Humorous (how can one go wrong with recipes like Jell-O in a Can?)…. also short stories – perfect for Malice is the one that was in the Malice anthology “Pig Lickin’ Good” – Parnell Hall Presents Malice Domestic’s Murder Most Edible (Wildside – May 2019) — a second story to nominate for Malice is “Nova, Capers, and a Shmear of Cream Cheese,” Fishy Business,: The Fifth Guppy Anthology (Wildside 2019) – if you are going to Bouchercon (Anthony) or looking for something to nominate for the Shamus Award – my first ever private eye story, “Harvey and the Red-Head” was published in The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods (Down & Out Books – October 2019)

  15. Cathi Stoler says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    Can you please add my contemporary novel, OUT OF TIME A Nick Donahue Adventure.
    Nove. 25th 2019 from Black Opal Books.

    Cathi Stoler

  16. Tina Kashian says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    Can you please add my cozy mystery under best contemporary novel? “One Feta in the Grave” is a Kebab Kitchen mystery from Kensington Publishing. Thank you!

  17. maryangelabooks says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    I just found your excellent site! My latest cozy mystery Coming Up Murder is eligible for Best Contemporary. Could you add it to your list? Thanks much!
    Mary Angela

  18. copoll says:

    Hi, Gabriel. I believe E.J. Copperman’s latest Haunted Guesthouse novel, BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL, is eligible for Best Contemporary. It was published in 2019 by Crooked Lane Books.

  19. Peg Valenti Cochran says:

    I have two eligible historical mysteries: Murder, She Uncovered and Murder, She Encountered.

  20. Is there any limitation re: small presses and/or hybrids? My books are published by Cozy Cat Press, which publishes cozy mysteries. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Alice, I don’t believe there are any limitations, other than the work was published in 2019 and fits a category. Have a look at the Malice Domestic site, at your convenience.

  21. Hi Gabriel. Thanks for maintaining this list! My book, Buried, is eligible for best contemporary.

  22. Terry Shames says:

    Thank you for this list, Gabriel. My novel, A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, a Top Pick for cozies on Book Page in 2019 is eligible for Best Mystery.

  23. Joan Long says:

    Thank you so much for posting the Agatha list. Please add my short story “The Extra Ingredient” (published in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible) to the Short Story category.

  24. Hi Gabriel, Thank you for posting such an extensive list of Agatha potentials. Makes everyone’s selection process easier! Might I ask that you add my short story FLAMINGO BINGO by Terrie Farley Moran, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May/June 2019?

  25. Hi! My novel, “THE WIDOWS,” published by Minotaur Books, January 8, 2019, is eligible for the Historical Novel nomination. Thank you!

  26. Vicki Lemp Weavil says:

    Thanks for doing all this work! Could you please add my book, written under my Victoria Gilbert pen name — PAST DUE FOR MURDER — to the list for Best Contemporary Novel? It was published by Crooked Lane Books in 2019.

  27. You are the best! Thank you so much!

  28. martywingate says:

    My traditional mystery, THE BODIES IN THE LIBRARY, was released by Berkley in October – eligible for Best Contemporary Mystery! –Marty Wingate

  29. Gail Gardner says:

    Can you add my two books to the list for Best Contemporary Novels? Both are Cleo Mack Mysteries, published in 2019 by Kensington/Lyrical Underground. MURDER AT ROYALE COURT and MURDER AT THE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Thanks!

  30. Lena Gregory says:

    Hi Gabriel. what a great list. My book Spirited Away is eligible for Best Contemporary. Thank you!

  31. Gerald So says:

    Hi, Gabriel. Please add my Mystery Tribune website story, “Fred”, published Dec. 16, 2019:

    Thanks and all best for the new year.

  32. klong1951 says:

    Hi Gabriel! You’re doing a great job listing all these wonderful titles. Please add my BURIED IN SIN (Kathryn Long), published by Black Opal Books to the Best Contemporary Novel category. Thank you!

  33. Wow! What a list. Would you please add my short story, Partners in Crime by Tracy Falenwolfe, published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #5 (Wildside Press)? Thank you!

  34. Donna Walo Clancy says:

    Please add my cozy mystery book published in January 2019, Seashells and Christmas Bells, to the Contemporary Novel category. Thank you!

  35. Thanks so much for doing this list, Gabriel. I am eligible for best contemporary for SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT and under my pen name of Eva Gates for both SOMETHING READ SOMETHING DEAD and READ AND BURIED.

  36. Jenna Harte says:

    Great helpful list! I don’t see DEATH OF A DEBTOR by Jenna Harte which is eligible for best contemporary. Thanks again!! Have a terrific week.

  37. J.B. Stevens says:


    Hello and good afternoon!

    I would love to throw two short stories into the mix (please and thank you):

  38. My cozy mysteries LATE CHECKOUT and FINAL EXAM are eligible for best contemporary. Thanks..

  39. Allison Montclair says:

    Please add my book THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN to the Best Historical list. Thanks, Allison Montclair

  40. Remembering the Dead, Elizabeth J Duncan, Crooked Lane Books, also eligible in contemporary category. Thanks!

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