Agatha Award for Best First Novel

 

2011 selection

Learning to Swim: A Novel

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2011

by Sara J Henry

“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward...


2010 selection

The Long Quiche Goodbye

Cheese Shop Mysteries #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2010

by Avery Aames

Welcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or as it's more commonly known by the residents of small- town Providence, Ohio-the Cheese Shop. Proprietor Charlotte Bessette has prepared a delightful sampling...


2009 selection

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce #1

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2010, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2009

by Alan Bradley

BONUS: This edition contains a The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie discussion guide and an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand...


2008 selection

Death of a Cozy Writer

St. Just Mysteries #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2008

by G.M. Malliet

Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled...


2007 selection

Prime Time

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2007

by Hank Phillippi Ryan

In the cutthroat world of television journalism, seasoned reporter Charlotte McNally knows that she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her job goodbye. But it's her life that might be on the line when she...


2006 selection

The Heat of the Moon: A Rachel Goddard Mystery #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2006

by Sandra Parshall

Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with...


2005 selection

Better Off Wed

Annabelle Archer #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2005

by Laura Durham

The murder of a particularly difficult mother-of-the-bride has cast a pall on wedding planner Annabelle Archer's latest triumph -- and suspicion falls heavily on her sometime-business partner and friend Richard...


2004 selection

Dating Dead Men: A Novel

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2005, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2004

by Harley Jane Kozak

Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host’s upcoming book, How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. Wollie is meeting plenty...


2002 selection

In the Bleak Midwinter

Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne #1

Barry Best First Novel 2003, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2002

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running...


1999 selection

Murder With Peacocks

Meg Langslow #1

Barry Best First Novel 2000, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Donna Andrews

Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning...


1998 selection

The Doctor Digs a Grave

Dr. Andrew Fenimore #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1998

by Robin Hathaway

Available for house calls-- and homicide...

When cardiologist Dr. Andrew Fenimore isn't mending weak hearts, he's solving crimes in Philadelphia's wealthy Society Hill. But murder is the last thing the good doctor...


1995 selection

The Body in the Transept

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1995

by Jeanne M Dams

For Dorothy Martin, a widowed American who's moved to the England she so loves, the Christmas service is painful enough. It is her first holiday without Frank. And stumbling over the body of Canon Billings does...


1994 selection

Do Unto Others

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1995, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1994

by Jeff Abbott

Jordan Poteet has left the big city to work as a librarian in his hometown of Mirabeau, Texas. But his dream of the quiet life is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious...


1993 selection

Track of the Cat

Anna Pigeon #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1993

by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon takes a job as a park ranger looking for peace in the wilderness-but finds murder instead.


1990 selection

The Body In The Belfry

Faith Fairchild #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1990

by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Belfry During her years spent in New York City, Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises...