Agatha Award for Best Novel

 

2013 selection

The Wrong Girl

Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan #2

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2013

by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

Does...


2012 selection

The Beautiful Mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2013, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2012

by Louise Penny

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time  No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups,...


2011 selection

Three-Day Town

Deborah Knott #17

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2011

by Margaret Maron

Three-Day Town is the winner of the Agatha award for best novel.

After a year of marriage, Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant are off to New York City for a long-delayed honeymoon. January...


2010 selection

Bury Your Dead

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2011, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel 2011, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2010

by Louise Penny

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But...


2008 selection

The Cruelest Month

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #3

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2008

by Louise Penny

“Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April...


2007 selection

A Fatal Grace

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2007

by Louise Penny

Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel! 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...


2006 selection

The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2007, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2006

by Nancy Pickard

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:...


2005 selection

The Body in the Snowdrift

Faith Fairchild #15

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2005

by Katherine Hall Page

Caterer Faith Fairchild has a bad feeling about her father-in-law's decision to celebrate his seventieth birthday with a family reunion ski week at the Pine Slopes resort in Vermont -- the Fairchilds' favorite...


2003 selection

Letter From Home

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2003

by Carolyn Hart

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...


2001 selection

Murphy's Law

Molly Murphy #1

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2001

by Rhys Bowen

From the creator of the much-loved Constable Evan Evans mysteries comes a colorful new series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast...


1999 selection

Mariner's Compass

Benni Harper Mysteries #6

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1999

by Earlene Fowler

To claim an inheritance that a mysterious stranger left her, Benni must delve into the secrets of her own past--and a place she once called home.


1998 selection

Butchers Hill

Tess Monaghan #3

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1998

by Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and...


1995 selection

If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him

Elizabeth MacPherson #8

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1995

by Sharyn Mccrumb

When forensic anthropologist Elizabeth MacPherson becomes the official P.I. for her brother Bill's fledgling Virginia law firm, she quickly takes on two complex cases.  Eleanor Royden, a perfect lawyer's wife...


1993 selection

Dead Man's Island

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1993

by Carolyn G. Hart

Retired reporter Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins--better known as ""Henrie O""--is called in by an old lover, arrogant media tycoon Chase Prescott, to investigate a murder plot against him.


1990 selection

Bum Steer

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1990

by Pickard

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1988 selection

Something Wicked

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1988

by Carolyn G. Hart

Everyone--including mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance--loves Arsenic and Old Lace.  But something wicked is poisoned a local summer stock production as cast members stab each other in the back and props...