2009 Agatha Award Winners and Nominees
Agatha Awards were given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2008 (January 1 through December 31). Award are given for Best Novel and Best First Novel. The final vote was by secret ballot by registered convention attendees at the Malice Domestic XX convention in May 2009.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec
comic Christmas mystery with Meg Lanslow
down-at-the-heels aristocratic sleuth Lady Georgie
Victorian sleuths Thomas and Charlotte Pitt investigate murder at the palace
Episcopal priest Claire Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Alstyne
Best First Novel
DCI St. Just and DS Fear investigate a classic house party murder
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glassblower Emmeline Dowell
Maven of gracious entertaining Sophie Winston
big city executive turned gardener Paula Holliday
scrapbooking sleuth Kiki Lowenstein
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Short Story Nominations
Among the writers nominated for Best Short Story are Jane Cleland and Toni L.P. Kelner who will both be at the Festival of Mystery on May 4, 2009. Also nominated are Dana Cameron and Nancy Pickard , attendees at previous Festivals.
Children's/Young Adult Nominees
Among the writers nominated for Best Childrens/Young Adult are Chris Grabenstein, the winner and Nancy Means Wright, both of whom have visited MLB at Festivals in prior years.