2022 AGATHA AWARD WINNERS

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2022 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporary Novel:
WINNER Cajun Kiss of Death, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Watch Her, by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
Symphony Road, by Gabriel Valjan (Level Best)

Best Historical Novel:
Murder at Mallowan Hall, by Colleen Cambridge (Kensington)
Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
The Bombay Prince, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
WINNER Death at Greenway, by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins)
The DevilÕs Music, by Gabriel Valjan (Winter Goose)

Best First Novel:
The TurncoatÕs Widow, by Mally Becker (Kensington)
A Dead Man's Eyes, by Lori Duffy Foster (Level Best)
WINNER Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Murder in the Master, by Judy L. Murray (Level Best)
Mango, Mambo, and Murder, by Raquel V. Reyes (Crooked Lane)

Best Short Story:
"A Family Matter," by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021)
"A Tale of Two Sisters," by Barb Goffman (from Murder on the Beach; Destination Murders)
"DocÕs at Midnight," by Richie Narvaez (from Midnight Hour, edited by Abby L. Vandiver; Crooked Lane)
"The Locked Room Library," by Gigi Pandian (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)
WINNER "Bay of Reckoning," by Shawn Reilly Simmons (from Murder on the Beach; Destination Murders)

Best Non-fiction:
The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston's Struggle for Justice, by Jan Brogan (Bright Leaf Press)
Murder Most Grotesque: The Comedic Crime Fiction of Joyce Porter, by Chris Chan (Level Best)
The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England, by Julie Kavanaugh (Atlantic Monthly Press)
WINNER How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. King (Simon & Schuster)

Best Children's/YA Mystery:
Cold-Blooded Myrtle, by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin Young Readers)
The Forest of Stolen Girls, by June Hur (Fiewel and Friends)
WINNER I Play One on TV, by Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
Leisha's Song, by Lynn Slaughter (Fire and Ice)
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche, by Nancy Springer (Wednesday)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
Ellen Hart and
Walter Mosley

The winners were announced on Saturday, April 23, during Malice Domestic 32-33-34 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.


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