1996 Agatha Awards Winners and Nominees

Given annually at the Malice Domestic Mystery Conference for the best “cozy” mystery in each category. Please note that the awards are given for works of the previous year. Thus, the “1994” awards were give in 1994 for works published in 1993.

Best Novel

If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb (Ballantine)

Best Novel Nominees

  • Miracles in Maggody by Joan Hess
  • The Wandering Arm by Sharan Newman
  • Twilight by Nancy Pickard
  • Escapade by Walter Satterthwait

Best First Novel

The Body in the Transept Jeanne M. Dams (Walker)

Best First Novel Nominees

  • A Far and Deadly Cry by Teri Holbrook
  • Horse of a Different Killer by Jody Jaffe
  • Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier
  • Murder in Scorpio by Martha C. Lawrence

Best Nonfiction

Mystery Readers Walking Guide-Chicago Alzina Stone Dale (Passport Books, NTC Publishing Group)

Best Nonfiction Nominees

  • John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles by Douglas Greene Ngaio
  • Marsh: The Woman and Her Work ed by B.J. Rahn
  • The Armchair Detective Book of Lists by Kate Stine – 2nd edition
  • The Cadfael Companion by Robin Whiteman – 2nd ed.

Best Short Story

“The Dog Who Remembered Too Much” by Elizabeth Daniels Squire, Malice Domestic 4 (Pocket Books)

Best Short Story Nominees

  • “Rule of Law” by K.K. Beck
  • “Cupid’s Arrow” by Dorothy Cannell
  • “A Contest Fit for a Queen” by Susan Dunlap
  • “The Murder Game” by Jean Hager

Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mary Stewart


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