1998 Agatha Awards Winners and Nominees

The Agatha awards are presented at the annual Malice Domestic mystery convention, having been voted on by convention attendees. Winners were announced at the Agatha Awards Banquet May 2, 1998. The award is named in honor of Agatha Christie, author of many “cozy” mysteries, and is shaped like a teapot, as the traditional cozy takes place in the English countryside.

Best Novel

The Devil in Music by Kate Ross(Viking)


  • Hocus by Jan Burke(Simon & Schuster)
  • Dreaming Of The Bones by Deborah Crombie (Scribner)
  • Goose In A Pond by Earlene Fowler (Berkley)
  • Seeing A Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters (Warner)

Best First Mystery

The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey (Broadway Books)


  • Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson (Doubleday)
  • The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman (HarperCollins)
  • Dead Body Language by Penny Warner (Bantam)
  • Death Brims Over by Barbara Jaye Wilson (Avon)

Best Nonfiction

Detecting Men Pocket Guide by Willetta Heising(Purple Moon Press)


  • Crimes Of The Scene by Nina King & Robin Winks (St. Martin’s)
  • Guilty Parties by Ian Ousby (Thames & Hudson)

Best Short Story

“Tea For Two,” by M.D. Lake – Funnybones(Signet)


  • “Heavenly Bodies,” by Simon Brett – Funnybones (Signet)
  • “Come To Tea,” by Janet Laurence – Murder They Wrote (Boulevard)
  • “Corbett Correspondence,” by Edward Marston & Peter Lovesey – Malice Domestic 6 (Pocket Books)
  • “Two Ladies Of Rose Cottage,” by Peter Robinson – Malice Domestic 6 (Pocket Books)


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