1999 Agatha Awards 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, 1999. 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 Nominees

  • Liar by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster)
  • Dove In The Window by Earlene Fowler (Berkley)
  • Blind Bloodhound Justice by Virginia Lanier (Harper Collins)
  • Butcher’S Hill Laura Lippman (Avon)
  • Home Fires by Margaret Maron (Mysterious Press)
  • The Ape Who Guards The BalanceElizabeth Peters (Avon)

Best First Mystery Nominees

  • Sympathy For The Devil by Jerrilyn Farmer (Avon)
  • Tiger’S Palette by Jacqueline Fiedler (Pocket)
  • Dying To Get Published by Judy Fitzwater (Fawcett)
  • The Doctor Digs A Grave by Robin Hathaway (St. Martins)
  • Fax Me A Bagel by Sharon Kahn (Scribner)

Best Nonfiction Nominees

  • Mystery Reader’S Walking Guide To Washington D.C. by Alzina Stone Dale (Passport Books)
  • Speaking Of Murder by Ed Gorman and Martin Greenberg (Berkley)
  • Deadly Women by Jan Grape, Dean James, Ellen Nehr (Carroll & Graf)
  • Silk Stalkings II by Victoria Nichols and Susan Thompson (Scarecrow)
  • Killer Books by Jean Swanson and Dean James (Berkley)

Best Short Nominees

  • “Sleeping Dogs Lie” Laurien Berenson Canine Crimes (Ballantine)
  • “A Simple Philosophy” Harlan Coben Malice Domestic 7 (Avon)
  • “Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable” by Barbara D’Amato Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, November 1998
  • “The Village Vampire and the Oboe of Death” by Dean James Malice Domestic 7 (Avon)
  • “A Deliberate Form of Frenzy” by Daniel Stashower Malice Domestic 7 (Avon)


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