1997 Macavity Awards Winners and Nominees

Nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International*, the Macavity Award is named for Macavity, the mystery cat from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Winners receive a certificate and a stuffed cat representing the elusive Macavity.

Best Mystery Novel

THE FLOWER MASTER by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)


  • RIVER OF DARKNESS by Rennie Airth (Viking)
  • L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais (Random House)
  • IN A DRY SEASON by Peter Robinson (Morrow)

Best First Mystery Novel

INNER CITY BLUES by Paula L. Woods (W.W. Norton)


  • MURDER, WITH PEACOCKS by Donna Andrews (St Martin’s)
  • MURDER IN THE MARAIS by Cara Black (Soho)
  • REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN by Kris Neri (Rainbow Books)

Best Non-Fiction

ROSS MACDONALD by Tom Nolan (Simon & Schuster)


  • A TASTE OF MURDER edited by Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl (Dell)
  • TELLER OF TALES: THE LIFE OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE by Daniel Stashower (Henry Holt)

Best Short Story

MAUBI AND THE JUMBIES by Kate Grilley – Murderous Intent, Fall 1999


  • PALETA MAN by Laurie King – Irreconcilable Differences, ed. by Lia Matera (HarperCollins)
  • HEROES by Anne Perry – Murder & Obsession, ed. by Otto Penzler (Delacorte Press)
  • SHOW ME THE BONES by Carolyn Wheat – Diagnosis Dead, ed. by Jonathan Kellerman (PocketBooks)

*Mystery Readers International: An organization dedicated to enriching the lives of mystery readers.


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