Malice Domestic®, an annual convention for devotees of the traditional mystery, a genre defined by its lack of explicit sex or gratuitous violence, has announced the finalists for the 2009 Agatha Awards. These prizes, which will be presented on Saturday, May 1, 2010 during the 22nd convention, will be issued to works in five different categories. Author Rhys Bowen, herself a contender for the 2009 Best Novel Agatha Award, will be Toastmaster.
The nominees for the 2009 Agatha Award for Best Novel include the following five titles, each of which continues an established mystery series:
- Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews. Minotaur Books, 2009. (Meg Langslow series; book 11) Meg Langslow’s parents have found a new hobby growing roses. They enter their prize blooms in the Caerphilly Garden Club’s first annual rose show. The competition for the club’s Black Swan trophy becomes deadly when a member is found stabbed in the back with a pair of gardening shears. Swan for the Money is also a finalist for this year’s Lefty Award for Humorous Mystery.
- Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett. Berkley, 2009. (Booktown Mystery series; book 3) Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore in Stoneham, New Hampshire, thought that getting rid of her freeloading former college roommate was difficult. However, solving the mystery surrounding the subsequent discovery of that roommate’s dead body in a dumpster proves even more complicated.
- Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen. Berkley, 2009. (Royal Spyness series; book 3) Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, an impoverished aristocrat who happens to be 34th in line for the British throne, receives a sleuthing challenge from Queen Mary when her short-lived career as a professional dinner companion fails. Her Majesty requests that Lady Georgiana discover who is attempting to kill Edward, the Prince of Wales, and perhaps also manage to squash the romantic overtures Mrs. Wallis Simpson is making toward him. Bowen’s second Royal Spyness book, A Royal Pain (2008), won the 2009 Macavity Award for the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery.
- A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. Minotaur Books, 2009. (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series; book 5) The seemingly peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines once again provides the setting for murder most foul when the body of an unidentified man is found in Olivier and Gabri’s bistro. Chief Inspector Gamache soon learns that the man had been residing for many years in a log cabin deep in the woods surrounding Three Pines, which also houses a collection of priceless treasures. The presence of these artifacts soon draws Gamache into considering Olivier as a prime suspect.
- Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan. MIRA, 2009. (Charlotte McNally Mystery series; book 3) TV reporter Charlotte “Charlie” McNally puts her life in jeopardy by going undercover to pursue a high fashion story involving counterfeit Prada purses. When her love interest, Josh Gelston, objects to the risks she is taking, Charlie must decide on the role she wants the handsome English professor to play in her future.
In addition to recognizing the 2009 Best Novel, the 2010 Malice Domestic® convention will also present Agatha Awards to one of five finalists in the Best First Novel, Best Non-fiction, Best Short Story and Best Childrens/Young Adult categories. The Malice Domestic® website lists the five finalists in each of these categories.
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