The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery—-books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The Awards are nominated and voted upon by the members of the annual Malice Domestic mystery convention. Agatha winners are generally characterized as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Novels and stories featuring police officers and private detectives may qualify for the Agatha, but materials generally classified as “hard boiled” are not appropriate. Candidates for the Best First Mystery award must be for the first mystery novel by the author. If the author has written novels in any of the subgenres of the mystery field, such as romantic suspense, this author would not be eligible in the Best First Mystery category. In the Best Non-Fiction award category, the Agatha Committee will consider any biography, essay collection, bibliography, or other reference or nonfiction book that is primarily centered on the Malice theme, a Malice-eligible author, or the detective(s) of a Malice-eligible series. True crime works are not appropriate for this award. Novels for the Best Children's/Young Adult category should be aimed at audiences 18 and younger. The first Agathas were presented in 1988 in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel and Best Short Story. Best Non-Fiction was added in 1993, and Best Childrens/Young-Adult was added in 2001. Please visit the official Agatha Awards page on the Malice Domestic website for additional information.The titles in this list are "hotlinked" to our library's catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Please note that several of the Agatha-winning novels are no longer in our collection. They appear here for the sake of providing a complete list. If there is a title you are interested in which we no longer own, and you are a Lincoln City Libraries customer, please consider requesting it through our Interlibrary Loan service. With regards to the winners in the Short Stories award category, please note that the Lincoln City Libraries does not own individual issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and we only carry limited back issues of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. However, numerous stories which originally saw print in these two periodicals have since been reprinted in anthologies under the Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock banners, and the library does own many of these reprint volumes. Best Novel
Best First Novel
BEST SHORT STORY
[Honoring the best in shorter mystery works, often reprinted in anthologies or collections in later years]
Best Historical Novel
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