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Agatha Award for Best Cozy Mystery Novel

"The Agatha Awards, named for MALICE inspiration Agatha Christie, are awarded for the Best Novel, First Mystery Novel, Nonfiction, and Short Story in the genre for the previous year. Presentation is made at the MALICE convention in April. The award is a teapot with MALICE's skull and crossbones on the side." "An eligible book must have been published in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year and be a Malice Domestic book. This is loosely translated as no explicit sex, gore or violence, an amateur detective (usually), a confined setting, and characters who know each other. The Agatha Awards Committee reviews all nominated books for appropriateness and oversees the entire awards process."

1 The Beautiful Mystery Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2013
2 Bury Your Dead Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2011
3 ThreeDay Town Margaret Maron 2011
4 A Brutal Telling Louise Penny 2009
5 The Cruelest Month Louise Penny 2008
6 A Fatal Grace Louise Penny 2007
7 The Virgin of Small Plains Nancy Pickard 2006
8 The Body in the Snowdrift Katherine Hall Page 2005
9 Birds of a Feather Jacqueline Winspear 2004
10 Youve Got Murder Donna Andrews 2003
11 Letter From Home Carolyn Hart 2003
12 Murphys Law Rhys Bowen 2002
13 Storm Track Margaret Maron 2001
14 Mariners Compass Earlene Fowler 2000
15 Butchers Hill Laura Lippman Tess Monaghan 1999
16 The Devil In Music Kate Ross 1998
17 Up Jumps The Devil Margaret Maron 1997
18 If Irsquod Killed Him When I Met Him Sharyn McCrumb 1996
19 She Walks These Hills Sharyn McCrumb Spencer Arrowood, Appalachian sheriff novels 1994
20 Dead Mans Island Carolyn Hart 1994
21 Bootleggers Daughter Margaret Maron 1992
22 I O U Nancy Pickard Jenny Cain 1992
23 Bum Steer Nancy Pickard Jenny Cain 1991
24 Naked Once More Elizabeth Peters 1990
25 Something Wicked Carolyn Hart 1989