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Agatha Nominations 2010

The Agatha nominations made their appearance tonight. The Hungry Detective has been known to read a Cozy-Traditional just not frequently. I got my start in Crime Fiction reading Cozy-Traditional. I followed the lead of my sister who I suspect has little clue that I owe a lot of interest in Crime Fiction to her. (Thanks Jen!)

I'll be rooting for Ms. Barrett and Ms. Bork as they are local Rochester writers. THD is pretty bad at supporting local writers, so with that in mind I'll have to give BOOKPLATE SPECIAL and FOR BETTER FOR MURDER a go... and so should you.

Awards are handed out at Malice Domestic. The Hungry Detective extents their well wishes to all the nominees.
Best Novel:
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews - St. Martin’s Minotaur
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett - Berkley Prime Crime
Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen - Berkley Prime Crime
A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny - Minotaur Books
Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan - MIRA
Again, I'll be pulling for Ms. Barrett. But I have to believe that this horse race between Ms. Bowen and Ms. Penny.
Best First Novel:
For Better For Murder by Lisa Bork - Midnight Ink
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley - Delacorte Press
Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole - St. Martin’s Minotaur
The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan - St. Martin’s Press
In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff - Minotaur Books
This is as strong a field as I have ever seen for a Best First Novel since I have been paying attention. Ms. Pintoff also has an Edgar nomination, but like others, I think this goes to Mr. Bradley.
Best Non-Fiction:
Duchess of Death by Richard Hack - Phoenix Books
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James - Knopf
Blood on the Stage by 1925-1950 by Amnon Kabatchnik (Scarecrow Press)
Dame Agatha’s Shorts by Elena Santangelo - Bella Rosa Books
The Talented Miss Highsmith by Joan Schenkar - St. Martin’s Press
Best Short Story:
“Femme Sole” by Dana Cameron, Boston Noir - Akashic Books
“Handbaskets, Drawers and a Killer Cold” by Kaye George, Crooked ezine
“The Worst Noel” by Barb Goffman, The Gift of Murder - Wolfmont Press
“On the House” by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry - Level Best Books
“Death Will Trim Your Tree” by Elizabeth Zelvin, The Gift of Murder - Wolfmont Press
Best Children's/Young Adult:
The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford - Viking Juvenile
The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein - Random House
The Case of the Poisoned Pig by Lewis B. Montgomery - Kane Press
The Other Side of Blue by Valerie O. Patterson - Clarion Books
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer - Philomel
Anyone else creeped out by the fact that all the book titles start with 'The?' Anyone?

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