These traditional mysteries follow the style of Agatha Christie and refrain from excessive violence, sex and gore. See a complete list of winners and nominees at The Agatha Awards.

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The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland series)
Hank Phillippi Ryan

MYS RYAN

Best Contemporary Novel – 2013. Investigating allegations against an adoption agency that is suspected of reuniting adopted children with the wrong birth parents, Jane Ryland finds her efforts suspiciously tied to Jake Brogan’s case involving a young woman’s brutal murder and the disappearance of a baby.


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A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford series)
Charles Todd

MYS TODD

Best Historical Novel – 2013. While tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess Crawford discovers that the officer who killed five people in India and England is still alive, and, setting out to clear her father’s name, instead makes a horrific discovery that changes everything.


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The Beautiful Mystery (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2012. When a peaceful monastery in Québec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sãurete du Québec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.


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Three-Day Town (Deborah Knott series)
Margaret Maron

MYS MARON

Best Novel – 2011. While in New York, Judge Deborah Knott has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment with her husband to pick up the box, but when they reach the apartment, they discover that the box is missing and the doorman has been murdered.


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Bury Your Dead (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2010. It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong.


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The Brutal Telling (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2009. Everybody goes to Olivier’s Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier’s story is full of holes. What other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village?


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The Cruelest Month (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2008. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil
until one of their party dies of fright.  Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
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A Fatal Grace (Inspector Gamache series)
Louise Penny

MYS PENNY

Best Novel – 2007. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache’s latest investigation seems like an impossible murder: the woman was electrocuted on a frozen lake, in front of the entire town, during the annual curling tournament. With compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find long buried secrets.


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The Virgin of Small Plains
Nancy Pickard

MYS PICKARD

Best Novel – 2006. In the midst of a blizzard, Rex Shellenberger makes a shocking discovery: the frozen body of a teenage girl. The mysterious dead girl inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave. Slowly, word of the legend spreads. But what really happened in that snow-covered field?


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The Body in the Snowdrift (Faith Fairchild series)
Katherine Hall Page

MYS PAGE

Best Novel – 2005. Faith has a bad feeling about her father-in-law’s decision to celebrate his seventieth birthday with a family reunion ski week. At first her unease seems unfounded—until she comes across a corpse on one of the cross-country trails, the apparent victim of a heart attack. Suddenly one catastrophe follows another until Faith’s life is in jeopardy.


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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs series)
Jacqueline Winspear

MYS WINSPEAR

Best Novel – 2004. It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiress’s friends are found dead. Who would want to kill three respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.


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