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Macavity Awards

Macavity Awards

Best Nonfiction

(formerly known as "Best Critical/Biographical Mystery Work)

1980s-2010s

The Macavity Awards for Best Nonfiction has been awarded since 1987.  The award was called "Best Critical/Biographical Mystery Work" from 1987-2004.  From 2005 to the present it was given its current name.

1987

1001 Midnights by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

1988

Son of a Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini

1989

Silk Stalkings by Victoria Nichols & Susan Thompson

1990

The Bedside Companion to Crime by H. R> F> Keating

1991

Agatha Christie : the Woman and Her Mysteries by Gillian Gill

1992

Talking Mysteries : a conversation with Tony Hillerman by Tony Hillerman & Ernie Bulow

1993

Doubleday Crime Club by Ellen Nehr

1994

The Fine Art of Murder edited by Ed Gorman

1995

By a Woman's Hand by Dean James & Jean Swanson

1996

Detecting Women by Willetta Heising

1997

Detecting Wome 2 by Willetta Heising

1998

Deadly Women by Jan Grape, Dean James, & Ellen Nehr

1999

Killer Books by Jean Swanson & Dean James

2000

Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan

2001

The American Regional Mystery by Marvin Lachman

2002

Writing the Mystery : a Start to Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional by G. Miki Hayden

2003

They Died in Vain : Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels edited by Jim Huang

2004

Make Mine a Mystery : a Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction by Gary Warren Niebuhr

2005

Forensics for Dummies by D. P. Lyle

2006

Girl Sleuth : Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

2007

Mystery Muses : 100 Classics That Inspire Today's Mystery Writers edited by Jim Juang and Austin Lugar

2008

The Essential Mystery Lists : For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians edited by Roger Sobin

2009

African American Mystery Writers : a Historical & Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey

2010

Talking About Detective Fiction by P. D. James

2011

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks : Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran

2012

The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris

2013

Books to Die For : the World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke

2014

The Hour of Peril : the Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

2015

Writes of Passage : Adventures on the Writer's Journey edited by Hank Philippi Ryan

2016

The Golden Age of Murder : the Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards

2017

Sara Paretsky : a Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Margaret Kinsman

2018

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

2019

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

2020s

WINNER

Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

FINALISTS

  • Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell

  • Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps : a Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan

  • Norco '80 : the True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan

  • The Mutual Admiration Society : How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton

  • Indecent Advances : a Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall by James Polchin





WINNER

H.R.F. Keating : a Life of Crime by Sheila Mitchell

FINALISTS

  • Sometimes You Have to Lie : the Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody

  • Howdunit : a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club by Martin Edwards

  • Ian Rankin : a Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Erin E. MacDonald

  • Southern Cross Crime : the Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of Australia and New Zealand by Craig Sisterson