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Agatha Awards

Agatha Awards

Best Contemporary Novel

The "Best Contemporary Novel" is the renamed "Best Novel" category and was first used in 2013

2010s

Winner

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Finalists

  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming

  • Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet

  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

  • Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

Winner

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Finalists

  • The Good, the Bad and the Emus by Donna Andrews

  • A Demon Summer by G. M. Malliet

  • Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron

  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Winner

Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron

Finalists

  • Bridges Burned by Annette Dashofy

  • The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson

  • Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

  • What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Winner

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

Finalists

  • Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

  • Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson

  • Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross

  • Say No More by Hank Phillipp Ryan

Winner

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Finalists

  • Death Overdue by Allison Brook

  • A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron

  • No Way Home by Annette Dashofy

  • Take Out by Margaret Maron

Winner

Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron

Finalists

  • Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin

  • Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy

  • Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

  • Trust Me by Hank Phillipi Ryan

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Nominees

  • Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron

  • Fair Game by Annette Dashofy

  • The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

  • A Better Man by Louise Penny

  • The Murder List by Hank Phillipp Ryan

 

Fatal Cajun Festival
Fair Game
The Missing Ones
A Better Man
The Murder List

2020s

WINNER

All the Devil's are Here by Louise Penny

FINALISTS

  • Gift of the Magpie by Donna Andrews

  • Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

  • From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris

  • The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day