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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



The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan


  • 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


Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan


  • 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


Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron


  • 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


A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny


  • Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

  • Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson

  • Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross

  • Say No More by Hank Phillipp Ryan


Glass Houses by Louise Penny


  • Death Overdue by Allison Brook

  • A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron

  • No Way Home by Annette Dashofy

  • Take Out by Margaret Maron


Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron


  • 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


  • 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



All the Devil's are Here by Louise Penny


  • 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