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The Agatha Awards are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write using the same method as Agatha Christie (i.e. closed setting, no sex or violence, amateur detective).

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Better Off Wed
   was written by   
Laura Durham
2005. Planning a wedding can be murder.
Blanche on the Lam
   was written by   
Barbara Neely
1992. A quirky mystery debut that pits Blanche against a Faulknerian cast of oddballs who may be trying to kill each other off to claim a southern fortune.
The Body in the Belfry
   was written by   
Katherine Hall Page
1990. A town where everyone knows everyone elses business.
The Body in the Transept
   was written by   
Jeanne M. Damns
1995 Christmas Eve services at the nearby cathedral ends with a bloody body.
Bubbles Unbound
   was written by   
Sarah Strohmeyer
2001. Meet Bubbles: most people tag her as the typical dumb blonde, with primary interests being sex, gossip and soaps.
Curses, Boiled Again!
   was written by   
Shari Randall
2018. Tied with A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman.
Dating Dead Men
   was written by   
Harley Jane Kozak
2004. Best First Novel. Wollie is dating 40 men in 60 days as part of a research project for a bestselling radio personality.
Death Al Dente
   was written by   
Leslie Budewitz
2013.
Death of a Cozy Writer
   was written by   
G.M. Malliet
2008. From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance.
Death on a Silver Tray
   was written by   
Rosemary Stevens
2000. Beau Brummell wandering about the English countryside solving murders.
The Doctor Digs a Grave
   was written by   
Robin Hathaway
1998. Dr. Andrew Fenimore, a late-30s bachelor, has an unlikely double profession--medical doctor and private eye.
Do Unto Others
   was written by   
Jeff Abbott
1994. Funny portrayal of the social mechanics of a small town where everyone has something to hide.
A Great Deliverance
   was written by   
Elizabeth George
1988. "Who knows what darkness lies in the hearts of men?"
Grime and Punishment
   was written by   
Jill Churchill
1989. It's so hard to kill good help these days. . .
The Heat of the Moon
   was written by   
Sandra Parshall
2006. Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm.
Hollywood Homicide
   was written by   
Kellye Garrett
2017.
In the Bleak Midwinter
   was written by   
Julia Spencer-Flemming
2002. A former military helicopter pilot now rookie Episcopalian priest, probing crime in upstate New York.
A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
   was written by   
Dianne Freeman
2018. Tied with Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall
Learning to Swim
   was written by   
Sara J. Henry
2011.
The Long Quiche Goodbye
   was written by   
Avery Aames
2010.
Lowcountry Boil
   was written by   
Susan M. Boyer
2012.
Maisie Dobbs
   was written by   
Jacquiline Winspear
2003. Maisie becomes enmeshed in a mystery surrounding The Retreat, a reclusive community of wounded WWI veterans.
Murder on a Girl's Night Out
   was written by   
Anne George
1996. Things get personal when the killer starts making threats.
Murder With Peacocks
   was written by   
Donna Andrews
1999. Meg’s world includes bizarre incidents, impossible people, and extraordinary happenings.
On The Road With Del And Louise
   was written by   
Art Taylor
2015.
Prime Time
   was written by   
Hank Phillipi Ryan
2007. Could an innocent e-mail offer really result in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring?
The Salaryman's Wife
   was written by   
Sujata Massey
1997. "I suppose there are worse places to spend New Year's Eve than a crowded train with a stranger's hand inching up your thigh."
The Semester of Our Discontent
   was written by   
Cynthia Kuhn
2016.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
   was written by   
Alan Bradley
2009.
Track of the Cat
   was written by   
Nevada Barr
1993 - Best First Novel. Dollops of ecology and conservation of resources mingle with the murder clues.
Well Read, Then Dead
   was written by   
Terrie Farley Moran
2014.
Zero at the Bone
   was written by   
Mary Willis Walker
1991 - Best First Novel. There's more than just animals at the zoo.


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