Annal: 1990 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 1990.

Book:The Body in the Belfry

The Body in the Belfry: A Faith Fairchild Mystery

Katherine Hall Page

During her years spent in New York City. Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister’s wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church’s belfry. The victim, Cindy Shepherd, was well-known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted beaux, which created a lot of bad blood and more than a few possible perpetrators—including her luckless fiance, who had neither an alibi nor a better way to break off the engagement. Faith thinks it’s terribly unfair that the police have zeroed in on the hapless boyfriend, and so she sets out to uncover the truth. But digging too deeply into the sordid secrets of a small New England village tends to make the natives nervous. And an overly curious big city lady can become just another small town death statistic in very short order.

Book:Catering to Nobody

Catering to Nobody: A Culinary Mystery

Diane Mott Davidson

Catering a wake is not Goldy’s idea of fun. Yet the Colorado caterer throws herself into preparing a savory feast including Poached Salmon and Strawberry Shortcake Buffet designed to soothe forty mourners. And her culinary efforts seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered…until her ex-father-in-law gynecologist Fritz Korman is struck down and Goldy is accused of adding poison to the menu. Now, with the Department of Health impounding her leftovers, her ex-husband proclaiming her guilt, and her business about to be shut down, Goldy knows she can’t wait for the police to serve up the answers. She’ll soon uncover more than one family skeleton and a veritable stew of unpalatable secrets–the kind that could make Goldy the main course in an unsavory killer’s next murder!

Book:The Chartreuse Clue

The Chartreuse Clue

William F. Love

Book:Screaming Bones

Screaming Bones

Pat Burden

Book:Sea of Troubles

Sea of Troubles

Janet L. Smith

Elegant Windsor Resort in the Pacific Northwest is up for sale. And Seattle lawyer Annie MacPherson holds power of attorney for the ailing owner. But her suspicions are sharpened when she sees who wants to buy. And when a kidnapping and murder rock the island, Annie discovers that the creepy guests have more to hide than their wallets.

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