Annal: 1996 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 1996.

Book:Detecting Women 2

Detecting Women 2: Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women

Willetta L. Heising

A reader’s guide and checklist for Mystery Series written by women.More than 600 series detectives created by women over 3400 mystery titles in correct series order titles indexed by mystery type and series setting more than 500 new titles released in 1994 and 1995.

Book:Amateur Detectives

Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases

Elaine Raco Chase, Anne Wingate

Let Amateur Detectives help you write an exciting chase. Here you’ll find the information you need to keep your amateur-crime-solver novels and stories factually accurate, completely convincing. Open this book and investigate why high-tech policing hasn’t run off the low-tech amateur; jobs that fit neatly with amateur sleuthing; intuition, gossip and other information-gathering methods; how to find out all about anyone; how the Internet can speed your sleuth to answers; how today’s technological wonders can help your detective; the law as it applies to amateur detectives; gun laws, state by state; citizens’ arrest powers, state by state; the Freedom of Information Act; and how real amateurs solved real crimes.

Book:By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women, 2nd Edition

By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women, 2nd Edition

Jean Swanson, Dean James

Mystery readers turn to this reference for its clear, concise profiles of women writers and their best-known books, mystery heroines and leading characters, pen names, writing styles and more. This revised and updated edition features profiles of Lilian Jackson Braun, Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, and other gifted writers—plus 70 new entries including Carol Higgins Clark, Susan Isaacs and Carol O’Connell.

Book:The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers

The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936—The Making of a Detective Novelist

Dorothy L. Sayers, Barbara Reynolds

This second volume of Dorothy L. Sayers’ letters covers the seven years in which the greatest detective novelist of the golden age turns away from mystery writing to become a playwright and, in turn, a controversial figure.

Book:Mystery! A Celebration

Mystery! A Celebration: Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths

Ron Miller, P.D. James, Edward Gorey, Karen Sharpe

The spine-tingling delights of PBS’s popular Mystery! programs are gathered in this large-format, richly illustrated book. The best of this program’s years are collected in photos, posters, reminiscences, commentary, analysis, essays, and reviews of the shows and the genre itself. Edward Gorey’s ghastly illustrations are sprinkled liberally throughout the book as are quotes from the actors and directors.

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