Annal: 2000 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2000.

Book:Death on a Silver Tray

Death on a Silver Tray: A Beau Brummell Mystery

Rosemary Stevens

In the days of Regency England, Beau Brummell stood as the uncrowned king of genteel society. The quintessential style-maker, trend-setter, and fashion-forger, Brummell was the last person one would expect to find in the middle of a murder mystery. But then, Beau Brummell was never one to do what was expected…

When the Duchess of York begs for his help, Beau Brummell wouldn’t think of refusing. The Countess of Wrayburn has been poisoned, and her paid companion is the prime suspect. Unfortunately, the Duchess is the one who arranged the young woman’s employment with the late Countess, and the scandal could ruin the Duchess’ good name.

Brummell does some inquiring of his own, and soon realizes that more than one person had motive to kill Lady Wrayburn. And he is going to find out who they are. Because if there’s one thing that’s never in style, it’s murder…

Book:Death Dances to a Reggae Beat

Death Dances to a Reggae Beat

Kate Grilley

Kelly Ryan has just moved to the Caribbean island of St. Chris to run a top-rated radio station. She knew that her new life would be full of adventure—but she never expected murder…

Book:The Death of an Amiable Child

The Death of an Amiable Child: An Anita Servi Mystery

Irene Marcuse

Gone, but not Forgotten.

When Manhattan social worker Anita Servi stumbles over the body of an elderly female outside her apartment, she recognizes her as Lillian, the homeless person who spent occasional nights in the hallway and whom some tenants call the “lady of the landing.”

Though the woman’s death is ruled accidental, Anita, whose work with New York’s elderly gives her uncanny insight into their lives—and deaths—digs deeper into Lillian’s murky past and makes some stunning discoveries. Why did Lillian choose this building as a place to sleep? And why, despite her wealth, did she need to be homeless? As Anita, uncovers the shocking answers, the dark and dangerous face of a killer emerges, determined to make sure Anita takes the truth to her grave.

Book:Murder of a Small-Town Honey

Murder of a Small-Town Honey: A Scumble River Mystery

Denise Swanson

When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she’d never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she’s back to home sweet-homicide…

Book:Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death

Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death: A Silver Dagger Mystery

Julie Wray Herman

Professional landscaping company, Three Dirty Women, unearths more than than they bargain for when Amilou Whittier finds her philandering husband buried under a client’s azaleas. Her friend and partner, Korine McFaile, follows a twisting path to discover who really killed Greg Whittier. Was it Susannah Graham, whose past relationship with Greg Whittier may have been heating up again? Or was it Sally Tucker, who ran away with Greg and broke up Amilou’s marriage, only to come back to town without him? Things get really complicated when a second victim turns up. When the evidence points squarely at Amilou, Korine finds that supporting a friend can be easier in thought than in deed.

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