Annal: 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2007.

Book:A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery

Louise Penny

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate a woman’s death, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that no love was lost on Miss de Poitiers. But even if everyone hated her—her husband, lover, and daughter among them—how is it that no one saw her get electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake in the center of town?

Gamache digs beneath the surface of Three Pines to find where the real secrets are buried. But other troubles lie ahead for the detective. It seems he has some enemies of his own…and with the coming of the bitter winter winds, something far more chilling is in store.

Book:Hard Row

Hard Row: A Deborah Knott Mystery

Margaret Maron

As Judge Deborah Knott presides over a case involving a barroom brawl, it becomes clear that deep resentments over race, class, and illegal immigration are simmering just below the surface in the countryside. An early spring sun has begun to shine like a blessing on the fertile fields of North Carolina, but along with the seeds sprouting in the thawing soil, violence is growing as well. Mutilated body parts have appeared along the back roads of Colleton County, and the search for the victim’s identity and for that of his killer will lead Deborah and her new husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.In the meantime, Deborah and Dwight continue to adjust to married life and to having Dwight’s eight-year-old son, Cal, live with them full time. When another body is found, these newlyweds will discover dark truths that threaten to permanently alter the serenity of their rural surroundings and their new life together.

Book:Her Royal Spyness

Her Royal Spyness: Solves Her First Case

Rhys Bowen

The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless twenty-something member of the extended royal family.

Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fiancéŽ Fish-Face, for London, where she has:

a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hours


b) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royal


c) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), and…[more]

Book:Murder With Reservations

Murder With Reservations: A Dead-End Job Mystery

Elaine Viets

Helen Hawthorne has a knack for keeping a low profile. But in South Florida, it’s going to get a lot harder to fly under the radar…

Working at Sybil’s Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale keeps Helen safe and sane. But when a maid is found dead in a Dumpster, those days just might be over. Dead bodies mean another chance for the cops to find her. To make matters worse, her ex-husband is hot on her trail. Sadly, the cops don’t seem to care much about a murdered maid-but they take notice of her coworker’s shady story. If Helen doesn’t manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ex, it could be checkout time.

Book:The Penguin Who Knew Too Much

The Penguin Who Knew Too Much: A Meg Langslow Mystery

Donna Andrews

Hold on to your hats, everybody! Donna Andrews is taking us on another ride into the wonderful world of Meg Langslow, a world filled with laughter as well as the knotty problems Meg always seems to encounter and—somehow—solve.

Okay, maybe there are people in Antarctica with penguins in their basements, but in Virginia? Only Meg’’s dad could manage that one. A body down there—well, that’s somewhat more likely.

It turns out that explaining the penguins’ presence is easy—Meg’s dad volunteered to take care of the birds until the future of the bankrupt local zoo could be determined. But identifying the body in the basement proves a harder task—could it be, as Meg fears, that of the vanished zoo owner?

In the small southern town of Caerphilly, rumors fly quickly, and all the other well-meaning citizens who have agreed…[more]

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