Honor roll: Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel

Each of these books has been nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:A Taste for Death

A Taste for Death: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

P.D. James

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew’s Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice—all the while hoping to fill the gap of logic that joined these two disparate men in bright red death….

Book:A Thief of Time

A Thief of Time: A Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novel

Tony Hillerman

A noted anthropologist vanishes at a moonlit Indian ruin where “thieves of time” ravage sacred ground for profit. When two corpses appear amid stolen goods and bones at an ancient burial site, Navajo Tribal Policemen Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee must plunge into the past to unearth the astonishing truth behind a mystifying series of horrific murders.

Book:Marriage Is Murder

Marriage Is Murder: A Jenny Cain Mystery

Nancy Pickard

Jenny Cain and police detective Geof Bushfield already had pre-nuptial jitters. Then a sudden wave of domestic violence puts their future together in jeopardy. The curious thing is that none of the wives are confessing—and none of the murder weapons can be found.

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