Macavity Awards

Macavity Awards

The Macavity Awards are a literary award for mystery writers. Nominated and voted upon annually by the members of the Mystery Readers International, the award is named for the "mystery cat" of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. [ Macavity awards page, Mystery Readers International website, accessed Jan. 10, 2008. ] The award is given in four categories -- best novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, and best short story. In recent years a new award, the Sue Feder Historical Mystery, has been given in conjunction with the Macavity Awards.


Best Mystery Novel

*2007 - "The Virgin of Small Plains" by Nancy Pickard
*2006 - "The Lincoln Lawyer" by Michael Connelly
*2005 - "The Killing of the Tinkers" by Ken Bruen
*2004 - "The House Sitter" by Peter Lovesey
*2003 - "Winter and Night" by S. J. Rozan
*2002 - "Folly" by Laurie R. King
*2001 - "A Place of Execution" by Val McDermid
*2000 - "The Flower Master" by Sujata Massey
*1999 - "Blood Work" by Michael Connelly
*1998 - "Dreaming of the Bones" by Deborah Crombie
*1997 - "Bloodhounds" by Peter Lovesey
*1996 - "Under the Beetle's Cellar" by Mary Willis Walker
*1995 - "She Walks These Hills" by Sharyn McCrumb
*1994 - "The Sculptress" by Minette Walters
*1993 - "Bootlegger's Daughter" by Margaret Maron
*1992 - "I.O.U." by Nancy Pickard
*1991 - "If Ever I Return Pretty Peggy-O" by Sharyn McCrumb
*1990 - "A Little Class on Murder" by Carolyn Hart
*1989 - "A Thief of Time" by Tony Hillerman
*1988 - "Marriage is Murder" by Nancy Pickard
*1987 - "A Taste for Death" by P. D. James

Best First Mystery

*2007 - "Mr. Clarinet" by Nick Stone
*2006 - "Immoral" by Brian Freeman
*2005 - "Dating Dead Men" by Harley Jane Kozak
*2004 - "Maisie Dobbs" by Jacqueline Winspear
*2003 - "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Julia Spencer-Fleming
*2002 - "Open Season" by C. J. Box
*2001 - "A Conspiracy of Paper" by David Liss
*2000 - "Inner City Blues" by Paula L. Woods
*1999 - "Sympathy for the Devil" by Jerrilyn Farmer
*1998 - "Dead Body Language" by Penny Warner
*1997 - "Death in Little Tokyo" by Dale Furutani
*1996 - "The Strange Files of Fremont Jones" by Dianne Day
*1995 - "Do Unto Others" by Jeff Abbott
*1994 - "Death Comes as Epiphany" by Sharan Newman
*1993 - "Blanche on the Lam" by Barbara Neely
*1992 - (tie) "Murder on the Iditarod Trail" by Sue Henry:: and "Zero at the Bone" by Mary Willis Walker
*1991 - "Postmortem" by Patricia Cornwell
*1990 - "Grime and Punishment" by Jill Churchill
*1989 - "The Killings at Badger's Drift" by Caroline Graham
*1988 - "The Monkey's Raincoat" by Robert Crais
*1987 - (tie) "The Ritual Bath" by Faye Kellerman:: and "A Case of Loyalties" by Marilyn Wallace

Best Nonfiction

Note: Until 2004, this category was named "Best Critical/Biographical Mystery Work"

* 2007: Mystery Muses: 100 Classics That Inspire Today's Mystery Writers edited by Jim Huang and Austin Lugar (Crum Creek)
* 2006: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (Harcourt)
* 2005: Forensics for Dummies by D. P. Lyle, MD (Wiley Publishing)
* 2004: Make Mine a Mystery: A Reader's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction by Gary Warren Niebuhr (Libraries Unlimited)
* 2003: They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
* 2002: Writing the Mystery: A Start to Finish Guide for Both Novice and Professional by G. Miki Hayden (Intrigue)
* 2001: The American Regional Mystery by Marvin Lachman (Crossover Press)
* 2000: Ross Macdonald by Tom Nolan (Scribner)
* 1999: Killer Books by Jean Swanson & Dean James (Berkley)
* 1998: Deadly Women by Jan Grape, Dean James and Ellen Nehr (Carroll & Graf)
* 1997: Detecting Women 2 by Wiletta Heising (Purple Moon Press)
* 1996: Detecting Women by Willetta Heising (Purple Moon)
* 1995: By a Woman's Hand by Dean James & Jean Swanson
* 1994: The Fine Art of Murder edited by Ed Gorman
* 1993: Doubleday Crime Club Compendium by Ellen Nehr
* 1992: Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman by Tony Hillerman & Ernie Bulow
* 1991: Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries by Gillian Gill
* 1990: The Bedside Companion to Crime by H. R. F. Keating
* 1989: Silk Stalkings by Victoria Nichols & Susan Thompson
* 1988: Son of Gun in Cheek by Bill Pronzini
* 1987: 1001 Midnights by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

Best Short Story

* 2007: "Til Death Do Us Part" by Tim Maleeny (MWA Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder, edited by Harlan Coben; Little, Brown)
* 2006: "There Is No Crime on Easter Island" by Nancy Pickard (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Sept-Oct 2005)
* 2005: "The Widow of Slane" by Terence Faherty (EQMM, March/April 2004)
* 2004: "The Grass Is Always Greener" by Sandy Balzo (EQMM, March 2003)
* 2003: "Voice Mail" by Janet Dawson (Scam and Eggs, Five Star)
* 2002: "The Abbey Ghosts" by Jan Burke (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan 2001)
* 2001: "A Candle for Christmas" by Reginald Hill (EQMM, January 2000)
* 2000: "Maubi and the Jumbies" by Kate Grilley, in Murderous Intent, Fall 1999
* 1999: "Of Course You Know That Chocolate Is a Vegetable" by Barbara D'Amato in EQMM, Nov. 98
* 1998: "Two Ladies of Rose Cottage" by Peter Robinson in Malice Domestic 6 (Pocket Books)
* 1997: "Cruel & Unusual" by Carolyn Wheat from Guilty As Charged (Pocket)
* 1996: "Evans Tries an O-Level" by Colin Dexter from Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (Crown)
* 1995: (tie) "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Deborah Adams and "Unharmed" by Jan Burke
* 1994: "Checkout" by Susan Dunlap
* 1993: "Henrie O's Holiday" by Carolyn Hart
* 1992: "Deborah's Judgement" by Margaret Maron
* 1991: "Too Much to Bare" by Joan Hess
* 1990: "Afraid All the Time" by Nancy Pickard
* 1989: "Deja Vu" by Doug Allyn
* 1988: "The Woman in the Wardrobe" by Robert Barnard
* 1987: "The Parker Shotgun" by Sue Grafton

ue Feder Historical Mystery

* 2007: Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur)
* 2006: Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)


External links

* [ Home page of the Macavity award] .

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