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Agatha Awards 2012

The winners of the 2012 Agatha Awards were announced at the Malice Domestic Conference on May 4, 2013. Established in 1989, Malice Domestic® is an annual "fun fan" convention in metropolitan Washington, D.C., saluting the traditional mystery --- books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex and no excessive gore or gratuitous violence.

Week of July 1, 2013

Ian McEwan's latest novel, SWEET TOOTH, is set in 1972 during the Cold War. England's legendary intelligence agency MI5 embarks on an operation code-named "Sweet Tooth" to fund writers whose politics align with those of the government. Cambridge student Serena Frome is hired to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. But when she begins to fall in love with him, she wonders how long she can conceal her undercover life.

Macavity Awards 2013

The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot's OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS. Each year, the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in five categories.

Louise Penny, author of The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

When the renowned choir director at a monastery is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec are called in to investigate. They learn that one of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors.