Interesting. I guess since last year was Louise Penny's year to win everything, this year was not even though most critics said How the Light Gets In was her best so far. That's OK really, she was up against some tough competition this year. This year, the Agatha Award but Best Contemporary Mystery was given to:
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan. This is the second in her Jane Ryland series. In this title Jane is tipped by an ex-colleague who is trying to find her birth mother that an adoption agency is engaged in reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. Meanwhile, detective Jake Brogan are investigating a young woman's brutal murder that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene - WHERE is the baby????? Their investigations once again bring them on the same twisted path.
The Best Historical Mystery was awarded to:
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd. Todd is a writing partnership between a mother and son. This is the 5th in the Bess Crawford series. Crawford is a World War I nurse and amateur sleuth who is serving on the battlefields in France. An injured Indian sergeant tells her something that has her investigating an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India. In following the clues, she goes down a dark path that makes her wonder how facts can lie.
Finally, the Best First Mystery Award was given to:
Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz. This is the first in a series entitled Food Lover's Village Mystery.
Erin Murphy is called back by her mother to take over her family's century-old general store. She turns it into a gourmet market filled with local delicacies and to celebrate the makeover has organized a town festival. All is going well until a former employee of her mother's is found dead behind the store. A rival chef starts rumors and Erin needs to investigate before her mother ends up behind bars and the store winds up in hot water.
All three can be found in the library's catalog although Budewitz's title is on order and should be in within the week. Enjoy.