Agatha Awards are given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the current calendar year, either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.
The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery." That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:
Materials generally classified as "hard-boiled" are not appropriate.
Best First Novel
2015 - On the Road with Del and Louise by Art Taylor
Best Contemporary Novel
2015 - Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron
Best Historical Novel
2015 - Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
2015 - The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards