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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. The award is given in four categories -- best novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, and best short story.

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Alan Bradley
   won the award for   
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie
2010; Best First Mystery
Ariana Franklin
   won the award for   
Mistress of the Art of Death
2008 - Best Historical Mystery
Barbara D'Amato
   won the award for   
Of Course You Know That Chocolate Is a Vegetable
1999 - Best Mystery Short Story
Barbara Neely
   won the award for   
Blanche on the Lam
1993 - Best First Mystery
Barb Goffman
   won the award for   
The Lord Is My Shamus
2013; Best Mystery Short Story
Brian Freeman
   won the award for   
Immoral
2006 - Best First Mystery
Bruce DeSilva
   won the award for   
Rogue Island
2011; Best First Mystery
Caroline Graham
   won the award for   
The Killings at Badger's Drift
1989 - Best First Mystery
Carolyn Hart
   won the award for   
Henrie O's Holiday
1993 - Best Mystery Short Story
Carolyn Hart
   won the award for   
A Little Class on Murder
1990 - Best Mystery Novel
Carolyn Wheat
   won the award for   
Cruel & Unusual
1997 - Best Mystery Short Story
Catriona McPherson
   won the award for   
Dandy Gilver And The Proper Treatment Of Bloodstains
2012; Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
Charles Todd
   won the award for   
An Unmarked Grave
2013; Sue Feder Mystery Historic
C. J. Box
   won the award for   
Open Season
2002 - Best First Mystery
Colin Dexter
   won the award for   
Evans Tries an O-Level
1996 - Best Mystery Short Story
Dale Furutani
   won the award for   
Death in Little Tokyo
1997 - Best First Mystery
Dana Cameron
   won the award for   
Disarming
2012; Best Mystery Short Story
Dana Cameron
   won the award for   
The Night Things Change
2009; Best Mystery Short Story
Dana Cameron
   won the award for   
Swing Shaft
2011; Best Mystery Short Story
Daniel Friedman
   won the award for   
Don't Ever Get Old
2013; Best First Mystery
David Liss
   won the award for   
A Conspiracy of Paper
2001 - Best First Mystery
Deborah Adams
   won the award for   
Cast Your Fate to the Wind
1995 - Best Mystery Short Story
Deborah Crombie
   won the award for   
Dreaming of the Bones
1998 - Best Mystery Novel
Deborah Crombie
   won the award for   
Where Memories Lie
2009; Best Mystery Novel
Dianne Day
   won the award for   
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
1996 - Best First Mystery
Doug Allyn
   won the award for   
Deja Vu
1989 - Best Mystery Short Story
Faye Kellerman
   won the award for   
The Ritual Bath
1987 - Best First Mystery
Hank Phillippa Ryan
   won the award for   
On The House
2010; Best Mystery Short Story
Harley Jane Kozak
   won the award for   
Dating Dead Men
2005 - Best First Mystery
Jacqueline Winspear
   won the award for   
Maisie Dobbs
2004 - Best First Mystery
Jacqueline Winspear
   won the award for   
Pardonable Lies
2006 - Best Historical Mystery
Janet Dawson
   won the award for   
Voice Mail
2003 - Best Mystery Short Story
Jan Burke
   won the award for   
The Abbey Ghosts
2002 - Best Mystery Short Story
Jan Burke
   won the award for   
Unharmed
1995 - Best Mystery Short Story
Jeff Abbott
   won the award for   
Do Unto Others
1995 - Best First Mystery
Jerrilyn Farmer
   won the award for   
Sympathy for the Devil
1999 - Best First Mystery
Jill Churchill
   won the award for   
Grime and Punishment
1990 - Best First Mystery
Joan Hess
   won the award for   
Too Much to Bare
1991 - Best Mystery Short Story
Julia Spencer-Fleming
   won the award for   
In the Bleak Midwinter
2003 - Best First Mystery
Kate Grilley
   won the award for   
Maubi and the Jumbies
2000 - Best Mystery Short Story
Kelli Stanley
   won the award for   
City Of Dragons
2011; Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery
Ken Bruen
   won the award for   
The Killing of the Tinkers
2005 - Best Mystery Novel
Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman
   won the award for   
Tower
2010; Best Mystery Novel
Laurie R. King
   won the award for   
Folly
2002 - Best Mystery Novel
Laurie R. King
   won the award for   
What the Dead Know
2008 - Best Mystery Novel
Leonard Rosen
   won the award for   
All Cry Chaos
2012; Best First Mystery
Louise Penny
   won the award for   
The Beautiful Mystery
2013; Best Mystery
Louise Penny
   won the award for   
Bury Your Dead
2011; Best Mystery
Margaret Maron
   won the award for   
Bootlegger's Daughter
1993 - Best Mystery Novel
Margaret Maron
   won the award for   
Deborah's Judgement
1992 - Best Mystery Short Story
Marilyn Wallace
   won the award for   
A Case of Loyalties
1987 - Best First Mystery
Mary Willis Walker
   won the award for   
Under the Beetle's Cellar
1996 - Best Mystery Novel
Mary Willis Walker
   won the award for   
Zero at the Bone
1992 - Best First Mystery
Michael Connelly
   won the award for   
Blood Work
1999 - Best Mystery Novel
Michael Connelly
   won the award for   
The Lincoln Lawyer
2006 - Best Mystery Novel
Minette Walters
   won the award for   
The Sculptress
1994 - Best Mystery Novel
Nancy Pickard
   won the award for   
Afraid All the Time
1990 - Best Mystery Short Story
Nancy Pickard
   won the award for   
I.O.U.
1992 - Best Mystery Novel
Nancy Pickard
   won the award for   
Marriage is Murder
1988 - Best Mystery Novel
Nancy Pickard
   won the award for   
There Is No Crime on Easter Island
2006 - Best Mystery Short Story
Nancy Pickard
   won the award for   
The Virgin of Small Plains
2007 - Best Mystery Novel
Nick Stone
   won the award for   
Mr. Clarinet
2007 - Best First Mystery
Patricia Cornwell
   won the award for   
Postmortem
1991 - Best First Mystery
Paula L. Woods
   won the award for   
Inner City Blues
2000 - Best First Mystery
P. D. James
   won the award for   
A Taste for Death
1987 - Best Mystery Novel
Penny Warner
   won the award for   
Dead Body Language
1998 - Best First Mystery
Peter Lovesey
   won the award for   
Bloodhounds
1997 - Best Mystery Novel
Peter Lovesey
   won the award for   
The House Sitter
2004 - Best Mystery Novel
Peter Robinson
   won the award for   
Two Ladies of Rose Cottage
1998 - Best Mystery Short Story
Rebecca Cantrell
   won the award for   
A Trace Of Smoke
2010; Best Historical Mystery
Reginald Hill
   won the award for   
A Candle for Christmas
2001 - Best Mystery Short Story
Rhys Bowen
   won the award for   
Oh Danny Boy
2007 - Best Historical Mystery
Rhys Bowen
   won the award for   
Please Watch Your Step
2008 - Best Mystery Short Story
Rhys Bowen
   won the award for   
A Royal Pain
2009; Best Historical Novel
Robert Barnard
   won the award for   
The Woman in the Wardrobe
1988 - Best Mystery Short Story
Robert Crais
   won the award for   
The Monkey's Raincoat
1988 - Best First Mystery
Roger Sobin
   won the award for   
The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors and Librarians
2008 - Best Mystery Non Fiction
Sandy Balzo
   won the award for   
The Grass Is Always Greener
2004 - Best Mystery Short Story
Sara Gran
   won the award for   
Claire DeWitt And The City Of The Dead
2012; Best Mystery
Sharan Newman
   won the award for   
Death Comes As Epiphany
1994 - Best First Mystery
Sharyn McCrumb
   won the award for   
If Ever I Return Pretty Peggy-O
1991 - Best Mystery Novel
Sharyn McCrumb
   won the award for   
She Walks These Hills
1995 - Best Mystery Novel
S. J. Rozan
   won the award for   
Winter and Night
2003 - Best Mystery Novel
Stieg Larsson
   won the award for   
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
2009; Best First Novel
Sue Grafton
   won the award for   
The Parker Shotgun
1987 - Best Mystery Short Story
Sue Henry
   won the award for   
Murder on the Iditarod Trail
1992 - Best First Mystery
Sujata Massey
   won the award for   
The Flower Master
2000 - Best Mystery Novel
Susan Dunlap
   won the award for   
Checkout
1994 - Best Mystery Short Story
Tana French
   won the award for   
In the Woods
2008 - Best First Mystery
Terence Faherty
   won the award for   
The Widow of Slane
2005 - Best Mystery Short Story
Tim Maleeny
   won the award for   
Til Death Do Us Part: New Stores About Love, Lust and Murder
2007 - Best Mystery Short Story
Tony Hillerman
   won the award for   
A Thief of Time
1989 - Best Mystery Novel
Val McDermid
   won the award for   
A Place of Execution
2001 - Best Mystery Novel


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