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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.[1] 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

Best First Mystery

and Zero at the Bone, Mary Willis Walker
and A Case of Loyalties, 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

Sue Feder Historical Mystery

  • 2009: A Royal Plain, Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
  • 2008: Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin (Putnam)
  • 2007: Oh Danny Boy, Rhys Bowen (Minotaur)
  • 2006: Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)


  1. ^ Macavity awards page, Mystery Readers International website, accessed Jan. 10, 2008.

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