Agatha nomination for "Death Will Trim Your Tree"--and the full list of nominees

I'm thrilled to announce that my short story "Death Will Trim Your Tree" is one of this year's Agatha award nominees. You can read it at, Death Will TrimYour Tree... .
In a way, I owe it all to CrimeSpace. I'd never written a short story (well, not since college 100 years ago) when Daniel Hatadi announced a short story contest here with Australia as the theme. I figured it couldn't hurt to try. The result was "Death Will Tie Your Kangaroo Down," which won an honorable mention on CrimeSpace (the perfect position, since it remained unpublished even online), appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and was also nominated for an Agatha. This current nomination is also thanks to Tony Burton of Wolfmont Press and John Floyd, who edited the 2009 holiday crime anthology The Gift of Murder, in which it first appeared. So I got to do a good deed (the anthology benefited the Toys for Tots Foundation) and get my story out there at the same time. How cool is that? Liz

And I'm happy to post the full list of nominees.

Best Novel

Swan for the Money, Donna Andrews, St. Martin’s Minotaur

Bookplate Special, Lorna Barrett, Berkley Prime Crime

Royal Flush, Rhys Bowen, Berkley Prime Crime

A Brutal Telling, Louise Penny, Minotaur Books

Air Time, Hank Phillippi Ryan, MIRA

Best First Novel

For Better For Murder, Lisa Bork, Midnight Ink

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley, Delacorte Press

Posed for Murder, Meredith Cole, St. Martin’s Minotaur

The Cold Light of Mourning, Elizabeth Duncan, St. Martin’s Press

In the Shadow of Gotham, Stefanie Pintoff, Minotaur Books

Best Nonfiction

Duchess of Death, Richard Hack, Phoenix Books

Talking About Detective Fiction, P.D. James, Knopf

Blood on the Stage, 1925 – 1950, Amnon Kabatchnik, Scarecrow Press

Dame Agatha’s Shorts, Elena Santangelo, Bella Rosa Books

The Talented Miss Highsmith, Joan Schenkar, St. Martin’s Press

Best Short Story

“Femme Sole,” Dana Cameron, Boston Noir, Akashic Books

“Handbaskets, Drawers and Killer Cold,” Kaye George, Crooked

“The Worst Noel,” Barb Goffman, The Gift of Murder, Wolfmont Press

“On the House,” Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry, Level Best Books

“Death Will Trim Your Tree,” Elizabeth Zelvin, The Gift of Murder, Wolfmont Press

Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel

The Morgue and Me, John C. Ford, Viking Juvenile

The Hanging Hill, Chris Grabenstein, Random House

The Case of the Poisoned Pig, Lewis B. Montgomery, Kane Press

The Other Side of Blue, Valerie O. Patterson, Clarion Books

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, Nancy Springer, Philomel

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Comment by Tony Burton on February 20, 2010 at 12:45pm
Congratulations, Liz! I'm really glad you were in the anthology, and even happier that your fine story was nominated for an Agatha.

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