MACAVITY AWARD 
FOR 
BEST FIRST MYSTERY NOVEL
1987-2002

Nominees for and the winners of the Macavity Awards are voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, the largest mystery fan organization. The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). The award for best first mystery novel was first presented in 1987.

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2002 C.J. Box Open Season
2001 David Liss A Conspiracy of Paper
2000 Paula Woods Inner City Blues
1999 Jerrilyn Farmer Sympathy for the Devil
1998 Penny Warner Dead Body Language
1997 Dale Furutani Death in Little Tokyo
1996 Dianne Day The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
1995 Jeff Abbott Do Unto Others
1994 Sharan Newman Death Comes as Epiphany
1993 Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam
1992 Sue Henry Murder on the Iditarod Trail
1991 Patricia Cornwell Postmortem
1990 Jill Churchill Grime and Punishment
1989 Caroline Graham The Killings at Badger's Drift
1988 Robert Crais The Monkey's Raincoat
1987 Fay Kellerman Ritual Bath
1987 Marilyn Wallace A Case of Loyalties

 
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