Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Left Coast Crime Nominations Announced!

2013 Left Coast Crime Award nominations were announced on 4 February 2013.  The nominations are for books published in 2012:

The four awards will be voted on at the convention and are as follows:-

The Lefty has been awarded for the best humorous mystery novel since 1996. This year’s nominees are:
Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder by Mike Befeler (Five Star) 
Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio (Minotaur)
December Dread by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)
Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks (Minotaur) 
Fit To Be Dead by Nancy Glass West (Southwest Publications)
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (first awarded in 2004) is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960. This year’s nominees are:
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge) 
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catronia McPherson (Minotaur)
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear (HarperCollins)
The Rocky, for the best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region (first awarded in 2004). The nominees are:
Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now  by Margaret Coel (Berkley Prime Crime)
Hush Money by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur)
Wicked Eddies by Beth Groundwater (Midnight Ink)
Sonora Crossing by Darrell James (Midnight Ink)
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (Viking)

The Watson, for the mystery novel with the best sidekick (first awarded in 2011). The nominees are:
In a Witch’s Wardrobe  by Juliet Blackwell (Obsidian)
Taken by Robert Crais(Putnam)
Fun House by Chris Grabenstein (Pegasus)
When the Past Haunts You by L.C. Hayden (CreateSpace)
Brouja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab, (Berkley Prime Crime)

Due to be held between 21 and 24 March 2013, Left Coast Crime 2013, (the 23rd annual LCC convention)  “Where Murder Is the Last Resort,” is being held in Colorado Springs. The awards will be presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 23, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. 

The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by fans of mystery literature for fans of mystery literature, including both readers and authors and is usually held in the western half of North America.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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