Monday, 17 January 2022

2022 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award Nominations Announced

Left Coast Crime 2022 will be presenting four Lefty Awards at our 32nd annual convention, to be held in Albuquerque in April: humorous, historical, debut, and best. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday 9 April at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. The award nominees have been selected the convention registrants. LCC is delighted to announce the 2022 Lefty nominees for books published in 2021:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. 

The nominees are:

Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code by Jennifer Chow(Berkley Prime Crime)

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (Minotaur Books)

How To Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn (Crooked Lane Books)

Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes (Crooked Lane Books)

Fogged Off by Wendall Thomas (Beyond the Page Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970.

The nominees are:

The Cry of the Hangman by Susanna Calkins (Severn House)

The Savage Kind by John Copenhaver (Pegasus Crime)

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)

The Bombay Prince by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)

The Mirror Dance by Catriona McPherson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel. 

The nominees are:

Who Is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews (Little, Brown and Company)

Blackout by Marco Carocari (Level Best Books)

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Atria Books)

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley Prime Crime)

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories). 

The nominees are:

Runner by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Press)

Last Redemption by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon (Doubleday)

The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. Usually held in the western half of North America, LCC’s intent is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests. Lefty Awards have been given since 1996.

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