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Monday, February 18, 2013

2013 Left Coast Crime Award Nominees

2002 Lefty Award
The Left Coast Crime Awards are given annually, voted on by Left Coast Crime attendees. The Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans. It is held during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America, as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii. The awards will be presented on March 23, 2013, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Perhaps some of these nominees will spark your interest and introduce you to a new series.

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  °      Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder by Mike Befeler
  °      Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio
  °      December Dread by Jess Lourey

  °      Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  °      The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks

  °      Fit to Be Dead by Nancy Glass West

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1960)
  °      The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen (click here)
  °      A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell
  °      Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  °      Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson
  °      Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Rocky Award
(mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region)
  °      Buffalo Bill's Dead Now by Margaret Coel (click here)
  °      Hush Money by Chuck Greaves
  °      Wicked Eddies by Beth Groundwater
  °      Sonora Crossing by Darrell James
  °      As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (click here)

Watson Award
(mystery novel with best sidekick)
  °      In a Witch's Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell (click here)
  °      Taken by Robert Crais
  °      Fun House by Chris Grabenstein
  °      When the Past Haunts You by L.C. Hayden
  °      Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab

Please share if you have read any of these and who you would vote for in the categories listed.  What book do you wish was nominated that isn't listed here?

Don't forget the Historical Mystery Reading Challenge - 2013 (click here).  Please consider participating and help spread the word.

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Mark Baker said...

While I haven't read Swift Run, I have read the first in the series and found it very funny. The the Spellmans are always funny (although I still don't consider them mysteries).

I've read Rhys Bowen's book. I enjoyed it, but I don't think it's her best so I wonder why it keeps getting nominated.

And I love Chris Grabenstein's series, so Fun House would certainly get my vote.

A.F. Heart said...

I have heard good things about Grabenstein, but have yet to read any. I must correct that!

Marce said...

I want to try a Lisa Lutz book. I have heard they are filled with good humour.

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