Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Left Coast Crime ("Lefty") Nominations

Left Coast Crime 2016, "The Great Cactus Caper", will be held in Phoeniix from February 25th through 28th.  This year, for the first time, all of the awards are called "Lefty".
The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday 27th February at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The award nominees have been selected by convention registrants from 2015 and 2016..

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (given since 1996): 

   • Donna Andrews, Lord of the Wings (Minotaur Books)
   • Ellen Byron, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books)
   • Jess Lourey, February Fever (Midnight Ink)
   • Cindy Sample, Dying for a Donut (Cindy Sample Books)
   • Diane Vallere, Crushed Velvet (Berkley Prime Crime)

Bruce Alexander Memorial Award (Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel, first given in 2004 for books covering events before 1960) :

   • Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley Prime Crime)
   • Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)
   • Heather Haven, The Chocolate Kiss-Off (Wives of Bath Press)
   • Jennifer Kincheloe, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (Seventh Street Books)
   • Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam Books)
   • Susan Elia MacNeal, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Bantam Books)

Lefty for Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel, set in the LCC Geographic Region (Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii): 

   • Michael Connelly, The Crossing (Little, Brown and Company)
   • Matt Coyle, Night Tremors (Oceanview Publishing)
   • Robert Crais, The Promise (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
   • Gigi Pandian, The Accidental Alchemist (Midnight Ink)
   • Josh Stallings, Young Americans (Heist Publishing)

Lefty for Best World Mystery Novel (set outside LCC Geographic Region):

   • Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone (William Morrow)
   • Lisa Brackmann, Dragon Day (Soho Crime)
   • Chris Holm, The Killing Kind (Mulholland Books)
   • Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)
   • James W. Ziskin, Stone Cold Dead (Seventh Street Books)

More information on The Great Cactus Caper can be found here.

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