Sunday, April 01, 2012

Success in Sacramento

This year’s Left Coast Crime convention today wraps up its four-day run in Sacramento, California. But last night brought the most excitement, as awards were handed out in five different categories. Below are all of the winners.

The Lefty Award (for best humorous mystery): The Real Macaw, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)

Also nominated: Getting Old Can Kill You, by Rita Lakin (Dell); October Fest, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink); Magical Alienation, by Kris Neri (Red Coyote Press); Dying for a Dance, by Cindy Sample (L&L Dreamspell); and The Albuquerque Turkey, by John Vorhaus (Crown)

The Bruce Alexander Award (for best historical mystery set before 1960): Mercury’s Rise, by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)

Also nominated: Naughty in Nice, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime); A Game of Lies, by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge); A Killing Season, by Priscilla Royal (Poisoned Pen Press); Troubled Bones, by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur); and A Lesson in Secrets, by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)

The Golden Nugget Award (for the best mystery set in California, in recognition of the location of this year’s convention): City of Secrets, by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur)

Also nominated: Disturbance, by Jan Burke (Simon & Schuster); The Drop, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown); Bit Player, by Janet Dawson (Perseverance Press); and V Is for Vengeance, by Sue Grafton (Putnam)

Eureka! (for the best first mystery novel): Nazareth Child, by Darrell James (Midnight Ink)

Also nominated: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper, by Sally Carpenter (Oak Tree Press); Dead Man’s Switch, by Tammy Kaehler (Poisoned Pen Press); and Who Do, Voodoo?, by Rochelle Staab (Berkley Prime Crime)

The Dilys Award (presented by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association): Ghost Hero, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

Also nominated: Faithful Place, by Tana French (Penguin); Wicked Autumn, by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur); Tag Man, by Archer Mayor (Minotaur); and A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The 2013 Left Coast Crime convention will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The guests of honor for that event will be Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman. More information can be found here.

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