Four different commendations were handed out last evening during the 2015 Left Coast Crime convention in Portland, Oregon.
The Lefty (for the best humorous mystery novel): Herbie’s Game, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
Also nominated: The Good, the Bad, and the Emus, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur); January Thaw, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink); Dying for a Dude, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample); and Suede to Rest, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime)
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (for the best mystery novel covering events before 1960): A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)
Also nominated: Queen of Hearts, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime); From the Charred Remains, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur); City of Ghosts, by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur); and Cup of Blood, by Jeri Westerson (Old London Press)
The Rose (for the best mystery novel set in the LCC region, “commemorating our Portland location”): Pirate Vishnu, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
Also nominated: One Kick, by Chelsea Cain (Simon & Schuster); Glass Houses, by Terri Nolan (Midnight Ink); Deadly Bonds, by L.J. Sellers (Thomas & Mercer); and Plaster City, by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
The Rosebud (for the best first mystery novel set anywhere in the world): The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street)
Also nominated: Kilmoon, by Lisa Alber (Muskrat Press); Ice Shear, by M.P. Cooley (Morrow); The Black Hour, by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street); and Mistress of Fortune, by Holly West (Carina Press)
The winners were chosen by a vote of the conference’s attendees. Congratulations to all of the nominees.
READ MORE: Tip the Wink blogger Richard Robinson’s coverage of LCC’s “Crimelandia” conference can be found in four parts: here, here, here, and here. Jeri Westerson’s reporting from the convention is here, here, and here. And click here to check up on Evan Lewis’ memories of the Portland event.