Monday, January 16, 2017

Plaudits in Paradise

Organizers of this year’s Left Coast Crime convention (“Honolulu Havoc”) have announced the competing books and authors in four categories of Lefty Awards. LCC 2017 will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 16 to 19, with the Leftys scheduled to be presented on Saturday, March 18. Here are all of the nominees:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
Die Like an Eagle, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
Body on the Bayou, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Fields Where They Lay, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
The CEO Came DOA, by Heather Haven (Wives of Bath Press)
Floodgate, by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer)
A Disguise to Die For, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial), for books covering events before 1960:
Crowned and Dangerous, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Death Along the River Fleet, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Murder of Mary Russell, by Laurie R. King (Bantam)
The Reek of Red Herrings, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)
What Gold Buys, by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
Cleaning Up Finn, by Sarah M. Chen (All Due Respect)
Terror in Taffeta, by Marla Cooper (Minotaur)
Murder in G Major, by Alexia Gordon (Henery Press)
Decanting a Murder, by Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)
Design for Dying, by Renee Patrick (Forge)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories):
Dark Fissures, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
Michelangelo’s Ghost, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, by Terry Shames
(Seventh Street)
Heart of Stone, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

Also during March’s Hawaii conference, husband-and-wife authors Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman will be honored with Left Coast Crime Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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