Sunday, January 14, 2018

Put Your Bets Down on Reno Prizes

With a couple of months still to go before the opening of Left Coast Crime 2018 in Reno, Nevada (March 22-25), organizers of that convention have announced the nominees for this year’s four Lefty Awards. These prizes will be handed out during a banquet on Saturday, March 24, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno/Sparks, Nevada.

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
Gone Gull, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
A Cajun Christmas Killing, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Dying on the Vine, by Marla Cooper (Minotaur)
The Art of Vanishing, by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press)
Dying for a Diamond, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial), for books covering events before 1960:
In Farleigh Field, by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk, by Jennifer Kincheloe
(Seventh Street)
Dangerous to Know, by Renee Patrick (Forge)
The Proud Sinner, by Priscilla Royal (Poisoned Pen Press)
Season of Blood, by Jeri Westerson (Severn House)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
A Short Time to Die, by Susan Alice Bickford (Kensington)
Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
Lost Luggage, by Wendall Thomas (Poisoned Pen Press)
A Head in Cambodia, by Nancy Tingley (Swallow Press)
Protocol, by Kathleen Valenti (Henery Press)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories):
Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
Sulphur Springs, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, by Terry Shames
(Seventh Street)
Cast the First Stone, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

The Guests of Honor at Left Coast Crime 2018 will be authors Naomi Hirahara and William Kent Krueger. Todd Borg, author of the Tahoe Mysteries, will serve as Toastmaster, with Mark Twain (aka actor McAvoy Layne) expected to hold forth as “Ghost of Honor.”

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