Sunday, March 25, 2018

Delivering Leftys in Reno

During a banquet event held last evening as part of the 2018 Left Coast Crime convention in Reno, Nevada (“Crime on the Comstock”), the winners of four Lefty Awards were announced.

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
A Cajun Christmas Killing, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)

Also nominated: Gone Gull, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur); Dying
on the Vine
, by Marla Cooper (Minotaur); The Art of Vanishing, by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press); and 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)

Also nominated: 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); and Season of Blood, by Jeri Westerson (Severn House)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)

Also nominated: A Short Time to Die, by Susan Alice Bickford (Kensington); Lost Luggage, by Wendall Thomas (Poisoned Pen Press); A Head in Cambodia, by Nancy Tingley (Swallow Press); and Protocol, by Kathleen Valenti (Henery Press)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories):
Sulphur Springs, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)

Also nominated: Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview); Glass Houses, by Louise Penny (Minotaur); An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street); and Cast the First Stone, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

Next year, Left Coast Crime will move north across the U.S.-Canada border to Vancouver, British Columbia. That convention is scheduled to take place from March 28 to 31, 2019. Find out more here.

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