Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Leftys Honor Writing

Organizers of Left Coast Crime 2019, “Whale of a Crime,” the convention scheduled to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from March 28 to 31, today announced their nominees in four different categories of Lefty Awards. They are:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
Mardi Gras Murder, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Hollywood Ending, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
Nighttown, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
Death al Fresco, by Leslie Karst (Crooked Lane)
The Spirit in Question, by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press)
Scot Free, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial), for books covering events before 1960:
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding, by Rhys Bowen
(Berkeley Prime Crime)
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday,
by David Corbett (Black Opal)
Island of the Mad, by Laurie R. King (Bantam)
The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
A Dying Note, by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)
It Begins in Betrayal, by Iona Whishaw (Touchwood Editions)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
Broken Places, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
Cobra Clutch, by A.J. Devlin (NeWest Press)
The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn (Morrow)
A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder,
by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
What Doesn’t Kill You, by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Deadly Solution, by Keenan Powell (Level Best)
Give Out Creek, by J.G. Toews (Mosaic Press)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories):
November Road, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
Wrong Light, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Under a Dark Sky, by Lori Rader-Day (Morrow)
A Reckoning in the Back Country, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street)
A Stone’s Throw, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street)

According to a press release, “The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 30 …” This year’s Guests of Honor are authors C.J. Box and Maureen Jennings, with William Deverell to be honored as the Local Legend.

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