Monday, January 13, 2020

Who’s Right for the Leftys?

Organizers of this year’s Left Coast Crime convention, “Murder’s a Beach”—scheduled to be held in San Diego, California, from March 12 to 15—this morning announced their nominees for the 2020 Lefty Awards, in four categories. Winners are to be declared on Saturday, March 14, during a ceremony at San Diego’s Marriot Mission Valley. The lists of contenders featured below were selected by registrants for both the 2019 and 2020 LCC gatherings.

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
Fatal Cajun Festival, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Murder from Scratch, by Leslie Karst (Crooked Lane)
The Subject of Malice, by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press)
Scot & Soda, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Drowned Under, by Wendall Thomas (Poisoned Pen Press)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (for books set before 1970):
Murder Knocks Twice, by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger, by L.A. Chandlar (Kensington)
A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder, by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
The Body in Griffith Park, by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street)
The Satapur Moonstone, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
The Ninja Daughter, by Tori Eldridge (Agora)
Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton)
One Night Gone, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
Three-Fifths, by John Vercher (Agora)
Murderabilia, by Carl Vonderau (Midnight Ink)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories):
Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
Borrowed Time, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
Lost Tomorrows, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
They All Fall Down, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)

According to a press release, “this year’s Guests of Honor are authors Rachel Howzell Hall and T. Jefferson Parker. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore is the Fan Guest of Honor, and author Matt Coyle will serve as Toastmaster.”

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