Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Toasts of the Coast

Following the announcements earlier this week of nominees for the Dilys Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, now comes word of who’s in the running for three commendations to be given out during mid-March’s Left Coast Crime convention in Los Angeles.

The envelopes, please ...

The Lefty Award (for a humorous mystery):
Swan for the Money, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
Living with Your Kids Is Murder, by Mike Befeler (Five Star)
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread, by Denise Dietz (Five Star)
Getting Old Is a Disaster, by Rita Lakin (Dell)
High Crimes on the Magical Plane, by Kris Neri (Red Coyote Press)

The Bruce Alexander Award
(for a historical mystery set before 1950):

Tears of Pearl, by Tasha Alexander (Minotaur)
In a Gilded Cage, by Rhys Bowen (Minotaur)
A Trace of Smoke, by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge)
Freedom’s Fight, by Gary Phillips (Parker Publishing)
Serpent in the Thorns, by Jeri Westerson

The Panik Award (for L.A.-based noir, honoring deceased LCC 2010 chairman Paul Anik):
Cemetery Road, by Gar Anthony Haywood (Severn House)
Trust No One, by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin’s Press)
Death Was in the Picture, by Linda L. Richards (St. Martin’s Press)
Boulevard, by Stephen J. Schwartz (Forge)

(Hat tip to Lesa’s Book Critiques.)

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