Left Coast Crime Award Nominees Announced

The Left Coast Crime Convention: Mining for Murder
This year’s Left Coast Crime Convention is *Mining for Murder*
For years, the “Lefty” for best humorous crime novel has been awarded at the annual Left Coast Crime convention. Later, the The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award was added for best mystery set before 1960. This year, the organizers have added two new awards (it’s unclear whether they will continue as annual awards)—the “Golden Nugget” for best mystery set in California and the “Eureka!” (I just love that name) for the best first mystery.

Lefty nominees:
Donna Andrews, The Real Macaw (Minotaur)
Rita Lakin, Getting Old Can Kill You (Dell)
Jess Lourey, October Fest (Midnight Ink)
Kris Neri, Magical Alienation (Red Coyote Press)
Cindy Sample, Dying for a Dance (L & L Dreamspell)
John Vorhaus, The Albuquerque Turkey (Crown)

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award nominees
Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice (Berkley Prime Crime)
Rebecca Cantrell, A Game of Lies (Forge)
Ann Parker, Mercury’s Rise (Poisoned Pen Press)
Priscilla Royal, A Killing Season (Poisoned Pen Press)
Jeri Westerson, Troubled Bones (Minotaur)
Jacqueline Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets (Harper)

The Golden Nugget Award nominees
Jan Burke, Disturbance (Simon & Schuster)
Michael Connelly, The Drop (Little, Brown)
Janet Dawson, Bit Player (Perseverance Press)
Sue Grafton, V is for Vengeance (Putnam)
Kelli Stanley, City of Secrets (Minotaur)

Eureka! Award nominees
Sally Carpenter, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (Oak Tree Press)
Darrell James, Nazareth Child (Midnight Ink)
Tammy Kaehler, Dead Man’s Switch (Poisoned Pen Press)
Rochelle Staab, Who Do, Voodoo? (Berkley Prime Crime)

Hat tip MysteryFanfare