The 2022 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Nominees

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2022 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award Nominations Announced

January 17, 2022 — Albuquerque — Left Coast Crime 2022 will be presenting four Lefty Awards at our 32nd annual convention, to be held in Albuquerque in April: humorous, historical, debut, and best. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, April 9, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. The award nominees have been selected by the convention registrants. LCC is delighted to announce the 2022 Lefty nominees for books published in 2021:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. The nominees are:
 “¢ Ellen Byron, Cajun Kiss of Death (Crooked Lane Books)
 “¢ Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (Berkley Prime Crime)
 “¢ Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (Minotaur Books)
 “¢ Cynthia Kuhn, How To Book a Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
 “¢ Raquel V. Reyes, Mango, Mambo, and Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
 “¢ Wendall Thomas, Fogged Off (Beyond the Page Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970. The nominees are:
 “¢ Susanna Calkins, The Cry of the Hangman (Severn House)
 “¢ John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind (Pegasus Crime)
 “¢ Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division (Soho Crime)
 “¢ Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince (Soho Crime)
 “¢ Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance (Hodder & Stoughton)
 “¢ Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel. The nominees are:
 “¢ Alexandra Andrews, Who Is Maud Dixon (Little, Brown and Company)
 “¢ Marco Carocari, Blackout (Level Best Books)
 “¢ Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl (Atria Books)
 “¢ Mia P. Manansala, Arsenic and Adobo (Berkley Prime Crime)
 “¢ Wanda M. Morris, All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories). The nominees are:
 “¢ Tracy Clark, Runner (Kensington Books)
 “¢ S.A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears (Flatiron Press)
 “¢ Matt Coyle, Last Redemption (Oceanview Publishing)
 “¢ William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike (Atria Books)
 “¢ P.J. Vernon, Bath Haus (Doubleday)

The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. Usually held in the western half of North America, LCC’s intent is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests. Lefty Awards have been given since 1996.

In 2020, Left Coast Crime received the Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America, for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.”

The 32nd annual Left Coast Crime Convention will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 7″“10, 2022. This year’s Guests of Honor are authors Mick Herron and Catriona McPherson. Kristopher Zgorski is the Fan Guest of Honor, and author Kellye Garrett will serve as Toastmaster.

Left Coast Crime is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation holding annual mystery conventions in the West. Each LCC convention raises money to support a local literary organization and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

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