Lefty Award Nominees

Yesterday, Left Coast Crime sent out the press release featuring nominees for the 2023 Lefty Awards. Check out the list, and then check the Web Store for the books. https://store.poisonedpen.com/

2023 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award Nominations Announced
January 17, 2023 — Tucson — Left Coast Crime 2023 will be presenting four Lefty Awards at
our 33rd annual convention, to be held in Tucson in March: humorous, historical, debut, and best.

The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 18,
at El Conquistador Resort in the Oro Valley of Tucson. The award nominees have been selected
by convention registrants, and LCC is delighted to announce the 2023 Lefty Award nominees for
books published in 2022:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel.

The nominees are:
? Ellen Byron, Bayou Book Thief (Berkley Prime Crime)
? Jennifer J. Chow, Death by Bubble Tea (Berkley Prime Crime)
? A.J. Devlin, Five Moves of Doom (NeWest Press)
? T.G. Herren, A Streetcar Named Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
? Catriona McPherson, Scot in a Trap (Severn House)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970 (The Bill Gottfried

The nominees are:
? Dianne Freeman, A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder (Kensington Books)
? Catriona McPherson, In Place of Fear (Mobius)
? Wanda M. Morris, Anywhere You Run (William Morrow)
? Karen Odden, Under a Veiled Moon (Crooked Lane Books)
? Ann Parker, The Secret in the Wall (Poisoned Pen Press)
? Iona Whishaw, Framed in Fire (TouchWood Editions)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel.

The nominees are:
? Erin E. Adams, Jackal (Bantam Books)
? Eli Cranor, Don’t Know Tough (Soho Crime)
? Ramona Emerson, Shutter (Soho Crime)
? Meredith Hambrock, Other People’s Secrets (Crooked Lane Books)
? Harini Nagendra, The Bangalore Detectives Club (Pegasus Crime)
? Rob Osler, Devil’s Chew Toy (Crooked Lane Books)
? Jane Pek, The Verifiers (Vintage Books)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories).

The nominees are:
? Kellye Garrett, Like a Sister (Mulholland Books)
? Laurie R. King, Back to the Garden (Bantam Books)
? James L’Etoile, Dead Drop (Level Best Books)
? Gigi Pandian, Under Lock & Skeleton Key (Minotaur Books)
? Louise Penny, A World of Curiosities (Minotaur Books)
? Alex Segura, Secret Identity (Flatiron Books)

The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and
authors. 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 33rd annual Left Coast Crime Convention will take place in Tucson, Arizona, March 16-19,

  1. This year’s Guests of Honor are authors Glen Erik Hamilton and Sujata Massey. J.A. Jance
    will be recognized for Lifetime Achievement. Dru Ann Love is the Fan Guest of Honor, and
    author Ellen Byron will serve as Toastmaster.

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