Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nominations for 2011 Lefty Awards and more Announced

Mystery Book Awards

The nominations for four mystery awards to be given out at this year's Left Coast Crime (aka "The Big Chile") have been announced for books published in 2010.

The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 26th, 2011, at the historic La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lefty Award (for best humorous mystery novel)

Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio Review of Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio (Minotaur Books)
Old Dogs by Donna Moore (Busted Flush Press)
Revenge for Old Times' Sake by Kris Neri (Cherokee McGhee)
The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein by J. Michael Orenduff Review of The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein by J. Michael Orenduff (Oak Tree Press)

Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award

A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge Books)
Murder for Greenhorns by Robert Kresge (ABQ Press)
City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur Books)
The Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur Books)
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear Review of The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (HarperCollins)

◊ Hillerman Sky Award (a special award, in honor of the convention’s New Mexico location, to the mystery that best captures the landscape of the Southwest)

Wild Penance by Sandi Ault (Berkley)
The Bone Fire by Christine Barber (Minotaur Books)
The Spider's Web by Margaret Coel (Berkley)
Snare by Deborah J. Ledford (Second Wind Publishing)

◊ Watson Award (a special award for the mystery novel with the best sidekick)

Wild Penance by Sandi Ault (Berkley)
Dead Lift by Rachel Brady (Poisoned Pen Press)
Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein (Pegasus)
Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson Review of Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson (Viking)
To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn Review of To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn (Atria, March 2003)

Mysterious Reviews indicates a review from Mysterious Reviews.


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