2013 Left Coast Crime Award Nominees


Left Coast Crime 2013 has announced the nominees for the four LCC awards (The Lefty, The Bruce Alexander, The Rocky, and The Watson Awards) as follows:

The Lefty has been awarded for the best humorous mystery novel since 1996. This year’s nominees are:


・ Mike Befeler, Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder (Five Star)

・ Laura DiSilverio, Swift Run (Minotaur)

・ Jess Lourey, December Dread (Midnight Ink)

・ Lisa Lutz, Trail of the Spellmans (Simon & Schuster)

・ Brad Parks, The Girl Next Door (Minotaur)

・ Nancy Glass West, Fit To Be Dead (Southwest Publications)

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (first awarded in 2004) is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960. This year’s nominees are:


・ Rhys Bowen, The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Berkley Prime Crime)

・ Rebecca Cantrell, A City of Broken Glass (Forge)

・ Dennis Lehane, Live by Night (William Morrow)

・ Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder (Minotaur)

・ Jacqueline Winspear, Elegy for Eddie (HarperCollins)

The Rocky, for the best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region (first awarded in 2004). The nominees are:


・ Margaret Coel, Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now (Berkley Prime Crime)

・ Chuck Greaves, Hush Money (Minotaur)

・ Beth Groundwater, Wicked Eddies (Midnight Ink)

・ Darrell James, Sonora Crossing (Midnight Ink)

・ Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies (Viking)

The Watson, for the mystery novel with the best sidekick (first awarded in 2011). The nominees are:


・ Juliet Blackwell, In a Witch’s Wardrobe (Obsidian)

・ Robert Crais, Taken (Putnam)

・ Chris Grabenstein, Fun House (Pegasus)

・ L.C. Hayden, When the Past Haunts You (CreateSpace)

・ Rochelle Staab, Brouja Brouhaha (Berkley Prime Crime)

The winners will be announced on March 23 at the Left Coast Crime 2013 convention to be held in Colorad Springs.