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Left Coast Crime Awards

2014
Monterey, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Good Cop by Brad Parks [review]
  °  The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews [review]
  °  The Fame Thief by Timothy Hallinan [review]
  °  The Last Word by Lisa Lutz
  °  Dying for a Daiquiri by Cindy Sample [review]

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(best historical mystery, covering events before 1960)
  * Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson
  °  Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
  °  His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  °  Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
  °  Covenant with Hell by Priscilla Royal
  °  Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

The Squid
(best mystery set within the United States)
  * Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger [review]
  °  W Is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
  °  Purgatory Key by Darrell James
  °  The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan [review]
  °  A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames [review]

The Calamari
(best mystery set anywhere else in the world)
  * How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny [review]
  °  Murder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black
  °  Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann [review]
  °  As She Left It by Catriona McPherson [review]
  °  Mykonos After Midnight by Jeffrey Siger

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2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks [review]
  °  Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder by Mike Befeler
  °  Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio
  °  December Dread by Jess Lourey [review]
  °  Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  °  Fit to Be Dead by Nancy G. West

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1960)
  * Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson [review]
  °  The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen [review]
  °  A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell [review]
  °  Live by Night by Dennis Lehane [review]
  °  Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear [review]

Rocky Award
(mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region)
  * As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson [review]
  °  Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now by Margaret Coel
  °  Hush Money by Chuck Greaves [review]
  °  Wicked Eddies by Beth Groundwater
  °  Sonora Crossing by Darrell James

Watson Award
(mystery novel with best sidekick)
  * Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab
  °  In a Witch’s Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell
  °  Taken by Robert Crais
  °  Fun House by Chris Grabenstein
  °  When the Past Haunts You by L.C. Hayden

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2012
Sacramento, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
  °  Getting Old Can Kill You by Rita Lakin
  °  October Fest by Jess Lourey [review]
  °  Magical Alienation by Kris Neri [review]
  °  Dying for a Dance by Cindy Sample
  °  The Albuquerque Turkey by John Vorhaus [review]

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(for best historical mystery, covering events before 1960)
  * Mercury’s Rise by Ann Parker [review]
  °  Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
  °  A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell [review]
  °  A Killing Season by Priscilla Royal
  °  Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson
  °  A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear [review]

Golden Nugget Award
(for best mystery set in California)
  * City of Secrets by Kelli Stanley [review]
  °  Disturbance by Jan Burke
  °  The Drop by Michael Connelly
  °  Bit Player by Janet Dawson [review]
  °  V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton [review]

Eureka! Award
(for best first mystery)
  * Nazareth Child by Darrell James [review]
  °  The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper by Sally Carpenter
  °  Dead Man’s Switch by Tammy Kaehler
  °  Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab

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2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein by J. Michael Orenduff [review]
  °  Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews [review]
  °  Swift Justice by Laura DiSilverio [review]
  °  Old Dogs by Donna Moore [review]
  °  Revenge for Old Times’ Sake by Kris Neri

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear [review]
  °  A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell [review]
  °  Murder for Greenhorns by Robert Kresge
  °  City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley [review]
  °  The Demon’s Parchment by Jeri Westerson [review]

Hillerman Sky Award
(mystery that best captures the landscape of the Southwest)
  * The Spider’s Web by Margaret Coel
  °  Wild Penance by Sandi Ault [review]
  °  The Bone Fire by Christine Barber [review]
  °  Snare by Deborah J Ledford

Watson Award
(mystery novel with best sidekick)
  * Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson [review]
  °  Wild Penance by Sandi Ault [review]
  °  Dead Lift by Rachel Brady
  °  Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein [review]
  °  To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn [review]

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2010
Los Angeles, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Getting Old Is a Disaster by Rita Lakin
  °  Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews [review]
  °  Living with Your Kids Is Murder by Mike Befeler
  °  Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
  °  High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell [review]
  °  Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
  °  In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
  °  Freedom’s Flight by Gary Phillips
  °  Serpent in the Thorns by Jeri Westerson [review]

The Panik
(Given in honor of the late Paul Anik, Chairman of Left Coast Crime 2010,
for the best Los Angeles Noir book published in 2009.)
  * Death Was in the Picture by Linda Richards
  °  Cemetery Road by Gar Anthony Haywood
  °  Trust No One by Gregg Hurwitz
  °  Boulevard by Stephen Jay Schwartz

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2009
Waikoloa, Hawaii

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Greasing the Piñata by Tim Maleeny
  °  Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews
  °  It Happened One Knife by Jeffrey Cohen
  °  Thugs & Kisses by Sue Ann Jaffarian
  °  Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill by N.M. Kelby [review]
  °  Getting Old Is To Die For by Rita Lakin

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * Nox Dormienda, A Long Night for Sleeping by Kelli Stanley [review]
  °  A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
  °  A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
  °  Tell Me, Pretty Maiden by Rhys Bowen [review]
  °  Touchstone by Laurie King [review]

Hawaii Five-O
(law enforcement, police procedural)
  * Mahu Fire by Neil S. Plakcy
  °  Angels Fall by Baron Birtcher
  °  The Angel of Knowlton Park by Kate Flora
  °  The Black Path by Åsa Larsson
  °  Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet
  °  Fractured by Karin Slaughter

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2008
Denver, Colorado

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Murder with Reservations by Elaine Viets
  °  The Penguin Who Knew Too Much by Donna Andrews
  °  Stuff To Die For by Don Bruns
  °  Some Like It Hot-Buttered by Jeffrey Cohen [review]
  °  Knee High by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey

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2007
Seattle, Washington

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Go to Helena Handbasket by Donna Moore
  °  No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews
  °  Monkey Man by Steve Brewer
  °  47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers by Troy Cook
  °  Murder Unleashed by Elaine Viets

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2006
Bristol, UK

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Cast Adrift by Peter Guttridge
  °  Cue the Easter Bunny by Liz Evans
  °  The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
  °  Highway 61 Resurfaced by Bill Fitzhugh
  °  Fags and Lager by Charlie Williams

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * Spectres in the Smoke by Tony Broadbent
  °  Night’s Child by Maureen Jennings
  °  Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

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2005
El Paso, Texas

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * We’ll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews (tie)
  * Blue Blood by Susan McBride (tie) [review]
  °  Carnage on the Committee by Ruth Dudley Edwards
  °  Holy Guacamole by Nancy Fairbanks
  °  Perfect Sax by Jerrilyn Farmer

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * The Witch in the Well by Sharan Newman
  °  Five for Silver by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer
  °  Tyrant of the Mind by Priscilla Royal
  °  Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson
  °  Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

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2004
Monterey, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Mumbo Gumbo by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
  °  Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets [review]

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award
(historical mystery, covering events before 1950)
  * For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen
  °  Silver Lies by Ann Parker
  °  Four for a Boy by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

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2003
Pasadena, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Hearse Case Scenario by Tim Cockey (tie)
  * Pipsqueak by Brian M. Wiprud (tie)
  °  Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
  °  This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine
  °  The Rival Queens by Fidelis Morgan
  °  Buck Fever by Ben Rehder

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2002
Portland, Oregon

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Dim Sum Dead by Jerrilyn Farmer (tie)
  * Fender Benders by Bill Fitzhugh (tie)
  °  Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos by Donna Andrews
  °  Murder Can Upset Your Mother by Selma Eichler
  °  Long Time No See by Susan Isaacs

2001
Anchorage, Alaska
No Award Given


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2000
Tucson, Arizona

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews
  °  Big Trouble by Dave Barry
  °  High Five by Janet Evanovich
  °  Immaculate Reception by Jerrilyn Farmer
  °  Murder Shoots the Bull by Anne George

1999
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

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1998
San Diego, California

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
  °  Dead Men Don’t Dance by Margaret Chittenden
  °  Scam by Parnell Hall
  •  I Still Miss My Man But My Aim Is Getting Better by Sarah Shankman
  °  The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow

1997
Seattle, Washington
No Award Given


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1996
Boulder, Colorado

Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery
  * The Fat Innkeeper by Alan Russell
  °  God Bless John Wayne by Kinky Friedman
  °  Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? by G.M. Ford [review]
  °  Movie by Parnell Hall
  °  Miracles in Maggody by Joan Hess
  °  If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharan McCrumb

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