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Press release: Left Coast Crime 2012, “Mining for Murder,” will be giving four awards at the 22nd annual LCC convention in Sacramento, California. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 31, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The nomination period has just concluded, and LCC is delighted to announce the nominees for books published in 2011.

The Lefty — Best humorous mystery novel:

  • Donna Andrews, The Real Macaw (Minotaur)
  • Rita Lakin, Getting Old Can Kill You (Dell)
  • Jess Lourey, October Fest (Midnight Ink)
  • Kris Neri, Magical Alienation (Red Coyote Press)
  • Cindy Sample, Dying for a Dance (L & L Dreamspell)
  • John Vorhaus, The Albuquerque Turkey (Crown)

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award — Best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960:

  • Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Rebecca Cantrell, A Game of Lies (Forge)
  • Ann Parker, Mercury’s Rise (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Priscilla Royal, A Killing Season (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Jeri Westerson, Troubled Bones (Minotaur)
  • Jacqueline Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets (Harper)

The Golden Nugget — Best mystery novel set in California:

  • Jan Burke, Disturbance (Simon & Schuster)
  • Michael Connelly, The Drop (Little, Brown)
  • Janet Dawson, Bit Player (Perseverance Press)
  • Sue Grafton, V is for Vengeance (Putnam)
  • Kelli Stanley, City of Secrets (Minotaur)

Eureka! — Best first mystery novel:

  • Sally Carpenter, The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (Oak Tree Press)
  • Darrell James, Nazareth Child (Midnight Ink)
  • Tammy Kaehler, Dead Man’s Switch (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Rochelle Staab, Who Do, Voodoo? (Berkley Prime Crime)

Read more at www.leftcoastcrime.org

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