Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Lefty Awards--Mysteries That Make You Laugh

While you are waiting for the groundhog to see (or not see) his shadow--how about trying a good mystery novel.  The Left Coast Crime (LCC) convention award nominations were announced Tuesday. "LCC is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans.  It is held during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America, as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii."  The 2012 conference will be held in Sacramento, California at the end of March. Look at the following nominees in several categories:

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960.  This year's nominees are:

--Rhys Bowen, Naughty in Nice
--Rebecca Cantrell, A Game of Lies
--Ann Parker, Mercury's Rise
--Priscilla Royal, A Killing Season
--Jeri Westerson, Troubled Bones
--Jacqueline Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets

The Golden Nugget is a special award given to the best mystery set in California, in recognition of this year's location.  The nominees are:

--Jan Burke, Disturbance
--Michael Connelly, The Drop
--Janet Dawson, Bit Player
--Sue Grafton, V is for Vengeance
--Kelli Stanley, City of Secrets

The Lefty, is given for the best humorous mystery novel and the winner is chosen by convention attendees.  This year's nominees are:

--Donna Andrews, The Real Macaw
--Rita Lakin, Getting Old Can Kill You
--Jess Lourey, October Fest
--Kris Neri, Magical Alienation
--John Vorhaus, The Albuquerque Turkey (on order)

Try the LCC website for more information including past nominees and winners.  What is really interesting about these awards is that besides The Lefty, the awards given are based on the location of that year's convention.

I love humorous mysteries including those by Janet Evanovich and Sarah Strohmeyer so I am always looking for more to read.  What are some of your favorite funny mystery authors?

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