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The Left Coast Crime Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention. Nominations for awards to be presented at an annual convention are made by people registered for that convention and also the immediately prior convention. A ballot listing the official nominees is given to each registrant when they check in at the convention, and final voting takes place at the convention. The ballots are tabulated and that year’s Left Coast Crime Awards are presented at the Awards Celebration.

Left Coast Crime 2015, “Crimelandia,” will be presenting four awards at the 25th annual LCC convention in Portland, Oregon. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland.

Registrants of the 2014 and 2015 Left Coast Crime Conventions were eligible to nominate three titles in each category. Nominations were accepted between January 1 and January 23, 2015, for the Left Coast Crime awards.

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

  • Donna Andrews, The Good, the Bad, and the Emus (Minotaur Books)
  • Timothy Hallinan, Herbie’s Game (Soho Crime)
  • Jess Lourey, January Thaw (Midnight Ink)
  • Cindy Sample, Dying for a Dude (Cindy Sample Books)
  • Diane Vallere, Suede to Rest (Berkley Prime Crime)

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, Queen of Hearts (Berkley Prime Crime)
  • Susanna Calkins, From the Charred Remains (Minotaur Books)
  • Catriona McPherson, A Deadly Measure of Brimstone (Minotaur Books)
  • Kelli Stanley, City of Ghosts (Minotaur Books)
  • Jeri Westerson, Cup of Blood (Old London Press)

Crimelandia Awards

Because Portland is the City of Roses, we’ve named Crimelandia’s awards after this fair blossom.

The Rose, commemorating our Portland location, is for the best mystery novel set in the LCC region. The nominees are:

  • Chelsea Cain, One Kick (Simon & Schuster)
  • Terri Nolan, Glass Houses (Midnight Ink)
  • Gigi Pandian, Pirate Vishnu (Henery Press)
  • L.J. Sellers, Deadly Bonds (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Johnny Shaw, Plaster City (Thomas & Mercer)

The Rosebud, for the best first mystery novel set anywhere in the world. The nominees are:

  • Lisa Alber, Kilmoon (Muskrat Press)
  • M.P. Cooley, Ice Shear (William Morrow)
  • Allen Eskens, The Life We Bury (Seventh Street Books)
  • Lori Rader-Day, The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books)
  • Holly West, Mistress of Fortune (Carina Press ebook)

Read the 2015 Left Coast Crime Awards Nomination press release.

To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States during 2014, in book or ebook format. If published in another country before 2014, a title is still eligible if it was published in the US during 2014.

Nomination forms will be emailed to all 2014 and 2015 LCC registrants on January 1, 2015. Only nominations received between January 1st and January 23rd will be tabulated. The nominations will be announced on January 26, 2015. Final voting will be by paper ballot at the convention in Portland.

Questions? Email Awards Co-Chairs Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich for more information.