Left Coast Crime 2022

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Lefty Awards

The Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention. Nominations for awards to be presented at each 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 Lefty Awards are presented at the Awards Celebration.

2022 Lefty Awards: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
   Raquel V. Reyes, Mango, Mambo, and Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
  °  Ellen Byron, Cajun Kiss of Death (Crooked Lane Books)
  °  Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (Berkley Prime Crime)
  °  Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (Minotaur Books)
  °  Cynthia Kuhn, How To Book a Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
  °  Wendall Thomas, Fogged Off (Beyond the Page Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel
(Bruce Alexander Memorial) for books covering events before 1970
   Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division (Soho Crime)
  °  Susanna Calkins, The Cry of the Hangman (Severn House)
  °  John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind (Pegasus Crime)
  °  Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince (Soho Crime)
  °  Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance (Hodder & Stoughton)
  °  Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel
   Wanda M. Morris, All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow)
  °  Alexandra Andrews, Who Is Maud Dixon (Little, Brown and Company)
  °  Marco Carocari, Blackout (Level Best Books)
  °  Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl (Atria Books)
  °  Mia P. Manansala, Arsenic and Adobo (Berkley Prime Crime)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel
   William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike (Atria Books)
  °  Tracy Clark, Runner (Kensington Books)
  °  S.A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears (Flatiron Press)
  °  Matt Coyle, Last Redemption (Oceanview Publishing)
  °  P.J. Vernon, Bath Haus (Doubleday)

History of the Left Coast Crime Awards