It's that time of year again. Time to sign up for Left Coast Crime! This year it's being held in lovely Colorado Springs, CO from March 21-24, 2013 with guests of honor Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman. For those of you who attended last year in Sacramento, or are attending this year, it's time to vote! Below, I've listed some "recommended reading" in advance of the conference. If you're reading this with voting in mind, please note that several of the books are eligible for multiple award categories.
THE LEFTY (best humorous mystery)
Julie Hyzy, Fonduing Fathers
K.J. Larsen, Sticks & Stones
Lisa Lutz, The Trail of the Spellmans
Brad Parks, The Girl Next Door
THE BRUCE ALEXANDER (best historical mystery set pre-1960)
Rhys Bowen, The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Rebecca Cantrell, A City of Broken Glass
Francine Mathews, Jack 1939
Catriona McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder
THE ROCKY (best mystery set in LCC geographical region)
Donis Casey, Wrong Hill To Die On
Linda Joffe Hull, The Big Bang
Gigi Pandian, Artifact
Rochelle Staab, Bruja Brouhaha.
THE WATSON (mystery novel with the best sidekick)
Juliet Blackwell, In a Witch's Wardrobe
Chris Grabenstein, Fun House
Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies
Spencer Quinn, A Fistful of Collars
(with thanks to Lesa Holstine of Lesa's Book Critiques for her suggestions!)
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