Left Coast Crime 2020 Eligible Titles

Lefty Award Eligible* titles for Left Coast Crime Conference, March 12-15, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Eligible means published in 2019.

  • Best Humorous Novel
  • Best Historical Mystery Novel [pre-1970]
  • Best Mystery Novel
  • Best Debut Novel

*Check this site periodically, since it will be updated. Nominations are due electronically by 12 January 2020; the email has been sent to eligible voters.

Authors: Please verify that your title is eligible and in the appropriate category. Contact me via this page for Additions/Corrections. Please review the quote below from LCC web.

To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during the calendar year preceding the convention, in book or ebook format. If published in other countries before the calendar year preceding the convention, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.

Best Humorous Mystery Novel

  • Donna Andrews. Terns of Endearment.
  • Mary Angela. Coming Up Murder.
  • Leslie Budewitz. Chai Another Day.
  • Lucy Burdette. A Deadly Feast.
  • V.M. Burns. Wed, Read & Dead.
  • Ellen Byron. Fatal Cajun Festival.
  • E.J. Copperman. Bones Behind the Wheel.
  • Vicki Delany. Silent Night, Deadly Night.
  • Mary Feliz. Cliff Hanger.
  • Angela Henry. Doing it to Death.
  • Katherine Bolger Hyde. Cyanide with Christie.
  • Lee Goldberg. Killer Thriller.
  • Debra Goldstein. One Taste Too Many.
  • Jenna Harte. Death of a Debtor.
  • Sybil Johnson. Ghosts of Painting Past.
  • Leslie Karst. Murder from Scratch.
  • Tina Kashian. One Feta in the Grave.
  • Cynthia Kuhn. The Subject of Malice.
  • Jess Lourey. April Fools.
  • Alice Loweecey. Better than Nun.
  • D.P. Lyle. Sunshine State.
  • Catriona McPherson. Scot & Soda.
  • Leigh Perry. The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking.
  • Nancy Cole Silverman. The House on Hallowed Ground.
  • Abby L. Vandiver. Potions, Tells and Deadly Spells.

Best Historical Mystery Novel [Note: pre-1970]

  • Rhys Bowen. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.
  • Susanna Calkins. Murder Knocks Twice.
  • L.A. Chandlar. The Pearl Dagger.
  • Peg Cochran. Murder, She Uncovered.
  • Peg Cochran. Murder, She Encountered.
  • Margaret Dumas. Murder at the Palace.
  • Lyndsay Faye. Paragon Hotel.
  • Mariah Fredericks. Death of a New American.
  • Dianne Freeman. A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder.
  • Nancy Herriman. A Fall of Shadows.
  • Meghan Holloway. Once More Unto the Breach.
  • Kay Kendall. After You’ve Gone.
  • Jennifer Kincheloe. The Body in Griffith Park.
  • Bonnie MacBird. The Devil’s Due.
  • Sujata Massey. The Satapur Moonstone.
  • Alyssa Maxwell. Murder at Crossways.
  • Edith Maxwell. Charity’s Burden.
  • Clara McKenna. Murder at Morrington Hall.
  • Allison Montclair. The Right Sort of Man.
  • Jess Montgomery. The Widows.
  • Catriona McPherson. A Step So Grave.
  • Steph Post. Miraculum.
  • Sarah Shaber. Louise’s Crossing.
  • Star, Sue and Bill Beatty. Burning Candles.
  • Cathi Stoler. Out of Time.
  • Vicki Thompson. Murder on Trinity Place.
  • Jeri Westerson. Traitor’s Codex.
  • Gabriel Valjan. The Naming Game.
  • James Ziskin. A Stone’s Throw.

Best Mystery Novel

  • Cathy Ace. The Wrong Boy.
  • JD Allen. Skin Game.
  • Ed Aymar. The Unrepentant.
  • R.G. Belsky. Below the Fold.
  • Connie Berry. A Legacy of Murder.
  • Susan Bickford Dread of Winter.
  • Allison Brooks. Buried in the Stacks.
  • J.L. Brown. The Divide.
  • Catherine Bruns. Penne Dreadful.
  • Alafair Burke. Better Sister.
  • V.M. Burns. Motherless Child.
  • Austin Camacho. The Wrong Kind.
  • Richard Cass. Last Call at the Esposito.
  • Steph Cha. Your House Will Pay.
  • Donna Walo Clancy. Seashells and Christmas Bells.
  • Tiffany Clark. Borrowed Time.
  • Megan Collins. The Winter Sister.
  • Ellison Cooper. Buried: A Novel.
  • S.A. Cosby. My Darkest Prayer.
  • Blake Crouch. Recursion.
  • Annette Dashofy. Fair Game.
  • Hannah Dennison. Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall.
  • Aya De León. Side Chick Nation.
  • P.A. De Voe. No Way to Die.
  • Kaitlyn Dunnett. Cause & Effect (Deadly Edits)
  • Tori Eldridge. The Ninja’s Daughter.
  • Sharon Farrow. Mulberry Mischief.
  • G.P. Gardner. Murder At Royale Court.
  • G.P. Gardner. Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival.
  • Eva Gates. Read and Buried.
  • Eva Gates. Something Read, Something Dead.
  • Victoria Gilbert. Past Due for Murder.
  • Lee Matthew Goldberg. Desire Card.
  • Carol Goodman. The Night Visitors.
  • Alexia Gordon. Fatality in F.
  • Marni Graff. Death at the Dakota.
  • Lena Gregory. Spirited Away.
  • Cheryl Head. Catch Me When I’m Falling.
  • Rachel Howzell Hall. All Things Fall Down.
  • Sherry Harris. The Gun Also Rises.
  • Sherry Harris. Let’s Fake A Deal.
  • Sherry Harris. Sell Low, Sweet Harriet.
  • Peter W.J. Hayes. The Things That Are Different.
  • Julia Henry. Pruning the Dead.
  • Julia Henry. Tilling the Truth.
  • Edwin Hill. The Missing Ones.
  • Reese Hirsch. Black Nowhere.
  • Aimee Hix. Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs.
  • Cheryl Hollon. Down in Flames.
  • Julie Holmes. Murder in Plane Sight.
  • Mary Ellen Hughes. A Curio Killing.
  • Tina Kashian. One Feta in the Grave.
  • J.C. Kenney. A Genuine Fix.
  • Ausma Khan. A Deadly Divide.
  • Thomas Kies. Graveyard Bay.
  • Shannon Kirk. Gretchen.
  • Kristen Lepionka. The Stories.
  • Kylie Logan. The Scent of Murder.
  • Kathryn Long. Buried in Sin.
  • Lisa Lutz. The Swallows.
  • Meg Macy. Have Yourself A Beary Little Murder.
  • Isabella Maldonado. Death Blow.
  • Jamie Mason. The Hidden Things.
  • Catherine Maiorisi. The Blood Runs Cold.
  • Laura McHugh. The Wolf Wants In.
  • Catriona McPherson. Strangers at the Gate.
  • Liz Milliron. Heaven Has No Rage.
  • Gigi Pandian. The Glass Thief.
  • Carol J. Perry. Late Checkout.
  • Carol J. Perry. Final Exam.
  • Delilah C. Pitts. Black and Blue in Harlem.
  • Keenan Powell. Hemlock Needle.
  • Lissa Redmond. A Means to An End.
  • Barbara Ross. Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody.
  • Barbara Ross. Sealed Off.
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan. The Murder List.
  • Alex Segura. Miami Midnight.
  • Terry Shames. A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary.
  • Judy Penz Sheluk. A Fool’s Journey.
  • Shawn Reilly Simmons. Murder on the Chopping Block.
  • Faye Snowden. A Killing Fire.
  • Stacy-Deanne. The Stranger.
  • Triss Stein. Brooklyn Legacies.
  • Cathi Stoler. Out of Time.
  • Wendy Tyson. Ripe for Vengeance.
  • Kathleen Valenti. As Directed.
  • John Vercher. Three-Fifths.
  • Lea Wait. Thread and Buried.
  • LynDee Walker. Deadly Politics.
  • LynDee Walker. Leave No Stone.
  • Lynn Chandler Willis. Tell Me no Secrets.
  • Lynn Chandler Willis. Tell Me You Love Me.
  • Marty Wingate. The Bodies in the Library.
  • Erica Wright. Famous in Cedarville

Best Debut Mystery Novel

  • Nicole Asselin. Murder at First Pitch.
  • Andi Bartz. The Lost Night.
  • Connie Berry. A Dream of Death.
  • Damyanti Biswas. You Beneath Your Skin.
  • Kelly Brakehoff. Death by Dissertation.
  • Sharon Daynard. Murder Points North.
  • Heather Harper Ellett. Ain’t Nobody Nobody.
  • Nancy Good. Killer Calories.
  • Julie Holmes. Murder in Plane Sight.
  • J.C. Kenney. A Literal Mess.
  • Angie Kim. Miracle Creek.
  • Tara Laskowski. One Night Gone.
  • Vanessa Lille. Little Voices.
  • Richie Narváez. Hipster Death Rattle.
  • Nuckolls, Baird and James Sands. Shattered Angel.
  • S.C. Perkins. Murder Once Removed.
  • Daniela Petrova. Her Mother’s Daughter.
  • Ang Pompano. When It’s Time for Leaving.
  • Cynthia Tolbert. Out from Silence.
  • Grace Topping. Staging for Murder.
  • Carl Vonderau. Murderabilia
  • Kate Young. Southern Sass and Killer Cravings.

About gabrielswharf

gabriel’s wharf is a blog on the random thoughts and writings of author Gabriel Valjan. His stories continue to appear online and in print journals. Winter Goose Publishing publishes his Roma Series.
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