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The Sirens of Suspense

Left Coast Crime 2013: item1

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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