2022 Lefty Award Nominations

Left Coast Crime 2022 announced the Lefty Awards finalists on January 17.

Members of the Left Coast Crime convention picked the nominees and will vote on the winners, which will be revealed at the awards ceremony in Albuquerque on April 9.

Best Humorous Mystery Novel 

 • 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)
 • Raquel V. Reyes, Mango, Mambo, and Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
 • Wendall Thomas, Fogged Off (Beyond the Page Books)

Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970.

 • Susanna Calkins, The Cry of the Hangman (Severn House)
 • John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind (Pegasus Crime)
 • Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division (Soho Crime)
 • Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince (Soho Crime)
 • Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance (Hodder & Stoughton)
 • Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway (William Morrow)

Best Debut Mystery Novel

 • 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)
 • Wanda M. Morris, All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow)

Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories)

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

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