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Left Coast Crime - Lefty Award Nominees

Humorous | Historical | Regional | World

Lefty Best Historical Novel

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Rhys Bowen, Malice at the Palace (Berkley Prime Crime)

"The perfect fix between seasons for Downton Abbey addicts." – Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass

Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.


Susanna Calkins, The Masque of a Murderer (Minotaur Books)

In The Masque of a Murderer, Susanna Calkins has once again combined finely wrought characters, a richly detailed historical atmosphere, and a tightly-plotted mystery into a compelling read.


Heather Haven, The Chocolate Kiss-Off (Wives of Bath Press)

"Persephone 'Percy;' Cole is not your typical 1940s-era gal. She's big, bold, and not afraid of any man. Using a combination of brains, guts, and humor, she's hot on the case of the chocolate-drowned chocolatier." – Amazon review.


Jennifer Kincheloe, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (Seventh Street Books)

"A humorously delightful historical mystery. [Anna's] moxie leaves the reader cheering through tears of laughter. It doesn't require Sherlock to deduce that this suspenseful, smart and funny book is a crack debut."–Shelf Awareness for Readers, STARRED REVIEW


Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies (Bantam Books)

"[Holmes and Russell's] unusual partnership is, as always, a delight to observe, and King expertly combines rich historical detail, deftly drawn characters and taut suspense. For Holmes fans, mystery lovers and those interested in either Japan or Oxford, this novel is a multilayered and entirely enjoyable journey."–Shelf Awareness


Susan Elia MacNeal, Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante (Bantam Books)

"Another winner filled both with fact and marvelous fiction . . . Maggie is a wonderful character with the strength and determination, as well as intelligence, to make her a resourceful spy."–RT Book Reviews


Humorous | Historical | Regional | World