Crime Does Pay: Award-Winning Mysteries at Left Coast Crime

I am a big mystery fan, but I rarely get the chance to attend the major mystery conventions (unless they are held in the Big Apple). So I have to rely on my excellent stable of mystery reviewers to pitch in for me. Librarian Terry Jacobsen (Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA), attending her first Left Coast Crime (LCC) conference in Los Angeles, shot me a list of the 2010 winners announced at Saturday’s night awards dinner for your collection development pleasure.

  • Dilys (given out by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association for the book members have most enjoyed selling):  Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Delacorte)
  • Lefty (for humorous mystery): Rita Lakin’s Getting Old is a Disaster (Dell). Terry reports that Lakin said in her speech:  "I wrote the book as Valentine’s for my mother."
  • Bruce Alexander Award (for a historical mystery set before 1950): Rebecca Cantrell’s A Trace of Smoke (Forge). Interestingly, I had highlighted this noteworthy moody debut in last year’s mystery preview, "The Great Escape."
  • Panik(named in honor of the late chair, Paul Anik) for L.A.-based noir: Linda Richards’s Death Was in the Picture (St. Martin’s)

Stay tuned for Terry’s full report on her impressions of LCC plus her Oscar-like predictions of the winners of the 2010 Edgar Awards and the 2010 Agatha Awards in a special mystery-focused April 8 edition of our BookSmack! enewsletter.

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Wilda "Willy" Williams ( is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.