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Mystery Monday

Who doesn't enjoy award shows?  Whether its the Oscars, the Grammys, or the Emmys, they all generate their own brand of excitement and glamour. While lacking in the celebrity quotient,the mystery writers have their own prestigious awards, too.  So all of you award junkies, don't despair, because there are plenty of award winners to celebrate.  Mysteries are so varied that they are categorized into their own sub-genres. For example, there are awards for most humorous mysteries, for best LA noir, best historical and any other kind of mysteries you can imagine.  I have listed below some of the latest award winners. See if some of your favorites have been nominated, or better yet, pick up a new favorite.

Left Coast Crime Awards presents the Lefty for most humorous mystery.
 The nominees are:
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
Living With Your Kids is Murder by Mike Befeler
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri
And the winner is:
Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin

Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award for best historical mystery, covering events before 1950
 The nominees are:
Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
Freedom's Flight by Gary Phillips
Serpent in the Thorns by Jeri Westerson
And the winner is:
A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell

Dilys Award given annually by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association to the mystery titles booksellers have most enjoyed selling.
 The nominees are:
A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellroy
The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson
The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
The Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan
And the winner is:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

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