Five Star Authors Nominated for Lefty Award

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that two of its Five Star authors have been nominated for the Lefty Award, recognizing the best humorous mystery novel published in 2009. Mike Befeler, received the nomination for Living With Your Kids Is Murder and Denise Dietz for Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread.

The winner of the Lefty Award is announced at Left Coast Crime, an annual event sponsored by fans of mystery literature for fans of mystery literature. The award honors the best humorous mystery published during the previous year.

Living With Your Kids is Murder, by Colorado author, Mike Befeler, features Paul Jacobson, an octogenarian with short-term memory loss who becomes an amateur sleuth and even has a romance with a younger woman in her seventies.

In the May 2008 issue of the AARP Bulletin, Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in the new emerging mystery sub-genre, “Geezer-lit Mystery.” Befeler’s debut novel, Retirement Homes Are Murder, was published in January 2007. The second novel in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, Living With Your Kids Is Murder, was published in April 2009.

Sidney author, Denise Dietz, has been nominated for a Lefty Award for Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread, a fast-paced “Diet Club Mystery” and the fourth book in her Ellie Bernstein/Lt. Peter Miller series.

Denise Dietz is the bestselling author of Fifty Cents for Your Soul, Beat Up a Cookie, The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter (written under the name Mary Ellen Dennis) and Footprints in the Butter—an Ingrid Beaumont Mystery.

The Lefty Award will be presented at the Left Coast Crime Conference on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Los Angeles Omni Hotel.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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