(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Yes, yes, I am still managing The Gumshoe Site as if it were an international treasure. This is my 20th year, can you believe it? As I write on every New Year's Day, I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. Take care of your own lives. (January 01, 2016)

Warning to bloggers! -- When you re-use my info, please do not copy-and-paste it word for word, but quote it or paraphrase it, at least. My wording is so awkwardly distinct or so distinctly awkward, I can easily spot copy-and-paste non-artists, and so can smart blog-readers.

2016 Arthur Ellis Award Winners Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the nominees for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Grand Master Award Recipient: Eric Wright (posthumously)
Best Novel: OPEN SEASON, by Peter Kirby (Linda Leith Publishing)
Best First Novel: THE UNQUIET DEAD, by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
Best Novella: "Black Canyon," by Jeremy Bates (in DARK HEARTS; Ghillinnein Books)
Best Short Story: "The Avocado Kid," by Scott Mackay (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
Best Book in French: L'AFFAIRE MYOSOTIS, by Luc Chartrand (Quebec Amerique)
Best Juvenile/YA: TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE, by Stephanie Tromly (Kathy Dawson Books)
Best Nonfiction: EMPIRE OF DECEPTION, by Dean Jobb (HarperCollins)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: WHEN THE FLOOD FALLS, by Jayne Barnard

The winners were announced at The 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala on May 26 at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Canada. (May 27, 2016)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2015 Strand Magazine Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel:
CAREER OF EVEL, by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books)
A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES, by Elizabeth George (Viking)
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB, by Phillip Kerr (Putnam)
FORTY THIEVES, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price (Henry Holt)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Novel:
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, by Sascha Arango (Atria)
NORMAL, by Graeme Cameron (Mira)
THE MARAUDERS, by Tom Cooper (Crown)
PAST CRIMES, by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins)
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
DISCLAIMER, by Renee Knight (Harper)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recepients:
Jeffery Deaver
Colin Dexter

The awards will be announced and presented at an invitation-only cocktail party in New York on July 5. (May 25, 2016)

Elizabeth Edmondson Dies

I belatedly found out that Elizabeth Edmondson died of cancer on January 11 in Oxford, United Kingdom. She was just longlisted for the 2016 CWA Endeavor Historical Dagger Award for A MAN OF SOME REPUTE and A QUESTION OF INHERITANCE (both published in 2015 by Thomas & Mercer). They are the first and second novels, respectively, in her Very English Mystery series featuring intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth. She studied Jane Austen at Oxford with Austen biographer Lord David Cecil and wrote novels and novellas related to Austen's works, beginning with MR. DARCY'S DAUGHTERS (2003) as by Elizabeth Aston. She also wrote the Mountjoy historical series under the Elizabeth Pewsey pseudonym in the 1990's. She was 67. (May 25, 2016)

CWA Dagger Longlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the its 2016 Dagger Award longlists at Crimefest in Bristol on May 20. The longlistees in the Goldsboro Gold Dagger category is follows:

DODGERS, by Bill Beverly (No Exit Press)
BLACK WIDOW, by Christopher Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
AFTER YOU DIE, by Eve Dolan (Harvill Secker)
REAL TIGERS, by Mick Herron (John Murray)
FINDERS KEEPERS, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
DEAD PRETTY, by David Mark (Mulholland)
BLOOD SALT WATER, by Denise Mina (Orion)
SHE DIED YOUNG, by Elizabeth Wilson (Serpent's Tail)

To see the longlists in all the categories, click here. The shortlists will follow in a couple of months. (May 21, 2016)

Darwyn Cooke Dies

Darwyn Cooke died of lung cancer on May 14 at his home in Florida. Of course, he was famous as a Canadian-born comic-book artist for the modern version of Superman, Batman, Catwoman, The Spirit among others. He also adapted Richard Stark/Donald E Westlake's four Parker novels into the comic-book form: THE HUNTER (2009); THE OUTFIT(2010); THE SCORE (2012); and SLAYGROUND (2013, all from IDW). He won the Will Eisner Awards for THE OUTFIT as best writer/artist and for SLAYGROUND as best letterer. He was 53. (May 15, 2016)

Jim Lavene Dies

Jim Lavene collapsed and died on May 05 unexpectedly at a hospital in Concord, North Carolina. He and his late wife Joyce (1954-2015) wrote many cozy mystery series collaboratively under their own names and a couple of pseudonyms (Joye Ames, J. J. Cook, Ellie Grant, and Elyssa Henry). The photojournalists and garden columnists wrote many cozy mysteries and created many series characters including Sharyn Howard (a sheriff in North Carolina), Peggy Lee (not the singer but a garden shop owner), Glad Wycznewski (an ex-cop from Chicago), Jessie Morton (an assistant professor, Dae O'Donnell (a psychic mayor in a North Carolina town), Stella Griffin (a fire chief in a Tennessee town), Jessie Morton (a owner of a diner in Alabama) and others for Berkley, Harlequin, Gallery and Midnight Ink Books. One of their latest novels is SWEET PEPPER HERO (Berkley, 2016), a Stella Griffin mystery. He was 63. (May 07, 2016; revised, May 12)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2016 has announced the nominees for the 2016 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

NIGHT TREMORS, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
THE KILLING KIND, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
THE CHILD GARDEN, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur/Sphere)
WHAT YOU SEE, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 16 during Bouchercon to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. (May 07, 2016)

Jon Talton Wins Spotted Owl

Orengon-based Friends of Mystery has announced that HIGH COUNTRY NOCTURNE, by Jon Talton (Poisoned Pen Press, 2015) is the winner of the 2016 Spotted Owl Award. The winner will received the award in September. (May 06, 2016)

Margaret Maron Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announce the winners (or recipients) of the 2016 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First Place: "We on the Train!" by Margaret Maron (May 2015)
Second Place (ties): "The Lake Tenant," by Brendan DuBois (November 2015)
and "No Cabs After Midnight," by William Halstead (June 2015)
Third Place: "Rizzo's Good Cop," by Lou Manfredo (December 2015)

The awards were given at the Dell Magazine Cocktail Party on April 28. (May 06, 2016)

Maron, King Win Agatha

Malice Domestice announced on April 30 the winners for the 2016 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Cotemporary Novel: LONG UPON THE LAND, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)
Best Historical Novel: DREAMING SPIES, by Laurie R. King (Bantam)
Best First Novel: ON THE ROAD WITH DEL AND LOUISE, by Art Taylor (Henery Press)
Best Non-Fiction: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER, by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
Best Short Story: "A Year Without Santa Claus?" by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015)
Best Children's/Young Adult: ANDI UNSTOPPABLE, by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Katherine Hall Page
Poirot Award Recipients: Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
Amelia Award Recipient: Douglas Greene

The winners were announced at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 30, 2016 during Malice Domestic 28 held in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 01, 2016)

Lori Roy Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America announced on April 28 the winners for the 2016 Edgar Award as follows:

Best Novel: LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, by Lori Roy (Dutton)
Best First Novel: THE SYMPATHIZER, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
Best Paperback Original: THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
Best Short Story: "Obits," by Stephen King (in BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS, Simon & Schuster)
Best Fact Crime: WHIPPING BOY, by Allen Kurzweil (Harper)
Best Critical/Biographical: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER, by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
Best Juvenile: FOOTER DAVIS PROBABLY, by Susan Vaught (Simon &Shuster)
Best Young Adult: A MADNESS SO DISCREET, by Mindy McGinnis (Scholastic)
Best TV Episode Teleplay: "Gently with the Women," by Peter Flannery (in "George Gently"; Acorn TV)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick," by Russell W. Johnson (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 2015)
Grand Master Award: Walter Mosley
Raven Awards (separately): Margaret Kinsman; and Sisters in Crime
Ellery Queen Award: Janet Rudolph, founder of Mystery Readers International
Mary Higgins Clark Award: LITTLE PRETTY THINGS, by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street Books)
Charles Todd Distinguuished Service Award: Daniel J. Hall

(April 29, 2016)

Masako Togawa Dies

Masako Togawa died of stomach cancer on April 26 at a hospital in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The "chansonniere" and club owner wrote her first novel, THE MASTER KEY (Century UK 1984; Dodd Mead US, 1985), which won the Rampo Award as the best unpublished mystery novel in 1957. THE LADY KILLER (Century, 1985; Dodd Mead, 1986) was adapted for the movie starring Togawa herself. Two other novels have been translated into English: A KISS OF FIRE (Dodd Mead, 1988) and SLOW FUSE (Pantheon 1995). A couple of American publishers were interested in re-issuing her novels without any success. She was the Japanese representative for the International Association of Crime Writers in the 1980's, when one of its founders Roger L. Simon told me to ask her she become the representative. She said yes and went to Soviet-Russia for an IACW gathering. She sent me a bottle of real Russian vodka as a souvenir. She was 85. (April 27, 2016)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers has announced the nominees for the 2016 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover novel category are as follows:

THE FIFTH GOSPEL, by Ian Caldwell (Simon & Schuster)
PLAYING WITH FIRE, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, by David Morrell (Mulholland)
PRETTY GIRLS, by Karin Slaughter (Morrow)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on July 9 during ThrillerFest XI to be held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 07, 2016)

Janet Rudolph To Receive Dove

Janet Rudolph will receive the 2016 George N. Dove Award for Contributions to the Study of Mystery and Crime Fiction on March 25 during the Popular Culture Association/ACA annual conference in Seattle, Washington. As everybody may know, she is the founder of the Mystery Readers International; editor/publisher of its quarterly periodical, The Mystery Readers Journal; organizer of monthly Literary Salons held at her home in Berkeley, California: blogger of Mystery Fanfare; and one of the founders of Left Coast Crime among other things. Congrats, Janet! (March 18, 2016)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2016 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

BADLANDS, by C. J. Box (Minotaur)
A SONG OF SHADOWS, by John Connolly (Emily Bestler/Atria)
THE STOLEN ONES, by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam)
LIFE OR DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
DEVIL OF DELPHI, by Jeff Siger (Poisoned Pen Press)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 15 during Bouchercon to be hold in New Orleans, Mississippi. (March 16, 2016)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE as follows:

THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
SORROW LAKE, by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Henry Holt)
THE DO-RIGHT, by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press)
THE ORGAN BROKER, by Stu Strumwasser (Arcade)

To see the press release, click here. The winner will be announced during the during the NoirCon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 26-30. (January 30, 2016)

Peter James to Receive CWA Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Peter James will receive the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony in London. James is the author of the British police procedural sereis featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. (Janurary 23, 2016)


(Updated on May 27, 2016)

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