(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 24th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Now we are venturing into a new decade, and I am still managing this same old site. I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. As I wrote last year, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! (January 01, 2020)

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.

Michael Christie Wins Arthur

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announced the winners for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards on April 21 online as follows:
Best Crime Novel: GREENWOOD, by Michael Christie (MacClelland & Stewart)
Best Crime First Novel: NOBODY MOVE, by Philip Elliott (Into the Void Press)
Best Novella: "The Red Chesterfield," by Wayne Arthurson (University of Calgary Press)
Best Short Story: "Closing Doors," by Peter Sellers (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2019)
Best French Book: TEMPETES, by Andree Michaud (Editions Quebec Ameriques)
Best Juvenile or YA Book: KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF, by Tom Ryan (Albert Witman)
Best Nonfiction Book: MURDERED MIDAS, by Charlotte Gray (HarperCollins)
Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript: THE DIEPPE LETTERS, by Liza Rachel Walker
Grand Master Award Recipient: Peter Robinson

The annual awards gala was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners were announced on May 21 on the website and social media. (May 22, 2020)

BAMS To Change Title, Editor

THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES (BAMS) has been published every year since 1997 with Otto Penzler as its series editor, Michele Slung as its preliminary selecting editor, and one of the well-known mystery writers as its annual guest star. The publisher has been Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMM). The first edition was guest-edited by Robert B. Parker and issued in hardcover and paperback (with no e-book) in 1997 by Houghton Mifflin Company (without Harcourt). The 2020 edition will be guest-edited by CJ Box and issued by Mariner Books (paperback imprint of HMM) and e-book this November. (Notice the change of its jacket design from the 2019 edition.)

On April 27, HMM promoted Deb Brody, its editor-in-chief for the nonfiction books, to publisher of adult trade books. Brody has decided to steer BAMS "in a different direction" with a new series editor, and to change the book title to THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY & SUSPENSE STORIES (BAMSS?). She will "make an announcement about the new series editor soon." (May 21, 2020)

Addendum -- It seems that Otto Penzler is going to publish the BAMS series himself at Mysterious Press from 2021, and of course he could not use THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES title or THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY & SUPSENSE STORIES title, either, because these titles are trademarks of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, but he will think up a new title for his annual best or finest anthology series. This kind of news reminds me of some original sports anthology series edited by Penzler about 15 years ago. (May 22, 2020)

Harper Lee Prize Finalists Announced

The University of Alabama School of Law has announced the finalists for the 2020 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction as follows:

THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, by Sujata Massey (soho Crime)
THE HALLOWS, by Victor Methos (Thomas & Mercer)
AN EQUAL JUSTICE, by Chad Zunker (Thomas & Mercer)

The prize is "given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change." The award ceremony will be held later this year, and the priorly-announced winner will receive a copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD signed by Harper Lee. (May 15, 2020)

Angela Zeman Dies

Angela Zeman died on May 02 of the new coronavirus in New York. The former gemologist was mainly a short story writer and contributed stories for a number of anthologies including A HOT AND SULTRY NIGHT FOR CRIME (Berkley hc, 2003; edited by Jeffery Deaver), ON A RAVEN'S WING (Harper, 2009; edited by Stuart Kaminsky), THE RICH AND THE DEAD (Grand Central, 2011; edited by Nelson DeMille), MANHATTAN MAYHEM (Quirk Book, 2015; edited by Mary Higgins Clark), MOM, APPLE, AND MURDER (Berkley, 2000; edited by Nancy Pickard), CRIME SQUARE (Vantage, 2012; edited by Robert J. Randisi) among others. She published one novel, THE WITCH AND THE BORSCHT PEARL (Pendulum Press, 2001), featuring Mrs Risk, a suspected witch; and one story collection, TALES OF THE WITCH (One Road Media, 2012), which contains 7 Mr. Risk stories. Personally I don't know much about her before she got married with Barry T. Zeman, a Mystery Writers of America archivist-librarian-historian and hospital chief. Her latest story was probably "The Second Tales of Roxanne," published in the September/October 2019 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. She was 71. (May 06, 2020; revised May 10)

Maj Sjowall Dies

Maj Sjowall died on April 29 after a long illness in Landskrona, Sweden. The former jounalist-translator was often called "the godmother of Nordic noir or Scandi-noir" or "the Queen of Crime in Sweden," because she co-wrote a series of 10 novels featuring Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockhokm, Sweden with her partner Per Wahloo, who died 1975. Incidentally, they were not officially married, although the early English-language editions of Beck novels billed the co-authors as "a husband-and-wife team" on the book jackets in order to keep the conservative English-reading public from getting upset. The Martin Beck series began with ROSANNA (1965; US ed. Pantheon, 1967), with one "sequal" almost every year, and ended with the tenth and last one, THE TERRORIST (1975; US ed. 1976). The fourth Beck novel, THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN (1968; US ed. Pantheon, 1970) won the the 1971 Edgar Award in the hardcover novel category, and was turned into the 1973 movie set in San Francisco instead in Stockholm, with Walter Matthau as the Martin Beck role. After Wahloo's death, Sjowall refused continuing the series and translated Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels into Swedish. You can read her rare short story, "Long Time No See," included in TEN YEAR STRETCH (Poison Pen Press, 2018), an anthology to celebrate "a decade of crimefiction at CrimeFest, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller. She was 84. (May 04, 2020)

Ann Cleeves Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic announced the winners for the 2020 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporary Novel: THE LONG CALL, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
Best First Mystery Novel: ONE NIGHT GONE, by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House)
Best Historical Mystery: CHARITY'S BURDEN, by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
Best Nonfiction: THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY, by Mo Mouton (Basic Books)
Best Children/Young Adult: THE LAST CRYSTAL, by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press)
Best Short Story: "The Last Word," by Shawn Reilly Simmons (in MALICE DOMESTIC 14: MYSTERY MOST EDIBLE; Wildside Press)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Ellen Hart

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners were announced on Saturday, May 02 online, and will attend the Agatha Awards Banquet at Malice Domestic 33 to be held from April 29 through May 02 next year in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 03, 2020)

Karen Harper Dies

Karen Harper died on April 13 of pancreatic cancer. The former English teacher at Ohio State University wrote over 70 novels: romance, romantice suspense, historicals, and contemporary mysteries, and created several series. The Elizabeth I series set in 1500s England started with THE POYSON GARDEN (Delacorte, 1999); The Maplecreek Amish trilogy started with DARK ROAD HOME (MIRA, 2004), and ended with DARK ANGEL (2005, the winner of the 2006 Mary HIggins Clark Award); The Home Valley Amish series, featuring Sarah Kauffman, an mural painter in her Amish community and Nate MacKensie, an Ohio state arson inspector, started with FALL FROM PRIDE (MIRA, 2011); The Lockwood Sisters series set in Cold Creek, Ohio, started with SHATTERED SECRETS (MIRA, 2014); The South Shores series, featuring Claire Britten, a forensic psychologist in Florida, started with CHASING SHADOWS (MIRA, 2016); The Alaska Wild series just started wih DEEP IN THE ALASKAN WOODS (MIRA, 2020), and the second book, UNDER THE ALASKAN ICE, will be out this December. Three of the non-series romantic suspense novels published by MIRA: THE STONE FOREST (2002); INFERNO (2007); and DOWN RIVER (2010) were nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She was 75. (May 03, 2020

Ennis Willie Dies

Ennis Willie died on April 22 at his home in Johns Creek, Geogia after a long illness. The ex-debt-collector wrote 21 hardboiled paperback cime novels from 1961 thru 1965, before burning out, starting a printing business and dropping out of writing business. His first novel was THE WORK OF THE DEVIL (Merit, 1961), and his style was extremely Mickey Spillanesque with violence and "tame" sex. All of his paperbacks were published by Merit, except VICE TOWN (1962), which was pubbed by Vega. Several of his stories feature Sand, a former crime lord who wants to get out of the underworld with his guns and sensual women's help. It has been very difficult to find any of his old copies of paperbacks, but some Sand stories were re-issued by Ramble House in two volumes: SAND'S GAME (2010), a collection of 5 Sand stories, and SAND'S WAR (2011), with 2 Sand novellas. He was 80. (May 02, 2020)

Bloody Scotland Cancelled

Bloody Scotland 2020, which was scheduled to take place from September 18 thru 20 in Stirling, has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The Bloody Scotland team is now in the process of planning some form of online events. (May 02, 2020

Elly Griffiths Wins Edgar

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the winners for the 2020 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THE STRANGER DIARIES, by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Best First Novel: MIRACLE CREEK, by Angie Kim (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
Best Paperback Original: THE HOTEL NEVERSINK, by Adam O'Fallon Price (Tin House)
Best Fact Crime: THE LESS PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT US, by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Grand Central)
Best Critical/Biographical: HITCHCOCK AND THE CENSORS, by John Billheimer (University Press of Kentuckey)
Best Short Story: "One of These Nights," by Livia Llewellyn (in CUTTING EDGE, edited by Joyce Carol Oates; Akashic Books)
Best Juvenile: ME AND SAM-SAM HANDLE THE APOCALYPSE, by Susan Vaught (Paula Wiseman Books)
Best Young Adult: CATFISHING ON CATNET, by Naomi Kritzer (tor Teen)
Best Televition Episode Teleplay: "Season 5, Episode 4" - Line of Duty, Teleplay by Jed Mercurio (Acorn TV)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Recipient: "There's a Riot Goin' On," by Derrick Harriell (from Milwaukee Noir, edited by Tim Hennessey; Akashic)
Grand Master Award Recipient: Barbara Neely (posthumously)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE NIGHT VISITOR, by Carol Goodman (William Morrow)
Sue Grafton Memoiral Award: BORROWED TIME, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
Raven Award Recipient: Left Coast Crime
Ellery Queen Award Recipient:Kelly Ragland, associate publisher and editorial director of Minotaur Books

The winners were announced on April 30 on twitter. (May 01, 2020)

NoirCon 2020 Cancelled

NoirCon 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Los Angeles from Thursday September 10 thru Sunday September 13, has been cancelled due to covid-19, according to its co-founder and organizer Lou Boxer.

NoirCon is a biennial literary conference devoted to the dark subgenre of fiction and film called "noir." By the way, the previous NoirCon, which was supposed to be held in Philadelphia in 2018, was cancelled too, partly due to the passing of its co-founder Deen Kogan in March 2018. (April 22, 2020)

Bouchercon 2020 Cancelled

Bouchercon 2020, which was planned to be held from October 15 thru 18 in Sacramento, California, has been cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic, according to co-chairs Rae James and Michele Drier. However, the nominees and consequent winners for the 2020 Anthony Awards will be announced somehow. (April 16, 2020)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2020 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover thriller novel category are as follows:

ONE GOOD DEED, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)
RAG AND BONE, by Joe Clifford (Oceanview)
RECURSION, by Blake Crouch (Crown)
THEY ALL FALL DOWN, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
THE CHAIN, by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland)
CONVICTION, by Denise Mina (Mulholland)

To see the nominees in all the six categories, click here.

Since The International Thriller Writers has cancelled ThrillerFest XV (which was scheduled to be held in New York City from July 7 thru 11) and the Thriller Awards Banquet, the Thriller Award winners will be announced in a special presentation on July 11 during "Virtual" ThrillerFest hosted by the International Thriller Writers Facebook page.

Following are some Thriller Award recipients:
2020 ThrillerMaster Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Diana Gabaldon
2020 Silver Bullet Award recipient: Michael Connelly
2020 Thriller Legend Award recipent: Writers House (a literary agency)

(April 15, 2020; revised, April 18)

Theakston Crime Writing Festival Cancelled

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (to be held in Harrogate, England from July 23 thru 26) has been cancelled, but the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020 will be announced online. (April 12, 2020; revised, April 13)

Hammett Award Shorlist Announced

International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) has announced the 2020 Hammett Award Shortlist for "literary excellence in crime writing" as follows*

THE ADVENTURE OF THE PECULIAR PROTOCOLS, by Nicholas Meyer (St. Martin's Press)
BLOOD RELATIONS, by Jonathan Moore (Mariner Books)
BLUFF, by Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Poisoned Pen Press)
THE MURALS, by William Bayer (Severn House)
NORCO '80: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR BANK ROBBERY IN AMERICAN HISTORY, by Peter Houlahan (Counterpoint Press; non-fiction book)

The winner will be announced by early summer, but the location fo the presentation has not been determined yet. (March 08, 2020)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine (soon to go completely digital) has announced the nominees for the 2020 Barry Award Nominees. The nominees in the best mystery/crime novel category are as follows:

THE LOST MAN, by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
IF SHE WAKES, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
METROPOLIS, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
THE BORDER, by Don Winslow (HarperCollins)
YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, October 15 at the Bouchercon 2020 to be held in Sacrament, California.
(February 05, 2020)


(Updated on May 22, 2020)

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