(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 22nd year of managing The Gumshoe Site. (Can you believe it? I can't.) 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 as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings. (January 01, 2018)

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Barbara Brooks Wallace Dies

Barbara Brooks Wallace died of complications from pneumonia on November 27 at a hospice center in Arlington, Virginia. The Chinese-born children's book author wrote her first Victorian mystery, CLAUDIA (Follett, 1969), and kept writing almost a book a year. She was nominated twice for Edgars in the juvenile category for COUSINS IN THE CASTLE (Atheneum, 1996) and GHOSTS IN THE GALLERY (Simon & Schuster, 2000), and won Edgars twice in the same category for THE TWIN IN THE TAVERN (1993) and SPARROWS IN THE SCULLERY (1997, both from Atheneum) and other notable children's book awards. Her last book was SEEKING NIP AND TUCK (Pangea Press, 2017). She was 95. (December 07, 2018)

Stephen Mack Jones Wins Nero

The Wolfe Pack, a group of Nero Wolfe and Rex Stout fans, has announced that AUGUST SNOW, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho)
won the the 2018 Nero Award. The winner was announced on December 01 at the Black Orchid Banquet held at Arno Ristrante in New York City. (December 03, 2018)

MWA Withdraws Fairstein's Grand Master Award

After the complaints expressed by the 2018 Edgar Award winner Attica Locke and other Mystery Writers of America members about Linda Fairstein's wrongful prosecution of the Central Park Five case in 1990 when Fairstein was working at Manhattan District Attorney's Office, MWA announced that it withdrew Fairstein's Grand Master award. (November 30, 2018)

Martin Cruz Smith to Receive MWA Grand Master Awards

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that Martin Cruz Smith will receive the 2019 Grand Master Awards on April 25 at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held in New York City for his "achievement in mystery writing" and for his "importand contributions to this genre."

At the Edgar Awards Banquet, Marilyn Stasio, the myster critic for the New York Times Book Review will receive the 2019 Raven Award, and Linda Landrigan, the editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine will be the recipient of the 2019 Ellery Queen Award. (November 28, 2018; revised November 30)

Mary Frisque Dies

Mary Frisque died on November 26 in New York, NY. The Seattle-born administrator was the former executive secretary of the Mystery Writer of America (MWA) and had been the executive director of the North American Branch of the international Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) as well as an assistant program officer at the CUNY Graduate Center. I first met her at the old MWA office on lower Fifth Avenue, New York, where she had worked as the executive secretary. We often met at mystery gatherings such as Bouchercon. She asked me to post the information on the Hammett Prize nominees and winner onto The Gumshoe Site almost every year, and I willingly obliged. She was 81. (November 28, 2018)

William Goldman Dies

William Goldman died of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia on November 16 at his home in New York, NY. The famous prolific screenwriter and novelist's first novel was THE THE TEMPLE OF GOLD (Knopf, 1957) , a coming-of-age tale, his first mystery novel was NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (Gold Medal, 1964; originally written as by Harry Longbaugh), and his first screenplay was "Flowers for Algernon," an adaption of the novel by Daniel Keyes for Cliff Robertson but it was unproduced. His famous screenplays include "A Bridge Too Far" (1977; based on Cornelius Ryan's book), "The Princess Bride" (1987; based on his 1973 novel orginally written as by S. Morgenstern), "Misery" (1990; based on Stephen King's novel), "The Chamber" (1996; based on John Grisham's novel), "Absolute Power" (1997; based on David Baldacci's novel) and "The General's Daughter" (1999; based on Nelson DeMille's novel). He won two Oscars for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969; an original screenplay) and "All the President's Men" (1976; based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward). He was nominated twice for Edgars in the screenplay category for "The Hot Rock" (1972; based on Donald E. Westlake's John Dortmunder novel) and "Marathon Man" (1976; based on his 1974 novel), and he won two Edgars in the same category for "Harper" (1966; based on Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer novel, THE MOVING TARGET) and "Magic" (1978; based on his 1976 novel). He was 87. (November 17, 2018)

Lesley Horton Dies

Lesley Horton died peacefully on November 06 after a long illness at her home in West Yorkshire, UK. The former school teacher took early retirement in order to beceome a crime fiction writer. She wrote five gritty police procedural novels. They feature Detective Inspector (later Detective Chief Inspector) John Handford and Detective Sergeant Khalid Ali in Bradford, Yorkshire, starting with SNARE OF GUILT (2002) and finishing with TWISTED TRACKS (2008, all from Orion). She served as chair of The Crime Writers Association in 2009. She had already completed her next novel, a psycological suspense stand-alone. She was 79. (November 14, 2018)

Juris Jurjevics Dies

Juris Jurjevics (pronounced YUR-yeh-vitz) died of heart disease on November 07 in the Bronx, New York. He was co-founder of the independent publisher Soho Press, which now has imprints Soho Crime and Soho Teen. The former editor of several pulishing houses (Harper & Row, Avon, and Dutton) also wrote two thrillers: THE TRUDEAU VECTOR (Viking, 2005), a biotechnical thriller; and RED FLAGS (Houghton Mifflin, 2011), a Vietnam War crime novel with a military investigator. He had finished his third novel, tentatively titled PLAY THE RED QUEEN. He was 75. (November 12, 2018)


(Updated on December 07, 2018)

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