(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Yes, yes, I am really surprised that I am still managing The Gumshoe Site as if it were an international treasure. And I am also surprised that this is my 18th year. How fast time flies. As I write on every New Year's Day, I seriously think about folding the site, but this old geezer is somehow stuck with this. So bear with me. I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. (January 01, 2014)

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.

Joseph D. McNamara Dies

Joseph D. McNamara died of pancreatic cancer on September 19 at his home in Monterey, California. He started as a beat cop in Halem of New York City and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University before he served as police chief in Kansas City, Kansas and in San Jose, California. He wrote five so-called "cop noir" novels, and the first three feature Sgt. Finnbar Fraleigh in California, starting with THE FIRST DIRECTIVE (Crown, 1984). The fifth and last one was LOVE AND DEATH IN SILICON VALLEY (Xlibrary, 2012). He was 79. (September 22, 2014)

Dagger in the Library Award Longlist Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlist for the 2014 Dagger in the Library Award as follows:

MC Beaton (Constable & Robinson)
Tony Black (Black and White Publishing)
Sharon Bolton (Transworld Publishers)
Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Mari Hannah (Pan)
James Oswald (Michael Joseph)
Phil Rickman (Corvus)
Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
Mel Sherratt (Thomas & Mercer)
Neil White (Sphere)

This Dagger Award honors an author's whole body of work rather than a single title. A shortlist will be announced on November 3, and the winner will be awarded in London in late November. (September 19, 2014)

Adrian McKinty Wins Ned Kelly

At the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6, The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) announced the winners for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awars as follows:

Best Crime: IN THE MORINING I'LL BE GONE, by Adrian McKinty
Best First Crime: HADES, by Candice Fox
Best True Crime: MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, by John Safran
Sandra Harvey Short Story Award: "Web Design, " by Emma Viskic

(September 07, 2014)

Joan Rivers Dies

Joan Rivers died on September 04 in New York, NY after going into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure on her vocal cords on August 28. The controversial comedienne wrote a number of bestselling books including one mystey novel, MURDER AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS (Pocket Books HC, 2009), co-written by mystery writer Jerrilyn Farmer. It was supposed to be the first in the Red Carpet Murder Mystery series featuring celebrity interviewer Maxine "Max" Taylor and her daughter Drew modeled on Rivers herself and her daughter Melissa, but no more novels in the series followed. She was 81. (September 05, 2014)

CWA Dagger Shortlists (Part 2) Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the second batch of shortlists for the 2014 CWA Dagger Awards as follows:

Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
THE FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL, by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown)
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)
THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:
APPLE TREE YARD, by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
AN OFFICER AND A SPY, by Robert Harris (Random House)
I AM PILGREM, by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Harper Collins)

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger:
THE AXEMAN'S JAZZ, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
THE SILENT WIFE, A.S.A. Harrison (Headline)
THE STRANGLER VINE, by M.J. Carter (Penguin Fig Tree)

The winners will be announced on October 24 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. (September 03, 2014)

Anthony Bruno Dies

Anthony Bruno died of a cerebral hemorrhage on August 28 at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. The aikido black belt wrote the six novels featuring FBI agents Mike Tozzi and Cuthbert Gibbons, starting with BAD GUYS (Putnam, 1988) and ending with BAD APPLE (Delacorte, 1991). BAD APPLE was adapted for the 2004 television movie starring and produced by actor Chris North. After novelizing the movie script SEVEN (St. Martin's, 1995), he wrote the three novels featuring New Jersey Parole Violators Search Unit members Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli, starting wit DEVIL'S FOOD (1997) and ending with HOT FUDGE (2000, both from Forge). THE SEEKERS: A BOUNTY HUNTER'S STORY (HarperCollins, 2000) he co-wrote with Joshua Armstrong was nominated for the 2001 Edgar Award in the fact crime category. He was 61. (September 01, 2014)

Hardboiled Magazine Is No More

Gary Lovisi, publisher of Gryphon Books, has decided that the just-issued Hardboiled Magazine #47 (September 2014 issue), which he edits and publishes, is the last one. Hardboiled was originally launched by Wayne Dundee, another mystery writer, in 1985 as a semi-pro mystery magazine, but Dundee decided to end it in 1991 after issue #12. Meanwhile, Lovisi had been editing and publishing another semi-pro mystery magazine, Detective Story Magazine, since 1988, and agreed to take over the helm of Hardboiled as editor and publisher with issue #13. So Lovisi has been publishing Hardboiled for almost 23 years. Andrew Vachss, Bill Crider, Max Allan Collins, C.J. Henderson, Morris Hershman and many other writers contributed stories to this hardboilded magazine. As to me, I have been subscribing to Hardboiled since 1985. As Lovisi writes, Hardboiled #47 is the last hard copy issue. Maybe it will come back in the future as an e-magazine or online magazine. (August 28, 2014)

C.J. Henderson Dies

I just found out that C.J. "Chris" Henderson died on July 04 after a long struggle with cancer in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote comics, and fantasy and crime novels. He began writing pulpish stories featuring New York private eye Jack Hagee for Hardboiled Magazine in the 80's, and Gryphon Books (publisher: Gary Lovisi) published the first Jack Hagee story collection, WHAT YOU PAY FOR (1990). Then he wrote three hardboiled Hagee novels starting with NO FREE LUNCH (Diamond, 1992) and ending with SOMETHING FOR NOTHING (Jove, 1993), as well as the six supernatural shamus Teddy London novels under the Robert Morgan pen-name, starting with THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT THERE (Diamond, 1992) and ending with SOME THINGS COME BACK (Berkley, 1995). He was 62. (August 28, 2014)

Silvia Matthews Dies

Silvia "Sly" Matthews died on August 18 at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The mystery reader was very active in the 4 Mystery Addicts mailling list. She was 72. (August 21, 2014)

Jeremiah Healy Dies

Jeremiah Healy took his own life on August 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida after battling chronic depression for years. The former law professor wrote Boston private eye John Francis Cuddy novels starting with BLUNT DARTS (Walker, 1984) and ending with SPIRAL (Pocket, 1999) as well as a number of Cuddy short stories. The second Cuddy novel, THE STAKED GOAT (Harper & Row, 1986) won a Shamus Award. Under the pseudonym Terry Levine, he also wrote three Mairead (pronounced "Muh-RAID") O'Clare legal thrillers, featuring a young Irish lawyer, such as UNCOMMON JUSTICE (Putnam, 2001). He served as President of the Private Eye of America (PWA) and that of the Interenational Association of Crime Writers (IACW). He was 66. (August 16, 2014)

Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a fan club of Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin and Rex Stout, has announced the nominees for the 2014 Nero Award as follows:

ASK NOT, by Max Allan Collins (Forge)
THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET, by Archer Mayor (St. Martins)
MURDER AS A FINE ART, by David Morrell (Little, Brown)
A STUDY IN REVENGE, by Kieran Shields (Crown)
A QUESTION OF HONOR, by Charles Todd (Morrow)

The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held on December 6, 2014 in New York City. (July 02, 2014)

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2014 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press)
DEAD LIONS, by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
ORDEINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
THE WICKED GIRLS, by Alex Marwood (Penguin Books)
HOW THE LIHGT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE, by Ian Rankin (Reagan Arthur Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach, California on November 13. (June 25, 2014)

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2014 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover PI novel are as follows:

LITTLE ELVISES, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime), featuring Junior Bender
THE MOJITO COAST, by Richard Helms (Five Star), featuring Cormac Loame
W IS FOR WASTED, by Sue Grafton (Putnam), featuring Kinsey Millhone
THE BOOD COP, by Brad Parks (Minotaur), featuring Carter Ross
NEMESIS, by Bill Pronzini (Forge), featuring Nameless Detective

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 14 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon in Long Beach, California. (June 11, 2014)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Boucnercon 2014 has announced the nominees for the 2014 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

SUSPECT, by Robert Crais (Putnam)
A COLD AND LONELY PLACE, by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
THE WRONG GIRL, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur)

And Jeffery Deaver will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 15 during Bouchercon 2014 to be held in Long Beach, California. (May 21, 2014)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

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

A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
A TAP ON THE WINDOW, by Linwood Barclay (New American Library)
SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press)
SUSPECT, by Robert Crai (Putnam)
ORDINARY GARACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE, by Ian Rankin (Reagan Arthur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during Bouchercon to be held in Long Beach, California this November. (April 18, 2014)

Fuminori Nakamura to Receive Goodis Award

Noircon has announced that Fuminori Nakamura will receive the 2014 Davis Goodis Award at Noircon 2014 to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 30 thru November 02. (February 03, 2014)


(Updated on September 19, 2014)

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