(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 25th 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 before, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! Wear a facial mask, wash your hands, rinse your mouth, keep your distance in order to stay safe and healthy!! (January 01, 2021)

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2021 PWA Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2021 Shamus Award. The nominees in the best private eye novel category are as follows:

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE, by Tracy Clark (Kensington), featuring Cass Raines
DO NO HARM, by Max Allan Collins (Tor Forge), featuring Nathan Heller
BLIND VIGIL, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview), featuirng Rick Cahill
HOUSE ON FIRE, by Joseph Finder (Dutton), featuring Nick Heller
AND NOW SHE'S GONE, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Tor Forge), featuring Grayson Sykes

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Sorry, I don't know how PWA will announce the 2021 Shamus Award winners. (June 02, 2021)

2021 Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2021 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

BEFORE SHE WAS HELEN, by Caroline B. Cooney (Ecco Press)
BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
BLIND VIGIL, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THESE WOMEN, by Ivy Pochoda (Poisoned Pen Press)
WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, by Michael Robotham (Scribner)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at opening ceremonies on Thursday, August 26 at the Bouchercon in New Orleans, Louisiana. (June 02, 2021)

Ian Rankin Wins CrimeFest Award

CrimeFest has announced the winners for the 2021 CrimeFest Awards as follows:

eDunnit Award: A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
Debut Crime Novel Award: THE MAN ON THE STREET, by Trevor Wood (Quercus)
Audible Sounds of Crime Award: THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, by Richard Osman, and reader Lesley Manville (Viking)
Last Laugh Award: SQUEEZE ME, by Carl Hiaasen (Sphere)
H.R.F. Keating (Biographycal or Critical Book) Award: HOWDUNIT, edited by Martin Edwards (Collins Crime Club)
Best Crime Novel for Childres (aged 8-12): ANISHA, ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE, by Serena Patel (Usborne Publishing)
Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (aged 12-16): EIGHT PIECES OF SILVA, by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children's Group)

The winners were announced online at and via its social media pages on June 01. (June 01, 2021)

Will Ferguson Wins CWC Award of Excellence

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the winners for the 2021 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards) as follows:

Best Crime Novel: THE FINDER, by Will Ferguson (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Best Crime First Novel: THE TRANSACTION, by Guglielmo D'Izza (Guernica Editions)
Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: STAY WHERE I CAN SEE YOU, by Katrina Onstad (HarperCollins)
Best Crime Novella: "Never Going Back," by Sam Wiebe (Orca Book Publishers)
Best Crime Short Story: "Cold Wave," by Marcelle Dube (in CRIME WAVE, edited by Karen L. Abrahamson; Sister in Crime/Canada West)
Best French Crime Book: La mariee de corail, by Roxanne Bouchard (Libre Expression)
Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book: RED FOX ROAD, by Frances Greenslade (Puffin Canada)
Best Nonfiction Crime Book: MISSING FROM THE VILLAGE, by Justin Ling (McClelland & Stewart)
Best Unhpublished Manuscript: THE FUTURE, by Raymond Bazowski
2021 Derrick Murdock Award recipient: Marian Misters, co-owner of Sleuth of Baker Street, a mystery bookshop in Toronto

The winners were announced across Canada on Thursday, May 27, 2021. (May 28, 2021)

Joan Schenkar Dies

Joan Schenkar died on May 05 in Paris, France. The experimental playwright first wrote TRULY WILDE (Basic Books, 2000), a biography about Dolly Wilde (1895-1941), the niece of Oscar Wilde and lover of Natalie Clifford Barney, before a large-scale biography about Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), entitled THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: THE SECRET LIFE AND SERIOUS ART OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH (St. Martin's, 2009). Her Highsmith bio was nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award in the bio/critical work category from the Mystery Writers of America and for the 2010 Agatha Award in the nonfiction category from Malice Domestic, and won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. Schenkar also edited PATRICIA HIGHSMITH: SELECTED NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES (Norton, 2011). She was 78. (May 23, 2021)

Marvin Kaye Dies

Marvin Kaye died on May 13 in hospice care in New York, NY. The former Harcourt Brace Jacovich senior editor was a prolific editor and anthologist of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery, as well as a fiction writer and playwright. He wrote the Hilary Quaye (a public relation woman and private eye wannabe in Manhattan) series of 5 books, starting with A LIVELY GAME OF DEATH (Saturday Review Press, 1972) and ending with THE SOAP OPERA SLAUGHTERS (Doubleday, 1982). He also penned another series of two books featuring Marty Gold, a crime-prone pharmacist in Manhattan; MY SON THE DRUGGIST (1977); and MY BROTHER THE DRUGGIST(1979, both from Doubleday). He edited three Sherlockian anthologies: THE GAME IS AFOOT (1994); RESURRECTED HOLMES (1996); and THE CONFIDENTIAL CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1998, all three from St. Martin's). He was also the editor of magazines such as H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror (2004-2009), Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine (2008-2013), and Weird Tales (2011-2014). He was 83. (May 22, 2021)

CWA Dagger Shortlists Announced

On May 20, The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists for the 2021 Dagger Awards. The 7 shortlistees in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

S A Cosby: Blacktop Wasteland (Headline, Headline Publishing Group)
Ben Creed: City of Ghosts (Welbeck Fiction, Welbeck Publishing Group)
Nicci French: House of Correction (Simon & Schuster)
Robert Galbraith: Troubled Blood (Sphere, Little, Brown Book Group)
Elly Griffiths: The Postscript Murders (Quercus)
Thomas Mullen: Midnight Atlanta (Little, Brown, Little, Brown Book Group)
Chris Whitaker: We Begin at the End (Zaffre, Bonnier)

To see the shortlistees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at Daggers Live!, the online CWA Dagger awards ceremony on July 01 at 7:30pm. (May 20, 2021)

Anabel Donald Dies

Anabel Donald died suddenly on March 30 in County Waterford, Ireland. The former English instructor at University of Texas at Austin wrote her first novel, HANNA AT THIRTY-FIVE (Hodder, 1984), about the life of a newly divorced woman, but it was a mainstream novel. She began to write the "Notting Hill" mystery series of 5 books, featuring Alex Tanner, a female TV researcher and part-time private eye in London, England, starting with AN UNCOMMON MURDER (Macmillan, 1992) and ending with DESTROY UNOPENED (Macmillan, 1999). Her last novel, non-mystery, was BE NICE (Jonathan Cape, 2002), a female version of LORD OF THE FLIES. She was 76. (May 15, 2021)

2021 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2021 has announced the nominees for the 2021 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel are as follows:

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosb (Flatiron)
LITTLE SECRETS, by Jennifer HIllier (Minotaur)
AND NOW SHE'S GONE, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
THE FIRST TO LIE, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on August 28 during Bouchercon 2021 to be held in New Orleans, Louisinana from August 25 thru 29. (May 06, 2021)

Jason Matthews Dies

Jason Matthews died of corticobasal degenaration, a rare and untreatable neurodegenerative disease, on April 28 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. The retired CIA spy wrote his first novel, RED SPARROW (Scribner, 2013), introducing Dominika Egorova, a Russian agent, and Nate Nash, a CIA agent, in the tradition of John le Carre and Charles McCarry. The novel won the 2014 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers in America as well as the 2014 Thriller Award from the International Thriller Writers in the best first novel, and was turned into the 2018 spy movie of the same name starring Jennifer Lawrence with him serving as technical adviser. Mattews followed the first novel with two more Sparrow novels: PALACE OF TREASON (2015) and THE KREMLIN'S CANDIDATE (2018, both from Scribner). He was 69. (May 01, 2021)

Deepa Anappara Wins Edgar

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the winners for the 2021 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel:DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE, by Deepa Anappara (Random House)
Best First Novel: PLEASE SEE US, by Caitlin Mullen (Gallery Books)
Best Paperback Original: WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, by Alyssa Cole (Morrow)
Best Fact Crime: DEATH IN MUD LICK, by Eric Eyre (Scribner)
Best Critical/Biographical: PHANTOM LADY, by Christina Lane (Chicago Review Press)
Best Short Story: "Dust, Ash, Flight," by Maaza Mengiste (in ADDIS ABABA NOIR, edited by Maaza Mengiste; Akashic Books)
Best Juvenile: PREMEDITATED MYRTLE, by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Algonquin)
Best Young Adult: THE COMPANION, by Katie Alender (Putnam)
Best Televition Episode Teleplay: "Episode 1, Photochemistry" - Dead Still, Written by John Morton (Acorn TV)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Recipient: "The Bite," by Colette Bancroft (in TAMPA BAY NOIR, edited by Colette Bancroft; Akashic Books)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE, by Elsa Hart (Minotaur Books)
Sue Grafton Memorial Award: VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY, by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House Books)
Grand Master Award Recipients: Jefferey Deaver and Charlaine Harris
Raven Award Recipient: Malice Domestic
Ellery Queen Award Recipietn: Reagan Arthur, Publisher of Alfred A. Knopf

The winners were announced on April 29 online. (April 30, 2021)

2021 ITW Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2021 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover category are as follows:

BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
HI FIVE, by Joe Ide (Mulholland Books)
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, by Richard Osman (Penguin)
THESE WOMEN, by Ivy Pochonda (Ecco)
CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45, by Lisa Unger (Park Row)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, July 10, 2021 during Virtual ThrillerFest. (April 21, 2021)

Barb Goffman Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announced the results of the 2020 EQMM Readers Award poll, and the top three are as follows:

First place: Barb Goffman for "Dear Emily Etiquette" (September/October 2020)
Second place: John M. Floyd fro "Crow's Nest" (January/February 2020)
Third place: Gregory Fallis for "Terrible Ideas" (September/October 2020)

These are the three most favorite stories published in EQMM in 2020 among its readership. To see the top ten finalists, buy the May/June issue of EQMM. (April 21, 2021)

2021 Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for the 2021 Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence as follows:

IN OLD BOMBAY, by Nev March (Minotaur)
THE MOUNTAINS WILD, by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Minotaur)
THREE HOURS IN PARIS, by Cara Black (Soho)
WINTER COUNTS, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco)

Details on its winner announcement have not been determined yet. (March 29, 2021)

2021 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2021 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the best contemporary novel category are as follows:

GIFT OF THE MAGPIE, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
MURDER IN THE BAYOU BONEHYARD, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
FROM BEER TO ETERNITY, by Sherry Harris (Kensington)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE LUCKY ONE, by Lori Rader-Day (Morrow)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winner will be announced and the awards be presented during MORE THAN MALICE, an online virtual crime festival this July 14-17. (March 27, 2021)

2021 Barry Award Nominees Announced

George Easter, the editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, has announced the nominees for the 2021 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, by Harlan Coben (Grand Central)
THE LAW OF INNOCENCE, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
AND NOW SHE'S GONE, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
MOONFLOWER MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on August 26, during the opening ceremonies at Bouchercon to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 21, 2021)


(Updated on June 02, 2021)

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