(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Oh, yes, I am as surprised as you are that I am still managing The Gumshoe Site as if it were an international treasure. When I was thinking about folding this site, somebody out of the blue told me flatteringly that it is really an international treasure. This is my 19th 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, 2015)

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.

Charlene Weir Dies

Charlene Weir (rhymes with cheer) died on April 04 in El Cerrito, California. The former nurse started writing after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Before winning the St. Martin's Malice Domestic contest for THE WINTER WIDOW (St. Martin, 1992), introducing Susan Wren, police chief in Hampstead, Kansas, she contributed several stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The seventh Wren novel, EDGE OF MIDNIGHT (St. Martin's, 2007), is her most recent book. She was 77. (April 21, 2015)

Tom Bouman Wins LAT Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times announced the winners for the 2015 LAT Book Prizes on April 18 at Bovard Auditorium on USC Campus, and Tom Bouman won the Prize in the mystery/thriller category for DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY (W. W. Norton). To see the winners in all the categories, click here. (April 19, 2015)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover novel categofy are as follows:

THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
BROKEN MONSTERS, by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
SUSPICION, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (William Morrow)
THAT NIGHT, by Chevy Steves (St. Martin's)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Nelson DeMille will receive the 2015 ThrillerMaster Award, and Kathy Reichs the 2015 Silver Bullett Award. The winners will be announced during ThrillerFest X on July 11, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 01, 2015; revised, April 03)

Eva Hudson Dies

Eva Hudson died of cancer on February 27 in the UK. The former government officer started writing in 2005 and her first published novel, THE LOYAL SERVANT (Venatrix, 2012) won the inaugural Lucy Cavendis fiction prize from Cambridge University in 2011. She chose to take the indie route and published her novels in e-book format. Her Ingrid Skyberg series started with FRESH DOUBT (2014), Skyberg being an FBI special agent in the American Embassy in London. Before her death, she published six full-length novels, two short story collections and a novella. The unfinished fourth Skyberg nevel will be completed by her developmental editor Jo Monroe. She was 50. (March 27, 2015)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

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

Best Novel:
The Fever, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Jack of Spies, by David Downing (Soho)
The Secret Plac, by Tana French (Viking)
Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
Die Again, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
After I'm Gone,by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel:
Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman (Norton)
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (Viking)
The Home Place, by Carrie La Seur (William Morrow)
Ice Shear, by M.P. Cooley (William Morrow)
Confessions, by Kanae Minato and translated by Stephen Snyder (Mulholland Books)
The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica (Mira)

In addition, Otto Penzler will receive the Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the crime genre.

The winners will be annnounced and the wards be presented on July 8 in New York City. (March 27, 2015)

Robert Rosenblum Dies

Robert J. Rosenblum (not to be confused with art historian Robert Rosenblum) died peacefully at his family home on March 12 in Berkeley, California. The New York-born began writing fiction while living Hertfordshire, England as a Brandeis student. He wrote 8 books under his own name including THE MASHROOM CAVE (Doubleday, 1973) and COVER STORIES (Delacorte, 1979), and 17 more books under 7 different pseudonyms such as Johanna Kingsley, Jessica March, Jeanne Day Lord, Angelica Moon, and David Locke. He authored ARCADE (Doubleday, 1984) using the Robert Maxxe pen-name. As Nicholas Conde, he and Robert Nathan co-wrote THE REGION (NAL, 1983), which was made into the 1987 movie directed by John Schlesinger as "The Believers", and IN THE DEEP WOODS (St. Martin's, 1989), which became the 1995 Anthony Perkins-starring TV movie scripted by Nathan and Rosenblum). His last novel is DIE, DIE, DIET (Kindle, 2012), a humorous mystery yarn featuing the Homeland Security agent "Bearcat" Stutz. He was 77. (March 18, 2015)

Left Coast Crime Award Winners Announced

Left Coast Crime 2015, "Crimelandia," announced the winners for the 2015 LCC awards on March 14 in Portland, Oregon as follows:

The Lefty: HERBIE'S GAME, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award:
A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)
The Rose: PIRATE VISHNU, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
The Rosebud: THE LIFE WE BURY, by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books)

By the way, The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA), which had been awarding the Dylis Award every year for the mystery title the member booksellers had most enjoyed selling, dissolved as a formal organization in November 2014. Hence, no Dylis Award. (March 15, 2015)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures announced the nominees for the 2015 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

Best Novel:
THE MARCO EFFECT, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
THE REST IS SILENCE, by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
HOLLOW GIRL, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus Books)
PROVIDENCE RAG, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
STRANGE SHORES, by Arnaldur Indridason (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The Barry Award winners will be announced during Bouchercon 2015 to be held this October 8 thru 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (March 13, 2015)

Graeme Flanagan Dies

Graeme Flanagan died of pancreatic cancer on February 21 in Australia. The retired public servant was a renowned Australian paperback collector, who wrote a number of articles on paperbacks and mystery writers and compiled ROBERT BLOCH: A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY (self-published, 1979) and AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE PAPERBACK GUIDE (Gryphon Books, 1994). He once managed a popular Robert McGinnis fansite with a lot of Carter Brown book covers, which was closed in 2008. He was 67. (February 26, 2015)

Catherine Aird To Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Catherine Aird will receive the 2015 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30. (February 07, 2015)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Hammett Prize as follows:

WAYFARING STRANGER, by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
SMOKE RIVER, by Krista Foss (McClelland & Stewart)
GANGSTERLAND, by Tod Goldberg (Counterpoint)
MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner)
GOODHOUSE, by Peyton Marshall (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Hammett Prize winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey, October 2-4. To see the press release, click here. (February 01, 2015)

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic announced the nominees for the 2015 Agatha awards. The nominees in the best contemporary novel category are as follows:

THE GOOD, THE BAD ,AND THE EMUS, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
A DEMON SUMMER, by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
TRUTH BE TOLD, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
DESIGNATED DAUGHTERS, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)

And Sara Paretsky will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The Agatha winners will be announced on May 2 during the Malice Domestic conference to be held in Bethesda, Maryland. (February 01, 2015)

2015 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2015 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)
WOLF, by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic)
MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner)
THE FINAL SILENCE, by Stuart Neville (Soho Press)
SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE, by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)
COPTOWN, by Karin Slaughter (Ballantine Books)

To see the nominees of all the categories, click here. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City except the Mary Higgins Clark Award, which will be announced on April 28. (January 22, 2015)


(Updated on April 21, 2015)

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