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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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Craig Russell Wins McIlvanney

The Bloody Scotland has announced the winners for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize (formerly the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Prize) and the 2021 Scottish Crime Debut of the Year Prize as follows:

McIlvanney Prize: HYDE, Craig Russell (Constable)
[It is his second McIlvanney Prize win after GHOSTS OF ALTONA in 2015.]

Scottish Crime Debut Prize: EDGE OF THE GRAVE, by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)

The winners of the McIlvanney Prize and the Debut Prize were announced at the Albert Halls in Stirling, Scotland on September 17 live online. (September 18, 2021)

Robert Richardson Dies

Robert Richardson died on August 31 following a short illness in South Yorkshire, England. The former journalist's first novel, THE LATIMER MERCY (Gollancz, 1985), introducing Augustus Maltravers, a journalist-turned-playwright and novelist, won the 1985 John Creasey Memorial Dagger (now New Blood Dagger) Award. It was followed with five more Maltravers novels ending with THE LAZARUS TREE (Gollancz, 1992). Then he switched from whodunits with an amateur sleuth to psychological suspense novels with THE HAND OF STRANGE CHILDREN (Gollancz, 1993), a stand-alone, which was nominated for the 1993 Gold Dagger Award. After he wrote two more stand-alones: SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (1995) and VICTIMS (1997), he stopped writing mystery novels but remained a very active member of the Crime Writers Association (CWA). He served two distinct terms as Chair of the CWA: in 1993-1994 and 2006-2007. He received the CWA Red Herrings Award for his distinguished service to the CWA and its members. He was 80. (September 17, 2021)

J. Randolph Cox Dies

J. Randolph Cox died on September 14 at a care center in Northfield, Minnesota. The former libraran at St. Olaf College in Northfield served as the editor-publisher of Dime Novel Round-Up for more than 20 years, edited MASTERS OF MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION (Scarecrow Press, 1989), and authored MAN OF MAGIC AND MYSTERY (Scarecrow Press, 1989; a biblio-biography of the creator of The Shadow), THE DIME NOVEL COMPANION (Greenwood Press, 2000), and FLASHGUN CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (Book Hunter Press, 2005; with David S. Siegel) among others. He frequently contributed articles for many mystery reference books and fanzines and received the 2014 Munsey Award presented by PulFest. He was 84. (September 17, 2021)

Caroline Todd Dies

Caroline Todd, one-half of the mother-and-son writing team that authors under the joint pseudonym Charles Todd, died peacefully on August 28 (NOT on 27 as I previously reported, sorry) in Delaware. The former Associate Press reporter started to co-write (with her son Charles Todd, a former corporate trouble-shooter) A TEST OF WILLS (St. Martin's, 1986), introducing Inspector Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard inspector with shell shock from World War One. This historical novel won the 1997 Barry Award and was nominated for the Edgar Award in the first novel category, resulting in their continuing to produce almost one Rutledge book every year. In addition, they started another historical mystery series featuring Bess Crawford, a British army nurse in World War One, starting with A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Morrow, 2009). AN UNMARKED GRAVE (Crawford #4, 2012), A QUESTION OF HONOR (Crawford #5, 2013) and THE SHATTTERED TREE (Crawford #8, 2016) won the 2013 Macavity, the 2013 Agatha and the 2017 Mary Higgins Clark Awards, respectively. The 24th Rutledge book, A GAME OF FEAR and the 13th not-yet-titled Crawford book will be published in 2022 from Morrow. To my surprise, I have found out the real names of Caroline Todd and Charles Todd are Carolyn Teachey Watjen and David Wheaton Watjen, respectively. She was 86. (August 30, 2021; Sincerely revised, September 02)

S.A. Cosby Wins Anthony

Bouchercon 2021 has announced the winners for the 2021 Anthony Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Best First Novel: WINTER COUNTS, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco)
Best Paperback Original Novel: UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "90 Miles," by Alex Segura (in BOTH SIDES, edited by Gabino Iglesias; Agora)
Best Juvenile/Young Adult: HOLLY HERNANDEZ AND THE DEATH OF DISCO, by Richie Narvaez (Pinata) Best Critical or Non-fiction Work: UNSPEAKABLE ACTS, edited by Sarah Weinman (Ecco)
Best Anthology or Collection: SHATTERING GLASS, edited by Heather Graham (Nasty Womann Press)
David Thomspon Special Service Award Recipient: Janet Rudolph, editor of The Mystery Readers Journal
2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Michael Connelly

The winners were announced on August 28 online. (August 29, 2021)

S.A. Cosby Wins Macavity

The Mystery Readers International has announced the winners for the 2021 Macavity Awards as follows:

Best Novel: BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best First: WINTER COUNTS, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco Press)
Best Critical/Biographical: H.R.F. KEATING: A LIFE OF CRIME, by Sheila Mitchel, widow of Keating (Level Best Books)
Best Short Story: "Elysian Fields," by Gabriel Valjan (in CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN', edited by Art Taylor; Wildside Press)
Best Historical Mystery: TURN TO STONE, by James W. Ziskin (Seven Street Books)

The winners were announced on August 25 online. (August 26, 2021)

Garry Disher Wins Neddie

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners for the 2021 Ned Kelly (also known as Neddie) Awards as follows:

Best Crime Fiction: CONSOLATION, by Garry Disher (Text)
Best Debut Crime Fiction: THE SECOND SON, by Loraine Peck (Text)
Best True Crime: STALKING CLAREMONT, by Bret Christian (HarperCollins)
Best International Crime Fiction: WE BEGIN AT THE END, by Chris Whitaker (Allen & Unwin)

The announcement was made on August 25 online. (August 26, 2021)

2021 Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2021 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: (7)
SNOW, by John Banville (Hanover Square Press)
YOU AGAIN, by Debra Jo Immergut (Ecco)
TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO, by Walter Mosley (Mulholland Books)
THE MISSING AMERICAN, by Kwei Quartey (Soho Crime)
A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES, by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)
SURVIVOR SONG, by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)
CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45, by Lisa Unger (Park Row)

Best Debut Novel: (7)
AMNESTY, by Aravind Adiga (Scribner)
LEAVE THE WROLD BEHIND, by Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow)
EMPIRE OF WILD, by Cherie Dimaline (William Morrow)
A BURNING, by Megha Majumdar (Knopf)
A CERTAIN HUNGER, by Chelsea G. Summers (Unnamed Press)
CATHERINE HOUSE, by Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: (3)
Stephen King
Joyce Carol Oates
and Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher of the Year Award Recipient:
Josh Stanton of the Blackstone Publishing

The winners will be announced virtually in early September. (June 22, 2021)


(Updated on September 18, 2021)

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