(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.

Walter Mosley to Receive Grand Master

The Mystery Writers of America has announced that Walter Mosley will receive the 2016 Grand Master Award at the Edgar Awards Banquet, to be held in New York City on April 28, 2016.

At the same banquet, Margaret Kinsman, the former Executive Editor of Clue: A Journal of Detection, and Sisters in Crime will receive the 2016 Raven Awards for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

And Janet A. Rudolph, the director of the Mystery Readers Internationalm and editor of the Mystery Readers Journal will receive the 2016 Ellery Queen Award. (November 24, 2015

T. M. Wright Dies

T. M. Wright (full name: Terrance Michael Wright) died on October 31 of Parkinson's disease in Corning, NY. He was mainly a horror writer but he also wrote susupenseful horror novels. His first published novel was STRANGE SEED (Everest House, 1978), which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award, and he may have been most famous for A MANHATTAN GHOST STORY (Tor, 1984). He wrote psychic detective Ryerson Biergarten novels starting with THE CHANGING (Tor Books, 1985) as F. W. Armstrong and began using his own name for the third in the five-book series, GOODLOW'S GHOSTS (Tor, 1992). He was 68. (November 02, 2015)

Don Winslow Wins T. J. Parker

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) has announced that THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf) won the 2015 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award (named for the SCIBA award in the mystery category). The winners in all the categories were announced on October 24 in California. (October 25, 2015)

Harriet Klausner Dies

Harriet Klausner, a controvertial book reviewer, died on October 15 in Morrow, Georgia after a long illness. I believe she was a real person whose "ailments keep her home and insomnia keeps her up." She was a former librarian who could speed-read. She read genre novels of mystery, horror, romance and science fiction, and wrote several reviews per day for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books 'n' Bytes, SF Site among other websites. You may not like her bland appraising reviews but at least she did not trash her reviewed books. She was 63. (October 23, 2015)

David Cole Dies

David Cole died peacefully in his sleep on October 21 at SUNY Upstate Hospital in Syracuse, New York. The former English teacher and web designer wrote the Laura Winslow series set in the Southwest, starting with BUTTERFLY LOST (HarperCollins, 2000). Winslow is a half-Hopi and computer hacker on the run. There are seven Winslow novels, and the fifth and seventh ones in the series, DRAGONFLY BONES (2003) and FALLING DOWN (2005, both from Avon) respectively, were nominated for PWA Shamus Awards in the paperback category. He was 79. (October 23, 2015; Revised, October 31)

Charles Boeckman Dies

Charles Boeckman died on October 12 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was basically a short story writer for pulp and digest magazines. His first sale was "Strictly Poison," first printed in the October 1945 issue of Detective Tales, and he wrote a great many mystery and western short stories for Dime Detective, Black Mask, Thrilling Detective, Manhunt, Famous Detective Stories, Trapped, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many many more, sometimes using the Charles Beckman pseudonym. Recently he published two collections with his old stories: SUSPENSE, SUSPICION & SHOCKERS (CreateSpace, 2012) and STRICTLY POISON, AND OTHER STORIES (Bold Venture Press, 2015). He was also a professional jazz clarinetist, and wrote COOL, HOT AND BLUE (Washington Square Press, 1970), a history of jazz for young people, and knew Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Earl Fatha Hines, Stan Kenton among others. He also authored PULP JAZZ (Bold Venture Press, 2015), a biography. He was 94. (October 23, 2015)

Joyce Lavene Dies

Joyce Lavene die suddenly on October 20 at her home in Midland, North Carolina. She and her husband Jim wrote many cozy mystery series together under their own names and a couple of pseudonyms (J. J. Cook, Ellie Grant, and Elyssa Henry) The photojournalists and garden columnists started writing romance novels and cozy mystery novels with IF NOT FOR YOU (a romance novel, Avalon, 1999; as by Joye Adams), and created many many cozy series characters including Sharyn Howard (a sheriff in North Carolina), Peggy Lee (not the singer but a garden shop owner), Glad Wycznewski (an ex-cop from Chicago), Jessie Morton (an assistant professor, Dae O'Donnell (a psychic mayor in a North Carolina town), Stella Griffin (a fire chief in a Tennessee town), Jessie Morton (a owner of a diner in Alabama) and others for Berkley, Harlequin, Gallery and Midnight Ink Books. One of their latest novels is TREACHEROUS TART (Pocket, 2015), the second in the Pie in the Sky series. She was 61. (October 22, 2015; Revised, October 23)

Helen Simpson Dies

Helen Simpson died on October 16 in St. Louis, Missouri. The former high school teacher and Ed King co-owned Big Sleep Books, the mystery bookstore in St. Louis, which was founded in 1988 by her husband Pete Simpson and Ed's father Chris. The bookstore, a meeting place for mystery writers and readers, closed its door on June 30 this year. She was 83. (October 21, 2015)

Christopher Wood Dies

Christopher Wood died on October 17 in London, England. While working as an advertising executive in London, he wrote literary fiction on his commuter train to London. Then he began to write a series of erotic comic novels starting with CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER (Sphere, 1971) under the Timothy Lea pseudonym) and they sold well enough to go through multiple editions and to turn him into a full-time writer. He co-wrote with Richard Maibaum a screenplay for "The Spy Who Loved Me," the 1977 James Bond movie, which was not based on any of Ian Fleming's novels, and novelized it as JAMES BOND, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (Cape, 1977). He also wrote a screeplay for "Moonraker," the 1979 Bond movie with no original novels, and novelized it as JAMES BOND AND MOONRAKER (Panther, 1979). Another one of his screenplays for adventure movies was for "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985) , based on Warren Murphy's The Destroyer series. He wrote several original adventure novels such as DEAD CENTER (Joseph, 1980). He was 79. (October 20, 2015)

Nero Wolfe Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, the Nero Wolfe Fan Club, has announced the nominees for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award as follows:

HARBIE'S GAME, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Press)
THE DETECTIVE & THE PIPE GIRL, by Michael Craven (HarperCollins)
FIRST LIGHT, by Al Lamanda (Five Star)
THE DETECTIVE, by James Patrick Hunt (Cengage Gale)
PETER PAN MUST DIE, by John Verdon (Crown)

The winner will be announced on December 05 at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held in New York City. (June 11, 2015)


(Updated on November 24, 2015)

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