(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.

Eric Wright Dies

Eric Wright (not to be cofused with Eric E. Wright, a Canadian Christian suspense novelist) died on October 09 in Toronto, Canada. The former university professor wrote his first novel, THE NIGHT THE GODS SMILED (Scribner, 1983), introducing Police Inspector Charles Salter in Toronto, Canada. The novel won the the 1984 Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) and the 1983 John Creasey New Blood Award from the Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA). The third Salter novel, DEATH IN THE OLD COUNTRY (1985) won the 1986 Arthur Ellis Award, while the first Joe Barley novel, THE KIDNAPPING OF ROSIE DAWN (Perseverance, 2000), won the Barry Award in the paperback category. Barley is a part-time English lecturer and part-time security guard. Wright also won two Arthurs in the short story category and received the 1998 Derrick Murdoch Award from the CWC. He created two other series characters: Mel Pickett, a retired Toronto policeman; and Lucy Trimble Brenner, a private eye and librarian in Toronto. His last novel was A LIKELY STORY (Cormorant, 2010), featuring Joe Barley. He was 86. (October 12, 2015)

Laura Lippman Wins Anthony

Bouchercon 2015 has announced the winners for the 2015 Anthony Awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievment Award Recipient: Margaret Maron
David S. Thompson Award Recipients: Bill & Toby Gottfried
Best Novel: AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
Best First Novel: THE BLACK HOUR, by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street)
Best Paperback Original: THE DAY SHE DIE, by Catrina McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Best Critical or Non-fiction Work: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Short Story: "The Odds Are Against Us," by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2014)
Best Anthology or Collection: IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus)

The winners were annnounced on October 10 during Bouchecon 2015 held in Raleigh, North Carolilna. (October 11, 2015)

David Rosenfelt Wins Shamus

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the winners for its 2015 Shamus Awards as follows:

The Eye Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Parnell Hall
Best Hardcover PI Novel: HOUNDED, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur)
Best First PI Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Original Paperback PI Novel: MOONLIGHT WEEPS, by Vincent Zandri (Down & Out Books)
Best PI Short Story: "Clear Recent History," by Gon Ben Ari (in TEL AVIV NOIR, edited by Etgar Keret and Assof Gavlon; Akashic)
Best Indie PI Novel: THE SHADOW BROKER, by Trace Conger (CreateSpace)

The winners were announced on October 9 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon 2015 held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 10, 2015)

Henning Mankell Dies

Henning Mankell died quietly of cancer on October 05 in Goteborg, Sweden. The dean of the so-called "Nordic Noir" published FACELESS KILLERS, the first mystery novel featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander of Ystad Police Department in Sweden. Wallander appeared in ten novels and one story collection, THE PYRAMID as well as on tv portraited by Kenneth Branagh for BBC-TV and by Krister Henriksson for Swedish television. The fifth Wallander novel, SIDETRACKED (translated into English in 1999) won the 2001 Gold Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Britain. His last Wallander novel was THE TRROUBLED MAN (2009 in Sweden, 2011 in English). He was 67. (October 09, 2015)

Alex Marwood Wins Macavity

The Mystery Readers International has announced the winners for its 2015 Macavity Awards as follows:

Best Mystey Novel: THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
Best First Mystery Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Mystey Short Story: "Honeymoon Sweet," by Craig Faustus Buck (in MURDER AT THE BEACH, edited by Dana Cameron; Down & Out Books)
Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Award: A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur)

The winners were announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 09, 2015)

Greg Illes Wins Barry

Deadly Pleasures has announced the winners for the 2015 Barry Awards as follows:

Don Sandstrom Award Recipient: Jane Lee for lifetime achievement in fandom
Best Novel: NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
Best First Novel: INVISIBLE CITY, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original: THE LIFE WE BURY, by Allen Eskens (Seven Street Books)
Best Thriller: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD, by Michael Koryta (Little Brown)

The Barry Award winners were announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (October 09, 2015)

Stephen King Wins Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced that MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner) is the winner for the 2015 Hammett Prize.

The Hammett Prize winner was announced on October 03 during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey. To see the press release, click here. (October 04, 2015)

Michael Robotham Wins Gold Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the winners for three categories (Gold, Creasey New Blood, Fleming Steel) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Award as follows:

Gold Dagger: LIFE OF DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)
John Creasey New Blood Dagger: FOURTH OF JULY CREEK, by Smith Henderson (Random House/William Heinemann)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: COP TOWN, by Karin Slaughter (Random House/Century)

The winners of the three categories were announced in September 29 at a Special Award ceremony in London. (September 30, 2015)

Bill & Toby Gottfried To Receive David S. Thompson Award

Bouchercon 2015 has announced that Bill & Toby Gottfried will receive the David S. Thompson Award on October 10 at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina for their extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the mystery and crime fiction community. (September 24, 2015)

Jackie Collins Dies

Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on September 19 in Hollywood, California. The younger sister of actress Joan Collins was a bestselling writer of Hollywood's glamorous and shady side full of sex and money and crimes and sins and betrayals and other (in)famously sinister stuff. She wrote a number of crime novels including LOVEHEAD (Allen, 1974; retitled THE LOVE KILLERS, Warner 1975), and Santangelo (Crime) Family series, which started with CHANCES (Warner, 1981). Her last novel was THE SANTANGELOS (St. Martin's, 2015). She was 77. (September 21, 2015)

Jean Darling Dies

Jean Darling died on September 04 in Rodgau, Germany, where she had stayed with her son. The former "Our Gang" actress moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1974, and she wrote a number of mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mytstery Magazine, and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. She was 93. (September 07, 2015)

Warren Murphy Dies

Warren Murphy died peacefully on September 04 after a long illness at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. When the former political consultant and his former reporter colleague Richard Sapir (1936-1987) made a proposal for a book about a former cop Remo Williams the Detroyer in 1961, no publisher was interested. Then, after Don Pendleton's Excustioner series made the bestseller list, Murphy and Sapir's CREATED: THE DESTROYER (Pinnacle, 1971) hit the street. The Detroyer series was finally made into the 1985 movie, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" starring Fred Ward and into the 1988 TV movie, "Remo Williams: The Prophecy." Murphy created other series characters such as New Jersey cops Ed Razoni & William Jackson (in ONE NIGHT'S STAND, Pinnacle, 1973) , insurance investigator Julian Burroughs the Digger (in SMOKED OUT, Pocket, 1982), insurance investigator Devlin "Trace" Tracy (in TRACE, Signet, 1983), and Justin Gilead & Alexander Zharkov (in GRANDMASTER, Pinnacle, 1984, with Molly Cochran). He won two Edgar Awards in the paperback category for GRANDMASTER and PIGS GET FAT (Signet, 1985; featuring Trace), and two Shamus Awards for THE CEILING OF HELL (Gold Medal, 1984; stand-alone PI novel) and "Another Day, Another Dollar" (in MURDER ON THE RUN; Berkley, 1998). He also used the Dev Stryker pseudonym with then-wife Molly Chochran to write three novels such as DEATHRIGHT (Tor, 1993). His last novel is BLOODLINE, a Mafia thriller, to be out this November from Forge. He was 81. (September 06, 2014)

Liane Moriarty Wins Davitt

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners for the 2015 Ellen Davitt Awards as follows:

Best Adult Novel: BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan)
Best Yound Adult Novel: EVERY WORD, by Ellie Marney (Allen & Unwin)
Best Children's Crime Novel: WITHERING-BY-SEA, by Judith Rossell (HarperCollins)
Best Non-Fiction: LAST WOMAN HANGED, by Caroline Overington (HarperCollins)
Best Debut Crime Novel: INTRUDER, by Christine Bongers (Woolshed Press)
Reader's Choice: TELL ME WHY, by Sandi Wallace (Clan Destine Press)

The winners were announced on August 29 in Melbourne, Australia. (September 02, 2015)

Candice Fox Wins Neddie

The Australian Crime Writers Assoication (ACWA) has announced the winners for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Lawrence
Best Crime Fiction: EDEN, by Candice Fox (Random House)
Best First Crime Fiction: QUOTA, by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Best True Crime: THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF, by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
S.D. Harvey Short Story: "Short Term People," by Andrea Gillum

The winner were announced on August 22 in Melbourne, Australia. (August 25, 2015)

T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award Nominees Announced

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) has announced the nominees for the 2015 SCIBA awards. The nominees in the mystery category (also called the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award) are as follows:

MARRY, KISS, KILL, by Anne Flett-Giordano (Prospect Park Books)
THE REPLACEMENTS, by David Putnam (Oceanview Publishing)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

The winners in all the categories will be announced on October 24 in California. (July 12, 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 October 12, 2015)

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