(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 21st year of managing The Gumshoe Site. 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 as I do. (January 01, 2017)

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Borge Hellstrom Dies

Borge Hellstrom (a half of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom writing duo) died of cancer on February 17 in Sweden. Roslund (a journalist) and Hellstrom (an ex-con and one of the founders of KRIS, an organization to combat crime and to provide support to former criminals) co-wrote ODJURET (English title: THE BEAST; Little Brown) in 2004, introducing Ewert Grens, a detective inspector in Stockholm, Sweden. THREE SECONDS (2009; Eng. 2010) won the 2011 CWA International Dagger Award, and TWO SOLDIERS (2012) was nominated for the 2013 International Dagger. The English version of THREE MINUTES will be out in March 2017. He was 59. (February 19, 2017)

Edward Bryant Dies

Edward Bryant died in his sleep after along illness on February 10 at his home in Denver, Colorado. He may have been most famous as a writer of science fiction and horror, but he also wrote some mystery short stories: "Doing Colfax" (first published in NIGHT VISIONS 4, 1987; reprinted in AMERICAN PULP, 1997); "Predators" (fist published in NIGHT VISIONS 4; reprinted in DARK CRIMES 2, 1993); "While She Was Out" (first published in Pulphouse #1, 1988; reprinted in DARK CRIMES, 1991); "Styx and Bones" (first published in 999: NEW STORIES OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE, 1999). He was 71. (February 13, 2017)

2017 Dagger in the Library Longlist Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the longlist of the 2017 Dagger in the Library on February 06 in London as follows:

Alison Bruce
Andrew Taylor
Brian MacGilloway
Chris Ewan
C J Sansom
James Oswald
Kate Ellis
Mari Hannah
Nicola Upson
Tana French

The Dagger in the Library is awarded for an author's entire body of work. The CWA will soon announce the shortlist of the Dagger in the Library. (February 10, 2017)

2017 Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON, by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
THE DRIFTER, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam)
THE WHITE DEVIL, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
REVOLVER, by Duane Swierczynki (Mulholland Books)
THE BIG NOTHING, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House)

To see the press release, click here. The Hammett Prize winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, October 6-8. (February 08, 2017)

Emma Tennant Dies

Emma Tennant died on January 20 after a long illness at a hospital in London. The former journalist wrote many novels and non-fiction books including several crime novels such as THE LAST OF THE COUNTRY HOUSE MURDERS (Cape, 1974); THE BAD SISTER (Gollancz, 1978); and TWO WOMEN OF LONDON: THE STRANGE CASE OF MS. JEKYLL AND MRS. HYDE (Faber, 1989). She was 79. (January 28, 2017)

2017 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2017 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the best contemporary novel category are as follows:

BODY ON THE BAYOU, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
QUIET NEIGHBORS, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
FOGGED INN, by Barbara Ross (Kensington)
SAY NO MORE, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Charlaine Harris

Poirot Award Recipient:
Martin Edwards

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 29, 2017, at the Malice Banquet to be held in Bethesda, Maryland. (January 26, 2017)

Ann Cleeves To Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Ann Cleeves is to receive the 2017 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in her crime writing career and for her significant contribution to the genre. She will receive the Diamond Dagger in London on October 26. (January 24, 2017)

2017 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the nominees for its 2017 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE EX, by Alafair Burke (Harper)
WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
JANE STEELE, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
WHAT REMAINS OF ME, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (Grand Central)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. (January 20, 2017

2017 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime 2017 has announced the nominees for the 2017 Lefty Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

DARK FISSURES, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
MICHELANGELO'S GHOST, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
THE NECESSARY MURDER OF NONIE BLAKE, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street Books)
HEART OF STONE, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman will receive the 2017 Left Coast Crime Lifetime Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced at a banquet on March 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Vollage Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. (January 19, 2017)

William Peter Blatty Dies

William Peter Blatty died of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, on January 12, 2017 at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was most famous as the author of THE EXORCIST (Harper & Row, 1971) and its sequal, LEGION (Simon & Schuster, 1983). He adapted THE EXORCIST into the screenplay for the 1973 movie of the same name and won the Oscar, and directed the 1990 movie, "The Exorcist III," whose screenplay he wrote based on his own novel, LEGION. He also wrote co-penned (with Blake Edwards) the screenplays for "Shot in the Dark" (1964; second Pink Panther movie), "Gunn" (1967; featuring private eye Peter Gunn), and "Darling Lili" (1970; starring Edwards' wife Julie Andrews). His last novel was CRAZY (Forge, 2010), a funny nostalgic book far from the horror genre. He was 89. (January 14, 2017)

Nat Hentoff Dies

Nat Hentoff died on January 07 of natural causes at his home in Manhattan, New York. Of course, he was most famous as a civil rights activist and jazz columnist. I believe I read HEAR ME TALKIN' TO YA (with Nat Shapiro; Peter Davis, 1955), JAZZ COUNTRY (novel; Harper & Row, 1965), and JAZZ IS (Random, 1976) as well as his many liner notes on jazz albums and Village Voice columns. He was also a novelist and wrote two mystery novels featuring NYPD detective Noah Green: BLUES FOR CHARLIE DARWIN (Morrow, 1982) and THE MAN FROM INTERNAL AFFAIRS (Mysterious, 1985). He was 91. (January 09, 2017)

Margaret Chittenden Dies

Margaret "Meg" Chittenden died on December 29, 2016 after a long illness in Washington State. The English-born writer penned a number of Harlequin romances under her Chittenden name and the Rosalind Carson pseudonym, started the Charlotte "Charlie" Plato mystery series with DYING TO SING (Kensington, 1996), Plato being the C&W bar owner in San Francisco. After this series ended with DYING TO SEE YOU (2000), she wrote two stand-alone novels: MORE THAN YOU KNOW (2003) and SNAP SHOT (2004, both from Berkley as by Meg Chittenden). She frequently attended mystery conventions. She was 81. (January 01, 2017)


(Updated on February 19, 2017)

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