(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 24th 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 last year, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! (January 01, 2020)

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.

Kate Mattes Dies

Kate Mattes died of a cardiac arrest on March 25 at her home in Vermont. The former social worker had always wanted to open a mystery bookstore and did realize her dream by opening Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1983. The store became a literary center for mystery writers and readers alike. She was the 2008 Raven Award recipient from the Mystery Writers of America. Unfortunately, the store closed in 2009, and she moved to Vermont to be near her family. She was 73. (March 27, 2020)

Malice Domestic 32 Cancelled

Malice Domestic board has announced that they will cancel the event (which was to be held April 30 thru May 03 in Bethesda, Maryland). The winners of the Agatha Awards will be announced during a special live streamed event, and attend the Agatha Awards Banquet at Malice Domestic 33 to be held from April 29 through May 02, 2021. (March 26, 2020)

Lefty Award Winners Announced

Left Coast Crime 2020 announced the winners for the 2020 Lefty Awards after LCC 2020 was abruptly cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, as follows:

Best Humorous Mystery Novel: SCOT & SODA, by Catrina McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Best Historical Mystery Novel: THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Best Debut Mystery Novel: MURDERABILIA, by Carl Vonderau (Midnight Ink)
Best Mystery Novel: LOST TOMORROWS, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)

The winners were supposed to be announced and presented on Saturday, March 14 during the Left Coast Crime 2020 convention at the Marriot Mission Valley in San Diego, California but LCC 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and so was the Lefty presentation there. The winner announcement was finally made on March 23 online and the the presentation was made virtually. (March 24, 2020)

Edgars Banquet Cancelled

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that both the Edgar Awards banquet and the symposium are cancelled, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The MWA is still discussing how to announce the Edgar winners.

Left Coast Crime 2020 was forced to be cancelled on March 12 when it had begun on March 11 with over 400 people attending. LCC board members are currently in discussion on the voting method and the announcement of Lefty Awards winners. (March 17, 2020)

[Addendum] -- The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed to the weekend of October 03 - 04. (March 19, 2020)

Barbara Neely Dies

Barbara Neely died on March 02 of a heart ailment at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The social activist created Blanche White, the first black female series sleuth in mainstream American publishing. Blanche White (an ironical name) is a middle-aged black domestic worker. The first Blanche novel, BLANCHE ON THE LAM (St. Matin's, 1992), won three best first novel awards: Agatha, Anthony and Macavity. It was followed by BLANCHE AMONG THE TALENTED TENTH (St. Martin's, 1994), BLANCHE CLEANS UP (Viking, 1998), and BLANCHE PASSES GO (Viking, 2000). Brash Books re-issued all of the four Blanche White novels in 2014 and 2015, which may have resulted in her being named the 2020 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2019. She was 78. (March 11, 2020)

Clive Cussler Dies

Clive Cussler died on February 24 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The former advertising director's first novel, THE MEDITERRANEAN CAPER (Pyramid, 1973), introducing marine engineer Dirk Pitt, an Edgar nominee for best paperback, and the second novel, ICEBERG (Dodd Mead, 1975), did not fare well, but the third adventure novel, RAISE THE TITANIC (Viking, 1976) hit the New York Times bestseller list, and was turned into the 1980 movie of the same name starring Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt. After this, he produced Dirk Pitt novels every year or every two years. Since the 18th Pitt, BLACK WIND (Penguin, 2004), Clive's son Dirk Cussler has been co-writing Pitt novels. Recently Clive launched several other series: The Numa Files, featuring Kurt Austin, co-written with Paul Kemprecos or Graham Brown; The Oregon Files, co-written with Graham Brown, Jack DuBrul, or Boyd Morrison; Isaac Bell series, featuring early-20th-century private investigator, co-written with Justin Scott; The Fargo Adventures, featuring husband-and wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, co-written with Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake or Robin Burcell. The 11th Bell novel, THE TITANIC SECRET, will be published by Putnam this September. He was 88. (March 10, 2020)

Hammett Award Shorlist Announced

International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) has announced the 2020 Hammett Award Shortlist for "literary excellence in crime writing" as follows*

THE ADVENTURE OF THE PECULIAR PROTOCOLS, by Nicholas Meyer (St. Martin's Press)
BLOOD RELATIONS, by Jonathan Moore (Mariner Books)
BLUFF, by Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Poisoned Pen Press)
THE MURALS, by William Bayer (Severn House)
NORCO '80: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR BANK ROBBERY IN AMERICAN HISTORY, by Peter Houlahan (Counterpoint Press; non-fiction book)

The winner will be announced by early summer, but the location fo the presentation has not been determined yet. (March 08, 2020)

Laura Caldwell Dies

Laura Caldwell died on March 01 in River Forest, Illinois of breast cancer. The former trial attorney became a professor at Loyala University Chicago's School of Law in 2001 and published her first novel, BURNING THE MAP (MIRA, 2002), a "chick-lit" novel which became a New York Times bestseller. She wrote three more chick-lit novels and switched to the crime genre with LOOK CLOSELY (MIRA, 2005). After she and attorney friend Cathy O'Daniel won the fight for wrongfully detained Jovan Mosley's not-guilty verdict, she found Life After Innocence at Loyola University to help the wrongfully convicted prisoners and wrote non-fiction book, LONG WAY HOME (Free Press, 2010) based on her experience with the case. She started a mystery series featuring attorney Izzy McNeil, starting with RED HOT LIES (MIRA, 2009) and ending with FALSE IMPRESSIONS (MIRA, 2012). She also co-edited (with Leslie S. Klinger) ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE (Norton, 2017), a collection of 15 essays about exonerees by mystery writers, including Sara Paretsky, Lee Child, Gayle Lynds, Jan Burke, Sarah Weinman, Gary Phillips, and S. J. Rozan. She was 52 years old young. (March 07, 2020)

Robert Dugoni Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystery, a mystery fan club based in Portland, Oregon, has announced that Robert Dugoni won the 2020 Spotted Owl Award for THE EIGHTH SISTER (Thomas & Mercer, 2019) as the "best mystery written by an author whose primary residence is in the Pacific Northwest." The winning novel is his first novel featuring Charles Jenkins, a former CIA case officer. This is Dugoni's second Spotted Owl Award win, following THE 7TH CANON (Thomas & Mercer, 2016), a stand-alone. (March 05, 2020)

Walter Satterthwait Dies

Walter Satterthwait died on February 25 of complications from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and congestive heart failure in a nursing home near Seattle, Washington. The Pennsylvania-born ex-bartender made his writer debut with COCAINE BLUES (Dell, 1979), an adventure novel about a drug dealer on the run. After his second adventure thriller, THE AEGEAN AFFAIR (Dell, 1982), he wrote WALL OF GLASS (St. Martin's, 1988), a Shamus award nominee, the first novel introducing Joshua Croft, a private investigator working under his boss Rita Mondragon in Santa Fe. The Croft series ended with the fifth novel, ACCUSTOMED TO THE DARK (1996). In 1989, he also penned MISS LIZZIE (from St. Martin's), featuring Lizzie Borden three decades after her acquittal of the double-murder of her father and stepmother. Lizzie also stars in NEW YORK NOCTURNE (Mysterious Press/Open Road, 2016), supported by Dorothy Parker. Another historical series of his features Pinkerton agents Phill Beaumont and Jane Turner, starting with ESCAPADE (St. Martin's, 1995), an Agatha award nominee, and ending with the third novel, CAVALCADE (St. Martin's, 2005). His historical novel, DEAD HORSE (Dennis McMillan, 2007), was a standalone about mystery writer Raoul Whitfield's mysterious and interesting later life. Satterthwait had two collections of short stories: THE GOLD OF MAYANI (Buffalo Medicine Books, 1995), and THE MANKILLER OF POOJEGAI AND OTHER STORIES (Crippenn & Landru, 2007). His last story is "The Death of Mr. Jayacody," printed in Volume 2, Issue 1 of Down & Out; The Magazine. Walter and I corresponded a lot through e-mails in the 1990's when internet e-mails were beginning to replace traditional letters. Stark House Press is now re-issuing his out-of-print works. He was 73. (March 05, 2020)

Martin Edwards To Receive CWA Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced that Martin Edwards is the recipient of the 2020 Diamond Dagger for "sustained excellence making significanto contirbutions to crime writing." He will receive the award at this year's Daggers event to be held in October in London. (February 25, 2020)

LAT Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Times announced the LAT Book Prize finalists in 12 categories. The finalists in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
THE NIGHT FIRE, by Michael Connelly (Little Brown)
THE LOST MAN, by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books)
LADY IN THE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
HEAVEN, MY HOME, by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books)

The winners in all the 12 categories will be announced on Friday, April 17, the day before the start of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the Universitey of Sothern California campus.

On the same day, Walter Mosley wil receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. (February 20, 2020)

[Addendum] -- The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed to the weekend of October 03 - 04. (March 19, 2020)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine (soon to go completely digital) has announced the nominees for the 2020 Barry Award Nominees. The nominees in the best mystery/crime novel category are as follows:

THE LOST MAN, by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
IF SHE WAKES, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
METROPOLIS, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
THE BORDER, by Don Winslow (HarperCollins)
YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, October 15 at the Bouchercon 2020 to be held in Sacrament, California.
(February 05, 2020)

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the nominees for the 2020 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best book category are as follows:

FAKE LIKE ME, by Barbara Bourland (Grand Central)
THE STRANGER DIARIES, by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
THE RIVER, by Peter Heller (Knopf)
SMOKE AND ASHES, by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus)
OOD GIRL, BAD GIRL, by Michael Robotham (Scribner)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Thursday, April 30 at the Edgar Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (January 23, 2020)

[Addendum] -- The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that both the Edgar Awards banquet and the symposium are cancelled, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The MWA is still discussing how to announce the Edgar winners. (March 23, 2020)

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2020 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the conteporary novel category are as follows:

FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
THE LONG CALL, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
FAIR CAME, by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
THE MISSING ONES, by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
A BETTER MAN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE MURDER LIST, by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 02 in Bethesda, Maryland during Malice Domestic 32 to be held at Bethesda North Marriot Hotel. (Januaray 22, 2020)

[Addendum] -- Malice Domestic announced that they are postponing the event (which was to be held April 30 thru May 03 in Bethesda, Maryland), rather than cancelling it. (March 23, 2020)<

Barbara Neely to Receive Grand Master Award

The Mystery Writers of America has announced that Barbara Neely will receive the 2020 Grand Master Award on April 30, 2020 for her "achievement in mystery writing" and her "important contribution to this genre,"

And the same night at the Edgar Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, Left Coast Crime will receiver the 2020 Raven Award, and Kelley Ragland, associate publisher and editorial director of Minotaur Books, will receive the 2020 Ellery Queen Award. (December 15, 2019)


(Updated on March 27, 2020)

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