(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 26th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Now we are still battling with Covid-19, 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, 2022)

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S.A. Cosby Wins Hammett

The International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) announced that...
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books) the winner of the 2022 Hammett Prize finalists for books published in 2021 for literary excellence in crime writing. The other four nominees were as follows: STUNG, by William Deverell (ECW Press); FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime); HARLEM SHUFFLE, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday); andTHE SACRIFICE OF LESTER YATES, by Robin Yocum (Arcade Crime Wave)

The location of the presentation will be announced soon. (June 18, 2022)

Theakston Crime Award Shortlist Announced

Harrogate International Festival announced the shortlist for the 2022 Theakston Crime Award for best crime novel of the year published in paperback from May 01, 2021 to April 30, 2022 by UK and Irish authors as follows:

THE NIGHT HAWKS, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
TRUE CRIME STORY, by Joseph Knox (Penguin)
DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Pan)
SLOUGH HOUSE, by Mick Herron (John Murray)
MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE, by Vaseem Khan (Hodder Paperbacks)
THE LAST THING TO BURN, by Will Dean (Hodder Paperbacks)

The winner will be announced on the opening night of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England on Thursday, July 21. (June 15 2021)

Ann Turner Cook Dies

Ann Turner Cook died on June 03 at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida. After retiring from teaching English at a high school, the original Gerber Baby, the model for the Gerber Baby food packageing since 1931, began to write mystery novels with the help of her husband, James, a retired criminologist at the HIllsborough County Sheriff's Office. TRACE THEIR SHADOWS (iUniverse, 2001) was her first published novel set on Florida's Gulf Coast, featuring news reproter Brandy O'Bannon. The fourth and last O'Bannon novel was MICANOPY IN SHADOW (iUniverse, 2008). She was 95. (June 07, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Two Thrillers

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the winners for the 2022 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best Audiobooks: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby, Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White (Macmillan)
Best First Novel: MY SWEET GIRL, by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)
Best Paperback Original Novel: BLOODLINE, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "The Lemonade Stand," by Scott Loring Sanders (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Janurary/February 2021)
Best Young Adult Novel: THE PROJECT, by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books)
Best E-Book Original Novel:BLOOD PARISH, by E.J. Findorff (E.J. Findorff)
ThrillerMaster Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Frederick Forsyth and Diana Gabaldon
Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Writers House, a literary agency

The winners were announced at ThrillerFest XVII on Saturday, June 04 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City. (June 05, 2022)

PWA Shamus Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2022 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best P.I. Hardcover category are as follows:

RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington), featuring Cass Raines
LAST REDEMPTION, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview), featuring Rick Cahill
PAY OR PLAY, by Howard Michael Gould (Severn House), featuring Charlie Waldo
FAMILY BUSINESS, by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus), featuring Lydia Chin & Bill Smith
HEAD CASE, by Michael Wiley (Severn House), featuring Sam Kelson

To see the nominees in all the four categories, click here The winners will be announced in August. (June 03, 2022)

Dietrich Kalteis Wins CWC Excellence Award

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the winners for the 2022 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards) as follows:

Best Crime Novel: UNDER THE OUTLAW MOON, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
Best Crime First Novel: THE PUSH, by Ashley Audrain (Viking Canada)
Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery: WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH MARY JANE?, by Candas Jane Dorsey (ECW Press)
Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: BENEATH HER SKIN, by C. S. Porter (Vagrant Press/Nimbus Publishing)
Best Crime Novella: "Letters from Johnny," by Wayne Ng (Guernica Editions)
Best Crime Short Story: "Number 10 Marlborough Place," by Elizabeth Elwood (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November/December 2021)
Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): FLOTS, by Patrick Senecal (Editions Alire)
Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): THE TRAITOR'S BLADE, by Kevin Sands (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book: THE BEATLE BANDIT, by Nate Hendley (Dundurn Press)
Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript: ELMINGTON, by Renee Lehnen
Grand Master Award recipient: Louise Penny

The winners were announced on Thursday, May 26, 2022 on YouTube. (May 27, 2022)

Robert Edward Eckels Dies

Robert Edward Eckels died peacefully on May 16 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. While working at the Social Security Administration, he wrote more tha 60 short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine before his retirement. His first story collection, NEVER TRUST A PATNER (Crippen & Landru, 2021), contains 12 stories featuring conmen Lang & Lovell and five with another swindler Major Henry T. McDonlevy. He also wrote several stories featuring an unnamed CIA agent, as well as had the E. E. Robert pseudonym. He will have his new story published in EQMM, first in forty years. He was 91. (May 26, 2022)

2022 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2022 has announced the nominees for the 2022 Anthony awards. The five nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
THE COLLECTIVE, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
THESE TOXIC THINGS, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)

To see the nominees in all the seven categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 10 during Bouchercon 2022 to be held in Minneapolis, MInnesota from September 8 through 11. (May 21, 2022)

Abigail Dean Wins CrimeFest Award

CrimeFest has announced the winners for the 2022 CrimeFest Awards as follows:

eDunnit Award: GIRL A, by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
Debut Crime Novel Award: WINTER COUNTS, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Simon & Schuster)
Audible Sounds of Crime Award: THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE, by Richard Osman, read by Lesley Manville (Penguin Random House Audio)
H.R.F. Keating Bio-Critical Award: PATRICIA HIGHSMITH: HER DIARIES AND NOTEBOOKS, by Patricial Highsmith (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Last Laugh Award: SLOUGH HOUSE, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
Best Crime Fiction Novel for Children: TWITCH, by M.G. Leonard(Walker)
Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults: FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley (Rock the Boat)
Inaugural Thalia Proctor Memorial Award for Best Adapted TV Crime Drama (first screened in the UK in 2021): SHETLAND (Season 6), produced by Silverprint Pictures and based on the books by Ann Cleeves

The winners were announced on Saturday, May 14 during the Gala Awards Dinner of this year's CrimeFest to be held in Bristol England. (May 15, 2022)


The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Dagger Awards. The shortlist in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

Before You Knew My Name, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Little, Brown)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
The Unwilling, by John Hart (Zaffre)
The Shadows of Men, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
The Trawlerman, by William Shaw (Riverrun)

To see the shortlists for the all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during a "live gala dinner event" held on Wednesday, June 29, at the Leonardo City Hotel in London. (May 15, 2022)

Warren Easley Wins Spotted Owl

The Friends of Mystery, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has chosen Warren Easley, a Newburg, Oregon resident, is a recipient of the 2022 Spotted Owl Award for his book, NO WITNESS (Poisoned Pen Press, 2021).

The winning book is the eight in his series featuring Cal Claxton, who is a lawyer in a samal town of Dundee, Oregon. The Spotted Owl Award is given out annually to the best mystery novel of the previous year by an author who lives in the Pacific Northwest. (May 12, 2022)

In Memoriam

Better late than never.

Jack Higgins (real name: Henry Patterson) died on April 09 at his home in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. The ex-teacher at Leeds Polytechnic began writing novels in 1959 using several psedonyms: Harry Patterson, James Graham, Martin Fallon, and Jack Higgins. Finally, his 1975 novel THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (Collins, 1975; as by Jack Higgins) hit big and made him rich and famous. Set during the World War Two in England, it introduces an Irish gunman Liam Devlin, was made into the 1976 movie starring Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland (as Devlin). He penned 85 thriller and espionage novels and his last novel was THE MIDNIGHT BELL (Holt, 2016), the 22nd Sean Dillon (British special agent) book. He was 92.

Thalia Proctor died on April 02 of complications relating to breast cancer at St. Richard's Hospice in Worcestershire, UK. She worked at Murder One Bookstore and Crime-in-Store in London and at Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court as a bookseller, as well as at Little, Brown/Sphere and Orion Books as an editor. She also attended a lot of mystery conventions in USA and UK. She was 51.

Mary Daheim (rhyming with Day-time) died on March 30 after a brief illness. The former journalist wrote historical romance novels before publishing her first mystery novel, JUST DESSERTS (Avon, 1991), the first one of the Bed & Breakfast series introducing Judith McMonigle Flynn in Seattle, Washington. The first novel was nominated for the 1991 Agatha Award. She also wrote the Emma Lord (small-town newspaper owner/editor in Alpine, Washington) series, beginning with THE ALPINE ADVOCATE (Ballantine, 1992). Her last novel is LADY MACDEATH (Kindle e-book/Harper Audio, 2022). She was 84.

Richard Stevenson (real name: Richard Stevenson Lipez, pronounced leh-PEZ) died on March 16 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Becket, Massachusetts. The former Peace Corps trainer co-wrote his first novel, GRAND SCAM (Dial Press, 1979) with Peter Stein under the Richard Lipez name. Then he started to write Donald Strachey (pronounced STRAY-chee) novels starting with DEATH TRICK (St. Martin's, 1981), using the Richard Stevenson name. Strachey is a gay private investigator in Albany, New York. The 12th Strachey novel, RED WHITE BLACK AND BLUE (St. Martin's, 2011) won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in the gay mystery category. There are 16 Strachey novels and the 17th novel, CHASING REMBRANDT, will be published soon from ReQueered Tales. His latest novel, KNOCK OFF THE HAT (Amble Press, 2022), introducing Clifford Waterman, a gay private investigator in 1940's Philadelphia, was published posthumously. He was 83.

Carleton Carpenter died peacefull on January 31 at his home in Warwick, New York. He was a former MGM star, mostly famous for singing "Aba Daba Honeymoon" with Debbie Reynolds in the 1959 movie "Two Weeks with Love." He also wrote seven mystery novels including CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? (Curtis, 1973) and two of them were Chester Long novels set in the New York entertainment world. He also contributed several mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in the 1980's. He was 95.

(May 07, 2022)

Karen Harrington Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) announced the winners for the 2022 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First Place: "Boo Radley College Prep," by Karen Harrington (January/February 2021)
Second Place: "Demon in the Depths," by Bill McCormick(September/October 2021)
Third Place: (tie) "Bad Chemistry," by John Wimer (July/August 2021)
and "Black Swallowtail," by Hollis Seamon (March/April 2021)

The Readers Award winners are voted and chosen by the EQMM readership every year. (May 01, 2022)

2022 Barry Award Nominees Announced

On January 28, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced the nominees for the 2022 Barry Awards in four categories The nominees in the best mystery/crime novel category are as follows:

THE DARK HOURS, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
LAST REDEMPTION, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
BILLY SUMMERS, by Stephen King (Scribner)
WE BEGIN AT THE END, by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt)

To see all the nominees in the four categories, click here. The winners will be voted by Deadly Pleasures readers and announced on September 08 during the opening ceremonies of 2022 Bouchercon to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (January 29, 2022)


(Updated on June 18, 2022)

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