(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.

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)

Anne Strieber Dies

Anne Strieber died on August 11 after a long battle with cancer in Santa Monica, California. The former schoolteacher married Whitley Strieber of COMMUNION fame. She managed the science-and-reality website and edited her husband's books as well as wrote three mystery novels: THE CAVE (Warner, 1997; under the Anne McLean Matthews pseudonym); THE THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Forge, 2004); and LITTLE TOWN LIES (Forge, 2005). She was 68. (August 17, 2015)

Mystery One Is Closing

Mystery One Bookshore of Milwaukee, Winsconsin will close at the end of August (or September), as proprieter Richard Katz says. The bookstore will close but the proprietor will continue selling mystery books online. There will be a daylong goodbye party on Saturday, August 29. (August 15, 2015)

Ann Rule Dies

Ann Rule died of congestive heart failure and respiratory failure on July 26 at a medical center in Burien, Washington. When she wrote her first true crime book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME (NORTON, 1980), under her own name, she was contributing articles for the true crime magazine, True Detective, under the male pseudonyms such as Arthur Stone, Chris Hansen and Andy Stack. THE STRANGER BESIDE ME was about the serial killer Ted Bundy. He happened to be Rule's former colleague at the Seattle crisis center; hence the title. It became a best-seller and she began concentrating on writing true-crime books, though she authored one crime novel, POSSESSION (Norton, 1983). She was nominated for the MWA Edgar four times in the fact crime category: EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED (Simon & Schuster, 1992); BITTER HARVEST (S&S, 1997); AND NEVER LET HER GO (S&S, 1999); and GREEN RIVER, RUNNING RED (Free Press/Macmillan, 2004). She received the 2012 True Thriller Award from The International Thriller Writers. Her latest book was PRACTICE TO DECEIVE (Gallery Books, 2013). She was 83. (July 30, 2015)

Jeff Rice Dies

Jeff Rice died on July 01 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His 1970 unpublished horror novel, THE KOLCHAK PAPERS, was turned into the 1972 TV movie, "The Night Stalker," starring Darren McGavin without Rice's permission, and its TV script writer Richard Matheson won the 1973 Edgar in the TV feature category. Then his original novel was published as THE NIGHT STALKER (Pocket, 1973). The TV movie's sequal, "The Night Strangler," was broadcast in 1973 and Rice wrote THE NIGHT STRANGLER (Pocket, 1974) based on Matheson's script. Then came the series entitled "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," which lasted only one season also starring McGavin, with Rice as series creator. He was 71. (July 29, 2015)

Gerald A. Browne Dies

Gerald A. Browne died on July 24 at his home in Oceanside, California. The former fashion photographer wrote his first novel, IT'S ALL ZOO (Doubleday, 1968), when he was living in Paris. His first suspense novel, 11 HARROWHOUSE (Arbor, 1972), was turned into the 1974 movie starring Charles Gordin and Candice Bergen, while GREEN ICE (Delacorte, 1976) became the 1981 movie starring Ryan O'Neal. His last novel was WEST 47TH (Warner, 1996). He was 90. (July 27, 2015)

Once Upon A Crime for Sale

Once Upon A Crime Bookstore, of Minneapolis, Minnesota is for sale. Present co-owners Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze have made the difficult decision to sell the mystery bookstore NOT for the financial reason but for the physical reason. They bought the store in 2002 from previous owner Steve Stilwell, and received the MWA Raven Award in 2011 for outstanding contributions to the genre. (July 20, 2015)

Tom Piccirilli Dies

Tom Piccirilli died of brain cancer on July 11. He wrote a number of novels and short stories in several fields: mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He won two Thriller Awards in the paperback category for THE MIDNIGHT ROAD (BANTAM, 2007) and for THE COLDEST MILE (Bantam, 2009) and got Edgar-nominated for THE COLD SPOT (Bantam, 2008). He also won several Stoker Awards in the horror field. He was 50. (July 12, 2015)

Megan Abbott Wins Thriller

The International Thriller Writers announced the winners for the 2015 Thriller Awards as follows:

2015 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Nelson DeMille
2015 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Kathy Reichs
Best Hardcover Novel: THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Best First Novel: THE WIGHT OF BLOOD, by Laura McHugh (Spiegel & Grau)
Best Paperback Original Novel: MOONLIGHT WEEPS, by Vincent Zandri (Down & Out Books)
Best Short Story: "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentuckey," by Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2014)
Best Young Adult Novel: NEARLY GONE, by Elle Cosimano (Kathy Dawson Books)
Best E-Book Original Novel: HARD FALL, by C.J. Lyons (Legacy Books)

The winners were announced during ThrillerFest X on July 11, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (July 12, 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)

Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman Win Strand Critics

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2015 Strand Magazine Critics Awards as follows:

Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award: Otto Penzler for his contribution to the crime genre.
Best Novels (ties): THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown) and
AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)

Best First Novel: DEAR DAUGHTER, by Elizabeth Little (Viking)

The winners were annnounced and the awards be presented on July 8 in New York City. (July 09, 2015)

Roger Hobbs Wins Falcon

The Maltese Falcon Society Japan has announced that Rober Hobbs won the 2015 Maltese Falcon Award for GHOSTMAN (Knopf, 2013) as the best hardboiled/private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year. Hobbs will receive a wood-carved Falcon statuette. (July 08, 2015)

Charles Runyon Dies

Charles Runyon died on June 08 in Cedar Park, Texas. It was once rumored that he died in 1987, but it turned out to be just a rumor. His first fiction sale was "First Man in a Satellite" printed in the December 1958 issue of Super-Science Fiction. He continued writing science fiction and crime fiction as well as soft-porn (using the Mark West pseudonym). He contributed mystery short stories for Manhunt, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. His first mystery novel was THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE (Ace, 1960; not 1963) and he published 13 following mystery novels (including 3 of the "Ellery Queen" paperback originals, such as THE LAST SCORE [Pocket, 1964]). POWER KILL (Gold Medal, 1972) was nominated for an Edgar in the paperback category. He was 87. (July 03, 2015)

Bill Farley Dies

Bill Farley, the founder of Seattle Mystery Bookshop in Seattle, Washington, died in his sleep on June 28. Farley and his wife, B Jo Faley came from Philadelphia to Seattle in 1989 and opened the mystery bookstore on July 1, 1990. He "retired" in 1999 and sold the store to manager JB Dickey but he came to the store a few days a week. He was 83. (July 01, 2015)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists (Part 2) Announced

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

The Shut Eye, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld/Bantam Press)
The Rules of Wolfe, by James Carlos Blake (Oldcastle/No Exit Press)
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown/Sphere)
Missing, by Sam Hawken (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
Mr Mercedes, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
Pleasantville, by Attica Locke (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
Life or Death, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)

The Abrupt Physics of Dying, by Paul E Hardisty (Orenda Books)
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng (Little, Brown)
Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson (Random House/William Heinemann)
The Girl in the Red Coat, by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber)
You, by Caroline Kepnes (Simon & Schuster)

Missing, by Sam Hawken (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Transworld/Doubleday)
Nobody Walks, by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
The White Van, by Patrick Hoffman (Atlantic Books/Grove Press)
The Night The Rich Men Burned, by Malcolm Mackay (Pan Macmillan/Mantle)
Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter (Random House/Century)
The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber)

The winners of the three categories will be announced in September 29 at a special Award ceremony in London. (July 01, 2015)

Pierre Lemaitre Wins Int'l Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists for seven categories (Diamond, Short Story, International, Non-Fiction, Historical, Library and Debut) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Awards as follows::

Diamond Dagger: Catherine Aird
International Dagger: CAMILLE, by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Quercus)
Short Story Dagger: "Apocrypha," by Richard Lange (in Sweet Nothing: Stories by Richard Lange-Mullholland Press)
Non-Fiction Dagger: IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE LIFE AND LIES OF JIMMY SAVILE, by Dan Davies (Quercus)
Historical Dagger: THE SEEKER, by S.G. MacLean (Quercus)
Dagger in the Library: Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
Debut Dagger: LAST OF THE SOHO LEGENDS, by Greg Keen

The those Dagger winners were announced at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30. (July 01, 2015)

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for its 2015 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

THE LEWIS MAN, by Peter May (Quercus)
THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street)
THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
THE DAY SHE DIED, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
THE MISSING PLACE, by Sophie Littlefield (Gallery)
THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (June 19, 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)

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2015 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover category are as follows:

THE HOLLOW GIRL, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus), featuring Moe Prager
THE SILKWORM, by Robert Galbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling) (Mulholland), featuring Cormoran Strike
TOKYO KILL, by Barry Lancet (Simon & Schuster), featuring Jim Brody
HOUNDED, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur), featuring Andy Carpenter
PETER PAN MUST DIE, by John Verdon (Crown), featuring Dave Gurney

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 9 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (June 06, 2015)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2015 announced the nominees for the 2015 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

LAMENTATION, by Joe Clifford (Oceanview)
THE SECRET PLACE, by Tana French (Viking)
AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
TRUTH BE TOLD, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Margaret Maron will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be annnounced on October 10 during Bouchecon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolilna. (May 06, 2015)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures announced the nominees for the 2015 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

Best Novel:
THE MARCO EFFECT, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
THE REST IS SILENCE, by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
HOLLOW GIRL, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus Books)
PROVIDENCE RAG, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
STRANGE SHORES, by Arnaldur Indridason (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The Barry Award winners will be announced during Bouchercon 2015 to be held this October 8 thru 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (March 13, 2015)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Hammett Prize as follows:

WAYFARING STRANGER, by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
SMOKE RIVER, by Krista Foss (McClelland & Stewart)
GANGSTERLAND, by Tod Goldberg (Counterpoint)
MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner)
GOODHOUSE, by Peyton Marshall (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Hammett Prize winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey, October 2-4. To see the press release, click here. (February 01, 2015)


(Updated on August 25, 2015)

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