(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.

CWA Dagger Award (Part 1) Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain(CWA) has announced the shortlists for five categories (Short story, International, Non-Fiction, Historical and Debut) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Awards. The International Dagger shortlist is as follows:

FALLING FREELY, AS IF IN A DREAM, by Leif GW Persson (tr Paul Norlen) - Transworld
CAMILLE, by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) - Quercus
COBRA, by Deon Meyer (tr K.L Seegers) - Hodder & Stoughton
ARAB JAZZ, by Karim Miske (tr Sam Gordon) - MacLehose Press
THE INVISIBLE GUARDIAN, by Dolores Redondo (tr Isabelle Kaufeler) - HarperCollins
INTO A GAING BLAZE, by Andreas Norman (tr Ian Giles) - Quercus

To see the shortlists for all the categories, click here. The Dagger winners will be announced on June 30 in London. (May 16, 2015)

Glen Orbik Dies

Glen Orbik, an American illustrator, died of cancer on May 11 in California. He was famous for his painted paperback and comic covers, including those for books by Stephen King, Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block, Michael Crichton, Charles Ardai and Gore Vidal published by Hard Case Crime. He was 52. (May 12, 2015)

James Watson Dies

James Watson died on April 28 in the United Kingdom. He wrote political thrillers for young adults. The lecturer in communication studies wrote his first historical thriller, SIGN OF THE SWALLOW (Nelson 1967). His best known thriller is TALKING IN WHISPERS (Gollancz, 1983), which won The Other Award from the Children's Rights Workshop and was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal in 1984. The book features three young Chileans who decide to speak out against the backdrop Augusto Pinochet's regime. His last novel is PIG MIGHT FLY e-published by Amazon Kindle in 2013. He was 78. (May 12, 2015

William Bast Dies

William Bast, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on May 04 in Los Angeles, California. The co-producer and writer for a tv program, "The Colbys," a spin-off of "Dynasty," were a close friend and biographer of actor James Dean and wrote for a number of tv programs, sucha as "Honey West" (1965), "Perry Mason" (1965), "Mod Squad" (1969) and "Hawaii Five-0" (1973) among others. He won the 1976 Edgar in the tv feature category for "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC-TV) starring Elizabeth Montgomery. He was 84. (May 11, 2015)

Edward Wright Dies

Edward Wright died from complicaitons of lymphoma on May 01 at a hospital in Los Angeles, California. The former newspaperman's first novel, CLEA'S MO0N, won the 2001 Debut Dagger for unpublished writers from the Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA). It introduced John Ray Horn, a former B-movie cowboy star and ex-con turned debt-collector in 1940's Los Angeles, and published in 2003 by Orion, a British publisher. The second Horn novel, WHILE I DISAPPEAR (Putnam 2004; UK title: THE SILVER FACE, Orion, 2004), received the 2005 PWA Shamus Award. The third and final Horn novel, RED SKY LAMENT (Orion, 2006), snagged the 2006 CWA Historical Dagger Award without any American edition. His non-series novel, DAMNATION FALLS (Orion, 2007; Minotaur, 2008) won the 2008 Barry Award for best British crime novel. No American house published his last novel, FROM BLOOD (Orion, 2010), till Vatage Point Books did in 2012. He was 75. (May 09, 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)

Jerry Award Inaugurated

Mystery Writers Key West Fest has inaugurated the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Wrting Award to honor the late mystery writer, who died last year. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolute Amazing eBooks. Candidates wishing to compete for the award are invited to submit the first three pages of a FINISHED, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. The judging comittee includes Sandra Balzo (Healy's fiancee, writer), Shirrel Rhoades (publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks), Ted Hertel (attorney, writer), and Gary Warren Niebuhr (library director, reviewer). For more information, visit the Mystery Writers Key West Fest website. (May 04, 2015)

Ruth Rendell Dies

Ruth Rendell died on May 02 at a hospital in London of complications from a stroke suffered in January. The former journalist's first published novel, FROM DOON WITH DEATH (John Lord, 1964), featured Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford in Kingsmarkham, a fictional town in Sussex, and she wrote a number of Wexford novels and stories, some of which were filmed for the tv program, "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries," starring George Baker as Wexford. She also wrote many non-series novels under her own name and Barbara Vine pseudonym. She won four Gold Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association of Britain for A DEMON IN MY VIEW (Hutchinson, 1976); LIVE FLESH (Hutchinson, 1986); A FATAL INVERSION (Viking, 1987; as by Barbara Vine) and KING SOLOMON'S CARPET (Viking, 1991; as by Vine), and one Silver Dagger for THE TREE OF HANDS (Hutchinson, 1984) and received the 1991 CWA Diamond Dagger. She also won three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America for "The Fallen Curtain" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, August 1974); "The New Girl Friend" (EQMM, August 1983) and A DARK-ADAPTED EYE (Viking, 1986; as by Vine), and received the 1997 MWA Grand Master Award. She became Baroness Rendell of Babergh. Her final novel, DARK CORNERS, will be published this October. She was 85. (May 04, 2015)

Hank Phillippi Ryan Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic announced the winners for the 2015 Agatha awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sara Paretsky
Best Comtemporary Novel: TRUTH BE TOLD, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
Best Historical Novel: QUEEN OF HEARTS, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Best First Novel: WELL READ, THEN DEAD, by Terrie Farley Moran (Berkley)
Best Non-fiction: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Short Story: "The Odds Are Against Us," by Art Taylor (EQMM, November 2014)
Best Children's/Young Adult Novel: THE MUMMY'S CURSE, by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)

The Agatha winners were announced on May 2 during the Malice Domestic conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 03, 2015)

Stephen King Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the 2015 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner)
Best First Novel: DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY, by Tom Bouman (Norton)
Best Paperback Original: THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS, by Chris Albani (Penguin Random)
Best Short Story: "What Do You Do?" by Gillian Flynn (in ROGUES; Bantam Spectra)
Best Critical/Biographical: POE-LAND, by J.W. Ocker (Norton/Countryman Press)
Best Fact Crime: TINSELTOWN, by William Mann (HarperCollins)
Best Juvenile: GREENGLASS HOUSE, by Kate Milford (Clarion Books)
Best Young Adult: THE ART OF SECRETS, by James Klise (Algonquin)
Best Television Episode: "Episode 1," teleplay by Sally Wainwright (for "Happy Valley"; Netflix)
Robet L. Fish Award: "Getaway Girl," by Zoe Z. Dean (EQMM, November 2014)
Grand Master Awards: Lois Duncan and James Ellroy
Raven Awards: Ruth & Jon Jordan (Crimespree Magazine) and Kathryn Kennison (Magna Cum Murder)
Ellery Queen Award: Charles Ardai (Hard Case Crime)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, by Jane Casey (Minotaur)
Distinguished Service Award: Charles Todd (for his 14 years of service to MWA)

The Edgar Awards were announced on April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (April 30, 2015)

Don Mankiewicz Dies

Don Mankiewicz died of congestive heart failure on April 25 at his home in Monrovia, California. The son of the Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter for "Citizen Kane, did not create "Ironside" and "Marcus Welby, M.D." but wrote tv pilots for them. He also wrote tv scripts for "Hawk" (1966), "Star Trek" (1967), "McMillan & Wife" (1974), "Lanigan's Rabbi" (1976), and "Simon & Simon" (1983) among others. He co-won (with Gordon Cotler, aka. Alex Gordon) the 1978 Edgar in the tv feature category for "Men Who Love Women" (1977), a pilot for "Rossetti and Ryan." According to Allen J. Hubin's CRIME FICTION, he wrote three mysteries, including TRIAL (Harper, 1955) which was turned into a film starring Glenn Ford. He was 93. (April 29, 2015)

Doug Allyn Wins EQMM Readers Award

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine announced the 2015 EQMM Readers Award winners in its May 2015 issue as follows:

First Place: "The Snow Angel," by Doug Allyn (January 2014)
Second Place: "Blood Red Roses," by Marilyn Todd (September/October 2014)
Third Place: "the Tavern Keeper's Daughter," by Miriam Grace Monfredo (December 2014)

The EQMM readership each voted the three best stories published in 2014. (April 28, 2015)

Cain, Shaw Win Spotted Owls

The Friends of Mystery, a non-profit organization for mystery readers in Portland, Oregon, has announced that Chelsea Cain and Johnny Shaw won the 2015 Spotted Owl Awards -- Cain for ONE KICK (Simon & Schuster, 2014), and Shaw for PLASTER CITY (Thomas & Mercer, 2014). (April 28, 2015)

Stan Burns Dies

Stan "Staniel" Burns died on April 23 at his home in Riverside, California from declining health after a 2012 auto accident. The camera repairman was also a mystery and science fiction reviewer for Mystery*File and his own fanzine Who Donut?, and a member of DAPA-Em, who frequently attended Bouchercon. You can see magnificent photos he took at mystery gatherings on his Facebook page. He was 67. (April 27, 2015)

Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWA) has announced the nominees for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

COLD MOURNING, by Brenda Chapman (Dundurn Press)
NONE SO BLIND, by Barbara Fradkin (Dundurn Press)
PLAGUE, by C.C. Humphreys (Doubleday Canada)
NO KNOWN GRAVE, by Maureen Jennings (McClelland & Stewart)
KILLING PILGRIM, by Alen Mattich (House of Anansi)

Sylvia McConnell will receive the 2015 Derrick Murdoch Award for her contribution to crime writing in Canada. She is the publisher of RendezVous Crime, which publishes crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on May 28. (April 26, 2015)

Nevada Barr Wins Pinckley

Nevada Barr, the author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series, received the 2015 Pinckley Prize for Achievement in Crime Fiction on March 26 at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival from the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans.

Adrianne Harun won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel, for A MAN CAME OUT OF A DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN (Penguin Books). The Prizes were created in 2012 to honor Diana Pinckley (1952-2012), long-time crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. (April 24, 2015)

Charlene Weir Dies

Charlene Weir (rhymes with cheer) died on April 04 in El Cerrito, California. The former nurse started writing after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Before winning the St. Martin's Malice Domestic contest for THE WINTER WIDOW (St. Martin, 1992), introducing Susan Wren, police chief in Hampstead, Kansas, she contributed several stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The seventh Wren novel, EDGE OF MIDNIGHT (St. Martin's, 2007), is her most recent book. She was 77. (April 21, 2015)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover novel categofy are as follows:

THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
BROKEN MONSTERS, by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
SUSPICION, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (William Morrow)
THAT NIGHT, by Chevy Steves (St. Martin's)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Nelson DeMille will receive the 2015 ThrillerMaster Award, and Kathy Reichs the 2015 Silver Bullett Award. The winners will be announced during ThrillerFest X on July 11, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 01, 2015; revised, April 03)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

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

Best Novel:
The Fever, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Jack of Spies, by David Downing (Soho)
The Secret Plac, by Tana French (Viking)
Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
Die Again, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
After I'm Gone,by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel:
Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman (Norton)
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (Viking)
The Home Place, by Carrie La Seur (William Morrow)
Ice Shear, by M.P. Cooley (William Morrow)
Confessions, by Kanae Minato and translated by Stephen Snyder (Mulholland Books)
The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica (Mira)

In addition, Otto Penzler will receive the Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the crime genre.

The winners will be annnounced and the wards be presented on July 8 in New York City. (March 27, 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)

Catherine Aird To Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Catherine Aird will receive the 2015 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30. (February 07, 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 May 16, 2015)

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