(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.

Stephen King Wins Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced that MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner) is the winner for the 2015 Hammett Prize.

The Hammett Prize winner was announced on October 03 during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey. To see the press release, click here. (October 04, 2015)

Michael Robotham Wins Gold Dagger

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

Gold Dagger: LIFE OF DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)
John Creasey New Blood Dagger: FOURTH OF JULY CREEK, by Smith Henderson (Random House/William Heinemann)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: COP TOWN, by Karin Slaughter (Random House/Century)

The winners of the three categories were announced in September 29 at a Special Award ceremony in London. (September 30, 2015)

Bill & Toby Gottfried To Receive David S. Thompson Award

Bouchercon 2015 has announced that Bill & Toby Gottfried will receive the David S. Thompson Award on October 10 at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina for their extraordinary efforts to develop and promote the mystery and crime fiction community. (September 24, 2015)

Jackie Collins Dies

Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on September 19 in Hollywood, California. The younger sister of actress Joan Collins was a bestselling writer of Hollywood's glamorous and shady side full of sex and money and crimes and sins and betrayals and other (in)famously sinister stuff. She wrote a number of crime novels including LOVEHEAD (Allen, 1974; retitled THE LOVE KILLERS, Warner 1975), and Santangelo (Crime) Family series, which started with CHANCES (Warner, 1981). Her last novel was THE SANTANGELOS (St. Martin's, 2015). She was 77. (September 21, 2015)

Jean Darling Dies

Jean Darling died on September 04 in Rodgau, Germany, where she had stayed with her son. The former "Our Gang" actress moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1974, and she wrote a number of mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mytstery Magazine, and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. She was 93. (September 07, 2015)

Warren Murphy Dies

Warren Murphy died peacefully on September 04 after a long illness at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. When the former political consultant and his former reporter colleague Richard Sapir (1936-1987) made a proposal for a book about a former cop Remo Williams the Detroyer in 1961, no publisher was interested. Then, after Don Pendleton's Excustioner series made the bestseller list, Murphy and Sapir's CREATED: THE DESTROYER (Pinnacle, 1971) hit the street. The Detroyer series was finally made into the 1985 movie, "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" starring Fred Ward and into the 1988 TV movie, "Remo Williams: The Prophecy." Murphy created other series characters such as New Jersey cops Ed Razoni & William Jackson (in ONE NIGHT'S STAND, Pinnacle, 1973) , insurance investigator Julian Burroughs the Digger (in SMOKED OUT, Pocket, 1982), insurance investigator Devlin "Trace" Tracy (in TRACE, Signet, 1983), and Justin Gilead & Alexander Zharkov (in GRANDMASTER, Pinnacle, 1984, with Molly Cochran). He won two Edgar Awards in the paperback category for GRANDMASTER and PIGS GET FAT (Signet, 1985; featuring Trace), and two Shamus Awards for THE CEILING OF HELL (Gold Medal, 1984; stand-alone PI novel) and "Another Day, Another Dollar" (in MURDER ON THE RUN; Berkley, 1998). He also used the Dev Stryker pseudonym with then-wife Molly Chochran to write three novels such as DEATHRIGHT (Tor, 1993). His last novel is BLOODLINE, a Mafia thriller, to be out this November from Forge. He was 81. (September 06, 2014)

Liane Moriarty Wins Davitt

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners for the 2015 Ellen Davitt Awards as follows:

Best Adult Novel: BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan)
Best Yound Adult Novel: EVERY WORD, by Ellie Marney (Allen & Unwin)
Best Children's Crime Novel: WITHERING-BY-SEA, by Judith Rossell (HarperCollins)
Best Non-Fiction: LAST WOMAN HANGED, by Caroline Overington (HarperCollins)
Best Debut Crime Novel: INTRUDER, by Christine Bongers (Woolshed Press)
Reader's Choice: TELL ME WHY, by Sandi Wallace (Clan Destine Press)

The winners were announced on August 29 in Melbourne, Australia. (September 02, 2015)

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)

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)

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)


(Updated on October 04, 2015)

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