(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Yes, yes, I am still managing The Gumshoe Site as if it were an international treasure. This is my 20th 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, 2016)

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.

Jon Tuska Dies

Jon Tuska died peacefully on January 18 at his home in Portland, Oregon. He was famous as the expert on Western films and fiction, and wrote and edited more than 30 books, including a couple of books on mystery films: THE DETECTIVE IN HOLLYWOOD: THE MOVIE CAREER OF THE GREAT FICTIONAL PRIVATE EYES AND THEIR CREATORS (Doubleday, 1978); and DARK CINEMA: AMERICAN FILM NOIR IN CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (Praeger, 1984). He was 73. (Feburary 05, 2016)

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the nominees in the best contemporary novel category are as follows:

BURNED BRIDGES, by Annette Dashof (Henery Press)
LONG UPON THE LAND, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
THE CHILD GARDEN, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
WHAT YOU SEE, by Hank Phillipi Rya (Forge Books)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Katherine Hall Page
Poirot Award Recipients: Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
Amelia Award Recipient: Douglas Greene

The nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 30, 2016 during Malice Domestic 28 to be held in Bethesda, Maryland. (February 04, 2016)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE as follows:

THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
SORROW LAKE, by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Henry Holt)
THE DO-RIGHT, by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press)
THE ORGAN BROKER, by Stu Strumwasser (Arcade)

To see the press release, click here. The winner will be announced during the during the NoirCon in Philadelphia, October 26-30. (January 30, 2016)

Peter James to Receive CWA Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Peter James will receive the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony in London. James is the author of the British police procedural sereis featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. (Janurary 23, 2016)

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE STRANGLER VINE, by M. J. Carter (Putnam)
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
LIFE OR DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland Books)
CAMARY, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
NIGHT LIFE, by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)

To see the nominees of all the categories, click here. All the winners will be announced at the Edgar Banquet on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, except the Mary Higgins Clark Award, which will be announced on April 27. (January 19, 2016)

Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime 2016 has announced the nominees for the 2016 Lefty Awards. (Now all Left Coast Crime awards are called "Lefty."). The nominees in the humorous mystery novel category are as follows:

LORD OF THE WINGS, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
PLANTATION SHUDDERS, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
FEBRUARY FEVER, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)
DYING FOR A DONUT, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample Books)
CRUSHED VELVET, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime)

To see the nominees in all the four categories (humorous, historical, LCC regional, world), click here. The winners will be announced on February 27 during Left Coast Crime 2016 to be held in Phoenix, Arizona. (January 17, 2016)

Robert Banks Stewart Dies

Robert Banks Stewart died on Januarty 14 of cancer at home. He wrote a lot of TV scripts for British crime series, such as "Danger Man", "The Avengers," and "Doctor Who" among others. He created "Shoestring" (1979-80) for two seasons on the BBC starring Trevor Eve as computer expert-turned-private eye Eddie Shoestring, and "Bergerac" (1981-89) with John Nettles as Sergeant Jim Bergerac of the Jersey police in the Carribean Islands. Stewart wote his first novel, HURRICANE'S TAIL (Kaleidoscope Publishing, 2013), featuring British detective Harper Buchanan when he was 81. He was 84. (January 16, 2016)

Renee Paley-Bain Dies

Renee Paley-Bain died on January 08 of blood cancer at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. She was a wife of Donald Bain, famous as the co-author of "Murder, She Wrote" (MSW) series with "Jessica Fletcher," a fictional character in the TV program of the same title portrayed by Angela Lansbury. Donald, a famed prolific ghost-writer, has been writing MSW novels since GIN AND DAGGERS (McGraw, 1989), and Renee -- a former English teacher, newspaper editor and public relations professional -- started offering feminine touches on Donald's MSW novels and inserting some phrases, paragraphs, and chapters. Their first full-collaborated novel was MURDER IN A MINOR KEY (Signet, 2001) without her byline, and THE GHOST AND MRS. FLETCHER (NAL hardcover, 2015) is the first one to carry her byline with her husband Donald Bain and the fictional Jessica Fletcher. Two MSW novels will be out in the near future with her byline: DESIGN FOR MURDER coming April; and HOOK, LINE & MURDER in December 2016. She was 71. (January 09, 2016; devised, January 10)

Jim Ingraham Dies

Jim Ingraham died peacefully on December 27, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. The former professor of history wrote a number of short stories for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, starting in 1986. He published six novels: three featuring Maine private eye Duff Kerrigan (REMAINS TO BE SEEN; Five Star, 2008) and two featuring Florida detective Randa Sorel (SAHARA DUST; Five Star, 2011). He was 92. (January 06, 2016)


(Updated on February 05, 2016)

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