(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 21st year of managing The Gumshoe Site. 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 as I do. (January 01, 2017)

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Al Lamanda Wins Nero

At the Black Orchid Banquet held in New York City on December 02, The Wolfe Pack, a Nero Wolfian fan club, announced that WITH 6 YOU GET WALLY, by Al Lamanda (Five Star, 2016) won the 2017 Nero Award as the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. (December 07, 2017)

Les Whitten Dies

Les Whitten died on December 02 in Adelphi, Maryland. He was probably best known as a top legman to investigative reporter Jack Anderson, or a staff member of the Washington Merry-Go-Round, a popular news column. However, he was also a poet and translator of Baudelaire, as well as an author of a dozen thriller novels, including PROGENY OF THE ADDER (Doubleday, 1965), featuring a DC cop; MOON OF THE WOLF (Doubleday, 1967), dealing with a werewolf in Mississippi in 1938, and being adapted into a 1972 tv-movie of the same name starring David Janssen; CONFLICT OF INTEREST (Bantam, 1976), featuring a newspaper reporter in Washington DC; and A KILLING PACE (Atheneum, 1983), with a Philadelphia private eye. He was 89. (December 04, 2017)

Joan Hess Dies

Joan Hess died on November 23 at her new home in Austin, Texas. The former art teacher started writing romances to make money, but her nicely-plotted unsold romance novels lacked romance. She switched to mysteries and wrote STRANGLED PROSE (St. Martin's, 1986), the first in the series featuring Claire Malloy, a small-town bookstore owner in Farberville, Arkansas. The Malloy series lasted till PRIDE V. PREJUDICE (Minotaur, 2015). She had another series featuring Arly Hanks, a small-town plice chief in Maggody, Arkansas, starting with MALICE IN MAGGODY (St. Martin's, 1987). She also created the third series under the Joan Hadley pseudonym, featuring Theo Bloomer, a former spy and retired florist, with two titles in the mid-1980's. Her several novels and short stories were nominated for a number of mystery awards such as Agathas, Anthonys, and Macavitys. Her short story, "Too Much to Bare" (in SISTERS IN CRIME 2, edited by Marilyn Wallace; Berkley, 1990) won an Agatha and a Macavity. Her last novel is THE PAINTED QUEEN (Morrow, 2017), which she completed after her close friend Elizbeth Peters (aka. Barbara Mertz, 1927-2013) had died leaving this Amelia Peabody novel unfinished. She was 68. (November 25, 2017)

Jane Langton, William Link, Peter Lovesey To Receive MWA Grand Master Awards

The Mystery Writers of America has chosen Jane Langton, William Link and Peter Lovesey as the 2018 Grand Masters for their "important contributions to this genre," as well as "for a body of work that is both significant and of consitent hight quality."

The 2018 Raven Award recipients are The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, and Kristopher Zgorski, the founder of the crime fiction book review blog, BOLO Books.

The 2018 Ellery Queen Award recipient is Robert Pepin, the founder of Le Seuil publishing company in France, "which successfully introduced the finest American crime writers ot the French public."

They will receive their awards at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held in New York City on April 26, 2018. (November 21, 2017)

Albert Ashforth Dies

I just found out that Albert Ashforth died on July 14 in New York City, NY after a long illness. The former State University of New York professor wrote MURDER AFTER THE FACT (St. Martin's, 1984) and two Army intelligence officer Alex Klear novels: THE RENDITION (2012) and ON EDGE (2016: both from Oceanview Publishing). He also wrote short stories for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and a couple of anthologies such as CRIME SQUARE (edited by Robert J. Randisi; Vintage Point) and KWIK KRIMES (edited by Otto Penzler; Thomas & Mercer). He was 84. (November 13, 2017)


(Updated on December 07, 2017)

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