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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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B.K. Stevens Dies

B(onnie) K. Stevens died suddenly on August 14 in Virginia. The former college professor had the old dream of becoming a fiction writer and started writing mystery short stories. The fourth story, "True Detective," introducing Lt. Walt Johnson and Sgt. Gordon Bolt, was sold and printed in the June 1988 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (AHMM). She contributed a number of short stories mostly for AHMM and sometimes for Woman's World, featuring Johnson & Bolt, female private eye Iphigenia Woodhouse, and temp secretary/amateur sleuth Leah Abrams. She published both her first novel, INTERPRETATION OF MURDER (Black Opal Books), featuring sign language interpreter Jane Ciardi, and her second one, FIGHTING CHANCE (Poisoned Pen Press), a martial arts mystery for teens, in 2015. Her recent novella, "The Last Blue Glass" (AHMM, April 2016) has been nominated for Agatha and Anthony Awards. (August 17, 2017)



2017 CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

On July 26 in London, The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards. The longlist in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

The Beautiful Dead, by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press)
Dead Man's Blues, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
The Dry, by Jane Harper (Little Brown)
Spook Street, by Mick Herron (John Murray Publishers)
The Girl in Green, by Derek B Miller (Faber & Faber)
The Rising Man, by Abir Muckerjee (Harvil Secker)

To see the shortlists for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner on October 26 in London. (July 27, 2017)



James Grippando Wins Haper Lee Prize

The ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law have announced that James Grippando won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for GONE AGAIN (Harper, 2016). The winning novel is the 12th in the Jack Swyteck series. He will receive his award on September 14 at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (July 20, 2017)



Noah Hawley Wins Thriller Award

The International Thriller Writers(ITW) has announced the winners for the 2017 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (Grand Central)
Best First Novel: THE DRIFTER, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam)
Best Paperback Original Novel: THE BODY READER, by Anne Frasier (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "Big Momma," by Joyce Carol Oates (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March-April 2016)
Best Young Adult Novel: STEEPLEJACK, by A. J. Hartley (Tor)
Best E-Book Original Novel: ROMEO'S WAY, by James Scott Bell (Compendium)
2017 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Lee Child
2017 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Lisa Gardner
2017 Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Tom Doherty for publishing & supporting thrillers

The winners were announced at on July 15, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City during ThrillerFest XII. (July 16. 2017)




Tana French Wins Strand Critics

Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2017 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THE TRESPASSER, by Tana French (Viking)
Best Debut Novel: THE LOST GIRLS, by Heather Young (Morrow)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clive Cussler

The winners were announced on July 12 in New York City. (July 13, 2017)



2017 Shamus Award Banquet Canceled

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2017 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best private eye novel category are as follows:

WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam), featuring Gus Murphy
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES, by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur), featuring Flavia Albia
FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime), featuring Junior Bender
WITH 6 YOU GET WALLY, by Al Lamanda (Gale Cengage), featuring John Bekker
THE STARDOM AFFAIR, by Robert S. Levinson (Five Star), featuring Neil Gulliver & Stevie Marriner

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners were supposed to be announced at the Shamus Award Banquet at Bouchercon in Toronto, Canada this October. However, the Shamus Award Banquet has been canceled, and the winners will be announced in September. (June 02, 2017; revised, July 09)



Helen Cadbury Dies

Helen Cadbury died on June 30 following a battle with cancer in York, UK. The former drama teacher and actor began writing the series featuring police officer Sean Denton with TO CATCH A RABBIT (Allison & Busby, 2013). The third Denton novel, RACE TO THE KILL will be out this September from Allison & Busby and the first collection of her poetry, FOREVER, NOW will be out this November from Valley Press. She was 52. (July 05, 2017)



Michael Bond Dies

Michael Bond died on June 27 after a short illness at his home in London. The former BBC camera operator was, of course, most famous as the creator of Paddington Bear, but he also created Monsieur Pamplemousese, a French restaurant inspector with a dog named Pommes Frites, introduced in MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE (Hodder & Stoughton, 1983). His last and 18th Monsier Pamplemousse ends with MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE AND THE TANGLED WEB (Allison & Busby, 2014). He was 91. (July 03, 2017)



2017 Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2017 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

YOU WILL KNOW ME, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
DARK FISSURES, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (UK, Hodder & Stoughton; US, Grand Central)
REAL TIGERS, by Mick Herron (UK, John Murray; US, Soho)
WILDE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

The winners will be announced on October 12 at opening ceremonies during Bouchercon 2017 to be held in Toronto, Canada. (July 03, 2017)



2017 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2017 has announced the nominees for the 2017 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

YOU WILL KNOW ME, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
RED RIGHT HAND, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
WILDE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Sunday Brunch on October 15 during Bouchercon 2017 to be held in Toronto, Canada. (May 18, 2017)



2017 Barry Award Nominees Announced


Deadly Pleasures has announced the nominees for the 2017 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

Best Novel:
WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, by Michael Connelly (Little,Brown)
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON, by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
WILDE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE SECOND GIRL, by David Swinson (Mulholland)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 12 during Bouchercon 2017 to be held in Toronto, Canada. (February 25, 2017)



2017 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 for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON, by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
THE DRIFTER, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam)
THE WHITE DEVIL, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
REVOLVER, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
THE BIG NOTHING, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House)

To see the press release, click here. The Hammett Prize winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, October 6-8. (February 08, 2017)



Ann Cleeves To Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Ann Cleeves is to receive the 2017 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in her crime writing career and for her significant contribution to the genre. She will receive the Diamond Dagger in London on October 26. (January 24, 2017)



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