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2017 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the nominees for its 2017 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE EX, by Alafair Burke (Harper)
WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
JANE STEELE, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
WHAT REMAINS OF ME, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (Grand Central)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. (January 20, 2017

2017 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime 2017 has announced the nominees for the 2017 Lefty Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

DARK FISSURES, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
MICHELANGELO'S GHOST, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
THE NECESSARY MURDER OF NONIE BLAKE, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street Books)
HEART OF STONE, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Faye Kellerman and Jonathan Kellerman will receive the 2017 Left Coast Crime Lifetime Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced at a banquet on March 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Vollage Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. (January 19, 2017)

William Peter Blatty Dies

William Peter Blatty died of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, on January 12, 2017 at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was most famous as the author of THE EXORCIST (Harper & Row, 1971) and its sequal, LEGION (Simon & Schuster, 1983). He adapted THE EXORCIST into the screenplay for the 1973 movie of the same name and won the Oscar, and directed the 1990 movie, "The Exorcist III," whose screenplay he wrote based on his own novel, LEGION. He also wrote co-penned (with Blake Edwards) the screenplays for "Shot in the Dark" (1964; second Pink Panther movie), "Gunn" (1967; featuring private eye Peter Gunn), and "Darling Lili" (1970; starring Edwards' wife Julie Andrews). His last novel was CRAZY (Forge, 2010), a funny nostalgic book far from the horror genre. He was 89. (January 14, 2017)

Nat Hentoff Dies

Nat Hentoff died on January 07 of natural causes at his home in Manhattan, New York. Of course, he was most famous as a civil rights activist and jazz columnist. I believe I read HEAR ME TALKIN' TO YA (with Nat Shapiro; Peter Davis, 1955), JAZZ COUNTRY (novel; Harper & Row, 1965), and JAZZ IS (Random, 1976) as well as his many liner notes on jazz albums and Village Voice columns. He was also a novelist and wrote two mystery novels featuring NYPD detective Noah Green: BLUES FOR CHARLIE DARWIN (Morrow, 1982) and THE MAN FROM INTERNAL AFFAIRS (Mysterious, 1985). He was 91. (January 09, 2017)

Margaret Chittenden Dies

Margaret "Meg" Chittenden died on December 29, 2016 after a long illness in Washington State. The English-born writer penned a number of Harlequin romances under her Chittenden name and the Rosalind Carson pseudonym, started the Charlotte "Charlie" Plato mystery series with DYING TO SING (Kensington, 1996), Plato being the C&W bar owner in San Francisco. After this series ended with DYING TO SEE YOU (2000), she wrote two stand-alone novels: MORE THAN YOU KNOW (2003) and SNAP SHOT (2004, both from Berkley as by Meg Chittenden). She frequently attended mystery conventions. She was 81. (January 01, 2017)

P.J. Lambrecht Dies

Patricia "P.J." Lambrecht died on December 21 "on her own terms" at her home north of Stillwater, Minnesota after a long struggle with health problems. She was the co-author of Monkeewrench novels with her daughter Traci Lambrecht under the P.J. Tracy joint name. The ex-romance writer wrote with her daughter, ex-rock singer, their first mystery novel, MONKEEWRENCH (Putnam, 2003), featuring the Monkeewrenchers, a group of computer geninuses in St. Paul, Minnesota with two homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. The latest and seventh Monkeewrench novel is THE SIXTH IDEA (2016), and NOTHING STAYS BURIED will be out in 2017. (Her daughter will continue the series.) P.J. was 70. (December 25, 2016)

EQMM, AHMM To Go Bimonthly

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, the two most world-famous mystery magazines (both published by Dell Magazines, a division of Crosstown Publications), have announced that they will publish a total of six double issues per year starting with their January/February 2017 issue. (November 30, 2016)

Al Collins, Ellen Hart Named 2017 MWA Grand Masters

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the 2017 Grand Master, Raven and Ellery Queen Award Recipients as follows:

Grand Master Awards: Max Allan Collins, and Ellen Hart
Raven Award: Dru Ann Love (owner/editor of dru's book musings)
Ellery Queen Award: Neil Nyren (the Executive VP, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of G.P. Putnam's Sons)

They will receive their awards at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on April 27, 2017. (November 30, 2016)


(Updated on January 20, 2017)

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