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S.A. Cosby Wins Strand Critics

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2022 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best Mystery Debut: BULLET TRAIN, by Kotaro Isaka (Harry Abrams), trans. by Sam Malissa
[the basis for the 2022 movie of the same name, starring Brad Pitt]

TWO Lifetime Achievement Award Recipienets:
Sandra Brown and
Nelson DeMille

Publisher of the Year Award Recipient:
Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. in New York City.

The award winners were announced on September 19. (September 20, 2022)

David Goodis Award Recipients Announced

The biannual NoirCon award ceremonies will take place virtually after the four-year absence due to the pandemic. The NoirCon Award recipients of 2018 and 2022 are as follows:

2018 David Goodis Award Recipient: Walter Mosley
2018 Anne Friedberg Award Recipent: Dana Polan (for contributions to noir and its preservation)
2018 Deen Kogan Award for Excellence Recipient: Geoffrey O'Brien and Max Rudin

2022 David Goodis Award Recipient: Megan Abbott
2022 Anne Friedberg Award Recipent: Sarah Weinman (for contributions to noir and its preservation)
2022 Deen Kogan Award for Excellence Recipient: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

The Virtual NoirCon 2022 will be a 3-day symposium to be held from Friday October 21 thru Sunday October 23. (September 19, 2022)

Ngaio Marsh Award Winners Announced

The WORD Chistchurch Writers & Readers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards for excelence in New Zealand crime, mystery and thriller writing as follows:

Best Novel: BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin; Sphere, UK)
Best First Novel: BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin; Sphere, UK)

No, it is NOT my typing error or anybody's error. Ms. Jacqueline Bublitz has won the two Ngaio Awards for best novel and for best first novel selected by two separate judge groups. Probably it is the first time an winner receives both Ngaio awards.

The winning (first) novel was shortlisted for the 2022 CWA Gold Dagger in UK. The American edition will be published later this year from Emily Bestler Books/Atria. (September 17, 2022)

Alan Parks Wins McIlvanney

The Bloody Scotland has announced the winners for the 2022 McIlvanney Prize and the 2022 Bloody Scotland Debut Prize as follows:

McIlvanney Prize (for excellence in Scottish crime writing):
MAY GOD FORGIVE, by Alan Parks (Canongate)

The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize (for first crime fiction):
WELCOME TO COOPER, by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer).

The winners were announced on September 15 at The Albert Halls in Stirling, Scotland. (September 17, 2022)

Elizabeth Gunn Dies

Elizabeth Gunn died on August 30 in Helena, Montana (where she moved this summer to be near her family) after a long illness. The former inn-keeper, private pilot, live-aboard sailor, scuba diver and travel writer began writing mystery novels with TRIPLE PLAY (Walker, 1997). This first novel features Jake Hines, a police detective of fictional Rutherford, Minnesota, modeled after Rochester, Minnesota. There were 9 more Hines novels ending with NOONTIME FOLLIES (Severn, 2015). She started another series starting with COOL IN TUCSON (Severn, 2008), introducing Sara Burke, a divorced police detective in Tucson, Arizona. She started one more series with BURNING MEREDITH (Severn, 2018), introducing retired schoolteacher Alice Adams, who works part-time at the local newspaper in fictional Clark's Fort, Montana. It is probably her last novel. She was 95. (September 12, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Two Anthony Awards

Bouchercon 2022 has announced the winners for the 2022 Anthony awards as follows:

Best Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Best First Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Paperback: BLOODLINE, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "Not My Cross to Bear," by S.A. Cosby (in TROUBLE NO MORE, edited by Mark Westmoreland; Down & Out)
Best Anthology: THIS TIME FOR SURE, editd by Hank Philippi Ryan (Down & Out)
Best Critical/Non-Fiction: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child & Laurie R. King (Simon & Schuster)
Best Children's/YA: I PLAY ONE ON TV: Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Ellen Hart
Int't Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Alexander McCall Smith

The winners were announced on Saturday, September 10 during Bouchercon 2022 held in Minneapolis, MInnesota. (September 11, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Barry

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced the winners for the 2022 Barry Awards in four categories as follows:

Best Mystery/Crime Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Best First Mystery Crime Novel: SLEEPING BEAR, by Connor Sullivan (Atria)
Best Paperback Original: THE GOOD TURN, by Dervla McTiernan (Blackstone)
Best thriller: FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)

The winners were voted by Deadly Pleasures readers and announced on September 08 during the opening ceremonies of 2022 Bouchercon held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (September 10, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Macavity

The Mystery Readers International (MRI) has announced the winners for the 2022 Macavity Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S. A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best First Mystery Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Mystery Short Story: "Sweeps Weeks," by Richard Helms (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)
Best Nonfiction/Critical: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. King (Scribner)
Best Historical Mystery: CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soso Crime)

The winners were announced at opening ceremonies on Thursday, September 08 at Bouchercon held in Minneapolis, MInnesota. (September 09, 2022)

Peter Straub Dies

Peter Straub died on September 04 at New York-Presbiterian Hospital in New York City of complications after a fall. The former English teacher wrote two poetry books (ISHMAEL and OPEN AIR) in 1972 before his first novel, MARRIAGES (Coward McCann, 1973), and his first horror novel, JULIA (Coward McCann, 1975), which was turned into the 1976 movie, "The Hauting of Julia," starring Mia Farrow. He may have been famous as a horror writer, penning GHOST STORY (Coward McCann, 1979), which became the 1981 film of the same name starring Fred Astaire, and co-authoring (with Stephen King) THE TALISMAN (Viking 1984) and its sequal BLACK HOUSE (Random House, 2001). He wrote several mystery short stories, such as "Pork Pie Hat," (first published in MURDER FOR HALLOWEEN, edited by Michele Slung & Roland Hartman [aka. Otto Penzler]; Mysterious, 1994) and "Ronald, D----," (first published in an Adams Round Table anthology; MURDER IN THE FAMILY; Berkley, 2002). By the way, He was an avid Raymond Chandler fan. He was 79. (September 09, 2022)

Michael Malone Dies

Michael Malone died on August 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Clinton, Connecticut. The former college professor's first novel was PAINTING THE ROSES RED (Random House, 1974), a comic novel. His first mystery novel, UNCIVIL SEASONS (Delacorte, 1983), introduced Cuddy Mangum and Justin Savile, two police detectives in fictional Hillston, N.C. After writing the second Cuddy-Justin novel, TIME'S WITNESS (Little Brown,1989), Malone served as head writer on the ABC-TV soap opera "One Life to Live" from 1991 to 1996, and wo an Emmy in 1994. His short story, "Red Clay" first published in the anthology MURDER FOR LOVE (edited by Otto Penzler; Delacorte 1996) won the 1997 short story Edgar, and was collected in his story collection, RED CLAY, BLUE CADILLAC (Sourcebooks, 2002). His 2005 novel, THE KILLING CLUB (Hyperion, 2005) was "co-written" with Marcie Walsh, a fictional writer on the soap opera "One Life to Live." He was writing the fourth Cuddy-Justin novel when he died at the age of 79. (September 01, 2022)

S.J. Rozan Wins Shamus

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the winners for its 2022 Shamus Awards as follows:

P.I. Hardcover: FAMILY BUSINESS, by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus), featuring Lydia Chin & Bill Smith
Original P.I. Paperback: EVERY CITY IS EVERY OTHER CITY, by John McFetridge (ECW Press), featuring Gord Stewart
First P.I. Novel: LOST LITTLE GIRL, by Gregory Stout (Level Best), introducing Jackson Gamble
P.I. Short Story: "Sweeps Week," by Richard Helms (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)

The winners were announced on August 04 online. (August 04, 2022)

Stuart Woods Dies

Stuart Woods died in his sleep on July 22 at his home in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The former advertising man's first book, BLUE WATER, GREEN SKIPPER (Norton, 1977), was not a novel, but a non-fiction book about the 1976 adventure in the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race. His third book was a novel, entitled CHIEFS (Norton, 1981), about three genaration of lawmen and the murder of a teenager in a small town in Georgia, which won the 1982 Edgar Award in the first novel categtory, and was made into the TV miniseries starring Charlton Heston, and Danny Glover among others. He wrote about five books a year singularly or collaboratively with several series characters. NEW YORK DEAD (Harper & Row, 1991) is the first novel featuring Stone Barrington, an ex-cop and attorney in New York City. His 62nd Barrington book, BLACK DOG, will be release in August, the 63rd book in the Barrington series, DISTANT THUNDER (both from Putnam) in October, the 64th Barrington book (untitled yet) next year. He was 84. (August 01, 2022)


(Updated on September 20, 2022)

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