(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Thank you very much for your visit. Okay, this is my 27th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Can you belive it? Though we are still battling with Covid-19, I moved to another place last November and I am still arranging my boxes of books and books and books. This moving results in my being behind my schedue of managing this good old site. I am wonderting that I should continue keeping this old site. I have not made a decision yet. Despite of this mumblings, I hope you enjoy this site. Thank you for your warm support. Please stay safe and healthy in this unpredictable world!! (January 02, 2023)

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John Dunning Dies

John Dunning died on May 22 after a long struggle with dementia. The former Denver Post reporter wrote his first book, THE HOLLAND SUGGESTIONS (Bobbs-Merrill, 1975), a novel of suspense. His second and third mystery novels, LOOKING FOR GINGER NORTH (1980) and DEADLINE (1981) respectively from Fawcett Gold Medal, got nominated for Edgar Awards in paperback original category. Then he stopped writing books and opened the Old Algonquin Bookstore, to sell rare and antiquarian books with his wife Helen in Denver, Colorado. Two years after his first antiquarian bookseller Cliff Janeway novel, BOOKED TO DIE (Scribner, 1992) was published, he and his wrife closed the bookstore and started selling books online as Old Algonquin Books. The first Janeway novel won the 1993 Dilys and Nero Awards, while the second Janeway novel, BOOKMAN'S WAKE (1995), was nominated for the 1996 Edgar in the best novel category. He wrote three more Janeway novels, ending with THE BOOKWOMAN'S LAST FLING (2006; all Janeway books published by Scribner). In 2006 a brain tumor prevented him from writing and made him suffer from dementia. He was 81. (May 29, 2023)

Sara Paretsky To Receive David Thompson Special Service Award

Bouchercon 2023 has announced that Sara Paretsky is the 2023 recipient of the David Thompson Special Service Award for her phenomenal contributions "as a founder of Sister in Crime; as a leader in helping to lay the publishing groundwork for women authors of mystery and crime fiction; and as an ongoing literacy activist." She will be presented the award at the General Members Meeting during this year's Bouchercon to be held in San Diego, California, from August 30 thru September 03. (May 27, 2023)

Anthony Bidulka Wins CWC Award of Excellence

The Crime Writers of Canada CWC) Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announcee the winners for the 2023 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing as follows:

2023 Derrick Murdoch Award Recipient: Jack Batten
Best Crime Novel: GOING TO BEAUTIFUL, by Anthony Bidulka (Stonehouse Publishing)
Best Crime First Novel: CITIZENS OF LIGHT, by Sam Shelstad (TouchWood Editions)
Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: A SNAKE IN THE RASPBERRY PATCH, by Joanne Jackson (Stonehouse Publishing)
Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery: DEEP HOUSE, by Thomas King (HarperCollins Canada)
Best Crime Novella: "The Man Who Went Down Under," by Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazines, July/August 2022)
Best Crime Short Story: "The Girl Who Was Only Three Quarters Dead," by Craig H. Bowlsby (Mystery Magazine, April 2022)
Best French Crime Book: MONSIEUR HAMMERLI, by Richard Ste-Marie (Editions Alire)
Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book: HEARTBREAK HOMES, by Jo Treggiari (Nimbus Publishing Limited)
Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book: THE BETRAYAL OF ANNE FRANK, by Rosemary Sullivan (HarperCollins Canada)
Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript: SNOWED, by Mary Keenan

The winners were announced on Thursday, May 25, 2023. (May 26, 2023)

Sara Gran Wins CrimeFest Award

CrimeFest has announced the winners for the 2023 CrimeFest Awards as follows:

eDunnit Award: THE BOOK OF THE MOST PRECIOUS SUBSTANCE, by Sara Gran (Faber & Faber)
Debut Crime Novel: A FLICKER IN THE DARK, by Stacy Willingham (HarperCollins)
H.R.F Keating Biografical/Critical Award: THE LIFE OF CRIME, by Martin Edwards (Collins Crime Club)
Last Laugh Award: BRYANT & MAY'S PECULIAR LONDON, by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
Thalia Proctor Memorial Award for Best Adapted TV Crim Drama: SLOW HORSES (Seasons 1&2), produced by See-Saw, based on the books by Mick Herron
Best Crime Novel for Children: THE GOOD TURN, by Sharna Jackson (Puffin)
Best Crime Novel for Young Adults: FIVE SURVIVE, by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey)

The winners were announced on Saturday, May 13 during the Gala Awards Dinner of this year's CrimeFest to be held in Bristol, England. (May 14, 2023)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists for the 2023 Dagger Awards. The six shortlistees in the best crime novel category are as follows:

The Kingdoms of Savannah, by George Dawes Green (Headline Publishing/Headline Fiction)
The Lost Man of Bombay, by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton)
A Killing in November, by Simon Mason (Quercus/riverrun)
The Clockwork Girl, by Anna Mazzola (Orion/Orion Fiction)
The Winter Guest, by WC Ryan (Bonnier Books UK/Zaffre)
The Silent Brother, by Simon Van der Velde (Northodox Press)

To see the shortlists in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards Dinner, on Thursday, July 06 at the Leonardo City Hotel in London. (May 13, 2023)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2023 has announced the nominees for the 2023 Anthony awards as follows:

Best Hardcover: (6)
LIKE A SISTER, by Kellye Garrett (Mulholland)
THE DEVIL TAKES YOU HOME, by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland)
THE BULLET THAT MISSED, by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman)
A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE MAID, by Nita Prose (Ballantine)
SECRET IDENTY, by Alex Segura (Flatiron)

To see the nomiees in all the nine categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 02 during Bouchercon 2023 held in San Diego, California. (May 09, 2023)

Robert Dugoni Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystety, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has announced that THE SILENT SISTERS, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer) is the winner of the 2023 Spotted Owl Award for books published in 2022 by authors living in the Pacific Northwest. (May 09, 2023)

Theakston Crime Award Longlists Announced

Harrogate International Festival announced the longlist of the 2023 Theakston Crime Award for best crime novel of the year published in paperback from May 01, 2022 to April 30, 2023 by UK and Irish authors as follows:

The Murder Book, by Mark Billingham (Little Brown)
The Botanist, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
Into the Dark, by Fiona Cummins (Pan Books)
The Paris Apartment, by Lucy Foley (HarperFiction)
The Locked Room, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
The Twyford Code, by Janice Hallett (Viper)
Bad Actors, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
The Family Remains, by Lisa Jewell (CenturyFiction)
Black Hearts, by Doug Johnstone (Orenda)
The Lost Man of Bombay, by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Last Party, by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
All I Said Was True, by Imran Mahmood (Raven)
Wrong Place Wrong Time, by Gillian McAllister (Michael Joseph)
1989, by Val McDermid (Little Brown)
The Heretic, by Liam McIlvanney (HarperFiction)
Blue Water, by Leonora Nattrass (Viper)
May God Forgive, by Alan Parks (Canongate)
Truly Darkly Deeply, by Victoria Selman (Quercus)
Reputation, by Sarah Vaughan (Simon & Schuster)
The It Girl, by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster)

The shortlist of the six titles will be announced on Thursday, June 15, and the winner on Thursday July 20 at Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, England. (April 28, 2023)

ITW Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2023 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover nocel category are as follows:

THE VIOLENCE, by Delilah S. Dawson (Del Rey)
THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur)
THE FERVOR, by Alma Katsu (Penguin/Putnam)
THE CHILDREN ON THE HILL, by Jennifer McMahon (Simon & Schuster)
SUNDIAL, by Catriona Ward (Macmillan)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XVIII on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City. (March 17, 2023)

Hammett Prize Finalists Announced

The International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) announced the 2023 Hammett Prize five finalists for books published in 2022 for literary excellence in crime writing, as follows:

OPPERHEAD ROAD, by Brad Smith (At Bay Press, Winnipeg)
GANGLAND, by Chuck Hogan (Grand Central)
DON'T KNOW TOUGH, by Eli Cranors (Soho Crime)
PAY DIRT ROAD, by Samantha Jayne Allen (Minotaur)
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNETTS, by Lisa Scottoline (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

The Hammett Prize winner will be decided early summer, and the location of the presentation will be announced soon after. (March 12, 2023)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2023 Barry Awards in three categories. The nominees in the best mystery/crime category are as follows:

THE ACCOMPLICE, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
DESERT STAR, by Michael Connelly (Little,Brown)
THE DARK FLOOD, by Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly)
SHIFTY'S BOYS, by Chris Offutt (Grove Press)
SECRET IDENTITY, by Alex Segura (Flatiron Books)
CITY ON FIRE, by Don Winslow (William Morrow)

To see the Barry Award nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be voted by Deadly Pleasures readers and announced on Thursday, August 31 during the opening ceremonies of 2023 Bouchercon to be held in San Diego, California. (March 03, 2023)

Walter Mosley to Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Walter Mosley is to receive the 2023 Diamond Dagger Award on Thursday, July 06 in London at the CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner Event for his sustained excellence in his crime writing and for a significant contribution to the genre.

By the way, his newest novel is EVERY MAN A KING (Mulholland, 2023), the second Joe King Oliver book, a sequel to DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA (2018), an MWA Edgar winner. (February 08, 2023)


(Updated on May 29, 2023)

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