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Okay, this is my 26th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Now we are still battling with Covid-19, and I am still managing this same old site. I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. As I wrote before, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! Wear a facial mask, wash your hands, rinse your mouth, keep your distance in order to stay safe and healthy!! (January 01, 2022)

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2022 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2022 has announced the nominees for the 2022 Anthony awards. The five nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
THE COLLECTIVE, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
THESE TOXIC THINGS, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)

To see the nominees in all the seven categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 10 during Bouchercon 2022 to be held in Minneapolis, MInnesota from September 8 through 11. (May 21, 2022)



Abigail Dean Wins CrimeFest Award

CrimeFest has announced the winners for the 2022 CrimeFest Awards as follows:

eDunnit Award: GIRL A, by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
Debut Crime Novel Award: WINTER COUNTS, by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Simon & Schuster)
Audible Sounds of Crime Award: THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE, by Richard Osman, read by Lesley Manville (Penguin Random House Audio)
H.R.F. Keating Bio-Critical Award: PATRICIA HIGHSMITH: HER DIARIES AND NOTEBOOKS, by Patricial Highsmith (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Last Laugh Award: SLOUGH HOUSE, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
Best Crime Fiction Novel for Children: TWITCH, by M.G. Leonard(Walker)
Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults: FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley (Rock the Boat)
Inaugural Thalia Proctor Memorial Award for Best Adapted TV Crime Drama (first screened in the UK in 2021): SHETLAND (Season 6), produced by Silverprint Pictures and based on the books by Ann Cleeves

The winners were announced on Saturday, May 14 during the Gala Awards Dinner of this year's CrimeFest to be held in Bristol England. (May 15, 2022)




2021 CWA DAGGER SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Dagger Awards. The shortlist in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

Before You Knew My Name, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Little, Brown)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
The Unwilling, by John Hart (Zaffre)
The Shadows of Men, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
The Trawlerman, by William Shaw (Riverrun)

To see the shortlists for the all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during a "live gala dinner event" held on Wednesday, June 29, at the Leonardo City Hotel in London. (May 15, 2022)



Warren Easley Wins Spotted Owl

The Friends of Mystery, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has chosen Warren Easley, a Newburg, Oregon resident, is a recipient of the 2022 Spotted Owl Award for his book, NO WITNESS (Poisoned Pen Press, 2021).

The winning book is the eight in his series featuring Cal Claxton, who is a lawyer in a samal town of Dundee, Oregon. The Spotted Owl Award is given out annually to the best mystery novel of the previous year by an author who lives in the Pacific Northwest. (May 12, 2022)



In Memoriam

Better late than never.

Jack Higgins (real name: Henry Patterson) died on April 09 at his home in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. The ex-teacher at Leeds Polytechnic began writing novels in 1959 using several psedonyms: Harry Patterson, James Graham, Martin Fallon, and Jack Higgins. Finally, his 1975 novel THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (Collins, 1975; as by Jack Higgins) hit big and made him rich and famous. Set during the World War Two in England, it introduces an Irish gunman Liam Devlin, was made into the 1976 movie starring Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland (as Devlin). He penned 85 thriller and espionage novels and his last novel was THE MIDNIGHT BELL (Holt, 2016), the 22nd Sean Dillon (British special agent) book. He was 92.

Thalia Proctor died on April 02 of complications relating to breast cancer at St. Richard's Hospice in Worcestershire, UK. She worked at Murder One Bookstore and Crime-in-Store in London and at Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court as a bookseller, as well as at Little, Brown/Sphere and Orion Books as an editor. She also attended a lot of mystery conventions in USA and UK. She was 51.

Mary Daheim (rhyming with Day-time) died on March 30 after a brief illness. The former journalist wrote historical romance novels before publishing her first mystery novel, JUST DESSERTS (Aveon, 1991), the first one of the Bed & Breakfast series introducing Judith McMonigle Flynn in Seattle, Washington. The first novel was nominated for the 1991 Agatha Award. She also wrote the Emma Lord (small-town newspaper owner/editor in Alpine, Washington) series, beginning with THE ALPINE ADVOCATE (Ballantine, 1992). Her last novel is LADY MACDEATH (Kindle e-book/Harper Audio, 2022). She was 84.

Richard Stevenson (real name: Richard Stevenson Lipez, pronounced leh-PEZ) died on March 16 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Becket, Massachusetts. The former Peace Corps trainer co-wrote his first novel, GRAND SCAM (Dial Press, 1979) with Peter Stein under the Richard Lipez name. Then he started to write Donald Strachey (pronounced STRAY-chee) novels starting with DEATH TRICK (St. Martin's, 1981), using the Richard Stevenson name. Strachey is a gay private investigator in Albany, New York. The 12th Strachey novel, RED WHITE BLACK AND BLUE (St. Martin's, 2011) won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in the gay mystery category. There are 16 Strachey novels and the 17th novel, CHASING REMBRANDT, will be published soon from ReQueered Tales. His latest novel, KNOCK OFF THE HAT (Amble Press, 2022), introducing Clifford Waterman, a gay private investigator in 1940's Philadelphia, was published posthumously. He was 83.

Carleton Carpenter died peacefull on January 31 at his home in Warwick, New York. He was a former MGM star, mostly famous for singing "Aba Daba Honeymoon" with Debbie Reynolds in the 1959 movie "Two Weeks with Love." He also wrote seven mystery novels including CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? (Curtis, 1973) and two of them were Chester Long novels set in the New York entertainment world. He also contributed several mystery stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in the 1980's. He was 95.

(May 07, 2022)



Karen Harrington Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) announced the winners for the 2022 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First Place: "Boo Radley College Prep," by Karen Harrington (January/February 2021)
Second Place: "Demon in the Depths," by Bill McCormick(September/October 2021)
Third Place: (tie) "Bad Chemistry," by John Wimer (July/August 2021)
and "Black Swallowtail," by Hollis Seamon (March/April 2021)

The Readers Award winners are voted and chosen by the EQMM readership every year. (May 01, 2022)



James Kestrel Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the winners for the 2022 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (aka. Jonathan Moore) (Hard Case Crime)

Best First Novel: DEER SEASON, by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)
Best Paperback Original: BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER, by Alan Parks (Europa Editions/World Noir)
Best Fact Crime: LAST CALL, by Elon Green (Celadon Books)
Best Critical/Biographical, by THE TWELVE LIVES OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK, by Edward White (Norton)
Best Short Story: "The Road to Hana," by R.T. Lawton (Alfred HItchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2021)
Best Juvenile: CONCEALED, by Chiristina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic Press)
Best Young Adult: FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley (Macmillan/Henry Holt)
Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Boots on the Ground," by Iturri Sosa (in "Narcos: Mexico" -Netflix)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Recipient: "Analogue," by Rob Osler (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
Sue Grafton Memorial Award: RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)
Grand Master Award Recipient: Laurie R. King
Raven Award Recipient: Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques; Library Journal Reviewer
Ellery Queen Award Recipient: Juliet Grames, Soho Press/Soho Crime

The winners were announced on Thursday, April 28 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City as well as "online via Twitter, Facebook, Zoom, Instagram or other free available social media outlet.". (April 29, 2022)



Ellen Byron Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2022 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporay Novel: CAJUN KISS OF DEATH, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Best Historical Novel: DEATH AT GREENWAY, by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins)
Best First Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Short Story: "Bay of Reckoning," by Shawn Reilly Simmons (from MURDER ON THE BEACH, Destination Murders)
Best Non-Fiction: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. Kin (Simon & Schuster)
Best Children's/YA Mystery: PLAY ONE ON TV, by Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
Two Separate Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Ellen Hart and Walter Mosley

The winners were announced on Saturday, April 23, during Malice Domestic 32-33-34, held at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. (April 24, 2022)



Megan Abbott Wins LATimes Book Prize

The Los Angles Times Festival of Books announced that THE TURNOUT, by Megan Abbott (Putnam) won the 2022 LA Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

The other finalists for the mystery/thriller Book Prize are as follows:

THE COLLECTIVE, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
THE DARK HOURS, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
VELVET WAS THE NIGHT, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)

The winners in all the category were announced at University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium on Friday, April 22. (April 23, 2022)



CWC Awards of Excellence Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the shortlists for the 2022 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards). The shortlist in the best crime novel is as follows:

FIND YOU FIRST, by Linwood Barclay (William Morrow)
LOST IMMUNITY, by Daniel Kalla (Simon & Schuster)
UNDER THE OUTLAW MOON, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
NOT A HAPPY FAMILY, by Shari Lapena (Doubleday Canada)
THE HUNTED, by Roz Nay (Simon & Schuster)

To see the shortlists in all the categories, click here. Louise Penny, the author of the Inspector Gamache series, will receive the 2022 CWC Grand Master Award. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 26, 2022, premiering on CWC YouTube Channel. (April 22, 2022)



Hammett Prize Finalists Announced

The International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) announced the Hammett Prize finalists for books published in 2021 for literary excellence in crime writing, as follows:

RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
STUNG, by William Deverell (ECW Press)
FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
HARLEM SHUFFLE, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
THE SACRIFICE OF LESTER YATES, by Robin Yocum (Arcade Crime Wave)

The Hammett Prize winner will be decided early summer, and the location of the presentation will be announced soon after. (April 12, 2022)



2022 Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2022 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel category are as follows:

THE TURNOUT, by Megan Aboott (Putnam)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, by Alice Feeney (Floatiron Books)
THESE TOXIC THINGS, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
RED WIDOW, by Alma Katsu (Putnam)
I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM, by Eric Rickstad (Blackstone Publishing)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XVII on Saturday, June 04 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City. (February 27, 2022)



CJ Sansom To Receive 2022 Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced that CJ Sansom, a best-selling historical crime novelist of the Matthew Shardlake series, will receive the 2022 Diamond Dagger during the CWA Gold Dagger Awards ceremony in London this June. (February 09, 2022)



2022 Barry Award Nominees Announced

On January 28, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced the nominees for the 2022 Barry Awards in four categories The nominees in the best mystery/crime novel category are as follows:

THE DARK HOURS, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
LAST REDEMPTION, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
BILLY SUMMERS, by Stephen King (Scribner)
WE BEGIN AT THE END, by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt)

To see all the nominees in the four categories, click here. The winners will be voted by Deadly Pleasures readers and announced on September 08 during the opening ceremonies of 2022 Bouchercon to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (January 29, 2022)



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(Updated on May 21, 2022)



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