(Opened on January 08, 1996)

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)

Warning to bloggers! -- When you re-use my info, please do not copy-and-paste it word for word, but quote it or paraphrase it, at least. My wording is so awkwardly distinct or so distinctly awkward, I can easily spot copy-and-paste non-artists, and so can smart blog-readers.

Albert Ashforth Dies

I just found out that Albert Ashforth died on July 14 in New York City, NY after a long illness. The former State University of New York professor wrote MURDER AFTER THE FACT (St. Martin's, 1984) and two Army intelligence officer Alex Klear novels: THE RENDITION (2012) and ON EDGE (2016: both from Oceanview Publishing). He also wrote short stories for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and a couple of anthologies such as CRIME SQUARE (edited by Robert J. Randisi; Vintage Point) and KWIK KRIMES (edited by Otto Penzler; Thomas & Mercer). He was 84. (November 13, 2017)

Donald Bain Dies

Donald Bain died of congestive heart failure on October 21 in White Plains, New York. The former airline publicist was most famous as the ghostwriter of COFFEE, TEA OR ME? (Bartholomew House, 1967), the "memoir" of two fictional saucy airline stewardesses, Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones. In the recent mystery community, he was well-known as the co-writer of Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series. According to Bain, he started "co-writing" from the second one in the series, MURDER ON CAPITOL HILL (Arbor, 1981) but contractually he was not allowed to reveal his writership. After Truman's death in 2008, he was commissioned to continue the series with EXPERIMENT IN MURDER (Forge, 2012) with his own byline. He was also known as the "co-writer" (with "Jessica Fletcher") of the novel version of "Murder, She Wrote" series, beginning with GIN & DAGGERS (McGraw-Hill, 1989). He also authored under the house-name J.D. Hardin a number of soft-pornographic western action series featuring Doc Weatherbee, a Pinkerton op, and ghosted SADO COP (Playboy, 1976) for Nick Vasile, a former undercover cop. A few of his other pseudonyms are Donna Bain, Mike Lundy, Stephanie Blake, and Panela South. He finally wrote his own mystery thriller, LIGHTS OUT! (Severn House) in 2014. His forthcoming books are ALLIED IN DANGER, a Capital Crime novel (Forge, 2018), and A DATE WITH MURDER, a Murder She Wrote novel (co-written with Jon Land; Berkley, 2018). He was 82. (October 29, 2017)

Jane Harper Wins Gold Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the winners for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards as follows:

Diamond Dagger Recipient: Ann Cleeves
Gold Dagger: THE DRY, by Jane Harper (Little Brown)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: SPOOK STREET, by Mick Herron (John Murray)
John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger: TALL OAKS, by Chris Whitaker (Twenty7)
Endeavour Historical Dagger: A RISING MAN, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Seeker)
International Dagger: THE DYING DETECTIVE, by Leif GW Persson (Tr. Neil Smith) (Doubleday)
Non-Fiction Dagger: CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR, by Stephen Purvis (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Short Story Dagger: "The Trials of Margaret," by LC Tyler (in MOTIVES FOR MURDER, edited by Martin Edwards; Sphere)
Debut Dagger: STRANGE FIRE, by Sherry Rankin
Dagger in the Library: Mari Hannah
Red Herring Award Recipient: Barry Forshaw, for service to the CWA

The winners were announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner on October 26 in London. (October 27, 2017)


(Updated on November 13, 2017)

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