CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2012

Margaret Maron Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2012 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THREE-DAY TOWN, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)
Best First Novel: LEARNING TO SWIM, by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Best Historical Mystery: NAUGHTY IN NICE, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Best Nonfiction: BOOKS, CROOKS AND COUNSELORS, by Leslie Budewitz (Linden)
Best Short Story: "Disarming," by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2011)
Best Children's/Young Adult: THE BLACK HEART CRYPT, by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)

The recipients for the three following awards are:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Simon Brett
Poirot Award: Lee Goldberg
Amelia Award: Elizabeth Peters

The winners were announced at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 28 in Bethesda, Maryland. (April 29, 2012)

Mo Hayder Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the 2012 Edgar Awards on April 26 in New York City. The Edgar winners and the recipients of other awards are as follows:

Best Novel: GONE, by Mo Hayder (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Best First Novel: BENT ROAD, by Lori Roy (Dutton)
Best Paperback Original: THE COMPANY MAN, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit Books)
Best Fact Crime: DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC, by Candice Millard (Doubleday)
Best Critical/Biographical: ON CONAN COYLE, by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Best Short Story: "The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train," by Peter Turnbull (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2011)
Best Juvenile: ICEFALL, by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
Best Young Adult: THE SILENCE OF MURDER, by Dandi Daley Mackall (Knopf)
Best Play: "The Game's Afoot," by Ken Ludwig (Cleveland Playhouse)
Best Television Episode Screenplay: "Pilot" (Homeland) by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff (Showtime)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "A Good Man of Business," by David Ingram (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 2011)
Grand Master: Martha Grimes
Raven Award: M is for Mystery Bookstore, San Meteo, California
Raven Award: Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries
Ellery Queen Award: Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group
Simon & Schuster/Mary Higgins Clark Award: LEARNING TO SWIM, by Sara J. Henry (Crown)

(April 27, 2012)

Bill Granger Dies

Bill Granger died on April 22 at the Manteno Veterans Home in Manteno, Illinois. The former newspaperman wrote THE NOVEMBER MAN (Gold Medal, 1979), an espionage novel featuring intelligence agent Devereaux, code name November Man. His second novel, PUBLIC MURDERS (Jove, 1980), a police procedural featuring Chicago detective Terry Flynn, won an Edgar Award in the paperback original novel. He wrote the second and third Terry Flynn novels -- PRIESTLY MURDERS (Holt 1984) and NEWSPAPER MURDERS (Holt, 1985) respectively -- under the Joe Gash pseudonym, but from the fouth Flynn novel, THE EL MURDERS (Holt, 1987) he returned to the Granger byline. He also authored three Jimmy Drover novels about a forcibly retired newspaperman starting DROVER (Morrow, 1991). He used the Bill Griffith pen-name to write TIME FOR FRANKIE COOLIN (Random, 1982). He was 70. (April 25, 2012)

Stephen King Wins LAT Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times announced the winners for its 2012 Book Prizes on April 20 on the campus of the University of Sothern California. The winner in the mystery/thriller category is 11/22/63, by Stephen King (Scribner). (April 22, 2012)

Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the nominees for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards. The nominees in the best crime novel category are as follows:

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Press)
BEFORE THE POISON, by Peter Robinson (McClelland and Stewart)
I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS, by Alan Bradley (Doubleday Canada)
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, by William Deverell (McClelland and Stewart)
THE GUILTY PLEA, by Robert Rotenberg (Simon&Schuster)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on May 31 in Toronto, Canada. (April, 20, 2012)

Mark Gotbaum Dies

Mark Gotbaum died on March 29 at his home in New York City. He was an artist and cartoonist, who contribute the covert art for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in the 80's with an unproportionally big head of Hitch. Your can see his covers here. He was 69. (April 16, 2012)

Roger Caron Dies

Roger Caron, former bank robber, died on April 11 at a nursing home in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. He wrote G0-BOY!, a prison memoir, which became a national bestseller and won the Governor General's Award in 1977. After his parole in 1978, he wrote BINGO, about the 1971 riot at the Kinston Penitentiary, but it was not so successful as the first book. His Parkinson's disease and the pressure to write a better book drove him to snorting cocaine and to robbing banks again. He wrote two crime novels: JOJO (Stoddart, 1988), about a half-breed Indian who escapes from an American prison to Canada; and DREAMCAPER (Stoddart, 1992), set in the 70's Montreal. He was 73. (April 15, 2012)

ITW Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers has announced the nominees for the 2012 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel category are as follows:

BURIED SECRETS, by Joseph Finder (St. Martin's)
A HARD DEATH, by Jonathan Hayes (HarperCollins)
11/22/63, by Stephen King (Scribner)
THE RIDGE, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES, by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)

2012 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Jack Higgins
2012 True Thriller Award Recipient: Ann Rule
2012 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Richard North Patterson

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest VI on July 14 at Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 05, 2012)

Left Coast Crime Award Winners Announced

Left Coast Crime 2012 announced the winners for the four awards to give at LCC convention in Sacramento, California as follows:

The Lefty Award (for the best humorous mystery novel):
THE REAL MACAW, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award (for the best mystery novel set before 1960):
MERCURY'S RISE, by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen Press)

The Golden Nugget Award (a special award this year for the best mystery set in California):
CITY OF SECRETS, by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur)

Eureka! Award (a special award this year for the best first mystery novel):
NAZARETH CHILD, by Darrell James (Midnight Ink)

At the same time,
The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) annouced the winner for the 2012 Dilys Winn Award for the mystery title which the member booksellers most enjoyed selling:
GHOST HERO, by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

(April 01, 2012)

Gene DeWeese Dies

Gene DeWeese died of Lewy body dementia on March 19 at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ex-technical writer was famous as an sf and fantasy fiction but he began writing professionally with two Man from U.N.C.L.E. tie-in novels: THE INVISIBILITY AFFAIR and THE MIND-TWISTERS AFFAIR (both from Ace Books in 1967) co-written with Robert "Buck" Coulson (1928-1999) under the collaborative pen-name Thomas Stratton. He wrote two spoof novels featuring reporter Joe Karns with Coulson: NOW YOUR SEE IT/HIM/THEM (Doubleday, 1975) and CHARLES FORT NEVER MENTIONED WOMBATS (Doubleday, 1977). He also wrote Gothic romances such as THE CARNELIAN CAT (Ballantine, 1975) and THE BACKHOE GOTHIC (Doubleday, 1981) under the Jean DeWeese pseudonym. He was 78. (March 23, 2012)

Bill Cameron Wins Spotted Owl

The Friends of Mystery, a mystery fan organization in Portland, Oregon, has announced that Bill Cameron won the 2012 Spotted Owl Award for COUNTY LINE (Tyrus Books, 2011). Johnny Shaw will receive the inaugural Stan Johnson Outstanding Debut Mystey Award for DOVE SEASON (AmazonEncore, 2011). (March 14, 2012)

Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2012 Strand Magazine Critics Award as follows:

Best First Novel:
THE HYPNOTIST, by Lars Kepler (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
SISTER, by Rosamund Lupton (Crown)
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, by S.J. Watson (Harper)
THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (Soho)
THE POISON TREE, by Erin Kelly (Pamela Dorman Books)

Best Novel:
THE AFFAIR, by Lee Child (Delacorte)
THE DROP, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
BURIED SECRETS, by Joseph Finder (St. Martin's)
THE CUT, by George Pelecanos (Reagan Arthur Books)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
Joseph Wambaugh and
John Sanford

The winners will be announced on July 11 in New York, NY. (March 08, 2012)

Robert Page Jones Dies

Robert Page Jones died from complications of cancer in La Jolla, California on February 22. The former ad axecutive wrote his first novel, THE HEISTERS, in 1963 from Monarch Books, which was made into the 1967 film, "That Man George," starring George Hamilton and Claudette Auger. He wrote several other novels such as WINE OF THE GENERALS (Jove, 1978) and THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER (Jove, 1980) as well as nine short stories for Manhunt in the early 60's. After the retirement from the ad agency, he wrote and executive-produce the 2008 indie film, "Kings of the Evening," about the hardship among the black people in the South during the Depression. He was 81. (March 07, 2012)