CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2012

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

Mystery Readers International/Mystery Readers Journal announces the nominees for the 2012 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the mystery novel category are as follows:

1222, by Anne Holt, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Scribner)
CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD, by Sara Gran (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
THE HOUSE OF SILK, by Anthony Horowitz (Mulholland Books)
THE RIDGE, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES, by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)
HELL & GONE, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during Bouchercon to be held in Cleveland, Ohio this October. (June 15, 2012)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2012 has announced the nominees for the 2012 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE END OF EVERYTHING, by Megan Abbott (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown)
HURT MACHINE, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus)
THE DROP, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
ONE WAS A SOLDIER, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Thomas Dunne/Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 7 during Bouchercon to be held in Cleveland, Ohio. (June 12, 2012)

Ray Bradbury Dies

Ray Bradbury died on June 05 after a long illness in Los Angeles. He was greatly famous as the science fiction writer of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES (1950), THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1951), FAHRENHEIT 451 (1953), DANDELION WINE (1957) and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY (1962), as well as the screenwriter of "Moby Dick" (1956), but he also wrote crime stories for pulp magazines such as Dime Mystery Magazine and Detective Tales in the 1940s (some of them were collected into A MEMORY OF MURDER; Dell 1984). He authored the trilogy of "LA noir": DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS (1985); A GRAVEYARD FOR LUNATICS (1990); and LET'S ALL KILL CONSTANCE (2002, all three from Knopf). In his later years, he contributed a couple of criminous stories to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Strand Magazine. He was 91. (June 07, 2012)

Paul Sussman Dies

Paul Sussman died of a ruptured aneurysm on May 31. The ex-journalist and former archaelogist wrote his first novel, THE LOST ARMY OF CABYSES (Transworld, 2002), featuring Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police in Egypt in 2002 and Khalifa returns in THE LAST SECRET OF THE TEMPLE (Transworld, 2005). The third novel was a one-off (or standalone in US), THE HIDDEN OASIS (Bantam Press, 2009). His last one is a Khalifa novel, THE LABYRINTH OF OSIRIS, to be out in July from Bantam Press. He was 44. (June 07, 2012)

2012 Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announce the nominees for the 2012 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the hardcover PI novel category are as follows:

BYE BYE, BABY, by Max Allan Collins (Forge Books), featuring Nate Heller
1222, by Anne Holt (Scribner), featuring Hanne Wilhelmsen
WHEN THE THRILL IS GONE, by Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books), featuring Leonid McGill
A BAD NIGHT'S SLEEP, by Michael Wiley (Minotaur Books), featuring Joe Kozmarski
THE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DETECTIVE CROSSES THE LINE, by Richard Yancey (Minotaur Books), featuirng Teddy Ruzak

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the PWA banquet, to be held on October 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, during the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. (June 05, 2012)

2012 Nero Wolfe Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack has announced the nominees for the 2012 Nero Wolfe Award as follows:

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION, by Marcia Clark (Mulholland)
THE SILENT GIRL, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
THE HOUSE OF SILK, by Anthony Horowitz (Mulholland)
SPIRAL, by Paul McEuen (The Dial Press)
THOUGH NOT DEAD, by Dana Stabenow (Minotaur)
BLACK ORCHID BLUES, by Persia Walker (Akashic)

The winner will be announced at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held in December in New York. (June 04, 2012)

James Sallis Wins Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) annoucned that THE KILLER IS DYING by James Sallis (Walker & Company) as the winner for the 2012 Hammett Prize.

The winner was announced on June 2 during the Bloody Words Conference held in Toronto. The press release is here. (June 03, 2012)

Peter Robinson Wins Arthur

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the winners for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best Crime Novel: BEFORE THE POISON, by Peter Robinson (McClelland and Stewart)
Best First Novel: THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI, by Ian Hamilton (House of Anansi Press)
Best Crime Book in French: LA CHORALE DU DIABLE, by Martin Michaud (Les Editions Guelette)
Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book: BLINK & CAUTION, by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick Press)
Best Crime Short Story: "What Kelly Did," by Catherine Astolfo (North Word Magazine)
Best Unpublished First Novel - "Unhanged Arthur": LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS, by Sam Wiebe
The Derrick Murdoch Award: Catherine Astolfo and Don Graves for special contributions to the field.

The winners were announced on May 31 in Toronto, Canada. (June 01, 2012)

Henry Denker Dies

Henry Denker died of lung cancer on May 15 at his home in Manhattan, New York. The prolific writer wrote plays and screenplays and more than 30 novels in many genres including legal thrillers such as OUTRAGE (1982), JUDGE SPENCER DISSENTS (1986) and LABHYRINTH (1994, all three from Morrow). He was 99. (May 28, 2012)

Marc Strange Dies

Marc Strange died of cancer on May 19 in Toronto, Canada. He was famous as the co-creator of the long-running (1972-1990) CBC hit drama, "The Beachcombers," which he also directed, wrote for and acted in. His first mystery, SUCKER PUNCH (Dundurn, 2007), featuring ex-boxer Joe Grundy, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award in 2008, and the second Grandy novel, BODY BLOWS (Dundurn, 2009) won the 2010 Edgar in the original paperback category. He also wrote two Orwell Brennan (police chief in Toronto) novels, FOLLOW ME DOWN (2010) and WOMAN CHASED BY CROWS (2012, both from ECW Press). He was 70. (May 27, 2012)

Donald Olson Dies

It was found out that Donald Olson died on September 5, 2011 in Jamestown, New York. He wrote many short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. "Screams and Echoes" (EQMM, August 1974) and "A Token of Appreciation" (AHMM, June 1981) were nominated for the short story Edgar, He was reported to published six novels including A DRAM OF EVIL (Award, 1967; as by D.J. Olson) and THE SKY CHILDREN (Avon, 1975; as by Donald J. Olson). He was 82. (May 16, 2012)