CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in September/October 2012

Jacques Barzun Dies

Jacques Barzun died in San Antonio, Texas on October 25. The ex-Columbia University history professor wrote a number of books in many cultural subjects and even edited two mystery anthologies: THE DELIGHTS OF DETECTION (Criterion, 1961) and CLASSIC STORIES OF CRIME AND DETECTION (Garland, 1976; with his friend Wendell Hertig Taylor). He received the 1972 Special Edgar for A CATALOGUE OF CRIME (Harper & Row, 1971; revised and enlarged, 1989), a huge collection of their mystery reviews, with his co-writer Taylor (1905-1985), and the 1996 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He was 104. (October 27, 2012)

Don Winslow Wins TJ Parker Award Again

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) announced the 2012 SCIBA Book Award winners on October 20 at the Authors Feast & Trade Show in Long Beach, California. The winner in the mystery category (T. Jefferson Parker Book Award) is KINGS OF COOL, by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster). Winslow won the same award last year for SAVAGES (Simon & Schuster). (October 24, 2012)

CWA Dagger Award Winners Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the winners of the three categories of the 2012 Dagger Awards along with TV-based Crime Thriller Awards as follows:

Gold Dagger: THE RAGE, by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: A FOREIGN COUNTRY, by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)
John Creasey New Blood Dagger: LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, by Wiley Cash (Bantam)
Bestseller Dagger: Kathy Reichs
Best Detective Duo: Lewis (DI Robbie Lewis and DS James Hathaway)
Best Film: Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
Best Television Series: Sherlock
Best International Television Series: The Bridge
Best Television Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock
Best Television Actress: Claire Danes for Homeland
Best Television Supporting Actor: Martin Freeman for Sherlock
Best Television Supporting Actress: Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire

To see all three shortlists, click here. The winners were announced on October 18 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. (October 21, 2012)

Joyce Christmas Dies

Joyce Christmas died on October 07. The ex-associate-editor of The Writer Magazine was the author of the two mystery series: one featuring the Lady Margaret Priam, the other Betty Trenka. The Lady Margaret is an English noblewoman living in New York City, and her series started with SUDDENLY IN HER SORBET (Fawcett, 1988) and the eleventh novel A BETTER CLASS OF MUDER (Fawcett, 2000) and the twelfth and last one FORGED IN BLOOD (Fawcett, 2002) also fieature Betty Trenka, while Betty is a retired office manager living in Connecticut whose series started with THIS BUSINESS IS MURDER (Fawcett, 1993) and ended with FORGED IN BLOOD, Betty's sixth novel. She was a vice-president of a hotel techonology consulting firm and very active in several mystery organizations such as the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the International Association of Crime Writers. She was 73. (October 15, 2012)

Robert Wade Dies

Robert Wade died on September 30 at his home in San Carlos, California after months of declining health. Wade and his high-school chum Bill Miller (1920-1961) wrote their first collaborative novel DEADLY WEAPON (Farrar Straus, 1946) as Wade Miller, featuring Lt. Austin Clapp of the San Diego Police Department. Their second novel GUILTY BYSTANDER (Farrar Straus, 1947) was the first novel that features San Diego private eye Max Thursday. The last Thursday novel was SHOOT TO KILL (Farrar Straus, 1951). Under the Wade Miller and Whit Masterson pseudonyms, they also wrote non-series novels such as ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (Dodd Mead, 1955), the basis of the 1956 movie "A Cry in the Night" starring Natalie Wood and Raymond Burr; and BADGE OF EVIL (Dodd Mead, 1956), which was turned into the 1958 Orson Welles film "Touch of Evil." After Miller died in 1961, Wade authored 11 stand-alones by himself using the Masterson pen-name and his own name until 1979. He started his book-reviewing column, "Spadework," in 1977 and continued until 2011 for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He received the 1988 Eye Award for his lifetime achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America. He was 92. (October 10, 2012)

Anthony Award Winners Announced

Bouchercon 2012 has announced the winners for the 2012 Anthony Awards during the Cleveland Boucnercon as follows:

Best Novel: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Best First Novel: LEARNING TO SWIM, by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Best Paperback Original: BUFFALO WEST WING, by Julie Hyzy (Berkley Prime Crime)
Best Short Story: "Disarming," by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2011)
Best Critical Non-fiction Work: THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION, edited by Charlaine Harris (Ace)
Lifetime Achievemant Award: Mary Higgins Clark
David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award: Len and June Moffatt

(October 07, 2012)

2012 Shamus Award Winners Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announce the winners for the 2012 Shamus Awards during the Cleveland Bouchercon as follows:

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: A BAD NIGHT'S SLEEP, by Michael Wiley (Minotaur)
Best First P.I. Novel: THE SHORCUT MAN, by P.G. Sturges (Scribner)
Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: FUN & GAMES, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)
Best P.I. Short Story: "Who I Am," by Michael Z. Lewin (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 2011)
The Hammer (best private eye of the year): Nate Heller, created by Max Allan Collins

(October 07, 2012)

Macavity Award Winners Announced

Mystery Readers International/Mystery Readers Journal announces the winners for the 2012 Macavity Awards during the Cleveland Bouchercon as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: CLAIRE DeWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD, by Sara Gran (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Best First Mystery Novel: ALL CRY CHAOS, by Leonard Rosen (Permanent Press)
Best Mystery-Related Non-Fiction: THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION, edited by Charlaine Harris (Ace)
Best Mystery Short Story: "Disarming," by Dana Cameron (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2011)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award: DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS, by Catriona McPherso (Minotaur Books)

(October 05, 2012)

Barry Award Winners Announced

Deadly Pleasures announced the winners for the 2012 Barry Awards during the Cleveland Bouchercon as follows:

Best Novel: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (in UK, MERCY), by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
Best First Novel: THE INFORMATIONIST, by Taylor Stevens (Crown)
Best British Novel: DEAD MAN'S GRIP, by Peter James (Macmillan)
Best Paperback Original: DEATH OF THE MANTIS, by Michael Stanley (Harper)
Best Thriller: THE INFORMANT, by Thomas Perry (Atlantic Monthly)
Best Short Story: "The Gun Also Rises," by Jeffrey Cohen (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2011)
Don Sandstrom Fan Award: Allen J. Hubin

(October 05, 2012)

James D. Doss Dies

I just found out that James D. Doss died peacefully on May 17 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. When he started writing the first Charlie Moon (Ute investigator/rancher in Grant Creek, Colorado) novel, THE SHAMAN SINGS (St. Martin's, 1994), he was still an electrical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After retirement in 1999, he continued to write the Charlie Moon series. The 17th and last one in the series, THE OLD GRAY WOLF, will be out this October from Minotaur Books. He was 73. (September 10, 2012)

Sian Busby Dies

Sian Busby died on September 04 at a hospice after a long illness. The wife of BBC's business editor Robert Peston, wrote her first novel, McNAUGHTEN (Short Books, 2009), a historical thriller, after the two historical non-fiction books: THE CRUEL MOTHER, about post -natal depression and infanticide; and A WONDERFUL LITTLE GIRL, about Sarah Jacob the Welsh Fasting Girl. She was 51. (September 07, 2012)

Sally Fellows Dies

Sally Fellows died peacefully in her sleep on September 03. She was an avid mystery reader, mystery reviewer, mystery convention attendee, friend of the Omaha Public Library, coordinator of Mayhem in the Midlands and retired history teacher among other things. She was 77. (September 04, 2012)

Neil Cross Wins Ngaio

It has benn reported that Neil Cross won the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for his book, LUTHER: THE CALLING (Simon & Schuster). (September 02, 2012)

J.C. Burke Wins Neddie

The Crime Writers' Association of Australia has announced the winners for the 2012 Ned Kelly Awars as follows:

Best Novel: PIG BOY, by J.C. Burke (Random House)
Best First Novel: THE CARTOGRAPHER, by Peter Twohig (HarperCollins)
Best True Crime: SINS OF THE FATHER, by Eamonn Duff (Allen & Unwin)
S.D. Harvey Short Story Award: "Summer of the 17th Poll," by A.J. Clifford
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gabrielle Lord

(September 02, 2012)