CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in January/February 2013

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announce the nominees for the 2013 Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:

DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay (Delacorte)
TRUTH LIKE THE SUN, by Jim Lynch (Knopf)
OREGON HILL, Howard Owen (Permanent)
PATIENT NUMBER 7, by Kurt Palka (McClelland & Stewart)
ALIF THE UNSEEN, by G. Willow Wilson (Emblem/Canada; Grove/US)

To read the press release, click here. The winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey, September 30-October 2. (February 26, 2013)

LAT Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for the 2013 LAT Book Prizes. The finalists in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

BROKEN HARBOR, by Tana French (Viking)
ANGELMAKER, by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)
THE THIEF, by Fuminori Nakamura (Soho Crime)
THE EXPATS, by Chris Pavone (Crown)
THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH, by Ariel S. Winter (Hard Case Crime)

To see the finalists in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 19 in the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of University of Southern California. (February 22, 2013)

Robin Hathaway Dies

Robin Hathaway died on February 13 after a moderately long illness. The second cousin to Helen McCloy started to write when she was 50. Her novels featured Dr. Andrew Fenimore, an old-fashioned cardiologist in Philadelphia, based on her own cardiologist husband. Her first Fenimore novel, THE DOCTOR DIGS A GRAVE (St. Martin's, 1998) won a St. Martin's Malice Domestic Contest for Best Traditional Mystery and an Agatha Award. She wrote five Fenimore novels as well as three Dr. Jo Banks novels, starting with SCARECROW (St. Martin's, 2003) and finishing with SLEIGHT OF HAND (St. Matin's, 2008). Jo Banks is a young woman doctor in Bayfield, New Jersey. She was 79. (February 19, 2013)

Addendum -- She died of cancer at her daughter's home in Reston, Virginia. (February 21, 2013)

Alan Sharp Dies

Alan Sharp died at his daughter's home in Los Angeles after a long illness on February 08. The Scotland-born author started his writing career with A GREEN TREE IN GEDDE (1965), the first of a planned trilogy, which won the 1967 Scottish Arts Council Award. After the second novel, THE WIND SHIFTS (Michael Joseph, 1967), he moved to Hollywood to concentrate on screenwriting, leaving the third novel, DON'T CRY, IT'S ONLY A PICTURE SHOW, imcomplete. He wrote the screenplays for "Rob Roy," "The Osterman Weekend" (an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's thriller), and "Dean Spanley" among others. He wrote the screenplay for "Night Moves" (1975), directed by Arthur Penn and starring Gene Hackman as private eye Harry Moseby. Sharp himself turned his own screenplay into the novel, NIGHT MOVES (Warner pb, 1975). His teleplay with Walter Klenhard, "The Last Hit" was nominated for the 1994 Edgar for best TV feature. He was 79. (February 13, 2013)

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2013 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the best novel categofy are as follows:

The Diva Digs Up the Dirt, by Krista Davis (Berkley)
A Fatal Winter, by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
The Buzzard Table, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)
The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Other Woman, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Agatha Award Banquet during Malice Domestic Convention to be held on May 4 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland. (February 10, 2013)

Lee Child to Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain has announced that Lee Child will receive the 2013 CWA Diamond Dagger at a gala dinner in London this summer. (February 09, 2013)

Margaret Frazer Dies

Margaret Frazer, now the pseudonym of Gail Lynn Frazer, died in her sleep on February 04 in Elk River, Minnesota after a long battle with breast cancer. She started to co-write the Dame Frevisse historical mystery series as "Margaret Frazer" with Mary Monica Pulver, an established novelist, when Pulver asked Gail for historical details about the 15th century England. The first collaborative novel about the medieval nun in Oxfordshire was THE NOVICE'S TALE (Jove, 1992). After the sixth one, THE MURDERER'S TALE (Berkley 1996), Pulver decided to concentrate on more contemporary series and Gail continued writing the Frevisse series alone till THE APOSTATE'S TALE (Berkley, 2008) as "Margaret Frazer." Two novels in the Frevisse series (THE SERVANT'S TALE [1993] and THE PRIORESS' TALE 1997]) were nominated for the Edgar Award in the paperback category. She also wrote the Joliffe (the leader of traveling player in the 15th century England) historical series, starting with A PLAY OF ISAAC (2004) and finishing with A PLAY OF HERESY (2011; all from Berkley). Her last novel was CIRCLE OF WITCHES (e-book, 2012; CreateSpace trade, 2013), a standalone. She was 66. (February 08, 2013)

Left Coast Crime Award Nominees

Left Coast Crime 2013 has announced the nominees for the 2013 Left Coast Crime Awards. The nominees for the 2013 Lefty Award as the best humorous mystery novel are:

SWIFT RUN, by Laura DiSilverio (Minotaur)
DECEMBER DREAD, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink)
TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS, by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
FIT TO BE DEAD, by Nancy Glass West (Southwest Publications)

To see the nominees for all the Left Coast Crime Awards (The Lefty, Bruce Alexander Memoiral Historical Mystery, Rocky, and Watson Awards), click here. The winners will be announced on March 23 at the LCC convention to be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (February 05, 2013)

Ed Koch Dies

Ed Koch, ex-Mayor of New York City, died of congestive heart failure on February 01 in New York City. Okay, he wrote a couple of memoirs and a number of political books and "co-wrote" four mystery novels, featuring Ed Koch, starting MURDER AT CITY HALL (Kensington, 1995; with Herbert Resnicow [1920-1997]) and ending with THE SENATOR MUST DIE (Kensington, 1998; with Wendy Corsi Staub). He was 88. (February 01, 2013

Dilys Award Nominees Announced

The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has announced the nominees for the 2013 Dilys Winn Award as follows:

GRANDDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH, by Colin Cotterill (Minotaur)
BROKEN HEARBOR, by Tana French (Viking)
MR. CHURCEILL'S SECRETARY, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam)
THE EXPATS, by Chris Pavone (Crown)
BEFORE THE POISON, by Peter Robinson (William Morrow)

The winner will be announced at Left Coast Crime in Colorado Springs this March.
(January 30, 2013)

Gordon Cotler Dies

Gordon Cotler died of Parkinson's disease on December 20, 2012 in New York City. He wrote a number of TV plays, such as episodes for "McMillan & Wife" and "Lanigan's Rabbi." His TV script "Deadly Deception" (1987) was nominated for the 1988 Edgar in the TV features category and he and his co-writer Don Mankiewicz won the 1978 Edgar in the TV features category for "Men Who Love Women," the pilot for "Rosetti & Ryan." He wrote six mystery novels. THE BOTTLETOP AFFAIR (Simon & Schuster, 1959) was turned into the 1962 movie "The Horizontal Lieutenant" and THE CIPHER (as by Alex Gordon; Simon & Schuster, 1961) became the 1966 movie "Arabesque" directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. He also wrote 9 short stories featuring Detective Lieutenant Bernie Farber for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in the 2000's. He was 89. (January 24, 2013)

Jakob Arjouni Dies

Jakob Arjouni, a German crime writer, died of pancreatic cancer in Berlin on January 17. He created Kemal Kayankaya, a Turkish immigrant private eye in Frankfurt (his hometown), fighting against bad guys and corruption. He wrote four Kayankaya novels: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TURK (1987; English version, 1993); MORE BEER (1987; AND STILL DRINK MORE, US 1994); ONE MAN, ONE MURDER (1991; ONE DEATH TO DIE, US 1997); and KISMET (2001) . He also authored non-series novels such as MAGIC HOFFMAN (1996, Eng. 1998). Now Kayankaya novels have been re-issued from Melvin House, which will publish the last Kayankaya novel, BROTHER KEMAL, this September. He was 48. (January 18, 2013)

James Benet Dies

James Benet died of a blood infection on December 16, 2012 in Santa Rosa, California. He was a former reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle and KQED, a Bay Area public TV and radio station. He was also a good friend of Dashiell Hammett's and wrote two mystery novels set in the Bay Area: A PRIVATE KILLING (1949) and THE KNIFE BEHIND YOU (1950; both from Harper). He was 98. (January 17, 2013)

2013 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2013 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE LOST ONES, by Ace Atkins (Putnam)
THE GODS OF GOTHAM, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
POTBOILER, by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)
SUNSET, by Al Lamanda (Five Star)
LIVE BY NIGHT, by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
ALL I DID WAS SHOTT MY MAN, by Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books)
To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on May 2 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (January 17, 2013)

Gwendoline Butler Dies

Gwendoline Butler died on January 05 in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. Her first novel, RECEIPT FOR MURDER (Bles, 1956), does not star Inspector John Coffin, but his superior Inspector William Winter. In THE DULL DEAD (Bles, 1958), Coffin takes center stage and the Coffin series takes its smooth course. As Jennie Melville, she was famous of creating women's police procedural. She started the Detective Charmian Daniels series with COME HOME AND BE KILLED (Joseph, 1962). Butler won the 1973 CWA Silver Dagger Award for A COFFIN FOR PANDORA (Macmillan, 1973; US title, Olivia), though it was not a Inspector Coffin novel. She also wrote romantic novels under Butler and Melville names. She was 90. (January 11, 2013)

Sol Yurick Dies

Sol Yurick died on January 05 from complications from lung cancer in New York, NY. He is best known as the author of THE WARRIORS (Holt, 1965), about members of the Coney Island street gang fighting against other street gang members through New York City on the way home, which was turned into the 1979 cult movie of the same name directed by Walter Hill. He also wrote other crime novels such as FERTIG (Trident, 1966) and ROBERT A. (Arbor, 1981). He was 87. (January 08, 2013)

Murder by the Book to Close

Murder by the Book, a mystery bookstore in Portland, Oregon will close in April after the 30 years unless a buyer is found. (January 08, 2013)